Despite having qualified four runners for next Tuesday’s $4,400 Rapidvite Industries Tasmanian Country Derby Final (452 metres), Zeehan trainer Joe Pringle is not overly confident of success.
“There are several extremely promising chasers racing in Tasmania at the moment and two of them, Cointreau Cap and Matt’s Entity, have also qualified for the event,” he explained on Wednesday.
“I rate my four as handy, however I believe that they will need luck in running if they are to win, but in saying that I am very pleased that they made it through.”
“Ten years ago they would have been winning regularly, but the competition at the moment in Tasmania is very hot,” he added.
The former mining union boss and supermarket owner’s kennel will be represented by Booze Anthony ( Bit Chili – Wooreddy), Pop’s Castle ( Bombastic Shiraz – Slyan On Fire), Irinka Adam (Irinka Dennis – Irinka Tahnee) and Terry’s Memory ( Velocette – Wee Agree), all raced by his wife Helen.
Booze Anthony qualified for the Country Derby by storming home in the lane to win one of the two heats in the time of 25.99.
Terry’s Memory was placed in his particular heat and Irinka Adam and Pop’s Castle qualified by running fourth.
Pringle, quite probably the only trainer domiciled on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast, currently has five greyhounds in work, but is also handling a litter of 15 month-old pups which are displaying potential.
The Eileen Thomas prepared Cointreau Cap (Premier Fantasy – Alotta Mojo) took out the remaining Country Derby heat in a sizzling 25.56.
The winner of 10 of 21 lifetime outings he sped to the early lead from the red box and was never headed, eventually scoring by two lengths and paying a win dividend of $1.80.
“Darren told me that he would be a handy chaser in Tasmania and he has been proven correct,” Eileen Thomas explained.
“He is a brilliant beginner and can invariably find the lead wherever he draws, so I expect him to lead again from box two on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile Tuesday’s $4,400 Betfair Tasmanian Country Oaks Final will see the clash of several of Tasmania’s most promising bitches.
With the field to be declared later today (Wednesday), Bagdad trainer Rodney Walker is hoping to draw out wide with the outstanding speedster Bell Oh Moss ( Kiowa Sweet Trey – Marananga Moss), the winner of 5 of 9 outings including a 25.55 score at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting.
Walker is planning an interstate campaign with Bell Oh Moss later in the season, which may even see him campaign the bitch in Western Australia.
“My son lives in the West and he is a part-owner of Bell Oh Moss, so it would be nice for him to see her race,” he explained.
“But in the meantime we will concentrate on the job at hand, the Tasmanian Country Oaks Final.”
“We will have to contend with the likes of She’s All Class and probably Pipstar, Roxy Rhythm, Sing The Song and Stylish Abbey, so it will be a super field for sure.”