For many years the Dundee prefix has been used most commonly around country Victoria, but in the last year Pakenham South hobby trainer Geoffrey Scott-Smith (pictured with Dundee Osprey) has bred some very exciting greyhounds, which has seen his prefix spread interstate.
On Saturday night, Scott-Smith has four of his five kennel dogs set to tackle the Group 1 $103,075 Peter Mosman heats at Wentworth Park over the 520 metre distance.
Last week the Peter Mosman heats where abandoned because of a storm that hit New South Wales, causing damage to the track (more information).
The Group 1 heats where redrawn during the week which saw a further three Victorian’s entered for the three week series; increasing the Victorian numbers to an impressive 25 greyhounds.
Dundee Cobra kicks off Scott-Smith’s night at Wentworth Park; he is jumping from box 5 in his first interstate campaign from his 28 career starts (7 wins and 8 minor placings).
“Dundee Cobra’s last start was in May at Healesville where he did a webbing, after some time off he is starting to come good again. He doesn’t have a lot of early pace which will mean he needs plenty of early luck in the run,” trainer Geoffrey Scott-Smith explained.
“Dundee Fury is a dog with a lot of talent! He went very quick in his first race start at Sale (24.68sec), but he is very slow early and I think the red box is the worst spot for him, because he wants outside of the track. Saying that, he could make a liar out of me!” – GEOFFREY SCOTT-SMITH.
Well known litter bother Dundee Osprey (sons of Fabregas and Dundee Rose) continues his interstate group race search, after traveling to Albion Park and finishing fifth in the Group 2 $67,500 Queensland Derby. He is having his first start at Wentworth Park from box 3 in the fourth heat (set to jump at 8:47pm), Scott-Smith believes Dundee Osprey is his best chance by far.
“This weeks heat is a lot tougher because there are a few dogs that have early pace. If he can get away with them I am confident he can make it through next week,” Scott-Smith said.
WATCH: Dundee Osprey (box 2) in his first group 1 victory at Sandown Park, the $145,000 Harrison-Dawson Final (515m).
Dundee Fury is a last start winner at Sale from box 1 over the 440 metre distance. He is stepping up to the 520 metre journey for the first time in his three start career (for two wins) and his first interstate trip. Dundee Fury is in the third heat which is set to jump at 8.28pm.
“He is a dog with a lot of talent! He went very quick in his first race start at Sale (24.68sec), but he is very slow early and I think the red box is the worst spot for him, because he wants outside of the track. Saying that, he could make a liar out of me!” Scott-Smith laughed.
WATCH: Dundee Fury win his maiden from box 6 at Sale in May, in a best of the night time of 24.679sec (440m).
“Dundee Calypso also relative inexperienced as a race dog, she is also a bit slow in the early stages, but I rate her higher over the 600 because she is very strong. If the field gives her half a chance she will be up there with them,” Scott-Smith said.