Melbourne Cup chal­lenge for Boris

South Waikato News - - Your Health - TIM RYAN

Watch out Aus­tralia here comes Boris one of the most ex­cit­ing young grey­hounds New Zealand has seen.

Thrilling Boris will carry the hopes of this coun­try’s grey­hound in­dus­try when he tack­les the Melbourne Cup (515m) on Novem­ber 18.

De­spite his in­ex­pe­ri­ence, con­nec­tions have de­cided to tackle the world’s rich­est race head on.

The grey­hound earned au­to­matic en­try into the race courtesy of his re­cent Water­loo Cup win when he trounced New Zealand’s best stay­ers.

The money is nice - $600,000 Aus­tralian dol­lars - but for Ti­rau trainer Karen Walsh and suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and Thrilling Boris’s owner Gary Hard­ing it’s more than that.

Hard­ing has won al­most ev­ery ma­jor race in New Zealand and won a Group I with Thrilling Brat in Aus­tralia but re­serves spe­cial praise for Thrilling Boris.

Along with Walsh, he wants to prove to the Aussies that New Zealand has a grey­hound good enough to com­pete in their ma­jor races.

‘‘I think he’s po­ten­tially the best dog I’ve ever owned,’’ Hard­ing said. ‘‘He would be very com­pet­i­tive over there.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing to have a dog like him and he’s do­ing it all on nat­u­ral abil­ity. We haven’t seen the best of him yet.’’

Walsh is keen to test Thrilling Boris against the Aus­tralian tal­ent.

‘‘I’m very en­thu­si­as­tic about

‘‘I think he's po­ten­tially the best dog I've ever owned’’ Gary Hard­ing

the prospect of tak­ing him over,’’ she said.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously it’s a chal­lenge and we will need to give him a trial on the track over there be­fore the race.

‘‘It will all be very dif­fer­ent so we need to give him the op­por­tu­nity to check the track out.’’

Walsh and Hard­ing will have run­ners in Christchurch for the New Zealand Cup at the same time which gives them a few prob­lems to over­come.

‘‘It’s a mat­ter of work­ing out the lo­gis­tics and hav­ing the right staff,’’ Walsh said. ‘‘Apart from that he has come through the Water­loo Cup in great or­der.’’

Thrilling Boris backed up his Water­loo Cup win on Mon­day with vic­tory in the $11,000 NZ Rac­ing Se­ries fi­nal over 457m at Palmer­ston North.

‘‘It was a nice win,’’ Hard­ing said. ‘‘The dog is do­ing ev­ery­thing right so why not have a go at the Aus­tralian races.’’

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Melbourne Cup con­tender Thrilling Boris with Karen Walsh af­ter win­ning the Water­loo Cup.

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