Husband-and-wife training team Adrian and Renee Kenyon will head to Warrnambool on Saturday night hoping strength in numbers and early speed will give them a winning edge in the rich Summer Sizzle Final (390m).
The Lara-based Kenyons will have two finalists chasing the $10,000 winner’s purse in Blackpool Ammo (box 5), winner of his past three starts, including a 22.13s heat victory, and Blackpool Marvel (box 3).
“It’s a pretty handy final and they haven’t drawn super well but they’ve both got good early speed,” Adrian Kenyon said.
“So hopefully they’ll settle on the pace and there’ll be some trouble behind them.”
Leading trainer Anthony Azzopardi prepared the other two heat winners in Slick Riot (21.98s), a half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner and Warragul Cup finalist Whiskey Riot, sired by the immortal Brett Lee, and Aston Pilsner (21.92s).
Kenyon rates Blackpool Ammo, winner of six of his 16 starts, as their best chance in the Summer Sizzle and also identifies the well-bred son of champion sire Barcia Bale and Lochinvar Amour as the standout of their 14-greyhound racing team.
“I expect him to be leading by the first peg,” said Kenyon.
“He had the quickest first section of the heats by about a length and a half. He ran 8.42s early, which is real quick at Warrnambool.
“Out in front is where you want to be and he’s only 20 months old and getting stronger all the time.
“He started off a bit funny and wasn’t the best break-in from up in NSW. We bought him off Kevin Gordon; we buy 90 per cent of our dogs from Kevin.
“It took a few starts but now it’s clicked. He nails box-rise perfectly and time will tell whether he gets ground but each time he goes around he gets that little bit better.”
While Adrian has been in and around greyhounds since his childhood, he explained that it was a serious car accident and resulting back injuries in 2015 that saw him return to the sport full-time three years ago.
“I needed something to keep me moving around,” Adrian explained.
“It’s a family thing too, with my wife, and our three kids living at home are into the greyhounds too.
“We’ve had some nice dogs. We won the City Country Middle Distance Final at Bendigo with Abstract Miss in September, which was also worth $10,000.
“Blackpool Chuck, which was another one we got from Kevin (Gordon), made the Warrnambool Cup Final (2017), and Gordette won the Geelong Oaks and Ballarat Summer Classic.
“We’ve also got a bitch here called Lochinvar Adore that we’re looking forward to tapping into Kevin’s line with.”
The Summer Sizzle Final will jump at 8.13pm on Saturday, while the program will also feature the Vic Bred Maiden Series Final (450m) and Warrnambool Fencing Specialists Star Final (450m).