By Jordan Gerrans
Trainer Sandra Hunt might just surprise herself two times in a week in heats of the Queensland Championships.
The Atkinsons Dam-based conditioner of dogs gave Feel The Beat little hope in his heat of the Queensland Sprint Championship at Albion Park on Thursday.
The son of Aston Dee Bee was having none of that and won in the sharpest time of his career around the 520 metre circuit, 29.95 seconds.
And, with the Queensland Straight Track Championship heats on Sunday at Capalaba, the former winner of the Brisbane Leading Trainer trophy believes kennel mate Selwood Hayze is likely to be outclassed.
Just like Feel The Beat, Selwood Hayze may just shock the veteran trainer.
Black dog Feel The Beat claimed the second of two heats on Thursday night at headquarters, with the first heat finishing in a dead-heat between Impact and He’s So Cool.
The market backed up Hunt’s thoughts – Feel The Beat started as a $10 shot – but he ran out of his skin to put in a career best effort.
Feel The Beat got up on the rail, not long after the winning post the first time, and was not headed again to score by almost two lengths.
As Hunt details, she knows he is a good dog, she was just unsure if he was up to the Group and Listed level of greyhound’s in the field.
“I was quite shocked and very surprised actually,” Hunt said of his heat win.
“I thought he was just making up the field, if I am being honest, as he is a handy dog but he was one of – if not the only dog – in that field who had not broken 30 seconds.
“All the rest were 29.80 dogs and he was yet to break 30 seconds, so I did not go in with much confidence.
“But, he is a very determined dog and luck went our way.
“He is no champion but he is a handy dog to have, he always gives his full effort.”
Hunt has had the 17-time career winner for around half a year after he was previously trained by Lyndall Brand.
Hunt would love a kennel full of greyhounds like Feel The Beat, he might not be a Group level dog but he pays his way and is ultra-consistent.
Feel The Beat has been handed the two alley for the Final – the same draw he won from in the heats.
With one Queensland Championship heat won already, the Hunt kennel goes in search of another along the grass of Capalaba on Sunday.