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Can Silver Stun Her Nationals Rivals

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.

Hello Rhonda ready to rumble in WA Nationals

By Brennan Ryan

Tasmanian trainer Robin Grubb is under no illusions about the huge task that awaits Hello Rhonda in Saturday night’s Group 1 Crocmedia National Sprint Championship (520m) at Cannington.

The well-bred daughter of Fernando Bale and Sing The Song is no stranger to group race success, claiming the Group 2 Launceston Cup back in February in emphatic fashion.

Grubb said he is thrilled to have qualified for the $75,000 to-the-winner final where she’ll exit from box one.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Hello Rhonda,” said Grubb in the lead up to Saturday night’s final.
“Seeing her step up to group race level at home is one thing but this is a whole other level … she’ll do is proud. Her preparation has been faultless heading towards this race – having box one is a huge bonus as well.”

The Grubb family has enjoyed huge success over the years with their breeding-line, going back to their foundation broodbitch Stylish Dotty.

Hello Rhonda’s litter has won 50 races from 99 starts which includes Hello Lenny and litter stand out Peco Can.

Grubb says Hello Rhonda has been given every chance heading into the National Sprint decider, enjoying a perfect lead up after settling right in at the kennels of ex-Tassie trainer Ray Smithson.

“I’ve never travelled with a greyhound interstate and Ray has been a tremendous help,” said Grubb.

“My son-in-law Josh (Wright) is over there in Western Australia and he says Hello Rhonda has settled in well … all we can hope now is that our bitch can put her best foot forward and do Tasmania proud.”

Hello Rhonda faces an all-star field including the likes of Black Opium, Premium Share and Campini.

The Jason Thompson-trained Black Opium is the $2.40 favourite, eyeing off a rather deserved group one title having finished runner-up in the Australian Cup, Melbourne Cup and Brisbane Cup.

Tasmania’s distance representative Bronelly Jacob is a $61 outsider from box one for Exeter trainer Anthony Bullock, with champion Victorian stayer Tornado Tears the raging $1.60 favourite from box five.

Tasmania’s history in the Nationals is highlighted by the great sprinter Busy Vintage, trained by David Crosswell, who claimed the title in 1984 at Harold Park, holding out Eaglehawk Star by three lengths.

Kialdu D’or finished a gallant second to Placard in the 2002 sprint final held at the white city track.

MANDURAH TRACK MAINTENANCE

MANDURAH TRACK MAINTENANCE:

The Mandurah track surface has been deep raked to a depth of 75mm. The track has been rolled and bladed to reconstitute the racing surface. The track is in good order for racing tonight.

CAMPINI COMEBACK

By James Broadhurst

Campini headlines some high-profile comebacks out of Paul Stuart’s kennels this weekend.

The star sprinter makes a welcome return from a two-month layout in the Fuller Fitness Free To All (520m) at Cannington on Saturday.

One night earlier Stuart’s promising youngster Mikey’s Rant has his first appearance in over a month when he goes around in a mixed Grade 4/5 over 490m at Mandurah.

Mikey’s Rant resumes for his seventh career start and will look to pick up where he left off.

The strong running chaser was super impressive in his last start, where he ran down Mandurah Derby winner It’s A Storm to score a barnstorming victory, but his plans to contest the WA Derby a week later were thwarted when he came down with kennel cough.

“He got laid low for a week or two and then it’s taken him a little a bit to get his cardio back but he’s ready go,” Stuart said.

“He was getting better and better with every run before he got sick so I’m happy to see him back and see what he can do.”

Stuart is looking forward to seeing the best of Campini again and he’s not alone.

The white and black speedster is the sort of electrifying talent that greyhound fans love to see.

Campini has produced some scintillating times on the Cannington circuit and he looked to be on a sharp upwards trajectory but his momentum was halted during a lacklustre three-run campaign in Sydney during April.

“I think was a combination of a few littles things that went wrong and then snowballed a bit,” Stuart said of Campini’s Sydney experience.

“He trialled well over there but drew poorly in the races and got into the habit of coming out half a step behind them.

“He just misfired and then lost a bit of confidence.

“When he came back home you could see he was a little down because he’d mope around the kennel and wasn’t his usual self.

“He just needed some time off.

“He’s slowly come back and now he’s looking good and feeling well.”

On Saturday evening Campini will line up in the same race as kennelmate Cropduster, a greyhound on the comeback trail herself.

Campini will jump from the pink which is not the ideal re-introduction to competitive racing given he thrives on an inside draws.

“I don’t expect too much from him this Saturday from box eight so we’ll just send him round and see what happens,” Stuart said.

“He’ll be better for the run.

“He’s legit airbourne when he’s at his best and hopefully we can get back to that sooner rather than later.”

Cropduster’s road back to the racetrack has been much more prolonged since she was initially sidelined with a stopper injury in October last year.

The 2018 WA Oaks winner has made a stuttering return since she reappeared in mid-May.

She had an encouraging hit-out first up, where she placed second in a Free To All, but picked up another niggling injury after being bowled over in the catching pen.

Another short break followed and in the two runs since then she has finished midfield but Stuart is philosophical about her progress so far.

“I thought her first run back was pretty good but then she had another little setback which was frustrating but we just worked through it,” he said.

“We’re being patient with her and aren’t rushing things.

“After so much time off we weren’t expecting her to come out all guns blazing straight away.

“I think she’ll gradually build back up and hopefully over the next month or so will she’ll be back to where we want her to be.”

Stuart’s agenda on Saturday evening also includes a tilt at the Paradise Street Trophy (600m) where he has a runner in each of the three heats.

The Nambeelup-based trainer rates Rockstar Patriot as his best chance of the trio in the series.

Stuart admits he didn’t know what to expect when the veteran stayer arrived in his kennel at the start of the year but has been won over by the greyhound.

Rockstar Patriot produced a shock victory in the Group 1 Galaxy and has found great touch in recent times with three wins from his past four starts.

“I warmed to him a bit when he won the $100,000 race!” Stuart joked.

“He’s become very consistent and is always running on. He’s going really well.”

Stuart will also be represented by Eighty Eight and Paganoni in the Paradise Street heats.

2019 Industry Information Survey

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