Better Than This (pictured) is out to prove he is better than everyone in the biggest event on the coursing calendar – the 2016 Waterloo Cup.
The two day event starts on Saturday at Lang Lang Coursing Club, with the final course to be run on Sunday.
Trainer Andrew Paraskevas isn’t surprised with the continued success of his coursing star.
“I know how quick he is so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see him do well in the coursing arena,” Andrew explained.
“Up the straight he is quicker than American Monster. It’s very disappointing he doesn’t go around the circle tracks.”
Better Than This is the perfect example of the important role coursing plays in greyhound racing. Following his 2016 VCC Cup victory at Lang Lang in May, Andrew believed that coursing gave Better Than This the chance to do something he loved – running – before heading for life on somebody’s couch.
Following a move from Capalaba, which saw him unbeaten over the 366 metre trip, Better Than This has gone onto win five out of six coursing feature races including the GOTBA Cup two weeks ago.
“He deserves to go a long way in the Waterloo Cup because he does have a great coursing record.”
With the continued success behind the drag, Andrew has thoughts about taking him to a circle track, but only if he is 100% right.
“The Capalaba Cup is coming up so I will wait and make a decision after that.”
Note: The Waterloo Cup involves greyhounds competing one-on-one on a grass straight track in a knockout format up to three times in a day. The final course – to take place on Sunday – will be the sixth course across consecutive days for the two competing greyhounds.