• Monday, 31 Jan, 2022,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Berry’s brothers eye Horsham ‘Money’

Owner/trainer/breeder Greg Berry is optimistic homebred litter brothers Money Owes and Zigzag Cabang can continue the exciting starts to their careers on Tuesday afternoon when they contest feature heats at Horsham.

The hulking 39-kilogram Money Owes, which has won six of his 14 starts and finished unplaced only once, will be chasing a Horsham hat-trick in the third of three Presidents Cup heats (485m).

The $15,000 to-the-winner Presidents Cup represents a significant step up in class for Money Owes.

His opposition includes Nikoli Bale, runaway winner of the Listed Australian Sprint at Sandown Park last Thursday, Group 1 National Futurity finalist Caroline and Ivy Isobel, which has won four of her last five.

“Money Owes is up against a pretty good dog in the eight (Nikoli Bale),” said Toolleen-based Berry.

“It ran 29.25sec at Sandown last week. Money Owes hasn’t been to Sandown yet, but I don’t know if he could run that sort of time.

“He’s a bit of a bad traveller unfortunately. He gets really nervous.

“If he could ping the lids, he’d run time. He just needs that two or three bounds and then he takes off. Box 2 should suit him; he just needs a bit of early room and he’ll be strong at the finish.”

WATCH: Money Owes (8) outpointed G2 Laurels runner-up Gracie Bale (1) in a Best Of Day 27.30sec at Horsham on January 18.

Berry is especially bullish about the prospects of Money Owes’ ‘little brother’ Zigzag Cabang (10 from 21), which ‘only’ tips the scales at 36.6kg, in the opening heat of the Cardross Memorial, run annually in memory of six teenagers that tragically lost their lives in an accident in 2006.

“Zigzag Cabang is the better chance of the two for sure,” said Berry.

“He’s drawn Box 1 and ran 22.86sec last week, which is a hot run.

“I’ve been running Zigzag Cabang in shorter races but I think he can run 500m. I’m a big believer in not stepping them up in distance too early.”

Money Owes and Zigzag Cabang are the headline acts in Berry’s Beast Unleashed x Stars And Lights litter, which will celebrate its second birthday on February 19.

Zigzag Cabang winning the Healesville Puppy Championship on November 14.

“It’s been a good litter; they’ve won about $60,000 already and I needed the money too!” quipped Berry.

“Their mother, Stars And Lights, won eight of her first 18 starts but after that she wasn’t  really putting in.

“This is Stars And Lights’ first litter. She had a second litter to Bernardo that turns 12-months-old this week. There’s 11 in the Bernardo litter and they’re nice types. I put her in pup to Beast Unleashed again about four weeks ago and it looks like another big litter.”

The finals of the Presidents Cup and $5000 to-the-winner Cardross Memorial will be held on Saturday, with Berry earmarking the heats of the Shepparton Classic on February 28 as a likely future target for Zigzag Cabang and Money Owes.

Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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