Slater's Boy one to beat
Friday, 18th June, 2010
Coulta Colleen's 525m track record has stood the test of time - nine years to be exact - but will come under fire when a locally-owned pup headlines the local Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge final tomorrow.
The Scott Slater-owned Sunny Boy Love appears to have a mortgage on the $3,000 winner's purse after coming within just 0.02s of breaking Coulta Colleen's long-standing mark of 30.33s in his heat run last week.
Sunny Boy Love, drawn a little awkwardly in box five for the final, has already amassed more than $40,000 in prizemoney, having predominantly raced at Adelaide's Angle Park.
But he faces a situation similar to 2009 when he was a raging hot favourite for the Broken Hill final, but bungled the start.
One who will be keen to take advantage of any chink in Sunny Boy Love's armour will be hometown hero Sheza Glamour, prepared by the husband and wife training team of Donna and Terry Gaiter.
The local Country Challenge final is one of the few feature events in town to elude the successful duo, and Terry Gaiter is hoping that can be rectified.
"It'd be good to win," he said.
"My wife has won the trainer's premiership out here recently and we've won just about every feature race here apart from this one and the McLeods Traditional, which is a big race held here on Melbourne Cup day.
"She's (Sheza Glamour) pretty well bred and it's a great achievement to be the only Broken Hill dog in the final."
One thing working in Sheza Glamour's favour is the coveted box one. The Where's Pedro bitch, boasting an edge in track experience on her rivals having had all but one of her 17 starts here, has never been beaten in four attempts with the red rug, a record sure to come under scrutiny in the final.
"I don't think she can beat Sunny Boy Love, but she's had four starts off the red for four wins," Terry said.
"You take Sunny Boy Love out of the final and she's right in it and off the red she's got to be a chance.
"She's an inside dog and she drew on the wrong side of the track (in the heats). We paid $500 for a half share in her and got her up from Melbourne and she has already won two feature races here at Broken Hill."
Such is the diverse nature of the field for the final that greyhounds based in NSW, Victoria and South Australia make up the top eight slated for the final on Broken Hill's biggest day of greyhound racing.
The Country Challenge final will start at 2.35pm.