Ernie Bung Arrow and trainer Ken Gill. Source: News Limited
ARROW TAKES AIM AT ADELAIDE CUP
He’s the pride of South Australia and tonight Ernie Bung Arrow will attempt to become the first hometown winner of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup since Miss Spicy in 2006.
After taking out his heat in fine style last week, the planets have aligned for the rising star of the greyhound world, who has drawn perfectly in box eight for the $107,500 final at Angle Park.
“I would’ve taken box one, but his trait is getting up the track a bit so eight works out well.
“The six (Kokoda Spirit) and the seven (Peter Rocket) crash to the rail, so he might get left alone out there.”
Since bursting onto the scene in June, Ernie Bung Arrow has become a cult hero, winning 12 of his 13 starts, including the Group 3 SA Derby last month.
The rest of the country is following ‘Ernie’s’ progress intently, including him in the first round of invitations to the Group 1 Topgun while he was named the Australian Greyhound Racing Association’s Greyhound of the Month for September.
“He knows he’s a star,” Gill said.
“He gets his photo taken and he thinks he’s somebody.”
Having a runner in the Adelaide Cup final is nothing new for the Lewiston conditioner, who qualified Where’s Diamond in 2010, but Ernie is a far more realistic hope.
Rob Britton’s two runners – Iona Seven (box three) and Farmor Las Vegas (box five) – shape as the biggest dangers after recording the two quickest heat wins last week, while Tony Lagana’s Fire Tyson is the other SA representative.
This is clearly the biggest test of Ernie Bung Arrow’s fledgling career and he will need to use his explosive early speed to give himself a chance.
“I don’t really expect him to win, but I’m hoping,” Gill said.
“I think he needs to get to the front and for there to be a mix up on the first turn.”
Iona Seven and National Sprint Championship runner-up Tomac Bale share favouritism at $3.80, just ahead of Ernie Bung Arrow ($4) and Ronan Izmir ($4.20).
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