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Farmor Beach “one win away” from finding form

By Isaac Murphy

Farmor Beach’s resume speaks for itself.

A Group 3 Vince Curry and Group 2 Ipswich Cup winner, Group 2 Queensland Derby runner-up and Group 1 Golden Easter Egg finalist makes him some sort of race dog, but it hasn’t always been a smooth ride for he and trainer Wayne Scott, as he continues to search for his brilliant best ahead of the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.

The dog has had three runs back after spending six weeks in Sydney and although he’s been far from disgraced in top company, Scott says the time is now to find his best.

“The dog’s going as good as he’s ever gone, he’s just having no luck; he ran a brilliant second a fortnight ago when he looked like he was getting some confidence back then got chopped in half when the lids came up last week - it’s one step forward one back at the moment,” Scott said.

“If he wants to be a genuine chance come Brisbane Cup time, he really needs to draw a box or find a race in the next few weeks he can win, or else I don’t think he’ll be as competitive as we’d hoped.

“We’re not racing Fifth Graders anymore, we’re up with the big boys where there’s not much between them every week, the tides will change I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.”

It was a gruelling Golden Easter Egg campaign for Scott and his charge; he made the drive for six weeks straight only to come up short in the Final.

“The dog’s done really well to come back from Sydney and be as forward as he’s been, it takes a toll the number of times we drove back and forward down there,” Scott said.

“I was so proud of him making that Easter Egg Final, he was never at his best down there, but he found a way to hang in every week and make an exclusive Final.

“I thought things may have turned for him in the Final when he came up with the red, but he didn’t quite get it right and against those dogs the race is over by the first turn.”

Scott is seeing flashes of Farmor Beach’s best but is reluctant to try anything dramatic given the upcoming races.

“The signs are there, first week back racing at Albion when Kooringa Lucy ran him down she went 12.67 home, a week later she ran the same time, and he was taking lengths off her and she’s a 34.6 bitch over the 600,” he said.

“There were a few little things we were considering trying with him like giving him a 500 on a Monday night and backing up Thursday, but he was out-graded on a Monday and I didn’t want to throw him in 395 metres.

“If he can keep going in the right direction with his run homes, the 600 might be his go after the Carnival - he’s probably not built for it but he’s that tough I reckon he’d run it out.”

Races

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Ipswich | Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club | 8:40 PM

TAB Ipswich Gold Cup (G2) F

Races

4

Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 7:46 PM

BORGBET Carnival Sprint (L) H

Those are thoughts for the future, but Scott is firmly focused on the now which begins with a run in this week's Listed Carnival Sprint heat.

“Having these strong lead-up races like the Carnival Sprint is definitely a positive for him, it gives him opportunities to find form against top company,” Scott said.

“He gets no favours with the five again this week, but with Kooringa Lucy in the eight I’m hoping he can beat her out and be right there at the first turn with Hope’s King and Little Byrnes.

“That should see us safely through to the Final next week and another chance to draw a good box and get that much needed win in a Listed race.”

The dog’s credentials are there for all to see at Albion Park and even if he doesn’t find that elusive win before the Brisbane Cup, Scott knows him and his Queensland compatriots are going to put up one hell of a fight.

“He’s a dog that’s been there and done that, whether it’s a Group 1 final or running 29.59 around Albion Park, I know his best is good enough to beat the good dogs who are sure to arrive for the Brisbane Cup,” he said.

“I don’t think he’s going to be the only local serving it up to the inter-staters either, you used to be able to win a Best 8 in 29.9, now you’ve got a bitch like Extra Malt running 29.6 every other week.

“You can’t undersell the importance of racing on your home track, last time he drew the red here he ran less than a length off Sentenced in the Queensland Derby, he’ll be making them work for it.”