A RICH FUTURE
Owner on a winning roll and looking for plenty at Wenty
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.