Crawford thinks the bitch is still a way off her ceiling and is incredibly thankful to David Smith who plans to keep the bitch with Crawford post-Queensland Cup.
“David Smith - her owner and former trainer - has backed us all the way with her and has said he’s happy for her to stay up here and keep improving while the races are there,” he said.
“The Breast Cancer Cup over the 731 at Ipswich is coming up later this month, so we’ll lock her in for that and if she’s still running well, we might look at travelling with her.”
The Group 1 Brisbane and Queensland Cups are rightfully getting all the headlines for Thursday’s card but the third feature - The Mick Byrne Memorial Novice - shouldn’t be forgotten.
Crawford is another a huge chance with the fastest qualifier in Eulogia, sister to Group 3 Flying Amy winner Kiss And Spin.
“Eulogia and her sister Kiss And Spin are both really intelligent bitches, each time they go out they seem to learn from their last experience and come back that little bit better,” Crawford said.
“Early on Kiss and Spin looked like she was going to be handily the quicker of the two but as it stands I’d say Eulogia is probably the better race dog and has caught up on the clock running 29.87 last week as well.
“There’s no real weakness with Eulogia; her splits are so consistent and she’s just a really good little race dog that’s going places.”
Eulogia looks to map well from her draw and if she gets to the front Crawford thinks she can run another personal best, but some of her competition might have a say in the matter.
“She’s a good beginner from just about anywhere but the closer to the rail the better and she should get a good run to the first turn from box three,” he said.
“I’ve got enormous respect for the other dogs in the race, particularly the four (Rio Valiente) and the five (Mick’s Recall), but our main advantage is our box speed which we hope sets her apart from those very talented dogs.
“It’s always an interesting race the Mick Byrne, you often see a lot of young dogs come out of it and go on to bigger and better things, we’d love to get a feature beside Eulogia’s name.”
Crawford said he was still riding the high of Kiss And Spin’s unlikely Flying Amy triumph, having only won a maiden before the race and upsetting a seasoned field.
“It was quite a thrill seeing Kiss And Spin win the Flying Amy, she was our first Group dog we’ve trained ourselves so there was a fair bit of pride attached,” Crawford said.
“The graders have caught up with her now and she’s been going around in some tough races but has been holding her own in the placings.
“She’s in a Mixed Fourth Fifth Grade on Thursday that she’s not without a chance in if she bounces well from box five.”
The KC and All/Reshuffle litter have been a godsend for Crawford, and with a couple of pups yet to start there’s exciting times ahead.
“They’ve been an amazing litter so far, but we’ve still got a couple to start who’ll hopefully make their debuts in the Eric Thompson Maiden heats in a couple of weeks’ time,” Crawford said.
“For Eulogia and Kiss And Spin we hope they’ve shown enough to get a start in next week’s Emerging Origin Stars Sprint - another chance to race for some really good money.”