Lightning Frank has proved to be a lightning talent for trainer Matt Wright, who has watched the best greyhound he has ever trained win six of his 11 starts.
Lightning Frank started his career 300 kilometers away from his home of Allansford, just outside of Warrnambool, at Bendigo in the 2016 VIC Bred Maiden Series over the 425 metre distance reigning victory in the final – a feature first for both Matt and Lightning Frank.
“We put him in the maiden series at Bendigo because he wasn’t quite ready for the maiden series that was coming up at Sandown. The 425 was ideal for him at the time,” trainer Matt Wright explained.
WATCH: A very happy Matt Wright after Lightning Frank won his first feature on Bendigo Cup night.
Today at The Meadows Lightning Frank will line up in his biggest test to date, the semi-finals of the Group Two Great Chase, which is run over the 525 metre distance following an impressive win in the Warrnambool leg of the Great Chase.
The Great Chase heats are run across all Victorians tracks, with the semi-finals and the final run at The Meadows.
“I was reasonably confident before the heat at Warrnambool but you can never be too sure because of his box manners. Once he got to the front I had no issues!”
“I have kept a bit of an eye on the heats that have been run around the tracks and there are definitely some dogs I wouldn’t want to meet if we made it through.”
WATCH: Lightning Frank win a Warrnambool heat of the Great Chase from box seven.
Lightning Frank is jumping from box six in the sixth semi-final of the Group Two TAB Great Chase, although Matt believes Lightning Frank’s inexperience around The Meadows could be his undoing, five other greyhounds in the semi-final are also yet to run under race conditions at The Meadows.
“I did trial him at The Meadows before the Great Chase began but it would have been ideal to put him in under race conditions too,” Matt continued.
With eyes firmly fixed on the six semi-finals of the Great Chase, Mathew doesn’t have a set race plan in place for the near future but admits the Geelong Cup is tempting if Lighting Frank doesn’t make it through to the Great Chase Final.
“In the back of my mind I am thinking about the Geelong Cup but we will see how we go! He is only just gone two-years-old and has had 11 starts, exposing him to that class of greyhounds may knock his confidence. Hopefully I can pick out a few races in a more suitable class.”
“The main thing is we look after him the best we can and see the improvement to come with it!”