Bees On Fire has his work cut out for him on Sunday at Longwood when he faces two of Coursing’s elite conditioners in Gotham Queen and Waterloo Cup winner Bear Left in the Longwood Cup.
One of two features on the card, the Longwood Cup carries more then $2,000 in prize money and was open to greyhounds who had previously won a Coursing event.
Bees On Fire won his maiden Coursing event at Benella in April and in doing so caught the eye of many Coursing regulars including Murray Collyer.
“When I was at Benella, Murray came up to me to say that he had been watching Bees On Fire and that I should consider the Waterloo Cup,” trainer Mark Johnson said.
“I was delighted that someone would think that.”
Although the boost of confidence, Mark is well aware of the tough ask it is to come up against the likes of Gotham Queen and Bear Left.
“Bees On Fire is a Free For All dog now so he is having compete against good dogs over the 300 where ever he goes.”
Mark initially took Bees On Fire coursing because he is a strong 300 metre dog and thought he would suit the smaller field size and straight track.
“I am confident that he is also only going to get better on the Coursing circuit too,” Mark said.
Bees On Fire was purchased by the Werribee Football Club as a young pup from Angela Langton with the idea of being a bonding exercise for past and present players as well as officials.
The Bert Clark Memorial, which is worth more than $1,000 to-the-winner, is the supporting feature on Sunday at Longwood and will be run as Event 2.
A Slips To Boxes Challenge will also be conducted, with the four winners and four runners up advancing to a Final which will be run over the 390m on Thursday May 30.
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