Devon Meadows trainer Peter Presutto has experienced a greyhound racing ‘epiphany’ which relates to his kennel star Revelation.
Presutto proclaims Revelation is “good enough” to win the Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup final (450m) on Saturday night.
Revelation is a $26 outsider to snare the $47,000-to-the-winner final but Presutto says “he should be half those odds”.
“If he had got a clear run in his heat he would have broken 25 seconds, it cost him every bit of five lengths,” Presutto said.
Revelation won his heat in 25.25sec.
“He looked like he was going to be anything when he first started racing… He’s had a couple of deep-seated injuries and I’ve just started to get on top of them,” Presutto added.
“He’s going to need luck from box five as there’s a hell of a lot of pace inside him… But if he finds the rail early, he can put himself into the race. My only concern is that he’s lost a bit of early toe and nobody can put their finger on it.”
“I’m also hoping he can find a few lengths… But one thing is certain, he won’t give up the ghost,” Presutto said.
Revelation has won 10 races (with six seconds and one third) from 24 starts.
“I sent him up to Sydney for the Group 1 National Derby series in mid-January but he just didn’t fire,” Presutto said.
“I think he got homesick, he’s pretty attached to me… But last week was the first time I’ve seen that ‘spark’ back in him for quite a while.”
Revelation is bred and owned by the See The Dream syndicate comprising first cousins Sergio and Bill Buccilli who have raced many topliners – including Phenomenal, Bewildering, Reckoning and current star Black Opium.
In fact, Presutto is their second cousin. “In my younger days, I lived next door to Sergio in East Burwood,” he said.
Revelation is superbly bred being by former star Black Magic Opal, and out of Segovia (Barcia Bale x Cintiarna). Segovia won five races from eight starts – and still holds Bulli’s 590-metre track record (32.99sec), set in October 2016.
His maternal grand-dam was also a star in her own right, with 23 wins from 58 starts. A seven-time group race finalist, Cintiarna won the G1 Temlee, G2 Cranbourne Cup and G3 Anniversary Cup (Angle Park) – all in 2013.
Presutto, 55, who has been training greyhounds for 35 years, resigned from his position as a facilities maintenance technician for Woolworths around five years ago to concentrate full-time on his passion. He now has 10 greyhounds in work at his Devon Meadows complex.
WATCH: Revelation (2) claim a Shepparton Cup heat in 25.25sec.