Not since Ophir Doll in 1961-62 has a greyhound won consecutive Hobart Thousands, but former Kiwi star Above All will attempt to achieve that feat on Thursday night at 9:39pm.
Victorian-trained greyhounds have won the past four Hobart Thousands, and the Big V looks primed to strike again through the quartet of Above All (pictured with trainer Robert Britton), his Tasmanian-bred kennelmate Bearville Azza who was the fastest heat winner in 25.89, Dyna Double One and Unlawful Entry.
Dyna Double One is Australia’s most in-form greyhound right now having won his past five races including the Group 1 Melbourne Cup/Brisbane Cup double.
A win by Unlawful Entry would not only see the young gun snare a $75,000 first prize. He’d also win a further $7,500 for Victorian disability service, Riding Develops Abilities, who are entitled to receive (the equivalent of) 10 per cent of any prize money he wins for a period of 12 months since his victory in GRV’s annual community series, the TAB Great Chase, which was held in October.
“He has exceeded all our expectations since we bought him and if he gets a bit of room he is in with a chance, but Dyna Double One is the one to beat,” Co-Trainer Kelly Bravo said of Unlawful Entry.
The Hobart Thousand is Tasmania’s richest greyhound race boasting $101,000 in prize money.