By Jordan Gerrans
Innisplain trainer Darren Russell is optimistic stepping Tough As Teak up to the longest distance of his career will end the greyhound’s winless run of form.
A product of a Cosmic Rumble and Larsie Lou litter, Tough As Teak has drawn box eight for Thursday night’s Queensland Distance Championship Final at Albion Park.
The veteran of 43 career starts has only ever raced up to 630 metres in his career and will make the giant leap to 710 metres for the Final, which is worth $14,000.
Tough As Teak has not hit the winning post first since late February of this year and Russell is hopeful the extra distance could just be his dog needs to break through again.
While he has not won since the second month of 2021, Tough As Teak has run in the minor money on eight difference occasions since his last victory.
“I had always planned to get him up to the 700 metres but he has just had a few niggles and that,” Russell, who is known for his training exploits with Group 1 stayer Bago Bye Bye, said.
“We will throw him in on Thursday night, see how he goes and we can go from there. That is why we want to get him up over a bit of distance, because he has not won for some time.
“Hopefully we can get his confidence up with a win.”