Buck’s Fu­ture looks bright

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - —JEFF COLLERSON

BUCK’S Fu­ture won this year’s Group 1 Paws Of Thun­der from box seven and wore the black rug again in last Tues­day’s Lis­more Cup heat win, but trainer Syd Swain and owner Robert Jones are de­lighted to see the dog in box one in Tues­day night’s $40,000-to-the-win­ner fi­nal.

Buck’s Fu­ture be­gan bril­liantly from box seven and led through­out to beat Cash Point and Miss Splen­damiro in the $75,000 Paws Of Thun­der at WP in Jan­uary and jumped well from the same draw to grab the lead en­ter­ing the back straight in his Lis­more Cup heat win.

Fer­nando Blaster and Buck’s Fu­ture were fastest heat winners, each cov­er­ing the 520m in 29.68sec, but the fi­nal draw favours the lat­ter.

The Terry Jor­dan-trained Fer­nando Blaster had box eight in his heat win but has drawn two on Tues­day night. Fer­nando Blaster’s 29.61sec from box six was quick­est of this year’s

Na­tional Derby heats at Went­worth Park but the dog failed to han­dle box one in the fi­nal and fin­ished fourth to Axel Footluce. Be­cause of his fast heat time, he was sent out $2.80 favourite for the Derby fi­nal de­spite Jor­dan say­ing the dog was far bet­ter suited drawn wide.

Buck’s Fu­ture’s trainer Syd Swain has al­ways in­sisted his grey­hound is a good railer so is at home from box one.

“Now that he has drawn the in­side on Tues­day, Buck’s Fu­ture just has to make use of it by com­ing out of the boxes cleanly,’’ Swain said.

Robert Jones, who owns 10 thor­ough­breds and a sim­i­lar num­ber of greyhounds, said: “Buck’s Fu­ture has won 13 races but I have only watched him race live once, and that was at Rich­mond. Now he has drawn box one, I might go to Lis­more with Syd and watch the cup.’’

San­dave Diva’s 29.84sec was third-fastest of the four Lis­more Cup heat winners.

Buck’s Fu­ture (inset) is ad­van­taged by the ace draw for Tues­day night’s fi­nal of the Lis­more Cup while fel­low fastest heat win­ner Fer­nando Blaster (main) is be­side him in box two.

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