Exciting youngster Knocka Knows All set The Gardens alight last week, running a sensational 29.45 to be by far the fastest qualifier for the $15,000 to the winner Greyhound Recorder Mega Maiden this afternoon.
There has been plenty of hype surrounding the son of Knocka Norris and Miss Venamite, especially after champion trainer Reg Kay stated that he was the fastest chaser he has trained at the same age, faster than the likes of Group one Winners and record breakers such as Elite State, Made To Size, Knocka Norris, Elite Oriental and Size Can Matter.
“This dog is special and I have been blowing his trumpet for months,” Kay told The Greyhound Recorder's Gary Harley
“I have told plenty that he is the quickest dog I have trained at his age, which includes Knocka Norris, Made To Size and Elite Oriental.
“The week before the Mega Maiden heats I sent him post to post at The Gardens and he broke the record. He ran 24.36, quicker than Knocka Norris and Made To Size in their prime and his middle section is comparable to Elite Blue Size's time.
“He is the first dog I have had that I started off in a 500. Normally I would build them up with 400's but not this bloke, I knew he wouldn't let me down.” Said a proud Kay
Kay bought Knocka Knows All for $10,000 off a trial up the straight track at Rocky Ridge Farm where his NSW training base is situated and he has since knocked back much larger sums to purchase the boom youngster.
“I've been offered $50,000 for him before the heats but he is not for sale.
Knocka Knows All will exit box three in today's rich final, outside another Knocka Norris youngster Good Odds Knocka for the shrewd training team of Tracey and Frank Hurst.
“He has come up with the three box in the final and that's okay, but this is a very good final and he won't want to do anything wrong” Kay
The other heat winner from last week were Cousin Callum for astute trainer Ray Webster in 29.94, Big Band Appeal ran down the beautifully bred Things Missing also in 29.94, Goods Odds Knocka, another son of Knocka Norris lead all the way in 30.12, Latina looked strong in winning in a slick 29.76, and Price Diablo defeated King Pin Star in 29.66.
There is a quality support card which boosts the Consolation of the Greyhound Recorder Mega Maiden worth $1500 to the winner and the appearance of Group Two Galaxy winner Big Bunga.
Bog Bunga returned to winning form with a brilliant all the way win last start and should continue to improve over the next couple of weeks
“His blood was down a couple of weeks ago, but we have fixed that and he just needed a few ‘500s' under his belt and we'll start to see the best of him” said his champion trainer Jason MacKay.
The royally bred son of Betty's Angel, Ronnie Ritza has already been scratched from the Consolation of the Mega Maiden, but a quality field will still line up including other well related youngsters such as Nova Vite and Bitten.
National Distance champion, Blue Lorian will also trial before the first race in preparation for the Group Three All-Pro Newcastle Cup on December 11, for the best stayers nominated over the 715 metres at The Gardens.
Today's Greyhound Recorder Mega Maiden meeting at The Gardens will be seen live on Skyracing1 and you can bet live on the metting at Sportsbet or Iasbet, with the first race of the program scheduled to kick off at 4.00pm AEDT.