After a change of day, six CHS Group Horsham Cup heats will take centre stage tomorrow night with some big-name greyhounds racing for their chance to compete for Group 2 status and $67,000 in prize money.
Cranbourne Cup winner Orson Allen headlines heat two of the Horsham Cup despite being drawn in box six.
Group 1 Silver Chief and Temlee winner, Barooga Brett has drawn box five and is the $2.10 TAB favourite to win heat four.
Cranbourne South trainer Andrew Paraskevas heads into tomorrow night’s Horsham Cup heats with an eight-hour drive on his hands and one chance – Nervous An Weird.
The son of Barcia Bale and Father Of Mine is the $2.10 TAB favourite in heat five of the CHS Group Horsham Cup.
“I am expecting him to be up in the race early,” Andrew said.
“The one (Zipping Captain) and the two (Hone In) aren’t notoriously quick beginners which should give him a bit of room early.”
“It is a hard 485 metre run at Horsham, and with the smaller field sizes it really opens the races up for dogs who are strong because there are less dogs to hold them up.”
Nervous An Weird is returning to the track after two starts at Bulli where he finished second to Pindari Express in the Group 2 Bulli Cup (472m).
“I went to Bulli with him because it was the ideal distance for him at the time,” Andrew said.
“He had a 400 at Geelong and a 410 at Horsham. I was just looking for a little further and the 472 at Bulli seemed a great option.”
Nervous An Weird heads into the Horsham Cup heats having had 25 starts for 16 wins and seven minor placings including a victory in the Group 3 South Australian Derby.
Nervous An Weird’s litter brother Hungry An’ Hollo, a winner of 16 races from 24 starts, competed in the $25,000 to-the-winner Country Championship on Australian Cup night at The Meadows where he unfortunately injured himself.
“We originally thought it was a back muscle, but after taking him to the vets this morning we found he is also sore in the Stoppers,” Andrew said.
“We have another appointment on Thursday with the vet to asses Hungry An’ Hollo, in hope we can find out exactly what is wrong and how we can start the recovery.”
“At this stage I am at a loss as to how to start recovery because the two sets of injuries require two very different types of recoveries.”
“Back muscles you keep them moving, where as Stoppers it is rest, but we will wait and see how the appointment goes on Thursday. The main thing is we keep in comfortable.”
*pictured; Nervous An Weird winning his heat of the South Australian Derby. Photo credits, Kurt Donsberg Photography.