CLUB GETS BEHIND MATT’S ENTITY & ‘GO THE PINK DOG’ CAMPAIGN
Scott McKenzie and his greyhound Matt’s Entity (Vee Man Vane x Top Entity) will be carrying the hopes of an entire town on their shoulders when they contest Sunday night’s Group 2 Bendigo Cup.
The only hobby trainer with a finalist in the Bendigo Cup, McKenzie lives in Bendigo and runs his own rendering business while training a small team of greyhounds.
Despite amassing a brilliant record of 32 wins from just 54 starts, Matt’s Entity, who is drawn in Box 8, will be an underdog in the race.
In support of Go The Pink Dog, which sees Greyhound Racing Victoria donate $500 to the McGrath Foundation every time a greyhound wearing the pink number 8 rug wins a race in Victoria throughout the month of April, the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club is donating $500 to the cause in recognition of a local greyhound making the Cup and drawing Box 8.
And should Matt’s Entity win the Cup, the Bendigo GRC will donate a further $2,000 to the McGrath Foundation, $1,000 if he runs second or $500 if he finishes third.
Matt’s Entity has a tough challenge ahead of him as champion trio Paw Licking, Black Magic Opal and reigning Bendigo Cup winner Ronan Izmir are drawn side by side in boxes 1, 2 and 3 respectively in the final.
Black Magic Opal broke the 425m track record in his heat, recording a time of 23.42sec, while Matt’s Entity ran 23.65sec.
“It’s an honour just to have a greyhound competing against these dogs because they are the best greyhound in the country,” McKenzie said.
“He (Matt’s Entity) ran very similar sectionals to Black Magic Opal in his heat, but didn’t run home as strongly. That said, he was a little bit underdone going into his heat, and he has run 23.57sec before at Bendigo, so you never know what might happen.”
Matt’s Entity was bred in Victoria, started his career in NSW and was then sold to Tasmania. McKenzie purchased the greyhound from Tasmania for $15,000 after he had amassed 10 wins.
He has won 22 races for McKenzie and earned $40,000 in prize money for him.
The Bendigo Cup winner will receive a $43,750 first prize.