Gutsy Madiba Man back on track

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

MADIBA Man ran a light­ning 22.01 sec­onds over 383m in Novem­ber last year, and there is a lot of an­tic­i­pa­tion on how he’ll run at Win­nel­lie tonight.

The four-year-old will make his re­turn from a seven-month hip in­jury for race three at 5.45pm.

“No dog has got close to that run (of 22.01 sec­onds), but he might not be as good as that run af­ter his hip in­jury,” trainer Ron Phillips said.

“But he’s gutsy and he’s very good.”

Phillips – fourth on the Dar- win Grey­hound As­so­ci­a­tion train­ers’ premier­ship stand­ings – also has Call Me Deita (race one) and Storm Blazer (race seven) run­ning, who are last­start win­ners.

Rus­sell Sav­ige’s two-yearold Knieval will run her first race against Madiba Man, and an­other one to watch – Graeme Ferns’ Fabbenz – will fea­ture in race three.

Race five is a strong field fea­tur­ing Bom­bay Rock (An­drew Lasker), Crys­tal’s Way (Jamie Hosk­ing) and Han­son Har­ley (Graeme Scott).

Han­son Har­ley was a win­ner last-start and, an­other last- start win­ner – Richard Carr’s Rav­ing Thun­der – should also be com­pet­i­tive.

Race six is set to be a closely fought one, with Boobery (Joel Vansleve), Hello I’m Mikey (Scott) and Mrs Con­ners (Hosk­ing) all in with a good shot.

Lead­ing DGA trainer Hosk­ing will be con­fi­dent of a strong run from Wayne Outwide in race one over 312m, the twoyear-old win­ning his last run over the same dis­tance by twoand-a-half lengths.

The grow­ing DGA club has a maiden field for race four.

Race one is at 4.56pm.

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