By Isaac Murphy
Steve Kavanagh knows how to breed a serious greyhound, and the Pottsville trainer’s line is one of the oldest and most respected in the game.
It’s produced again with Louis Rumble (Fernando Bale/Joyce Rumble), who will look to continue carving out a name for himself in this week’s Young Guns Heats at Albion Park.
At just 25 months, the dog is a six-time winner at headquarters, running slashing time and Kavanagh thinks we haven’t seen the best of him yet, taking plenty of benefit from a recent trip to Sydney.
“I took him down to Wentworth Park about a month before the Group 3 New Sensation to give him a look at the track and to get a gauge of where he was at,” Kavanagh said.
“We came out terrible and did nothing that day, so for him to turn up and run 29.61 in his heat and 29.61 in the Final, I was really pleased with him.
“It would’ve been nice to win the Final and get a Group 3 to his name early on in his career, but he simply found one better in Jungle Deuce.
“It’s good to know that he’s right up there with one of the best young pups in Australia.”
Kavanagh has always been an advocate for racing up the straight at the Capalaba, with Louis Rumble reaping the benefits of a red-hot Young Guns series before his circle campaign resumes.
“I was able to give him a bit of time off after his first trip away and the Capalaba Young Guns looked a good starting point, sharpening him up before getting back to Albion Park,” he said.
“He’s never been as good up the straight as he is around the circle, but I was pleased to see him make it through to the Final and get a really competitive run under his belt.
“I love the joint (Capalaba), I’m always trialling and racing there because it serves multiple purposes; the prizemoney and standard are better than ever and it’s a nice change up for circle dogs like Louis Rumble.”