“One of my good mates actually picked out Bago Dry and gave him to me to train, he’d been looking for the right dog for a while and picked him up from rural New South Wales where he hadn’t done much his first few starts,” he said.
“When we first got him, he wasn’t much to look at and wasn’t doing anything exceptional but he settled in fairly quickly and the results started coming.
“The Barcia Bale/Oxley Rubey breed are very strong and we didn’t muck around getting him to the 510 up here.
“He’s gone from strength to strength in the last six weeks, he broke his Novice in good time, and I think that was the turning point because he’s won four from five over the track and trip since.”
The dog’s good record will be tested tonight against one of the toughest fields he’s faced, but at his best Boody knows he can win.
“The key tonight will be not giving Sumatran Star too much reign, he’s been winning races down in Brisbane and will be quick out from box one,” he said.
“My boy has a bit of a tendency to get up the track, so hopefully we don’t give him too much room early.
“I probably would have preferred him drawn out wide, if he has a bit of room to his outside he can drift out and really cut down on the bend, he can still do that from box two but it makes it a bit tougher.
“His track sense has come along in leaps and bounds and he’s going to need it, a couple of Dallas Beckett’s dogs are quick out from the middle of the line so if he avoids them, he’s a big chance.”
Boody said his return to the training ranks was just what he needed and was rapt to have representation in both finals, but keep an eye out for what’s to come because the trainer has big plans.
“I’m a fly in fly out worker, so it’s not just me doing that hard work, my dad Steve and wife Amanda hold the fort while I’m working - it’s a team effort,” he said.
“The dream has always been able to train full-time and while we’re a while off that, we’re heading in the right direction - a result tonight would be huge.”