Dyna Dave and Opawa Hilary are primed and ready to fly the New Zealand flag in the Crocmedia Nationals for the very first time on Saturday night.
Dyna Dave’s trainer Craig Roberts has been a part of the Nationals as a spectator in the past and always wondered why his home country was not apart of the concept.
“We used to have a good dog every now and then, but we never used to have the quality of dog,” Craig told Gareth Hall and Molly Haines on RSN’s Off The Leash.
“I used to train Dyna Vikkers, a champion of New Zealand racing two or three years ago and I didn’t think I would have a dog as good as him, let alone better.”
“Dyna Dave has just evolved; he is jumping a lot better and he is breaking 30 seconds over the 520 at Addington and trust me it’s a tough 520 metres that he is breaking every time he goes around.”
“Running times like that, he is four or five lengths faster than what Dyna Vikkers could run at his best.”
Despite Craig’s excitement for the Nationals he did admit that travelling to Australia is difficult for the New Zealand greyhounds.
“It’s not as simple as putting the dogs on the plane,” Craig said.
“It was frantic after the Dyna Dave won the New Zealand final. We had to organise the transport, trials, accommodation and blood tests.”
“Dogs going back into New Zealand have to have blood taken to test for anything they may have picked up whilst in Australia.”
Admin aside, Craig admits that he wouldn’t swap Dyna Dave for any other greyhound in the Crocmedia National Sprint Championship which will run at Cannington on Saturday night.
“I know what he is capable of,” Craig said.
Dyna Dave is a winner of 34 races (and 20 minor placings) from 63 career starts.
He heads into Saturday’s final having won his past five consecutive starts.
“Dyna Dave has a nice draw in box two, and if he can settle in the first two or three around the first bend, I think that he is a live chance.”
“The thing that worries me the most is the trip. It’s going to take a lot out of him, and you just have to hope he is going to recover from it.”
By Molly Shaw