Promising young trainer Jess Fothergill will race her 2015 Waterloo Cup runner-up Suave Odessa at Benalla on Sunday.
National Coursing Association Secretary Sue Delaney said the meeting would present a new challenge for the classy short-course sprinter, who has won 24 of 108 starts on TAB tracks.
“It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the drag lure for the first time after coursing last year behind the (standard) trolley lure in the Waterloo Cup,” Sue said.
The Waterloo Cup was Suave Odessa’s first attempt at coursing, and he was runner-up to Rylee’s Enforcer in the final.
With an extraordinary 114 nominations for Sunday’s Benalla meeting, Sue said she was buoyed by seeing a number of new faces having a go at coursing in the early stages of the 2016 season, but she was also quick to acknowledge the regulars.
“It’s great to see our seasoned campaigners still coursing their greyhounds and supporting our sport, and people are showing they are willing to travel to course because they know it is so good for their greyhounds’ fitness and in most cases it gives their dog’s an edge once they return to TAB racing.”
“As well as trainers around Benalla in the northern Victoria region, some are heading across from the Ballarat and Bendigo regions on Sunday, while the west and east Gippsland regions are also represented,” she said.
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