Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Moorak owner Robert Chuck and Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew will be hoping for better luck the second time around when Galactic Titan lines up from box six in the first heat of Thursday night’s SA Derby (515 metres) at Angle Park.
It’s now been two months since Galactic Titan won a heat of the Champion Puppy classic (515 m) at Angle Park, then drew box one in the final before being scratched due to injury. He hasn’t raced since.
But Chuck, who also bred the son of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball, said this week that the brindle dog had been trialling well at Tara Raceway in readiness for the SA Derby, a race that has been around for almost as long as greyhound racing itself.
“Since his sister Galactic Athena won this year’s Mount Gambier Cup we’ve had very little luck with the litter so we’re hoping things will turn around on Thursday night and he can finish in the first two and qualify for the final,” he said.
Four $5545 heats of the Group 3 classic for dogs whelped on or after June 1, 2017 will be run this week with the $35,000 final on Thursday, September 19.
Take a quick look at the SA Derby and it soon becomes obvious that the event has thrown up its fair share of top line performers, along with some terrific stories – perhaps none better than that of the 1995 winner Top Honcho.
Bred by Allison Potter at Strathalbyn, Top Honcho was by leading sire of the day Head Honcho out of Rainbow High, who raced on six occasions without ever running a place.
The black dog was trained by Jeff Wells from his back yard in the Adelaide suburb of Brompton, Top Honcho defeating Mister Crawford in the Derby final in a time of 30.01 seconds over what was then a 512 metre distance.
His last run in Australia was in the following April when he was successful over 319 metres at Strathalbyn, Top Honcho then sold and sent to Ireland where he became a legend at stud.
Prior to his death in 2007, Top Honcho had sired 10,411 pups.