Russell is already exploring all options for Cool Talk’s best path forward and the trainer is not scared to pit her against the best if all goes well.
“Looking at her program she’ll go into another 600 next Monday night, and if she can reproduce something similar to the other night, we’ll start to look a bit further forward,” he said.
“She’s very fit and I wouldn’t shy away from getting her up to the seven hundred in a fortnight, she looks like she will handle it but you don’t know until you try them.
“If she continues in the right direction you look at a race like the Queensland Distance Final in mid-August as a realistic goal; she’s got plenty of work to do before then if she wants to compete with Classy Ethics and Velocity Bettina, but they’re going to be our long term competition so why shy away.”
Bago Bye Bye is the second quickest dog ever over the 710 metres at Albion park and after his retirement earlier in the year Russell was without a stayer, a hole he’s happy to have filled.
“It’s great having a stayer back in the kennel, I just wish I had her a couple of months ago because the Queensland Cup and other Group races over winter were certainly winnable at the time,” he said.
“Taking nothing away from the winners, but the depth probably falls away quite heavily after those first three of four dogs.”
Cool Talk looms as the first of Thirty Talks’ progeny to succeed over distance, and Russell isn’t too worried about the breading, more the way she’s handled her new home.
“I don’t know a huge amount about the Thirty Talks breed, but attitude-wise she’s settled in a treat here; I was able to put her straight in at Ipswich the first week I had her,” he said.
“She seems to have taken a liking to the place, loves going up the straight at home and is a picture of health.
“The only real change I’ve made with her is take a little bit of weight off, but nothing substantial and last night tells me I was probably right in doing so.”