Courtesy Brad Davidson – Gold Coast Bulletin
PERTH trainer Paul Stuart has conceded Dashing Corsair’s 710m track record could be out of reach for superstar Miata when she starts a red-hot favourite in tonight’s Group 1 Macro Meats Gold Cup at Albion Park.
Miata (41.89secs), Australia’s Black Caviar of greyhound racing, was about six lengths outside Dashing Corsair’s record (41.44secs) in her heat victory last week and Stuart conceded the gap might be too much to make up.
“We probably won’t see that (tonight) and we will just be happy to get across the line first.”
Miata already holds five metro track records around Australia and will be looking to bounce back quickly from her shock loss in last month’s Sandown Cup.
Being the world’s richest staying race, Stuart was understandably disappointed by the defeat, which was only Miata’s fourth from 29 starts to date.
“The fact she got beat didn’t worry me but it was just the way she got beat,” Stuart said.
Miata will take her career record to 26 wins from 30 starts with prize money beyond $390,000 if she wins tonight
“I know she can be slow out but she is generally not that slow away and she didn’t really get warm until after a lap.”
Stuart thought he had found his once in a lifetime dog through 2010 WA Greyhound of the Year, Pedrosa but it didn’t take long to see Miata was a freak.
“Pedrosa won 30 of his 50 starts and was a very good dog,” Stuart said.
“But after Miata’s second trial she went just as quick as he did and she was only about 15 months old at the time.
“We knew then she was going to be pretty special.”
Miata will jump from box four in the final (9.08pm) tonight.
Victorians Double Jeopardy, Yowyeh (Jeff Britton) and Shimaguni (Andrea Dailly) are among those trying to beat Miata tonight.
“Miata is definitely the one to beat, while on ability my best chance is Double Jeopardy from box 1,” Britton said.
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