Kel Greenough says Zac’s Entity’s electrifying debut victory at Sandown Park on Sunday afternoon came as no surprise; however the astute Pearcedale trainer isn’t about to get carried away either.
Zac’s Entity, a superbly bred son of Fernando Bale x Zara’s Entity, which Greenough guided to victory in the 2017 G3 Cranbourne Classic, opened his career in sensational fashion, scoring by 15 lengths in an airborne 29.25sec (BOD).
The stunning display elevated Zac’s Entity into rarefied air, as far as maiden performances go at Sandown.
It was the second fastest win by a maiden greyhound, behind only G1 winner Burn One Down’s 29.156sec, which came in a 0-1 Win event in 2016, while it was the quickest victory in a Maiden heat, eclipsing another G1 winner in Mepunga Blazer’s 29.285sec in 2017.
Multiple G1 finalist Heston Bale (29.14sec) and Mepunga Blazer (29.233sec) both ran faster times in winning a Maiden final and Zac’s Entity will get the opportunity to usurp them in Thursday night’s final. (Statistics courtesy Sandown Racing and Media Manager Michael Floyd)
“It’s no surprise when you’ve had the dog for months and you know what they’re capable of,” Greenough said.
“He had trialled solo at Sandown in faster time but the shorter distance was a bit of a concern because he doesn’t have a first section but he’s always running home strongly.
“His first section on Sunday was horrible – 5.28sec – but he found himself in front going through the first corner.
“I’d said to his owner, Mick Barry, that he would probably get back early and be finishing off but it was a different story when he found himself in front.
“He’s very green, although he is getting better, and it’s taken him quite a while to learn how to navigate a field and work out how to pass other dogs.
WATCH: Zac’s Entity was a sensational 29.25sec debut winner at Sandown Park on Sunday afternoon, the second fastest maiden victory at the track.
“I was a bit unsure about starting him off over ‘500’ or looking for a longer distance but maidens going over 600m or further aren’t really catered for.
“Obviously we’re hoping he might turn out to be a stayer because his last section is really good but he might or he might not.”
In the immediate future, Zac’s Entity has drawn box one for Thursday’s final, where he holds a huge edge on the clock over the other two heat winners, Don’t Tell Bluey (29.57sec) and Aston Nixon (29.89sec).
“I would’ve thought that’s a good draw for him,” Greenough said.
“Hopefully he can get on the rail somewhere and put himself in a good spot but it’s all a learning experience and we really haven’t got any great expectations over ‘500’.”
Greenough has enjoyed great success with Zac’s Entity’s dam-line, having guided his feature race-winning mother Zara’s Entity (Mogambo x Girl Aloud) to 10 wins from 26 starts, including an appearance in the 2017 G1 Adelaide Cup final.
Greenough also prepares Zac’s Entity’s highly talented litter sister She’s Got Wheels, which has won three from four and created a huge impression when clean-sweeping the prestigious Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden series (425m) in April, winning the final in a sizzling 23.51sec.
“She’s Got Wheels broke a fibula and then came on season. Realistically, she’s still probably six weeks off,” Greenough said.
“She does have early speed so she’s a different kettle of fish to Zac’s Entity.
“I wish he had a bit of her early speed and she had a bit of his strength. If you could combine the two of them we’d have a dog to get excited about! But it’s hard to find the perfect dog.”
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