Ted Medhurst, trainer of Saturday night’s Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun winner Buckle Up Wes, says any Tasmanian greyhound that can win a group race on the mainland deserves plenty of kudos.
Buckle Up Wes flew to Melbourne the day before the Topgun, a challenge that shouldn’t be downplayed, his trainer insists.
“Tassie greyhounds have to put up with a fair bit when competing on the mainland because of the travel involved,” Medhurst said.
“The dogs have to be at the airport 90 minutes before the flight takes off and it’s a one hour flight to Melbourne.”
“Upon arrival he (Buckle Up Wes) was kept at Melbourne airport for another 40 minutes before we could collect him, and then it was a 35 minute drive to where we are staying (Melton).”
“So it is quite a process, but we choose to live in Tasmania, so we can’t complain about it,” he said.
Buckle Up Wes (pictured above) is the first greyhound to capture the Australian Cup/Topgun double, which are the two premier races conducted at The Meadows.
The son of Collision and Everlong Bale is unbeaten in three starts at The Meadows, where he has accumulated $410,000 in prize money – $10,000 for an Australian Cup heat, $250,000 for the Australian Cup & $150,000 for winning the Topgun.
“For Buckle Up Wes to achieve what he has in Melbourne is outstanding, and when you factor in the travel it makes it even better,” Medhurst added.
Buckle Up Wes’ overall record stands at 30 wins from 49 starts, while he has amassed $551,000 in stake earnings.