By James Broadhurst
All the attention centred on fancied pair Black Opium and Premium Share ahead of Saturday night’s Crocmedia National Sprint final (520m) has allowed Queensland’s entrant, Silver Stunner, to fly under the radar leading into the race.
While Silver Stunner’s trainer Travis Elson is more than happy to have the spotlight on his competitors, he believes that his greyhound is capable of having an impact in the race.
“We’re excited to be here and we think we’ve up for this but we’re happy to have a low-key build-up,” Elson said.
“With the way she races she’s never going to be a $1.50 chance.”
Silver Stunner has a thrilling but dicey racing style which generally sees her lagging in the early stages and relies heavily on her booming late race speed to make up ground.
A prime example was her performance in the QLD Sprint final, where she came from the clouds to score a narrow but memorable victory.
“That’s her pattern of racing,” Elson admitted.
“She’s always back near the tail of the field but she’s got a big finish and she never gives up.
“Every time she goes out you’ve got your fingers crossed that she can find a passage through.
“Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn’t, that’s just the way it goes.”
Elson believes her weakness – her lethargy at box rise – provides the key to her chances in the National Sprint final, especially given she’s jumping from out wide in box seven.
“I’m hoping she doesn’t show too much early speed so she can drop back and go to the rail where she can take all the short cuts.
“Then if an opportunity arises she’ll be in a position to take it.
“The worst-case scenario is she goes with them early and ends up getting pushed three or four wide.
“We’re going into the race needing luck, we know that, but what else is new?”
The Crocmedia National Sprint Championship final is scheduled for 8.59pm WA time on Saturday.