An impressive trial from Get It Gizmo has trainer Harry Manolitsis up and about ahead of Friday night’s heats of the Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup (515m) at Sandown Park.
Get It Gizmo didn’t set the world on fire when running 2nd in his only start at Sandown Park last month, however a recent trial at the venue has the superstar greyhound primed to capture a rare Topgun-Melbourne Cup double.
“He has had a couple of niggling injuries lately so to see him trial 29.24sec after only clocking 5.17sec to the first section makes me think he can break 29.20sec at Sandown, which is very quick,” said Manolitsis, pictured above with Get It Gizmo.
“He has Box 4 on Friday, but I’m not unhappy about the draw. He’s got nice speed early and nice speed mid-race, while his strength at the finish is his greatest asset.”
“He has run near-record run home times at Ballarat and Shepparton.”
“I believe he (Flynn) is in the top three or four fastest greyhounds in Australia.”
Get It Gizmo also ran 3rd in the Million Dollar Chase Final is Sydney after being the fastest semi-final winner, clocking a scintillating 29.45sec at Wentworth Park.
Manolitsis is also involved with another Melbourne Cup contender, Flynn, who is part-owned by wife Adean and trained by Jason Thompson.
“Flynn is very special to me because I bred him and he was born on the day I had a heart attack in November 2016,” Harry said.
“I believe he is in the top three or four fastest greyhounds in Australia and I’m rapt to give him to Jason to train. I wouldn’t give my greyhounds to just anyone to train, but Jason Thompson and also Jason Mackay in NSW, who looked after Get It Gizmo for me during the Million Dollar Chase series, are two people I would give a dog to.”
Flynn, winner of the Speed Star in May, is drawn in Box 1 on Friday night and is up against dual Group 1 winner Sennachie.
He is a $12 with TAB to win the Melbourne Cup Final while Get It Gizmo is at $21.
WATCH:Flynn (3) showed tremendous acceleration in the last 200 metres of a Melbourne at Sandown Park last week.