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Age hasn’t wearied Hone In

Approaching his fifth birthday and with 103 starts under his belt, age hasn’t yet caught up with veteran Victorian sprinter Hone In.

At the peak of his powers, back in early 2018, Hone In burst onto the Group scene, winning the Richmond Derby and breaking the Maitland track record for Lovely Banks trainers Brett and Kelly Bravo.

Despite his share of problems, the iron-greyhound demonstrated he isn’t ready for the couch just yet at The Meadows last Saturday when he charged home to chalk up career victory number 35.

Hone In finished over the top of promising youngster Charging Yaala in 30.04s to record his sixth win from his last 11 starts.

WATCH: Hone In win his last start at The Meadows from box one. 

“I still can’t believe he won from where he was,” said holidaying trainer Kelly Bravo, who watched the race from Phuket.

“I can honestly say he would be one of the hardest chasing dogs we’ve ever trained. He never gives up and I love that about him. That showed in his win last Saturday night.”

Hone In will return to The Meadows tonight to tackle free-for-all company in race 5, the AFL Half Time Special at 8.45pm, where he’s two years older than the majority of his rivals.

In addition to a significant age discrepancy, Hone In also moves from box one in last week’s barnstorming victory out to seven.

The testing material is drawn on Hone In’s outside in former South Australian star Fabwik, which boasts an imposing 24 from 49 strike rate and is back in Victoria after a Brisbane Cup campaign.

“I think he’ll probably find it a bit hard to cross from out wide,” Bravo said.

“He’s not quite as smart early as he once was. But one thing’s for sure, he’ll be trying.

“I guess he will finish up racing sooner rather than later. It’s totally up to him.

“He loves his job and as we’re winding down as trainers, he’ll be one of the last dogs we train. I adore him; he’s a really special dog and I have a lot of respect for him.”

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About Gerard Guthrie - One of Australia's leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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