By Jordan Gerrans
When Bathurst trainer Chris Frisby calls Trent Dawson offering up a new pacer, he cannot say yes fast enough.
Frisby has sent the Clarendon-based stable of Dawson several quality horses over the years, including new TAB Trot Rods leader Yep Got Chooks.
In a thrilling night of the 2021 TAB Trot Rods series on Wednesday at Redcliffe, a new benchmark was set in the opening heat by Maffioso Girl for the Elkins team in a time of 65.8 seconds.
In driving rain, that time lasted less than an hour as Yep Got Chooks - driven and trained by Dawson - shot to the front in a slick time of 65.03 seconds shortly after.
The leaders set a cracking pace in front in Heat 8 of the series before Yep Got Chooks was able to slip up the inside and win in a tight three-way go on the line.
“The way the barrier draw was, I thought it would suit him, and I think that was the deciding factor in it all last night, the draw,” Dawson said.
“They went hard for him and made it a nice time.
“The rain may have played a part in it; it might have taken a bit out of the ones that were making the speed.”
Wednesday evening's quick spin around the Redcliffe triangle was just the second effort for Yep Got Chooks with the Dawson stable.
The four-year-old pacer comes from Frisby in Bathurst and while he has now won second-up in Queensland, Dawson did not have high hopes when he first arrived, but now can see plenty of potential in Yep Got Chooks.
“Chris has always been really good to me, we are friends,” Dawson said.
“I never hesitate when he calls me up, I take his word and we just go from there.
“I have bought a few from him that have turned out quite alright, I will just keep going back to him then if he keeps giving me good ones.
“I will have to ask him what else has got (laughs).”
After “The Kid” Angus Garrard and Living Free set the benchmark for the 2021 TAB Trot Rods on the opening night, it has now been broken three times over the last week.