Dennis and Bronwyn Pulis (pictured) are hoping to celebrate a homebred feature race success on Friday night when their consistent sprinter Coalville Tiger takes aim at a Traralgon hat-trick in the New Track Anniversary Final (525m).
The husband and wife training team, who are based at Moe South, have exceeded their own expectations with the success of their breeding line, which dates back to the astute purchase of Sandown Cup finalist Infinite Charm from training legend Peter Giles.
“We bought Infinite Charm as a pup in 2004 and she was a Sandown Cup finalist in 2007, which was the year the race wasn’t run because of a mishap at the start,” Dennis Pulis explained.
“But we weren’t too disappointed because Infinite Charm had box five and was 50/1 so she didn’t have a real lot going for her and when they decided to split the prizemoney we ended up with $10,000!”
Infinite Charm was retired soon after the infamous Sandown Cup ‘no race’ and in her second litter to Where’s Pedro she produced Lady Grey, a winner of 13 races from 400m to 700m and the dam of Coalville Tiger, which will exit box four in Friday’s $7000 to-the-winner New Track Anniversary Final at Traralgon.
“When we decided to buy a property about eight years ago and get back into the dogs Bronwyn said it was only on one condition; that none of our dogs would ever get put to sleep and we’ve rehomed all our dogs or put them through the GAP program” – DENNIS PULIS.
“Coalville Tiger is from Lady Grey’s second litter, to Oaks Road. We have seven from the litter and while Coalville Tiger is the best of them they’ve all won races,” Dennis explained.
“We’ve also got seven 18 month old pups from Lady Grey’s next litter, which was to Cosmic Rumble. I’m pre-training them at the moment and they’re going really well. One of them is going better than Coalville Tiger at the same age but there’s a long way to go so we’re not getting too excited yet.
“I had greyhounds before we got married but Bronwyn had never been near a greyhound before. When we decided to buy a property about eight years ago and get back into the dogs Bronwyn said it was only on one condition; that none of our dogs would ever get put to sleep and we’ve rehomed all our dogs or put them through the GAP program.”
Coalville Tiger looms as a key player in Traralgon’s New Track Anniversary Final after an impressive 30.61sec heat victory over the talented Fuelish, although he’ll once again have to contend with an all too familiar box draw in four.
WATCH: Coalville Tiger take out the first heat of the Traralgon New Track Anniversary Final from box four.
“He’s had box four 13 times now but hasn’t drawn box two yet in 42 starts,” Dennis quipped.
“He’s usually a reliable beginner without being brilliant and he gathers speed real quick. If he gets some room and can get around the first turn in front he’ll be very hard to beat but it’s a pretty even race and I’m not confident by any means.”