MAX Profit (Fabregas x Belron Cedar Jan ’15) broke through for his first ‘500’ win at Cannington in almost seven months when taking out the $30,000 Lew Dorsa Memorial on Saturday night.
The black dog showed his customary pace from box seven, crossing over to take the lead from $1.60 shot West On Augie (Fernando Bale x Te Amo Feb ’16) in the early stages.
Despite finding the lead it wasn’t an easy win, with Max Profit fighting off a late challenge from Trouper Monelli (Fernando Bale x Bingle Monelli Nov ’15) to win by a head in a best of night 29.89.
Although Max Profit was sent to the boxes as a $15 chance with bookies, trainer Corey White said he went into the race optimistic.
“I had a slight bit of confidence going into the race,” White told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“Max had had a few 500s going into the final and while he hadn’t showed his brilliant best, I thought he was getting better with every run.
“I also thought he was well drawn – the dog on his outside was an average beginner and Astrozone was on his inside and he always heads towards the fence.
“I thought that would give him plenty of room which is what happened and once he got to a clear lead he was able to show what he can do.”
Max Profit had been knocking on the door of a feature win. Since resuming from a three-month spell in January, the 32-kilogram racer had started eight times, only missing a top three finish once (a sixth in the Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial won by his kennel mate Dandalup Brutus).
While he had been racing well, Max Profit hadn’t won over the 520m trip since winning the WA Sprint Championship final last August. Since then it has been a rocky road for the speedster and his trainer, battling injuries and contending with prolonged periods on the sidelines.
“When he competed in the National Sprint final at Albion Park he came off the track and needed 20 stitches in his foot,” White explained.
“That put him on the sidelines for a couple of months and then at his first start back he dislocated his toe and fractured a sesamoid.
“I decided to send him over to John Katakasi in SA for treatment. John looked after him for six weeks – he nursed him better and got it right and then sent him back when he was 100 per cent.”
White said it was a huge relief to see his kennel star bounce back to his best on Saturday night after all his dramas.
“A few people thought he was done and that he couldn’t break 30 seconds anymore,” he explained.
“But I knew he still had it in him – it was just a matter of getting back to full race fitness after so long off.
“It was a relief to see him come out and show that he has still got it against some good dogs – particularly in those conditions.
“It was a windy night and only one other race broke 30 so it just shows how good he went.”
Max Profit has now won 24 races from 45 starts with 16 placings, his earnings sitting at $126,975.
His next major goal will be the heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup (520m) which will be held at Cannington next month.