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Waterloo Cup Preview: Back-to-Back a Big Ask

Reigning champ Full Of Grace (pictured right) will attempt to become just the second greyhound in half a century to win back-to-back Waterloo Cups when the 2015 series is conducted at Longwood on Saturday and Sunday.

The Waterloo Cup is the pinnacle of the coursing season, which is old-fashioned greyhound racing run throughout the winter months.

Coursing involves greyhounds racing one-on-one over 300 metres on a grass straight track up to six times over a weekend in a knockout competition, which is a genuine test of speed and strength.

It is also a great test for trainers, who adopt various methods to help prepare their greyhounds in between courses.

“Full Of Grace is a little underdone having had a few injury problems in recent times,” confessed trainer Peter Craig, who is also the President of the National Coursing Association of Victoria. “I’m not saying she can’t win it again, but she has a huge challenge ahead of her.”

Meanwhile, one of the main fancies this year is Full On Bling, who is prepared by John Westerlo, known among his peers as the ‘King of Coursing’.

“He is a very, very fast greyhound,” Westerlo said of Full On Bling. “The main danger for him is if he gets knocked out in the first or second round by a real speedy greyhound.”

“If he can get through the early rounds he’ll be very hard to beat though, because he is super strong and he has had a terrific preparation.”
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