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No Easy Beat has unfinished business

Race-5-No-Easy-Beat-D4S-5007-JPG.JPGBy Isaac Murphy

In late 2019, Rusty Dillon’s No Easy Beat was peerless.

The dog had rollicked his way to seven wins in a dozen races, with a best time of 29.6 seconds around Albion Park.

It was unlucky start 13 when it all came undone as he sailed to the lead out of the straight only to drop a back muscle, putting his racing career is serious jeopardy.

After a couple of false starts, Dillon and owner Kevin Bryant decided it was best to give him the life of luxury, but much to their delight, No Easy Beat rose again.

“His owner Toby (Kevin Bryant) has had him up at his place near Bundaberg for the last six months,” Dillon said.

“He got crook recently and had to spend a bit of time in hospital, so he put him out in the paddock with all the young pups and I think they’ve rubbed off on him because he’s looking like he’s ready to go again.

“He put him up the straight at home a few times and he was going great guns, so the next step was getting him racing on a turn.”

The dog’s first win was over the 460 metre trip in Bundaberg and if he’s to make it back to Brisbane, that’ll be his proving ground as he continues to tick off boxes.

“He had to do a satisfactory trial for the stewards at Bundaberg, we thought he might run some time after an unofficial trial the week before and he’s come out and run under the track record,” Dillon said.

“The steward there said the clock might be wrong, but he obviously passed the test with flying colours, and we’re all set to put him in over the 460 metres at Bundaberg next Monday.

“That first 460 metres on Monday will be his second test and if he goes as well as we think he is he could be back at Albion Park in the next few weeks.”

There was initial hope the dog could return relatively quickly, but when he didn’t heal up connections looked towards the breeding barn, but it wasn’t to be.

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 9:19 PM

Molly Campbell Silver Dollars Bne 520 F

Race-5-No-Easy-Beat-DSC-0430-JPG.JPG“We’d given up on his racing career about six months after the injury and my partner Tracey Parker got her stud license,” Dillon said.

“We tried him out a couple of times and he just didn’t produce, so the advice was take him up to Bundaberg let him be a pet and now he’s one the verge of racing again.

“Toby and I were involved together with Big Easy Red, who’s still walking around up at his place, no matter what happens with this dog he’s got a home for life.”

No Easy Beat could have been competitive in any sprint race in Australia in his first coming.

Dillon and Bryant are tempering expectations this time in.

“It was a tough pill to swallow when he did pull up lame, he’d just turned two and was doing some freakish things around Albion Park,” he said.

“His previous two starts he’d won the heat and the final of the Molly Campbell Silver Dollars in 29.60 and 29.65 seconds, they don’t go much quicker at that age.

“We’re obviously not expecting him to come back and be the dog he was, but it’d be a triumph for everyone involved in him if we just got him sound and racing back at Albion Park in city class races.”

Dillon is cautiously confident about No easy Beat’s second racing life, hoping he can recapture some of his early magic.

“Even though dropping a back muscle was a career threatening injury that’s the only issue we’ve ever had with him,” he said.

“You never want to guarantee it won’t happen again, but we’ve done everything possible to have him as close to one hundred percent fitness as possible.

“Not including the race, he broke down he’d only had a dozen starts, so even though he turns four later this year we’re hoping he’s still got plenty of racing in him.”

No Easy Beat