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Daley hopes Hunter can do it for Tricky

By Isaac Murphy

The Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden has been the starting point for more than one champion over the years.

That is why the race was firmly in the cross hairs of Jemma Daley, who rolled out litter mates Hara’s Hunter, Hara’s Betty and Hara’s Rusty in last week’s heats.

It was a successful day for the young trainer: Betty winning her heat, Hunter running second and Rusty third.

The Barcia Bale/Hara’s Annie litter will always be close to Daley’s heart.

They were the last set of pups she worked on together with her mentor Michael Stephenson before his passing and they’re off to a good start.

“I was rapt to get Hara’s Hunter and Hara’s Betty through to the final and another one Hara’s Rusty just missed out,” Daley said.

“The Eric Thomson was clearly a target of ours to start the Barcia Bale/Hara’s Annie pups and they’ve all taken a really positive first step.

“Unfortunately, I’ve had to scratch Hara’s Betty from the final not wanting to risk a sore metacarpal, but I’m confident Hara’s Hunter will fly the flag.”

A two-pronged attack would have been nice for Thursday’s final, but Daley believes Hara’s Hunter is the right dog for the job.

“If I had to pick the best chance of the three it’d be Hara’s Hunter, so I’m glad he’s the one representing the kennel,” she said.

“I gave him a box-to-box a week before the heats, and he went 5.5 seconds early and when he came up with box one, we thought he’d be a pretty good thing.

“In the end he got caught in the last stride, but I was still more than happy with the effort because it looked like he’d banged his head in the boxes and only came out in 5.59 seconds, so he’ll show natural improvement.”

The pup switches from box one to box seven this week, but speed travels and Daley is assured Hunter will burn early.

“I definitely think he’s the leader of the race, but he’s going to have to put a good break in them down the back especially if the Burman’s dog Stanton Warrior is chasing us,” Daley said.

“We can’t match him on the clock (29.85) at this stage, but I’m confident our early pace will hold up and quite often in maiden finals it can get a bit messy behind.

“He’s had a really good week at home doing everything I’ve asked of him and I’m sure you’ll be seeing a stronger dog home this week.”

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 4:00 PM

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Owner Tony Glover had originally split the pups between Daley and Stephenson.

Daley says she’ll always feel like she’s training for both of them.

“It’s a big occasion on Thursday night, Hara’s Hunter was the dog that Tricky (Michael Stephenson) had pinned his hope on before he passed away,” Daley said.

“It’d really be something if he was able to come out and win a feature like the Eric Thomson just a few months after we lost Tricky.

“He’s done all the heavy lifting with this dog I’ve just taken over recently and I’m pretty determined to prove Tricky right with a good result.”

Daley expects it to be a short stint on the sidelines for Hara’s Betty, who’s one from one after her five-length heat win.

“Hara’s Betty has been the bitch I’ve had the most to do with since the breakers, she was a bit behind a couple of her litter mates there, but I’ve been really happy with her natural progression,” she said.

“She hasn’t been the easiest bitch to train, she’s had a lot of little niggles that pups have, but to see her win on debut the way she did was very rewarding even though she won’t race Thursday night.

“Against a bunch of young dogs, she just did everything right and we were lucky enough to beat Tony Brett’s Indictment who came out and won in 29.80 seconds on Monday, so it might be good one day to say we beat him at his first start.”

Daley has tasted Thursday night success before, but is in an ideal window to capitalize.

“I can’t wait for Thursday night, as a young trainer being involved with a decent chance in a feature race is the stuff you dream of," she said. 

“I’ve also got Hara’s Penny getting up to the 700 metres for the first time, which is something I’ve been working towards for a while and Hara’s Bonnie going well over the sprint.

“There’s no guarantees, but none of them are out of their depth and if it’s not this week we’ll keep coming back.”

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 4:35 PM

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