Monday, October 30, 2017
Serviceton trainer David Brodhurst, who along with wife Valerie regularly makes the three-hour trip to Tara Raceway, thought he might have purchased a dud after Fiery Starlet failed to fire on debut at the local track on October 15.
“She finished a well-beaten fourth and to be honest I was a little disappointed with the effort,” he said. “But at her second start she showed early pace and had no luck in running when finishing third so when she drew box one today I thought she would have to be some chance.”
A $5 chance in Sunday’s ClassicBet Stake (400 m), Fiery Starlet was away well, withstanding early pressure before running out a two length winner over Benny Big Head in 23.81 seconds.
By Bekim Bale out of Ice And Fire, a winner of two races at Geelong, Fiery Starlet was purchased by the Brodhursts via an internet greyhound site for $1000 after having won a maiden at Warragul.
The strategy of purchasing low-priced racing greyhounds has kept the winners turning over with Brodhurst successful on 11 occasions this year, his best performed dog being Cheyenne Black who has won five races.