Owner on a win­ning roll and look­ing for plenty at Wenty

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

BUCK’S Fu­ture gave his new owner Robert Jones 24 hours to re­mem­ber with a 10 length win in a heat of the Lad­brokes Maiden Series at Went­worth Park dur­ing the week and should con­tinue the good work in Wed­nes­day night’s $5000 to the win­ner fi­nal.

Weona Nic­coni and Con­stant Flight, thor­ough­breds owned by Jones and trained by David Vandyke on Queens­land’s Sun­shine Coast, each won at their lo­cal track last Wed­nes­day, just hours be­fore Buck’s Fu­ture gave his owner an un­usual tre­ble by trounc­ing his ri­vals.

Buck’s Fu­ture is eas­ily the fastest qual­i­fier for Wed­nes­day night’s Went­worth Park fi­nal as he clocked 30.36 in his heat-win­ning romp while Bo­gan Villa took 30.85 to win the other heat.

That makes Buck’s Fu­ture nearly eight lengths quicker than his near­est ri­val in the fi­nal.

“I have had some smart race­horses, in­clud­ing Group 3 win­ner Deep Im­age and Kingston Town Classic win­ner Prince Cheri, but I’m hav­ing so much fun with the greyhounds,’’ Jones said.

“David Vandyke is cur­rently train­ing 10 thor­ough­breds for me and for syn­di­cates I am with, but Buck’s Fu­ture, trained by Dean Swain, is only my sec­ond grey­hound.

“A mate who drinks at my lo­cal pub in River­stone got me watch­ing the dogs on TV there and when I in­di­cated I might buy a grey­hound, he rec­om­mended Dean Swain.

“Last year Dean bought Watch The Wasp for me, and he has won nine races, in­clud­ing six at Went­worth Park, so I went back to the same breeder, David Pringle, to buy Buck’s Fu­ture.’’

Dean Swain’s wife Danielle han- dled Buck’s Fu­ture in his win last Wed­nes­day while Swain was briefly in hos­pi­tal.

“I’ll be sur­prised if Buck’s Fu­ture does not im­prove in the Lad­brokes fi­nal be­cause when he won his heat he was hav­ing his first test over 520m since we bought him in March,’’ Danielle said.

“Win­ning at his first start for Robert and us was a ter­rific thrill as Buck’s Fu­ture had not raced for two months. When the dog first came to our place he took a while to set­tle in — he was in­clined to jump around and knocked him­self around a lit­tle.

“Dean does not train his dogs like David Pringle, who had Buck’s Fu­ture for his only race when he fin­ished third in a heat of the Group 3 Magic Maiden, so the dog took time to get ac­cus­tomed to the dif­fer­ent tech­niques.’’

Alan Proc­tor, whose wife Chris­tine trains Num Chuck Chicki, run- ner-up to Buck’s Fu­ture on Wed­nes­day, said their grey­hound would im­prove.

“Chris­tine had to performance trial Num Chuck Chicki over 450m at Mait­land six days be­fore the Wenty heats, which was not an ideal lead-up to last Wed­nes­day’s race,’’ Proc­tor said. “Num Chuck Chicki has abil­ity and can only im­prove.’’

Num Chuck Chicki is raced by Michelle and Michael Jones, who rear and breed greyhounds at Nabiac, near Ta­ree.

Chris­tine Proc­tor trains their smart sprinter Mis­ter Fer­nando, a dual Went­worth Park win­ner.

The Jones fam­ily owned cham­pion sprinter My Bro Fabio, who won 26 of 52 races and nearly $480,000 in stakes.

Bo­gan Villa, who won the other Lad­brokes Maiden Series heat, is trained at Yass by Neil Staines for Gra­ham Dixon of Parkes.

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