14 Victorian-trained greyhounds will make the trek to Western Australia to take part in the heats of the Group 1 Sky Racing Perth Cup (530m) and the Group 1 Sky Racing Galaxy (715m).
Both greyhounds are considered to be among the fastest in the country, with Dyna Double One’s best time at The Meadows being 29.522 seconds and My Bro Fabio’s best time at Sandown being 29.090 seconds.
Other standout Victorian greyhounds are; the Rob Britton pair of Above All (Perth Cup) and Space Star (Galaxy), The Meadows track-record holder Allen Deed (Perth Cup) and Sale Cup winner Star Recall (Perth Cup). Also in the mix is an Irish bred, Victorian trained greyhound by the name of Droopys Bentley.
Trained by Thomas O’Donovan – who moved to Australia from Ireland to continue his greyhound training career – Droopys Bentley has had a solid start to his career having won six races from 13 starts.
O’Donovan says that this week’s heat is going to be difficult for the son of Westmead Hawk and Droopys Oleans due to the box draw and the quality of the opposition.
“The draw (box eight) isn’t the best for him because he really likes to get to the rail and in these quality races it’s a lot harder (to get to the rail),” he said
“He’s also up against two finalists for the Western Australia Greyhound of the Year (On Coin and Star Recall).”
Droopys Bentley is no stranger to travel having been bred, reared and pre-trained in Ireland before travelling to Australia and has settled in well in WA.
“He travelled really well and we trialled him on Saturday night and he ran 30.43 (seconds). He only travelled over the previous day so I was happy with that.”
O’Donovan says that his greyhound hasn’t been blessed with much luck throughout his career to date but was hopeful that the old saying ‘luck of the Irish’ would finally come to fruition for him this weekend.