One kennel that is set to play a huge hand in the race is the Brendan Pursell camp at Brighton. Pursell is helped out with his kennel of 10 at home by his wife Lynne and son Blake. To have such a small team and qualify Despicable Todd, I’ve Got Class and One Man Army for the final is an amazing effort and testament to the hard work of this family team.
Pursell is no stranger to quality dogs, having had smart chasers such as Cheetah Zorro and Lika Whisper pass through his kennels, but there is no doubting his excitement at this young group coming through.
“All three of mine have drawn badly in the final, but I think I’ve Got Class is the best drawn of them”, Pursell said.
“It’s a quality field and Outskirts in the two and Mick Stringer’s runner (Reddington) in the four would be the main dangers. Reddington can go right at the start, which wouldn’t help Despicable Todd.”
Despicable Todd is by Collision out of Lyndor Lee and is the fastest qualifier for the final after clocking a very quick 26.07 in his semi-final. That victory followed a 26.22 heat win and on both occasions this supremely bred chaser led all the way in impressive fashion.
“We’ve had Despicable Todd for about two months. I’ve trained quite a few for Mitchell Pryce and Todd is one of the most talented along with Despicable Ben, who went from my place to Jason Thompson’s.
“Despicable Todd will probably go through his classes and might end up going to Victoria or NSW if he measures up. He is the better racedog currently out of the three of mine.”
The second of Pursell’s unbeaten brigade is the extremely raw I’ve Got Class, who is by Spring Gun out of Magic Castle.
“I’ve Got Class has a huge amount of natural ability, but is still as green as grass and learning what racing is all about. He is a very fast dog, but his racing pattern means he still has to learn what it’s about.
“We have had him since six months of age. I own and trained a smart bitch called Champagne Girl and we have always liked the Ice Dancer line, which Magic Castle comes from. So we took a punt on the untried bitch and sire and it’s worked out well so far.”
The last of the Pursell chances is One Man Army, which is owned by his son Blake.
“Blake is praying he will win and is genuinely excited about tomorrow night, which is fantastic”, Pursell said. “He is going to find it a bit tough, but with a bit of luck he might surprise and find his way into the money. I would love for him to run a big race, Blake has worked really hard around the place and it would be a well-deserved result.”