There is nothing quite like a touch of sibling rivalry in sport and greyhound racing is no exception. Two highly talented litter brothers, Hunter Hummer and Macoreka, will by vying against each another and six other canine athletes when they contest the $5000-to-the-winner Silver Bullet at Unibet Gardens tomorrow (Friday) night.
Hunter Hummer and Macoreka are trained at Abermain by Helen Pullman. The flashy fawn dogs were bred by Pullman’s daughter, Kayla Spliet, and are by Cosmic Rumble out of the family’s handy race bitch, Saint Dora.
Hunter Hummer is a winner of 12 from 22 with five minor placings. Included in those wins are fast times at Maitland (22.38s), Richmond (22.55s), Gosford (22.93s) and Wauchope (21.98s). Macoreka is less experienced but looks to have just as much talent as his brother. His record currently stands at 16 starts for seven wins and four placings. While he may not have had as many starts, Macoreka has clocked a scintillating 22.55s over the 400 at Unibet Gardens and he has also notched up a handy 30.01s triumph over the 515 at the same venue.
“He (Macoreka) was just a little bit behind the others. Hunter Hummer has done everything right from the start which is why he has had more starts”, Pullman explained.
Both dogs were very convincing in their respective heats last Friday with Hunter Hummer taking time honours of the day, posting a sizzling 22.70s. Beginning well from box two, the speedster speared straight to the front of the field and was never in danger, cruising along to defeat Barb’s Kiwi by five and three quarter lengths on the line.
Equally impressive was Macoreka who began well from box one but was outpaced early by Gliding Gem. The 30 kilogram chaser parked behind the leader before railing through to assume the lead on the home turn and stretching out to score by three quarters of a length in a fast 22.86s.
Pullman was happy with the runs of her gutsy greyhounds but claims that they have the ability to go faster this week
“They ran well. It was quite a windy day and the wind picked up during their races and I think it was slowing them down a little. I think they can go a bit faster this week”.
Both dogs have drawn close to the rails for the decider with Hunter Hummer exiting the coveted inside alley and Macoreka filling box three. Pullman says that she would have preferred to see them drawn off the track but is happy enough with the box draw. Based on their boxes, Pullman believes Hunter Hummer holds the best chance of her two runners, largely due to his early pace.
“The box draw is ok although I’d probably prefer them a bit wider on the track”, Pullman said.
“Macoreka is quick out, as soon as the lids go up he is out and he is stronger but Hunter Hummer has the speed to burn him off early”.
“It depends on how they begin but probably Hunter Hummer off box one”.
It will be no easy task for the Hunter Valley duo with some stiff competition lining up in the race. Diddy Strike is a winner of 30 races and is as honest as they come. Despite turning four years of age in May, the son of Elite State is racing in career best form. But, he will have to overcome a horror draw in box five.
Barb’s Kiwi is a younger half-brother to the grand old stager and has come up between the Pullman pair in box two. The Knocka Norris dog has won eight from 39 and was simply outpaced by Hunter Hummer in last week’s heat. From the good draw he will have every chance of redeeming himself tomorrow afternoon.
Chasing Glory is a class runner from the consistent John Miles kennel and will be aiming to make it win number 20 from box 6. The son of El Galo has a flying personal best of 22.52s over the track and distance. However, that was recorded back in 2011.
Chasing Glory finished second in last week’s heat to the exiting youngster Joe Hanley. Trained by Ron Bell, the son of former top city bitch Lorna Moira will have to work hard to cross from out wide in box seven. However, if he gets a clear run, he is probably one of the biggest threats to Hunter Hummer and Macoreka.
The Silver Bullet is race eight at Unibet Gardens tomorrow night and will jump at 2:57pm.