By 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.