SEEKING Justice will return to Victoria to the kennels of Jimmy Auld following his sensational win in the Group 1 Galaxy (715m) at Cannington on Saturday night.
The 32 kilogram chaser was midfield to begin but used box one to perfection, pushing up along the fence through the first bend and giving nothing else a chance, defeating Dyna Nihilist by four and three quarter lengths in 42.35.
Auld, who has trained the son of Kinloch Brae and Shanlyn Supreme throughout the majority of his 48 start career, made the decision with the greyhound’s owners to tackle the lucrative $100,000 to the winner feature, entrusting the brindle powerhouse with leading WA mentor Keith Harding throughout the series.
“With 15 other dogs in work it makes it very hard to get away,” Auld told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“We decided to send him over to Keith – I have known him for years and he is a very good trainer so I was more than happy to trust him with the dog.
“I thought the new track at Cannington would suit him because he is a very good railer and when he drew box one I basically thought it was his race to lose.”
The victory took Seeking Justice’s career record to 48 starts for 21 wins and seven minor placings, with $228,855 in prize money earnings. Among his victories is a terrific win in the 2015 Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup, while he also placed third in the Group 1 Zoom Top earlier this year.
“The dog deserved to win a big race,” Auld said.
“He is a beautiful dog – he has a very relaxed nature and he is probably one of the best dogs we have had in that regards.
“He seems to have matured into a nice stayer – when he was younger he was more of a front running stayer but the older he gets the more dour he gets and now he is starting to come from behind as well.”
Auld was also thankful for the work Harding put in to preparing Seeking Justice during his holiday getaway and is now hoping the dog will return revitalised and ready to continue his good form in some further feature races around the country.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Keith he has done a terrific job with him,” he said.
“Hopefully the dog comes home nice and refreshed. He races around pretty much the same tracks each week so the change of scenery will probably do him the world of good as it’s something a bit different.
“There are a couple of nice races coming up – of course the Sandown Cup – but there is also another staying race at Albion Park (Gold Cup) which would suit him.
“He does turn four in August but he has only been pretty lightly raced due to injury so hopefully he has a bit more racing left in him.”
Harding, who has now trained three winners of the Galaxy, also spoke to Australian Racing Greyhound following the win.
“It’s good to win these type of races,” Harding said.
“He is a genuine 700m dog and although it would be nice to keep him here when you have got a good stayer like him you have got to go after the best type of races and win what you can.
“He heads back to Victoria this week to Jimmy who reared him and broke him in so I think the dog will be very happy to get back to his home.”