National Coursing Association Secretary Carolyn Mills is delighted with the calibre of greyhounds competing in this weekend’s Waterloo Cup at Lang Lang.
The Waterloo Cup is the pinnacle of the coursing season each year, and on the back of the retirement of superstar Zambora Blueboy, who has won the past two Waterloo Cups, the field is wide open.
“There is no real standout this year, but in terms of quality it’s as good as we’ve seen for this race in years,” Carolyn said.
Darren McDonald, last week named the Australian Trainer of the Year at the AGRA Awards Night in Fremantle, has given coursing plenty of currency by entering two greyhounds in Waterloo Cup – Surf Mail and Dark Warrior.
“Darren’s greyhounds are among the main chances. He trials regularly at Lang Lang, believing that chasing the drag lure is something that can really benefit greyhounds.”
“Robert Britton, who won the Waterloo Cup with Zambora Blueboy in 2012, also has a couple of greyhounds competing. To have trainers of the quality of Robert and Darren involved demonstrates that there is real value in coursing.”
“You so often find that greyhounds win, or at least run a place on circle tracks if they race 7-10 days after coursing,” Carolyn said.
Carolyn predicted that on-course Bookmaker Gary Thomas could list any one of a number of greyhounds among the favourites.
“Darren’s two greyhounds are sure to be in the market, while others who could feature include Senor Socks (Robert Britton), Tommy El (Graham Whitford), Choco Rocco (Thomas O’Donovan), Shifty Misty (Dave Dawson) and Enchanted Bling (John Westerlo),” she said.
Meanwhile, veteran trainer Jerry Maye, who has won the Waterloo Cup on three occasions, is quietly confident about the chances of Connemara Flame.
“She ran second to Zambora Blueboy two years ago and while she is four and a half years old and getting up in age I reckon she’s a real threat,” Maye said.
The first course will be conducted at 10:00am on Saturday, with the series to flow into Sunday, when a number of supporting races will be conducted.
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Note: The Waterloo Cup involves greyhounds competing one-on-one on a grass straight track in a knockout format up to three times in a day. The final course – to take place on Sunday – will be the sixth course across consecutive days for the two competing greyhounds.