By Isaac Murphy
There was more than one surprise result in last week’s Listed Brisbane Young Guns heats, but it was Lucky Lance for Glasshouse Mountains trainer Robert Ayres who got the ball rolling, scoring a noteworthy 30.06 three-length win first look at the Albion Park 500 metres.
The son of Barcia Bale had punters scrambling for the form guides to see what they’d missed, but they could be forgiven in a race that included established stars Extra Malt and Pokie Payout.
“I was doing my best to hide it, but I was pretty damn excited after the win; the Brisbane Young Guns is a serious race which we’ve given ourselves a chance to win, but dogs like Orchestrate and Nando Dreamer who ran in the 29.7 range are going to be hard to catch in the Final,” he said.
“We’ve got nothing to lose though, it’s great going in with that underdog mentality, even though it’s a Young Guns we’re the new kid on the block experience wise.
“I’m really confident of another big performance, he ran 30.06 first look at the 500 at Albion, in time I think he’ll shave a half-second off that.
“Can he do it this week is the question, probably not, but I’d be very surprised if he didn’t run in the money.”
Ayres had seen enough in the dog’s brief career to know that he was going to be a shot in his heat and made sure he cashed in.
“You can never be sure what they’re going to do first time out of a new set of boxes, but he’d shown us he had good early pace and could run out the distance, so I made sure I had something on at the $18,” Ayres laughed.
“Once he took the gap on the inside down the back, he didn’t look like losing and even though he’s had a short career, he’s always learnt something new which’ll help him second time around in the Final.
“I’m not afraid to say he’s the fastest dog I’ve trained, Boscono has been a super bitch for me over the years, but as far as potential goes this guy is through the roof.”