By Isaac Murphy
Velocity Bettina is looking to put a bow on her transition to the staying ranks by winning this Thursday’s Group 1 Queensland Cup Final over the 710 for trainer Kev Ellis.
The bitch has a remarkable resume from the 520 metres up, and is one step away from winning the Listed Dashing Corsair, The Group 3 Super Stayers and Group 1 Queensland Cup within a month - and she has the box to do it.
To cap off the month, she was also recently crowned the Greyhound Clubs Australia Greyhound of the Month for June.
The only knock on Velocity Bettina is that she’s an inside or bust bitch, but burst through that wall with a 41.72 heat win last week.
She comes back to her prized box one for the final, where she’s looking to go seven for seven in her career and Ellis couldn’t be happier on the eve of her grand final.
“It’s no secret she hasn’t been good from the outside boxes, it all goes back to when she was poleaxed out of the 600 metres lids and it really shook her confidence,” Ellis said.
“But I was over the moon with the way she ran the race from box eight last Thursday.
“We had Rasheda boxed directly inside us who we knew we could probably cross but Phantom Laurie in the five wants to get off the track and we were a bit worried he’d run us off early.
“In the end Rasheda jumped as well as us and came together with Phantom Laurie giving us a clear run.
“You need that bit of luck sometimes, but she still had to work extremely hard - I thought it was the best win of her career.”
Velocity Bettina has been putting most of her rivals to the sword early, and with incredible pace over 600 metres and Ellis is hoping she uses the draw to skip away from a big danger.
“She’s got to do everything right in those first two sections and really carve out quick time, because Robbie Britton’s bitch Blazing Cartier is a real danger if she’s able to stick with us in the early stages,” he said.
“We’ve drawn the box where she’ll hopefully make it seven from seven, she makes her own luck in running and if there’s any trouble behind it’s going to take a mighty effort for something to catch her.”