After winning from the inside alley in the heat, Extra Malt jumps from the green box this week.
“I am feeling a lot better leading into the Final after last week’s effort, in her last few runs before that, she just had no luck in those runs,” Leanne said.
“Last week she showed what she could do, it was a lot better run as she was in the right place at the right time.
“She came home well last week.
“She just kept finding trouble before that, not getting a clear run, she was trialling well but just had zero luck in her races.”
Extra Malt, a Group 3 winner earlier in her career, has won 13 career races from 28 starts and is the best dog Leanne has ever trained, she declared.
The Halls have eight dogs currently in work at Marburg with a number of pups coming through, as well.
Leanne had the red rag seven days prior and Graham gets the prized box one this Thursday for Spotted Elk.
While they are litter sisters, Spotted Elk has done much less racing than Extra Malt – 12 less career starts in total – and Graham feels that could hurt her chances on Thursday evening.
Graham thinks the field assembled for Thursday’s Queensland Sprint Championship Final is the best of the best over the short-course in the Sunshine State at the moment.
“She lacks the race experience that some of the other dogs have got, especially ones like Extra Malt, and the dog has been racing for quite a while,” Graham said.
“She just lacks the race experience in a field like this but she has drawn nicely and has a bit of early toe, if she can get a good sit in the race, she is a chance.
“She has not got the brilliance that Extra Malt has got but she can run sub 30 times and it will all depend on what happens in the race.
“She is a very fast dog.”