“We literally made the decision half an hour before nominations closed to nominate her for the Cup, we were not going to put her in it,” Shane said.
“She is just so young and inexperienced; we did not think she was ready for a race like this.
“I think we just said in the end 'bugger it', we will put her in and have a go.
“I did not think she could run a race or time like this, it was a shock.
“She is a good young dog.”
Looking ahead to next Thursday’s Group 2 Final, to be worth $113,000 in total prize money this year, Shane is concerned with Spring Kono drawing box seven, thinking she will struggle to cross and put herself in the race with so much speed drawn inside her.
In other heats on the night, it was a sparkling night for Park Ridge trainer Tom Tzouvelis – landing three from his team in the Final.
Lily Monelli was the first to win through to the decider in the second heat, before kennel mates Strategise and Showdown won through later on.
Of his team of dogs going around in the Group 2 Ipswich Gold Cup heats, Tzouvelis was thinking Sleuth – who has run 30.32 seconds around the 520-metre trip of the track before – would be the best of his chances, but a wide draw saw him finish well back in the field.
“They all went good, you are always hoping you get winners when you go to the races but you never quite know how they will go,” Tzouvelis said.
“We had a terrific night, the fastest dog we had in last night – Sleuth – did not get through to the Final as the box draw beat him like it did with a few others.”
There will be automatic entry for the brand new Listed Queensland Flame for any Queensland-trained greyhound that wins the $113,000 Group 2 Ipswich Cup on November 11, should they choose to nominate.
The Flame, to be run over 520 metres, will be run on the first major night of the TAB Golden Greys Summer Racing Carnival at Albion Park on December 2, offering $37,500 in its own right and a berth in the new $1.145 million TAB Phoenix to the winner.