Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer has unearthed some outstanding chasers in his day, but probably non more promising than the New South Wales owned Rybenbrook, a winner at his two Tasmanian outings to date.
“Rybenbrook is probably the pick of all the young greyhounds that I have handled, he has great potential,” he declared at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting.
Minutes earlier the son of Bombastic Shiraz had toyed with his rivals in the Surepick Juvenile (452 metres), overcoming a slow beginning as a $1.20 favourite, before winning by six lengths in a slick 25.98.
At his initial start on February 24, Rybenbrook had accounted for Dasher Dooley at Tattersalls Park over 461 metres, scorching to an eight length 26.03 score at odds of $1.10.
Prior to that, the young chaser had qualified for the Maiden Thousand Final in 26.07, but unfortunately for connections had to be scratched from the rich finale.
Rybenbrook is the first greyhound owned by Jason Fletcher to occupy a kennel at the Stringer complex, which has housed in recent years such standouts as the Hobart Thousand winner Little Spaniard and Topline Doovee.
“Jason rang me and said that he had a pup that had broken in nicely and would like me to have a bit of fun with,” the trainer explained.
“I am certainly doing that and I believe several other members of the litter are performing well both in New Zealand and Queensland,” he added.
Meanwhile track specialist, the highly promising Rewind, had his colours lowered at the NWGRC meeting when he began badly before finishing fourth to the flying I’m A Fencer.
The Morrie Strickland prepared son of Collide had won five of six outings at the Devonport Raceway and was sent out a raging $1.70 favourite, but unfortunately blotted his copybook.
Prepared at Bishopsbourne by David Crosswell and raced by local fencing contractor Kingsley Jarman, I’m A Fencer found the early lead and was never in danger of defeat at odds of $4.50, eventually winning by five lengths in a sizzling 25.59.
The son of Go Wild Teddy has now won 13 of 23 lifetime starts and stakes of in excess of $20,000 and was sent out favourite in the recent Dowling McCarthy Devonport Cup, won by the eventual Australian Cup winner St Pierre.
Meanwhile former harness racing trainer Brian Shipp was also seen in the winners circle on Tuesday, when his smart chaser Brumby Bomber greeted the judge in the Boags Draught Grade 5 event.
Well supported at odds of $3.20, the son of Brumby Lad recorded 26.08 in defeating Paua To React and Runaway Time in a tight finish.
Brumby Bomber has been racing in top form, winning three of his last four runs and has now won four of 16 lifetime starts and stakes of in excess of $6,000 for connections.