Striker Light back to her best and on track for Group 1 Temlee

Striker Light winning her heat of the Melbourne Cup. PIC: Paul Munt.

DUAL group 1 winner Striker Light (Kc And All x Pretty Fancy Mar ’15) will be a force to be reckoned with heading towards the Australian Cup Carnival following two brilliant wins since resuming from a break.

The Brett Bravo-trained bitch had to be scratched from the Ballarat Cup in early December due to injury, but was back to her brilliant best at Warrnambool on January 26 when clocking a breathtaking 24.93 over the 450m trip.

She followed up that performance with another fast run, this time at Shepparton, leading throughout last Thursday off box three in a hot 24.99.

“It’s hard for a bitch to break 25 on a big horseshoe track once, let alone twice, so I couldn’t be happier with how she’s come back,” Bravo told Australian Racing Greyhound.

“It took a little while to get her right after Ballarat, but she is fine now and she looks to be going as good as ever.”

The black bitch is one of the best greyhounds in the country, winning 23 of her 43 starts with nine minor placings. Throughout her career she has made 12 group finals – winning the Group 1 National Futurity and the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg in 2017 – and earning connections over $463,000.

Striker Light is one of 20 greyhounds which has been invited to compete in the Group 1 Temlee (525m) at The Meadows later this month.

Bravo said that race is her next target before heading towards the Group 1 Australian Cup worth $250,000 to the winner.

“She’s got to be rock hard fit going into something like the Temlee and I want to give her another look at The Meadows so she’ll go there next for a race or a trial.

“We do have to be careful though – she has had a few injuries now so every start counts.

“Once she is 100% fit she’ll be back racing on the group circuit – the Australian Cup and the Easter Egg all going to plan.”

Team Bravo also look to have a couple of exciting youngsters coming through, one of which is Too The Nail (Kc And All x Go Rubber Nose Nov ’15) which won his seventh race at start 15 when saluting in 25.19 at Shepparton last Thursday.

Bravo also trains his litter brother Toss And Turn which has won six of his 11 starts including a 24.99 win at Warrnambool at the start of January.

“They’ve both got a lot of ability but they are still maturing and learning about racing,” Bravo said.

“They can certainly run so hopefully they can make the transition from being smart pups to good young group dogs.”