TRACK RECORD, CUP WIN THOROUGHLY DESERVED
Crump’s Horsham Cup winning performance on Saturday in which he broke the 480m track record – set by Crash almost a decade ago – is a case of justice prevailing according to trainer Troy Iwanyk.
The former West Australian trainer said he wasn’t surprised that Crump manufactured the lightning time of 26.679sec in what was the greyhound’s first group win.
“Without being cocky, I’m not surprised that he ran that quick because he has come so close to breaking a number of track records around Victoria,” Iwanyk said.
“He has run within a length of track records at Shepparton (450m), Warragul (460m) and Ballarat (450m) and he also smashed a track record in a trial at Dapto (520m).”
“He was a little bit underdone in his heat (when winning in 26.90sec), so when he began well in the final I thought he might give the record a shake.”
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“This is his sixth group final, so I’m just happy he has won one. I felt he deserved it because he has been so competitive throughout his career.”
Iwanyk, 30, has made a strong impression on the Victorian greyhound scene since arriving from WA three years ago, including victory at group level with his former star stayer Pillow Torque.
“This is his sixth group final, so I’m just happy he has won one. I felt he deserved it because he has been so competitive throughout his career” – TROY IWAYNK
He was awarded the Ned Bryant Silver Fox at the 2012 Victorian Greyhound Industry Awards Night for showing outstanding potential as a trainer, including the professional manner in which he conducts himself on track and in the media.
Iwanyk, who grew up with a collar and lead in his hand, said the change was a win-win for all.
“I don’t live there (at the Greenoughs) but I’m there pretty much seven days a week and it is great working in with them. Kel’s record as a trainer speaks for itself, and there’s always something to learn in this caper.”
“I don’t mind travelling long distances, so I’ve been doing a lot of the long trips to the races for Kel. We’re working really well together,” he said.
Crump, raced by the Off The Leash Syndicate, will turn three in May. He has had 21 wins and nine placings from just 45 starts including appearances in the Warragul Cup (4th), Geelong Cup (fell), Maturity Classic (8th), WA Derby (4th) and Cup Night Sprint (8th).
First prize in the Horsham Cup was $43,750, which took the son of Superman and Mon Cherie’s prize money earnings up to $125,000.