Hi There Frank winning at The Meadows on February 7 📷 Jason McKeown Photography

  • Friday, 23 Feb, 2024,
  • by Andrew Copley

Frankly, he has a huge following

In-form speedster Hi There Frank will have no shortage of fans cheering him home on Australian Cup night.

The David Geall-trained greyhound will line up in Race 4, the $42,875 Group 3 Country Championship final (525m).

Twenty shares in the now 25-month-old Hi There Frank (Lightning Frank x Nayla Swift) were won at the 2023 Cranbourne Cup final at Sandown Park in October, with a large number of winners being first time owners.

“We invited everyone on course at the Cranbourne Cup to fill out an entry form to win a share in Hi There Frank, who had only just started racing at the time,” said Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club Manager, Andrew Fennell.

“We had over 100 entries, with former AFL stars Michael Hurley and Josh Jenkins drawing 20 names out of a barrel, and those 20 people now own a share in a pretty handy greyhound.”

“We’ve been lucky. He’s getting better and better, and we’re having a lot of fun with him.”

“He has won six races (20 starts) and is now into his first Group final and it happens to be on Australian Cup night.”

“This (greyhound ownership) is a whole new ball game for my family and I. He’s a hot topic of discussion in our household nearly every day.”

Among the owners is retired greyhound trainer Stan Ralph, who is loving being involved in the sport again.

“It is a different feeling, being an owner and not having a hands on involvement for the first time. My wife in particular is getting a huge buzz out of it.”

“This syndicate is run very well. We’re being kept informed with regular updates on when the dog is racing next. Communication is so important, especially for novice owners.”

Among the novice owners is Karin Woods.

“This is a whole new ball game for my family and I,” Karin said.

“We’ve got adult kids and we watch all of Frank’s races on-line and we can’t believe how well he is going.”

WATCH: Hi There Frank (2) showcased his hard-chasing qualities in a recent win at The Meadows.

“He’s a hot topic of discussion in our household nearly every day.”

“We’re hoping to head out to The Meadows to watch him in the flesh for the first time on Saturday night because it’s such a big race meeting.”

Greyhound racing media identity, George Farrugia, is the man behind the purchase of Hi There Frank, along with the regular communication to owners.

George purchased Hi There Frank from successful breeder/trainer David Geall on behalf of the Cranbourne GRC and Australian Greyhound Syndication Services, in a deal that saw David continue to train the dog.

Hi There Frank is drawn in Box 4 on Saturday night, and while Saturday will be the toughest test of his career to date, he has five wins and two seconds from his past seven starts, so he’ll enter the race with no shortage of confidence.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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