Wednesday, August 15, 2018
It’s probably fair to say that Quedos attracted little attention when Portland trainer Nicole Stanley fronted up for the first time at Tara Raceway last month with the former WA short-course greyhound.
After all, it had been 10 months since the four-year-old son of Magic Sprite x Typhoon Monelli had last won at Cranbourne and his appearance in a grade five 400 metre event at a Thursday time-graded meeting was certainly a far cry from the bright lights of Cannington – WA’s main track.
However, his record did read pretty well for a time-graded race – 70-odd starts for 18 wins and more than $32,000 in prizemoney – that record since further enhanced with a win on July 13 and another one last Sunday.
The Sunday win was in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), the first heat of a grade five series, with Quedos leading all the way from box two and holding out a fast-finishing Cilla Brown to win by a length in 23.21 seconds.
The career of the Del Greaves-owned black dog has certainly been eventful. Commencing racing in early 2016, his first 15 months were spent in WA where he won 15 races which included a remarkable four-day period in May.
It was during that time he broke the Mandurah 302 metre track record with a run of 16.75 seconds before following up several days later with a record run of 15.78 seconds over 275 metres at Cannington.
Quedos then had three starts in Victoria for wins at Shepparton and Ballarat before returning to WA for a further three starts.
Then it was back to Victoria again where he won the one race at Cranbourne before finding his way in April this year to Stanley’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels where he suffered a setback soon after arriving.
“Yes, he was off the scene for close to three months but he now seems to be over his problems and has been racing quite well,” Stanley said.
“He’s certainly a well-travelled greyhound and obviously in his younger days a very quick one. In fact, I think he still holds both the Mandurah and Cannington track records.”
Sunday’s final should be an interesting affair with Quedos well drawn in box one while Noel Perry’s George Regis, the other heat winner, is also drawn well in box two.
And the Tracie Price trained Blazing Moment, back after a four-month break, should improve on his three length third behind George Regis last week while kennelmate Dimora Flash has drawn well in the eight.