Hassall has another Bundaberg Cup contender in the shape of Nerve Settler, with the former Victorian winning in open company at Bundaberg, as well as at Albion Park and Ipswich.
“Nerve Settler just had a slight back leg issue I probably could have raced her in the Oaks but just took every precaution to get her right for the cup,” Hassall said.
“She’ll race over the 550 metres next Monday and then go straight into the heats where I think she can go well.
“There’s not much between her and Prince Cosmic, they both are really strong late if a few are getting tired so with the extra 30 metres they’ll be there to pounce.”
Hassall said he’d always wanted to chase his passion as a full-time greyhound trainer and couldn’t be happier doing something he loves.
“I’ve always wanted to get to a point where I could become a full-time trainer, I’d almost made the decision a couple of times but decided now was the right time with the team I have going around and I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
“I think the biggest positive is the time I get around my dogs now; if they’re not working, they’re sitting on the veranda with me most of the day and I like them to develop their own personalities.
“I’ve got everything established at home with my straight track and got the property in top shape for the dogs with seven in work at the moment, which is what I’ll be looking to stay around - I’m looking forward to the future.”
With the President role recently vacated at Bundaberg, Hassall put his hand up to help the club and was voted in by his peers as the best man for the job, and he couldn’t be more thankful for all the hard work of those before him.
“I’m acting President at the Bundaberg Club at the moment and would be more than happy to stay on full-time if the club wants me to,” Hassall said.
“I’ve walked into a club that’s already functioning really well, we’re looking for a new secretary but everything else is going gangbusters.
“The racing is great, the turnover is up it’s very exciting seeing club go from strength to strength.
“The club has always been good to me and I’m just happy that I can be involved and hopefully build on the great job management has already done, when we were non-TAB we did it really tough and credit to the people who got us through those times.”