Harada’s odds tight
Favourite for world’s richest race won’t be put in cotton wool
GET It Gizmo, Black Opium and Shima Shine posted faster semi times but Good Odds Harada’s remarkable consistency and near-perfect final draw have made him favourite to win Friday night’s TAB Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park.
The Frank Hurst-trained Good Odds Harada, who has drawn box two, has been installed $3.60 tab.com.au top pick with quickest qualifier Get It Gizmo, who will exit the prized rails box, at $3.80.
Get It Gizmo clocked an electrifying 29.45sec to win his heat, while Black Opium, who stopped the clock a fraction slower at 29.46sec and has box five, is $4.20 third pick.
When Good Odds Harada, trained at Londonderry, next door to the Richmond greyhound track, led throughout to win his heat in 29.66, he took his tally to seven wins and three placings from his past 10 starts.
While Good Odds Harada has shown a liking for outside boxes — winning 11 of 14 races from six and seven — Hurst is delighted with his dog’s box two final draw. He said Good Odds Harada won’t be “put in cotton wool’’ in the week leading up to the world’s richest greyhound prize.
“I won’t change his routine,” Hurst said. “He will have his usual hitout up the straight at Appin on Tuesday and that will be it.’’
At the prospect of collecting a $1 million cheque, owner Tracey Hurst, who works fulltime and is the wife of Good Odds Harada’s trainer, wondered aloud: “Can something like this really be happening to ordinary, normal people like us?’’
Unfortunately, early Chase favourite Feral Franky, another member of the litter by Collision from Solar Pak that yielded Good Odds Harada and Good Odds Buddy, took a tumble in his heat but emerged unhurt.
Hunter Valley trainer Jason Mackay, who landed this year’s other big Wentworth Park race, the Golden Easter Egg with Zipping Bailey, has two Chase finalists in Get It Gizmo and Flying Bazza, who won his heat in 29.78sec. Mackay was hoping to see Get It Gizmo draw box eight with Flying Bazza in one but wasn’t complaining when they came up with one and three, respectively.
Get It Gizmo joined Mackay’s kennels only a month ago, the master trainer revealing he originally had “no room’’ to accommodate the Victorian-owned greyhound.
“Harry Manolitsis, Gizmo’s owner, asked me to take the dog a couple of months ago but I had to knock him back because I did not have a spare kennel,’’ Mackay said.
“Harry was persistent though and when he called again a few weeks later, I was able to house Get It Gizmo, along with Flynn, another dog Harry owns.’’
Black Opium’s all-the-way heat win gave Victorian trainer Jason Thompson a dualstate double on Friday night, with Hooked On Scotch, another of his team, taking out the Group 1 Adelaide Cup, worth $75,000 to the winner.
Thompson was on duty in Adelaide but his wife, Seona, who handled Black Opium, told friends her husband had indicated he was satisfied with box five in the Chase final.
Fourth in the betting at $7 is slowest heat winner Curt Lee, who took 30.14sec for the 520m but drew well in box eight in the final.
Not the fastest qualifier, Good Odds Harada is still favourite to win the Million Dollar Chase at WP.