In just his second start over the 715 metre distance, Obama Keeping will line up against WA’s best stayers for a chance to represent his state in the 2014 National Distance Final held next week at Cannington.
The Terry Erenshaw trained middle distance, turned stayer, finished second behind Reverberate from box three in last week’s heat of the WA National Distance Championship. The black dog stuck on Reverberate’s tail, even snatching the lead at one point, but failed to hold on finishing second in his first start over the distance.
With a 700 metre run under his belt, the son of Bekim Bale – Beth Keeping will be better for it as he begins his campaign to become a seasoned stayer against the states best distance dogs.
“You’re never confident with any dog, you expect the worst and hope for the best.” Trainer Terry Erenshaw explained when asked about how he expected his chaser to go first up over the distance.
“I thought he would have been able to stick with Reverberate but he couldn’t, she dropped him off pretty swiftly.”
Drawing box eight in a final with talent coming from just about every box Obama Keeping will have pull out something special if he is to represent the state next week.
“It’s good to have the dog in the race but he isn’t up to the standard. He will shine another day and I am proud to have him in the race.”
“There are plenty of races for this dog, just not this one. But he did a marvellous job to get there.”
“At the moment he can’t compete with seasoned stayers, especially at this level and it would be naive to think otherwise.”
Obama Keeping has had just 23 starts for seven wins and six minor placing’s. If he takes to the 700 metre distance as easily as he did with the 600 he looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the staying ranks.
As for this weeks deciding final, Erenshaw finds it hard to pick the winner out of Reverberate, Ash Flash and Bingle Monelli.
“If Reverberate and Bingle Monelli want to bounce each other around they are going to make the race for something else coming from behind and the only dog coming from behind would be Ash Flash. Then Ash Flash may have trouble getting through the race.”
Despite the high standard of talent that will be arriving on WA soil in the next few days, with the likes of Sweet It Is and Xylia Allen, Erenshaw still believes that a WA dog could take out the National Distance series because of the home ground advantage.
At 9.07pm, the guesswork will stop and the greyhounds will do what they do best, run. The $14,500 to the winner will pale in comparison to the spot in the $75,000 final earned for the following week. All prices are from the current Sportingbet fixed odds market.
Bingle Monelli for trainer David Hobby has received box one and is set to start the race paying $3.60. The daughter of Collision – Joanne Monelli loves the cherry box, producing seven wins from 10 starts and that may prove to be the advantage she needs to win the race.
Flight Of Anevay has drawn box two for trainer Kody Charles and is at long odds to take out the race ($31.00). Last week she finished third in her best performance over the distance to date, this week she will find it hard with an abundance of talent throughout the field. She will probably have to look for her first win over the distance against easier company.
Wing It Appeal for young trainer James Jefferies is a sneaky $21.00 chance from box three. The daughter of Head Bound – Twinkle Appeal has been consistent in the staying ranks at Cannington with 11 starts for eight wins. She loves to use a bit of the track which causes her to do a lot more work then she needs to do.
Reveberate has drawn box four for trainer Linda Britton and will start around $3.10 to take out the race. She has been in great form and in her last 14 starts over the 715 she has been a picture of consistency, never finishing any worse than third place. If she is to take out this race she will need Ash Flash to find trouble behind so that she doesn’t have him on her tail to potentially run over her on the line.
Freeway Ace for trainer Keith Harding will start the race paying around $31. The WA bred dog has been around the staying ranks for a while. The brindle chaser stepped down in distance to the 530 then had a week off before running in the heats last week. Improvement should be eminent with a run over the 700 under his belt.
Mullet Hunter has drawn box six for Ben Abercrombie and is currently paying $11.00 for the win. This bitch is new over the staying ranks with just four starts to her name for one win and one minor placing. She is a fast beginner and that should see her around the lead most of the way despite jumping from box six. If she is caught out in front alone and there is trouble behind she may just hold on to claim the victory.
Ash Flash will start as $2.10 favourite for trainer Paul Stuart out of box seven. It doesn’t matter what box this freakish bitch receives because she is going to be near last out of the boxes. Her come from behind style although entertaining can be cause for concern if there is trouble in front of her. In saying that she is very strong and has been able to manoeuvre throughout the field to win on nine out of 14 occasions over the staying journey.
Obama Keeping is jumping from box eight and is set to pay around $23 to take out the race. He is another dog that could find himself in the lead early, being only his second run over the distance there will still be more room for improvement so its expected that he will tire towards the line.
Free Candy for trainer Steve Withers was unlucky not to make it through last week and she is yet to win over the 700 from her three starts. Her run last week was impressive, she was faced with a few interferences and looked to hit the line stronger than before. It’s only a matter of time before the Oaks winner salutes over the staying journey.
Houdini Monelli for David Hobby is the second reserve. Last week he looked mid race as though he could challenge the leading Reverberate and Obama Keeping but instead tired towards the line just holding onto finish fourth. If he was to get a start, he will need to gather a decent lead if he is to take out the race.