West Australian greyhounds have been stripped of their home-track advantage in this year’s Group one features, following the development of The New Cannington – TABtouch Park.
Devon Meadows trainer Tom O’Donovan has prepared his greyhound Ryno’s Raider for Saturday’s Group 1 $142,500 Galaxy over the 715 metre distance.
The son of Collision and Others Quoted has had 47 starts for 10 wins and 28 minor placings, earning over $97,000 in prize money.
“Cannington is a fresh track to everyone. I think it really suits the Victorians because it looks to be a combination of Cranbourne and The Meadows,” said O’Donovan, who is pictured above with Ryno’s Raider.
“Cannington is a fresh track to everyone. I think it really suits the Victorians because it looks to be a combination of Cranbourne and The Meadows” – TOM O’DONOVAN
“I like it a lot; it’s a good, fair track that gives the dogs plenty of time to sort themselves out.”
A total of 22 Victorian greyhounds made the long journey to Western Australia for last week’s heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup (520m) and Group 1 Galaxy (715m), with four greyhounds making it through.
Ryno’s Raider lines up in box six alongside in-form fellow Victorian Lioness Lulu (box seven).
“Ryno’s Raider will need some luck; I would have liked my chances if he was drawn closer to the rails because that’s where he crashes to out of the boxes,” he said.
“Lioness Lulu is definitely the dog to beat in the Galaxy along with Seeking Justice (box one), who is also drawn well; it’s definitely a race between the two of them.”
Ryno’s Raider has had a group race packed five months, running in five group races, three of which were at group 1 level. His biggest achievement to date was finishing second in the Group 1 $145,000 Bold Trease (715m).
WATCH: Ryno’s Raider jumps from box five finishing second to Bourbski Fever at Sandown Park in the Group 1 Bold Trease last November.
Ryno’s Raider is no stranger to interstate travel, after two trips to Wentworth Park for the Association Cup and the Distance Plate final.
“He is a good traveller; whether it’s a car or plane, which makes things a lot easier because I have been targeting all the distance races with him.”
Eleven Victorian-trained greyhounds make up the Saturday night field at Cannington including Brett Bravo’s Unlawful Entry and Jason Thompson’s speedy duo Dalgetty and Moreira.
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