Rising superstar Elevated has been scratched from The Meadows Saturday night having endured a minor groin strain, with trainer Harry Manolitsis now focusing preparations on the upcoming Speed Star series at Sandown Park on May 10.
Victorian greyhound racing has been blessed with champion female greyhounds in recent times including Fanta Bale, Up Hill Jill and Striker Light, and Elevated looks set for similar stardom.
Elevated turned heads with an extraordinarily quick win at Sandown Park in 29.12sec earlier this month, the fastest time recorded at the track in 2018 and the fastest by a female greyhound since Xylia Allen in 2013.
WATCH: Elevated record the fastest time at Sandown of 2018 from box eight.
Manolitsis, who bred former champion greyhound and now sire Moreira (pictured), said Elevated is showing as much potential as the 2016 Golden Easter Egg winner.
WATCH: Moreira win a heat of the 2016 Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows from box four.
“Moreira showed exceptional ability from the word go, and unfortunately we never saw the best of him because of a stopper bone injury. However, he did win the Golden Easter Egg, which is one of the biggest greyhound races in Australia, and I believe Elevated has just as much ability as him,” Manolitsis said.
Elevated’s scratching means a 10-day stand down period from racing, however Manolitsis said things remain on track for the upcoming Speed Star, greyhound racing’s answer to T-20 cricket in which the entire card is dedicated to one-on-one racing over Sandown’s three distances, with overall winners determined by fastest times.
Incidentally, Elevated’s older half-brother Bewildering won both versions of the Speed Star in 2017.