It didn’t take long for NSW youngster Pindari Express to be regarded as one of the hottest racing prospects in Australia. In fact, it only took one start.
The son of Fabregas and Brook’s Doll equalled the Bulli 400 metre track record from box two in his first start and then went onto break Maitland’s 450 metre track record (24.59sec).
All six of his career starts have seen him record best of night times.
Pindari Express is owned and trained by Chifley (NSW) trainer Tracy Scruse, who is a third-generation greyhound participant and is currently on the ride of her life with this greyhound.
Pindari Express’ mother, Brook’s Doll produced the 2017 Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup and 2017 Warragul Cup winner Ando’s Mac.
WATCH: Pindari Express break the Maitland track record from box two.
“Me and my friend purchased two from the litter. Ando’s Mac hadn’t won any group races at the time, so I think we got pretty lucky,” owner and trainer Tracey Scruse said.
Scruse and Pindari’s Express will be making the longest journey of their racing careers on Tuesday night for heats of the newly labelled Group 3 St Leger at Warragul.
The St Leger is quickly becoming a go-to race for up and coming greyhounds, with recent winners including million-dollar star Fanta Bale (2016) and Horsham Cup winner Jimmy Newob (2017).
“I had so many people telling me I needed to head to Melbourne with Pindari Express because that is where the big races are.”
“I don’t believe in pushing greyhounds before their time. I don’t want to put him up against open class greyhounds if I can help it which is why I chose the Warragul St Leger.”
The Warragul St Leger, which will run as a Group 3 spectacle for the first time this year, is for greyhounds whelped on or after April 1, 2016 and carries a $25,000 first prize.
“I am told that the Warragul track is similar to Bulli, and Pindari Express really suits that type of track which gives me a bit of confidence,” Scruse said.
Pindari Express has drawn box seven in the fourth and final St Leger heat.
Scruse may have been trying to avoid the open class greyhounds by heading to Warragul over the Shepparton Cup but she has found herself up against two-time Group 1 contender Chief’s Empire who will jump from box one.
“I was really surprised to see Chief’s Empire and My Redeemer in the heats,” Scruse said.
My Redeemer bypassed the Group 1 National Sprint at Sandown Park, the same track he claimed the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson in May.
“I am not sure how he is going to handle the competition on Tuesday night, all we can do is hope for clean racing.”
The winners and second place getters will receive a rug in next Sundays Group 3 St Leger, success in this series will be a huge step for Scruse and her family.
“Pindari Express is the best greyhound me and my have owned and trained. We haven’t won a city race either, so we are hoping he can give us that thrill too.”
Understandably, Scruse has had multiple offers to purchase Pindari Express but she said it doesn’t matter what people are offering she will not let him go.