By Jordan Gerrans
Publicans Cup heat winner Dulceria will bypass next Thursday’s Final at Albion Park and will instead head north for a Townsville holiday and Cup campaign.
The Matt Heilbronn-trained bitch was one of the four heat winners on Thursday evening, alongside Sleuth, Indictment and Double Malt, for the popular Publicans Cup.
The Raceview-based trainer will have to now switch his attention to the Townsville Cup after Dulceria suffered a minor pin injury on Thursday night and received a seven-day stand down.
The third-generation greyhound trainer is a regular in the North Queensland city come Cup time every year, and believes the bitch he bred will give the Group 3 event a shake.
The 2021 Townsville Cup has had a prizemoney increase to $40,000 in a move that will see the race receive Group 2 status in 2023.
The 498-metre series will be run on September 3 and 10.
Heilbronn expects to spend 12 days in Townsville while taking a team of dogs of around five up for the experience, including the promising Dulceria.
“It will be a rush to get her cleared now to get her ready for Townsville and the Townsville Cup,” Heilbronn said.
“It is early next month the Cup, so she will trial up there in the days leading in and use that as a look at the track and clear her.
“I go up for Townsville every year and Dulceria has been fast since day dot, it is just a matter of her putting it all together.
“She went 22.71 seconds over 395 metres at her first look ever, so she just has gears, she ran home in 12.68 seconds on Thursday night while checking off dogs, she is not a two-year-old until the end of November.”