BIMBADGEN Man (Fabregas x Taros Miss Aug ’15) will be the one to beat in the RQ Townsville Young Guns (498m) this Tuesday night after coming up with the coveted rails alley for the $3,500 to the winner feature.
Prepared by Darren Taylor, Bimbadgen Man resumed from a 20-day freshen-up in his heat last week, carving across from box seven to assume the lead around the first turn.
Despite a challenge from Willy Rocket (Kiowa Mon Manny x Cawbourne Lexus Dec ’15) throughout the middle stages, Bimbadgen Man kicked on strongly in the home straight to register a four and one quarter length win in 29.03.
“If he is good enough to win on Tuesday that will make it three Young Guns and a Derby for him – I don’t know if that’s been done before but it’s no mean feat,” Taylor told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“I was very happy with his run on Tuesday – he came out well and he beat a solid line-up quite convincingly so I couldn’t have asked for much more.”
Bimbadgen Man started his career in the NSW Hunter Valley, winning just one of his first 12 starts. He was then purchased by the Muldog Racing Syndicate, which is made up primarily of first time owners, and instantly tasted success, claiming his first seven starts for Taylor.
All up he has now faced the starter 29 times for 14 wins and eight placings with prize money earnings tipping just over $20,000.
Taylor said he couldn’t be happier with the two-and-a-half-year old’s progress since making the move, with his form turnaround pleasantly surprising the Bouldercombe trainer.
“I thought he’d be a nice little dog for this region, but I honestly didn’t think he’d be as good as what he’s been – he must like the Queensland sun!
“He is no super star. I have trained better dogs than him, but what he lacks in ability he makes up for in determination – he is just an honest little dog and his results show that.”
Bimbadgen Man will face a handy field in the final on Tuesday night including five runners from the Rhonda Essery kennel. His biggest threat looks to be the Essery-trained Licorice Shot (Magic Sprite x Miss Lauryn Mar ’16) which has won his past four heading into the final.
However, Taylor says if his charge can repeat his 28.79 personal best over the track and trip he should be taking home the title.
“If he can run 28.90 or better I don’t think they can beat him,” Taylor said.
“I am pretty confident he can lead from box one and get every chance to do that – but it is greyhound racing so anything can happen.”
The 2018 Townville Young Guns (498m) final will be run and won on Tuesday night and is set to jump at 9.12pm AEDT.