Meningie owner-trainer Tim Richards was the first to admit that he went into the opening round of the SA TAB Country Cup (512 metres) at Mount Gambier on Sunday with no real expectations as far as He’s All Purpose was concerned.
“No, with him being a February 2020 whelping and the youngest in the heats, I figured a minor placing would probably be the best I could hope for. Especially as he had raced on only eight previous occasions,” he said.
“Mind you, I did hold out high hopes for Crush Your Enemy and Two Hands George who were engaged in the first heat. Both had recently broken 29.80 seconds over 512 metres at Tara Raceway.”
As it turned out, neither greyhound ran a place. But He’s All Purpose’s all the way win in the second of the two heats in an outstanding 29.69 seconds now sees him joining Rough Pearl in the $7500 final at Angle Park on Friday, October 8.
By Aston Dee Bee, He’s All Purpose is out of Purpose Driven, a winner of 24 races and more than $80,000 in stakemoney. Richards picked up the black pup in a two-for-two rearing deal with Meningie breeder Cameron Butcher.
“He was always a real happy sort of dog growing up,” Richards said. “But when I commenced breaking him in, initially he was coming out of the boxes backwards. Then, once that was sorted, he was jumping very slowly. Fortunately, he is now starting to put it altogether.”
Rough Pearl, currently one of the most consistent local greyhounds going around Tara Raceway, brought up his ninth win this year for mother and daughter connections Lee and Elysia Bartholomew.
The Worrolong-based son of Dyna Double One x West On Jorji will be part of SA greyhound racing’s biggest night of the year after scoring a keenly-contested neck win in yesterday’s first heat over Curiouser in 29.94 seconds.
Meanwhile, Allendale East trainer David Peckham will switch tracks in a bid to have a runner in this year’s final after Maximum Refusal, Silent Jack and Aston Model failed to qualify yesterday at Tara Raceway.
He said the trio also met the Murray Bridge Country Cup conditions and would be nominated for Friday’s heats.