Archibald’s Early Burn Key To Keith Harding Trophy Chances

By James Broadhurst

Archibald lines up in Saturday night’s Keith Harding Canning Trophy final (520m) at Cannington as the fastest qualifier after his brilliant front-running performance during the heats and he’ll be hard to catch if he reproduces a similar run in the trophy decider.

In what was only his second start since joining the kennels of trainer Rob Westworth the speedy black chaser pinged out of box six to snare the early lead with a lightning first section of 5.39.

Archibald streaked away in the backstraight before hitting the finish line more than six lengths ahead of runner-up Rippin’ Sheen in a PB time of 29.81.

“He came out on roller-skates,” Westworth said of Archibald’s performance.

“His greatest asset is his early speed. There’s nothing like being out in front.”

“He hasn’t been in the kennel long and he blew the start in his first race for me the week before so it was nice to see him come out and do that.”

Westworth believes that Archibald will need to replicate the early fireworks of his heat run if he’s going to win from box five in the final.

“We’re just hoping everyone goes straight (at box rise) and he gets an opportunity to use that pace of his,” he said.

“Obviously we want the lead, it’ll be much harder for him if he has to come from behind.”

Archibald encounters a handy field which includes the strong running Rostered Off and recent Puppy Classic winner West On Cider, among others.

When asked which dog represented the main danger to his greyhound Westworth joked: “the other seven!”

“I just focus on my dog and not worry about other factors you can’t control,” he explained.

“All I can do is give the dog the best preparation possible and provide him every chance to show what he can do.”

“He’s pulled up spot on from last week and is looking good so he should be ready to go.”

The Keith Harding Canning Trophy is scheduled for race 5 at Cannington on Saturday.


Pictured : Archibald