The final of the Rockhampton Young Guns looks to be a foregone conclusion if the form of dogs on Saturday at Callaghan Park is anything to go on. Promises Nothing, a visitor trained by Roger Green, does not live up to his name as he promises to beat everything after convincingly winning his heat in the Young Guns middle distance race.
Starting as the red-hot favourite, Promises Nothing was a clear eight-length winner and was by far the quickest greyhound in the series for those 30 months and under on the date of that first heat.
Promises Nothing was the only heat winner to break through the 30-second marker for the distance and looks to have a few lengths’ advantage over the other dogs he will line up against on Thursday night.
Bonding Eyes, another out-of-towner and trained by David Gear, took the second placing with Jeff Kuhl’s Mister Rhys trailing Promises Nothing by over 10 lengths to finish third.
It was a win that caught the attention of local trainer Ray Pike.
“It’s (Promises Nothing) a very smart young dog,” Pike confirmed.
“Roger Green has won the Young Guns up here three or four times.”
Pike feels it will be hard to beat, especially as he is drawn from the number one box for the final.
Jeff Healy was not expected to get a winner with his dog Eight Ounces, but the Bundaberg trainer surprised the field to take the third heat by a clear length and a half from the fancied Ledaro Shifty with Nutella running third.
Pike believes the most promising of the local dogs for the Young Guns final could be the Walter Bennetts dog, Araluen Tiger.
Although not accustomed to the distance and tiring over the final 50 metres, the dog still managed a second place behind Les Wisener’s Moon Surfer in the second heat.
“He went bush on the first corner,” Pike said.
“He’ll improve on the running.”
Pike enjoyed the meeting as the only dog he had racing, Mystic Surf, was a winner in the Best Eight race over 510 metres.
Admittedly this race proved to be a little easier than expected as Christine Pollard was unable to make it to the track owing to illness and therefore both of her dogs were withdrawn.
That left a three-dog field with Mystic Surf taking the race by nearly nine lengths.
Spring Tin Man was a hot favourite to win the Best Eight sprint and he never let his backers down in beating Allan Svensen’s Little Italian by almost a length and Cecil Ringuet’s Magic Swift third. With 10 races on the card, most trainers took home a piece of the prizemoney as there were 10 winning trainers.
Current leader of the standings Dallas Beckett got his victory in the first race of the card with Tiger Swift a big winner in his first run.
Courtesy : The Morning Bulletin