Gerald Kleeven, breeder and trainer of Gippsland’s best young greyhound Luca Neveelk, has his sights firmly set on Sunday’s Group 2 TAB Bendigo Cup heats.
“I trialled him at Bendigo recently and he ran 24 seconds flat, which I was pretty happy with given it was his first look at the track,” said Kleeven, who is based in Denison.
Luca Neveelk who has won 11 races from just 12 starts on Victoria’s provincial circuit including his past nine in a row, recently met Victorian Premier Dr. Denis Napthine at a funding announcement for the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club (above).
The Bendigo Cup will be Luca Neveelk’s first attempt at a Group race.
Gerald’s greyhounds all carry the Neveelk name, which is Kleeven spelt backwards, and he has bred a number of topline greyhounds over the years from small numbers.
“I only breed a litter every two years or so because I believe that to do it properly and give your pups the best chance of making it to the track it costs about $30,000 (per litter),” Kleeven said.
“I’ve bred a lot of handy greyhounds over the years and Luca Neveelk’s maternal grandsire, Nitro Neveelk (2nd in a Traralgon Cup; 4th in a Warrnambool Cup), is the best of them. I’m hoping Luca Neveelk might turn out even better than him but it’s too early to know just yet.”
Nominations for Sunday’s Bendigo Cup heats, to be run over 425m, close on Wednesday at 10:00am, with the final to be run on Friday night 4 July.