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Stella with a double shot at redemption

Race-2-Made-In-America-DSC-7115-jpg.JPGBy Isaac Murphy

Greg Stella is meticulous with his planning.

After finishing second with Regal Opal in the 2020 Master’s Final, he came to this year’s heats locked and loaded with Made In America and Security Code both qualifying for Thursday night’s final.

Neither dog has had a smooth run in their career but talent has never been in question.

Stella likes both their chances come Thursday.

“In a perfect world Made in America (box three) would have had box two and Security Code (box two) box three, but I’m certainly not complaining, I think it sets up nicely for both of them,” he said.

“Made in America should clear Security Code early and hopefully the latter can find a nice spot on the fence around the first corner behind the speed.

“It’s nice to have a speed dog and run-on dog this year, we got pipped on the line with a bitch called Regal Opal in this race last year, so it’d be a nice piece of redemption to go one better.”

Made in America has only recently turned his attention to the 500 metre races and relies heavily on early speed, which he has in spades.

“His heat time (30.37 seconds) wasn’t as quick as he previous run, but if he can come out running, I think he’s easily a 30.20 second dog or better this week,” Stella said.

“With even luck at the start he looks the leader from box three on Thursday night and if he wants to be winning the race he’s going to have to get out and find a break.

“He’s run in the high 5.4 second range to the first mark at his best, but I’d be very happy if he could go 5.5 seconds from box three which should see him comfortably out in front.”

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Made in America is the baby of the field in terms of race starts while Stella has been unable to get any continuity in his racing till lately.

“He’s never had any major injuries, but he did have a rotten run last year where we just couldn’t get him to the racetrack for more than a couple of starts at a time,” the trainer said.

“The upside of that is for a dog of his age he’s only run the 31 races, winning 20, which is probably why he has such an early speed advantage.

“That’s gold in master’s company, you tend to find plenty that will run home much quicker than him, but he’s fairly unique it that facet.”

The dog was bred for success with some freakish litter mates, but he’s always held his own and is still building his legacy.

“He’s a member of a tremendous Zambora Brockie/Lilly Sur Seine litter which produced Sequana, Stinger Noir and No Easy Beat, he’s probably played the lesser light and still amassed his record,” Stella said.

“Donna Darcy, who owns Made in America, also had his litter sister Inspired Hope who was a handy sprinter with good early speed.

“She succumbed to injury fairly early on in her career, so when she came on season, they bred with her and she’s got a litter to Fernando Bale that are seven months old, of which I’d love to get my hands on a couple.”

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 10:01 PM

SELL YOUR CAR @ MOTORHUB Masters H

New kennel mate Security Code has only been with Stella for a couple of months but made an immediate impact on the trainer and his competition posting the quickest heat time.

“Security Code’s owner Greg Paull bought him from Melbourne around 12 months ago where he was a city class dog down there and he had some solid results up here before injury got him,” Stella said.

“He’d had about seven months away from the track and having only spent 11 weeks with me I thought he might be found wanting a bit for race fitness, but it wasn’t the case.

“Looking back through his replays he very rarely leads and tends to run on and because of the red box last week he got a good run through and really surprised me running 30.01 seconds.”

Stella was just as keen to see how the dog came through the run and was pleasantly surprised.

“The win was what we were after, but he had to pull up well too and he’s had a really good week at home and looks ready to go again,” he said.

“Similarly, to Made in America he’s benefited from time off, he was a much higher graded dog and only recently was eligible for master’s races.

“I probably could have got him to the track a few weeks earlier the way he was going at home, but saw this race coming on the calendar and thought we’d hold him back for it.”

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Albion Park | Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club | 8:34 PM

GARRARD'S HORSE AND HOUND Masters F