King eyes a golden push on two fronts
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