• Friday, 07 Jul, 2023,
  • by Trent Langskaill

Hoping for another star

Trainer Michelle Mallia and part-owner Matt Field have enjoyed terrific success with Matt’s Hope and they are hopeful that Matt Loch can follow the same path.

Matt Loch broke his maiden status at Ballarat on Wednesday night in his second career start for Mallia, as well as owners Field and Lachlan ‘Lochie’ Barnsby.

“It’s a big thrill … I got goosebumps when I got that photo from little Lochie last night.”

Radio host Matt Nevett caught up with Mallia on RSN’s Big V Racing on Thursday and indicated what the win meant to her, Field and Barnsby.

“Matty Field rings me straight after (every race), he’s always pretty pumped when the dogs go around. He’s pumped when they run last, so it doesn’t worry him, he’s just excited … He’s rapt, especially when they run the time he (Matt Loch) ran, he’s over the moon.

“Young Lachie sent me a photo of his little hand with his thumbs up and they reckon he was squealing like there’s no tomorrow when the dog was going around from home.

“It’s a big thrill … I got goosebumps when I got that photo from little Lochie last night.”

WATCH: MATT LOCH (5) never gave his rivals a chance in his first win at Ballarat on July 5 in a smart time of 25.50 seconds over 450 metres

If Matt Loch reaches anywhere near the heights of Matt’s Hope, he will provide connections with plenty of joy.

Matt’s Hope has won 31 races including finals of the 2022 Shepparton Classic (450m) and 2022 Goldfields Cup (450m) and has also been placed 21 times in his 75 career starts for total prizemoney of $127,918.

Matt’s Hope finished third in this year’s Group 2 Horsham Cup Final (485m) and also contested Group 2 country cup finals at Warragul and Shepparton.

Matt Loch could be aimed at the Great Chase – first run in 2003 – which is an event that provides fantastic opportunities for up-and-coming greyhounds as well as providing a wonderful social outlet for Victoria’s disability sector.

WATCH: Matthew Field has long been one of Victorian greyhound racing’s biggest fans and his recent decision to adopt star greyhound Wind Whistler has made his connection to the sport even stronger.

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Trent Langskaill

Trent Langskaill is an experienced media personality and market mover in greyhounds. You can hear him regularly on RSN, SEN Track and you’ll find him at a track near the winners.

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