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Orson’s March to remember

Orson Allen has enjoyed an incredible 2019 on the racetrack, and he has stepped it up another level in recent weeks. After taking out the Cranbourne Cup in February, Orson Allen took his game to a new level during March, winning the Group 2 CHS Group Horsham Cup in track record time before capturing his first Group 1 victory in the Perth Cup.

“From a young age Orson was running times young pups shouldn’t be running,” said trainer Correy Grenfell. “At first it was a huge relief that Orson finally got the Group 1. He had come so close previously and the expectation on him to perform was high from everyone.”

Correy’s wife Sam said it was surreal that the couple had reached such lofty heights.

“Anyone involved in greyhound racing dreams of winning a Group 1 races and for it to happen to us, it just makes us so grateful for the opportunity to train a dog like Orson. We don’t want it to end,” she said.

Orson Allen is currently the premier greyhound sprinter in the land, and he could soon target the Warrnambool Cup (450m), heats of which will be run on 24 April.

Victory would see the son of KC And All – Desalle Bale snare a $50,000 country cups bonus, which GRV gives to any greyhound that can win three Victorian country cups during a calendar year.

“Warrnambool is definitely an option for Orson. He is jumping better than ever before and the $50,000 bonus is a great incentive to have a crack at another country cup,” Avalon trainer Correy Grenfell said.

Orson Allen’s performance in the Horsham Cup was superb, winning in 26.76sec as the $2.20 favourite over Nervous An Weird and Italian Plastic. He lowered Got Some Wheels’ track record over the 485m distance by .006sec in the process.

Victorian greyhounds were particularly prominent on Perth Cup night (23 March) at Cannington, with Hecton Bale and Dyna Patty filling the minor placings in the Cup (520m), while champion stayer Tornado Tears ($1.10Fav) overcame a mountain of interference to finish second in the Group 1 Galaxy (715m) behind former Victorian Rockstar Patriot ($33.70).

Orson Allen has now had 49 starts for 25 wins and $473,645 in prize money. He will turn three in May.

Andrew Copley
About Andrew Copley - Racing Communication Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 20 years of experience working as a greyhound racing reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset.
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