Tiggerlong Tonk has another Country Cup in his sight – the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup, following his Horsham Cup win earlier in the year.
Although no crowds can be in attendance during this year’s May racing carnival in Warrnambool the action on the track is as hot as ever with six heats jammed packed with talent kicking off at 3.22pm on Thursday afternoon.
Mount Wallace trainer Correy Grenfell has had the Warrnambool Cup in mind for Tiggerlong Tonk for over a month with his preparation including a best of the night 24.84 second run at Warrnambool over the 450 metre distance from box eight last week.
WATCH: Tiggerlong Tonk in his first start at Warrnambool last week from box eight.
“I was really happy with his first look at the track last week. He matched motors with one of the fastest dogs out of the boxes in Speed Star and pulled away comfortably,” Grenfell said.
Tiggerlong Tonk has drawn box two in race seven on Thursday afternoon which will jump at 4.25pm. Tonk has won five races in six starts from box two.
“I either wanted box one or eight, but I’m still pretty happy with box two,” Grenfell said.
“He is a dog who races on confidence and he is high in confidence at the moment.”
Some would say 26-year-old Grenfell and his wife Sam have been blessed with good dogs since they started training greyhounds full time together.
The duo trained Orson Allen to 31 victories from 61 starts, earning him 2019 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year. Orson Allen also picked up the Group 1 Perth Cup, Group 2 Cranbourne Cup and ran third in last years Warrnambool Cup.
But luck does not come without hard work.
“It’s not easy, looking after 45 greyhounds. It’s a 24-hour job but it is so rewarding when you end up with dogs like Tiggerlong Tonk and Orson Allen.”
“Orson changed our lives as young trainers and we will be forever grateful because we can continue to work with these dogs every day.”
The Warrnambool Cup heat action kicks off at 3.22pm on Thursday afternoon.
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