Quick jumping youngster It’s A Storm can overcome a wide draw and maintain his perfect record when he lines up in the Mandurah Derby final (490m) this Friday night according to Steve Shinners, who will handle the greyhound on behalf of the trainer, his wife Krystal.
Shinners believes that It’s A Storm’s launching speed gives the greyhound a good chance to find the lead even though he’ll jump from box seven.
“It’s a final and he can’t afford to do anything wrong but it’s not such a bad draw for him because the dog on his inside, Mikey’s Rant, hasn’t got early pace,” he said.
“As long as he doesn’t get contacted by the eight dog (Sprite Monelli) in the first three or four steps he should get a clear run.
“He takes a half step right out the boxes and needs a couple of strides to rev up but once he gets going he is electric.”
It’s A Storm was unraced when he arrived at the Shinners kennel earlier this year, along with fellow promising chaser Consortium, after transferring from prominent Victorian trainer Kel Greenough.
The talented blue speedster was initially thought to be a handy 400m prospect but has raised expectations with his eye-catching performances so far.
He is undefeated from three attempts and produced an ultra-impressive performance in his first crack over the ‘500’ journey during last weekend’s Derby heats.
After a blistering start It’s A Storm shot away to a three-length break in the back straight.
He then showed resolve in the final stages to hold off a persistent challenge from the runner-up Sprite Monelli to score by half a length in a very slick 27.37.
It’s A Storm’s early brilliance is an obvious weapon but Shinners has been just as impressed by the greyhound’s competitive attitude.
“He’s definitely the type of dog that enjoys the contest and when a dog moves up on him, like Sprite Monelli in the heat, that drives him to go even harder,” Shinners said.
“He already thinks he’s the top dog in the kennel.
“He struts around with his chest puffed out like he’s Dermott Brereton or something.”
Shinners will also has high expectations the following night at Cannington when he leads out It’s A Bull in the Mixed Grade 4/5 over 600m.
The former Victorian chaser has been a great addition to the Shinners team since he arrived in February with five wins from nine starts in WA.
“He’s settled in really well over here and is chasing with renewed confidence,” Shinners said.
by James Broadhurst