King eyes a golden push on two fronts

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

UP-AND-COM­ING sprinter King Car­mody be­gins an am­bi­tious dual state cam­paign on Tues­day night in the heats of the Gos­ford Gold­mine se­ries be­fore tak­ing part in next month’s Group 1 Hud­son Pa­cific Ma­tu­rity Clas­sic in Mel­bourne.

The Gold­mine se­ries is for grey­hounds with be­tween one and five wins, but King Car­mody’s three vic­to­ries from eight starts in­clude a slick 30.04 Went­worth Park suc­cess and a siz­zling 29.66 at Uni­bet Gar­dens.

Trainer Jodie Van Enkhuyzen thought enough of her grey­hound to start him in the re­cent Group 1 Lad­brokes Peter Mos­man Clas­sic but King Car­mody found trou­ble in his heat and fin­ished fifth to Patch Adam.

“King Car­mody has had a cou­ple of 400m hit-outs at Gos­ford so knows the track,” Van Enkhuyzen said.

“Af­ter the 515m Gold­mine se­ries, which ends with the final on June 27, King Car­mody will go to Mel­bourne trainer Steve White, who will get him ready for the Ma­tu­rity Clas­sic.”

King Car­mody will jump from box eight in the fifth heat on Tues­day.

Mean­while Doreen Dry­nan has trained world-class sprint­ers like Chica Des­ta­cada, Ad­dis Boy, Buddy Rich and Eluthra and her daugh­ter Kerry, who now trains in part­ner­ship with her, has a strong can­di­date in Tues­day’s Gold­mine heats in the form of For­tunes Of Time. For­tunes Of Time will jump from box seven in heat two a week af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing run at Gos­ford, but has won in 30.11 and 30.30 at Went­worth Park so should im­prove.

“For­tunes Of Time fin­ished down the course at Gos­ford last week be­cause she ru­ined her chances by veer­ing hard left and col­lid­ing af­ter draw­ing box eight,” Dry­nan said. And lo­cally trained Just Sa­van­nah pro­duced a sparkling lead-up run for Tues­day’s Gold­mine heats by fin­ish­ing third to Mar­ilena Franco in a strong race at Went­worth Park on Wed­nes­day night.

Just Sa­van­nah dis­puted the early lead with the win­ner but lost ground by run­ning wide around the first turn and af­ter be­ing sec­ond in the mid­dle stages went down by less than five lengths.

“She goes well at Gos­ford and won there in 30.23 on June 6,” Jeff Ea­ton, whose wife Ca­role owns and trains the grey­hound, said.

Just Sa­van­nah will jump from box two in the first Gold­mine heat.

Tues­day’s Gos­ford meet­ing also fea­tures the Lad­brokes Monthly Medal Maiden final (race three) where fastest heat win­ner Meg’s Mar­vel (box six) is set to give hobby trainer James York his big­gest suc­cess.

“I own a pest con­trol busi­ness but just over two years ago be­gan train­ing grey­hounds as a hobby,” York said.

“When I de­cided to buy Meg’s Mar­vel from my pal Bryan Young I de­cided to let my chil­dren Me­gan, 27, and Bradley, 24, se­lect the puppy. They chose Meg’s Mar­vel and while she lacks early speed she is ex­tremely strong at the fin­ish of her races.

“She is still very green and went into last week’s Gos­ford heats with hardly any field ex­pe­ri­ence, so she did us proud.”

Meg’s Mar­vel came from third at the half­way mark to win her heat in 30.18, with the other heat win­ners be­ing An­ndar Plonk (30.20), Resid­ual (30.30) and Devine Rite (30.52).

An­ndar Plonk took the lead with just un­der a lap to go, Resid­ual led through­out and Devine Rite came from last and over­came a check at the first turn.

Led through­out to win a low grade sprint in 29.89, which com­pared well with Set To Storm’s 29.63 time stan­dard in the Peter Mos­man Clas­sic semi fi­nals. Check out the full re­play at the­dogs.com.au

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