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Sennachie chases ‘Gold’

Trainer Steve White has sounded an ominous warning to Victorian ‘golden boy’ Sennachie’s rivals in the Group 1 Gold Bullion (520m) at Albion Park in Brisbane on Friday night.

“He’s already up here in Queensland as he’s as good as gold,” White said. “He had a couple of hit-outs up the straight on Mick Zammit’s Willow Vale property and then went 23.91sec post-to-post, which I’m told is pretty smart, at Albion Park on Sunday.

WATCH: Sennachie trials at Albion Park on Sunday.

Sennachie hasn’t raced since almost breaking his own 520m track record (29.38sec) in the G3 Golden Ticket on Boxing Day. He clocked a sizzling 29.39sec.

Subsequently he earned exemption from the Gold Bullion heats and automatic entry into the $150,000-to-the-winner final where he’s chasing his third G1 win.

Sennachie has made Albion Park a ‘second home’, with six wins and one second from eight starts – including victories in the G1 Brisbane Cup and G2 Queensland Derby, along with the Golden Ticket.

Plenty of interest has centred on TAB Fixed Odds betting, with Sennachie ($3.00) separating NSW cult hero litter brothers Feral Franky ($2.50F) and Good Odds Harada ($3.70). His Victorian counterpart, Snags McKenzie (Box 7), is quoted at $21.

Aside from the sheer quality of the field, perhaps the only concern for White is that Sennachie has drawn box five. He’s only drawn the ‘yellow’ trap on two occasions, for a stunning 15-length win at Angle Park at only his third start and a fourth to Barooga Brett in a Free For All at The Meadows in September last year.

“Boxes win Group 1s and I think he would have been around $1.80 if he had drawn box one,” White said. “Fernando Blaster (Box 4) may be a problem. He wants to ‘go right’ and likes his share of the track.”

However, White said that if Sennachie came out running he’d prove hard to run down.

“Feral Franky is the dog to beat… He was the fastest qualifier, he’s back on song, and he’s ideally drawn (Box 2),” White added.

But it’s worth noting that Sennachie has had the better of Feral Franky on a couple of occasions – G1 Maturity Classic and Cup Night Speed Star match race.

The Fernando Bale x Rhonda Rocks flying machine doesn’t turn three years old until next month, but already White is viewing Sennachie as an imminent sire.

“All being well, we’ll look at the Australian Cup Carnival and Golden Easter Egg, and from there it’s likely he’ll head to stud.” White said. “He’s been racing in top grade since his fourth start and has competed against the best sprinters in the land.”

A nine-time group race finalist, Sennachie was runner-up in the G1 Silver Chief and third in the G1 Adelaide Cup, and was a finalist in the G1 Topgun. He’s won 17 races from 31 starts, and has amassed $551,450 in stakes.

Meanwhile, the Vics are chasing a feature race double on the program with Boom Down (Box 4) and True Detective (Box 1) engaged in the Group Listed Gold Cup (710m).

Winner of the G3 Sydney Cup and runner-up in the G1 Bold Trease, Boom Down ($2.80) is punters’ elect on the TAB Fixed Odds market ahead of NSW star Just Terms ($3.20) and Qld pin-up Bago Bye Bye ($4.20). G1 Hume Cup winner True Detective is quoted at $4.80.

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About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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