He’s got some superstars in his kennel – including Western Bulldogs recruit Tom Boyd – but Liam Pickering says Frankie Tana might just be his best yet.
The Off the Bench radio host says he’s not surprised he was able to get one-up on his fellow hosts Craig Hutchison and Dr Turf when his greyhound Frankie Tana won yesterday in spectacular fashion at Ballarat.
Winning in a brilliant time of 25.289 sec, Frankie Tana’s run was the quickest of the day and would have won at least six heats of the Group 2 Ballarat Cup just three weeks ago.
“As expected, I’ve got the pick of the litter,” Pickering said.
“I studied the form hard and realised that Frankie and I were going to make a great partnership.
“Hutchy and Doc were unfortunately asleep at the wheel and it looks like I’ve got myself a brilliant dog.”
Trainer Paul Anderton said Pickering and his syndicate should be pretty optimistic that her good form could continue, and was pretty surprised with her brilliant win.
“When she drew box eight I thought our chances were next to zero, because I expected her to be slow out of the boxes, want to turn left, and genuinely be no hope,” Anderton said.
“But the other dogs jumped out and our girl got the best run of all time, racing is a lot of luck at times!
“She actually looked like a really good dog, her time was exceptional, it was well above what you would expect for that class of dog. But the way she did it was terrific, she looked the goods.”
Frankie Tana was purchased at Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) Ready 2 Race auction in November. The syndicate of owners won their way into the greyhound through participating in the Off the Bench ‘Dr Who’ quiz throughout the year.
WATCH: Frankie Tana’s Ballarat Brilliance
PIC: Franke Tana after being purchased by the Pickers syndicate at the R2R sales. Pic courtesy: Clint Anderson