Steve Wilde’s success in thoroughbred racing is translating to the greyhound code in a big way, with the Sydney-based owner taking aim at Group 1 glory in tonight’s TAB Hume Cup (600m) at The Meadows.
Wilde owns impressive all-the-way heat winner Bounce Back, which is trained by David Geall, the hottest trainer in the land, and sits on the third line on TAB’s Cup market at $6 from Box 7.
Interestingly, Wilde and Geall have yet to meet in person due to COVID.
“It’s not a great draw but if he can ping the lids like he did in his heat I think he’s a chance,” said Wilde.
While Wilde is a relative newcomer to greyhound racing, he’s already come close to celebrating G1 success, with talented female Wild Flyer runner-up in last year’s National Futurity at Wentworth Park and also a finalist in the G2 Richmond Oaks.
Wild Flyer also had a stint in Victoria with David Geall and Wilde is about to have his first foray into greyhound breeding with the daughter of Fabregas, which won 14 of her 36 starts.
“I’ve bred racehorses and now I’m in the process of breeding greyhounds,” Wilde said.
“Wild Flyer has come on season and I’ve got straws to Barcia Bale and Kinloch Brae. I’ll probably go with Barcia Bale and use Kinloch Brae next time.
“Wild Flyer was very unlucky when she ran second in the Futurity. She got knocked over and made up panels to just get beaten. She also won a heat of the Richmond Oaks and went quicker than the boys went in the Derby heats the same night.