He’s the greyhound with his own Twitter account and this Sunday afternoon Zambora Storm will line up in the Group Two Healesville Cup final.
The son of Magic Sprite and Secret Powers (Pure Octane – Witch Magic) has been a model of consistency in his 46 start career that has yielded 17 wins and 19 placings to date, four of which have been at Healesville.
He has drawn box five for the $45,000 to-the-winner event and is sure to be doing his best work at the business end of proceedings.
Part owner Matt Lanigan gave ARG a few insights into his chaser as he prepares for the biggest race of his career.
“Dad and I purchased Zambora Storm from Charlie Azzopardi and Scott Edwards after Storm’s 11th career start,” Lanigan said.
“Our family friends Michael & Adam Thomson, who are also father and son, had mentioned to us that they were interested in purchasing a dog with us, so we offered them the chance to be in a syndicate with us for Storm.”
At that stage, Zambora was an up-and-comer who had won five races, but there was already a very good reason for the interest in the breed due to previous success that the Lanigan’s had from the progeny of Secret Powers.
“We had a very strong interest in the litter as it was the next litter down from our star chaser Zambora Blueboy.”
Zambora Blueboy (by Cosmic Rumble) was a winner of 16 races who also had a penchant for straight tracking. He was a star of the coursing scene as well, winning the Waterloo Cup in 2012 and 2013.
“Storm is trained by our long time family friend Graham Whitford at Yarram. Graham also trained Zambora Blueboy.”
Lanigan says that his 33kg black dog was forced to have some time off earlier in the year but is now starting to reproduce some of his better form and that he is cherry-ripe for Sunday’s final.
“He sustained a toe injury at The Meadows back in April and has taken some time to get back to full health.”
Lanigan says that his kennel star faces an arduous task on the weekend but is hoping that a combination of a little bit of luck at box-rise and his local knowledge could put him in the finish.
“He has drawn box five for the Final on Sunday in a very hot field. Size Does Matter in box six crashed hard to the rail in his quickest heat win last week so that is a worry for us. If we can jump well enough and avoid trouble he will be right in it at the finish, he loves the Healesville track.”
A win would see Zambora Storm more than double his career prizmoney earnings which currently stand at $32,411.
The Healesville Cup final is Race Eight on the card and is scheduled to jump at 3:09pm.