“The whole litter has been disappointing in the way they were very immature and did a lot of things wrong,” Medcalf said.
“There was only four in the litter and while they all have ability, but how far they will go with it is unknown because of their temperament.
“Stop Watch is one that has matured faster and she is above average in ability, she seems to get better as it has taken some time for her strength to come, I think it will come.
“She has good early speed, which is something that is a big bonus, she is going quick early which always puts you at the front of the field earlier – where you need to be.”
With just four greyhounds in work, as well as litters coming through the ranks, the Medcalf operation is a team effort from the family, the trainer says.
The father of six relies heavily on his wife and daughter Chloe, especially, who works down at the greyhound club at Capalaba while also being the team’s kennel attendant.
Medcalf is hoping to scale back his work commitments in the coming years and focus more attention into his greyhound operation.
The veteran trainer has missed some training work with his greyhounds over the last fortnight due to the heavy rain around Brisbane but has adapted by using the walking machine and swimming his chasers.
He is hopeful Stop Watch can put her best foot forward on Thursday night and build through the entire carnival.
“I think she has a lot more improving to do as she gets older,” he said.
“But, at this stage, she looks like she is above average and in six months’ time, I think she will be able to mix it with the best dogs up here.
“I think she is right into this Futurity right up to her eyeballs.
“I think she should make it through to the Final and she will be better for the run next week with another run under her belt and miles in her legs.”
The TAB Golden Greys Summer Carnival will be staged from December to February with Group racing commencing at Albion Park on December 16 with the Queensland Derby and the Bogie Leigh Futurity.
Three heats of the Group 2 Queensland Derby will also be run on Thursday night at Albion Park ahead of the Final in seven days’ time.
Click here to see the full program for the 2021-22 TAB Golden Greys Summer Carnival.