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Trainer Steve Kavanagh out to extend Ipswich winning run

R6-Louis-Rumble-d-030921.jpgBy Jordan Gerrans

Experienced trainer Steve Kavanagh calls Pottsville home but he may as well list Ipswich as his home track the way his kennel has performed at the club over the last year.

Kavanagh's Rumble Ranger was a spectacular winner of the Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden Series at Ipswich earlier in 2021.

A few months later, Rumble Ranger’s brother - Louis Rumble – was a dominant winner of the Ipswich Young Guns Final, backing up his pre-race favouritism with a strong performance.

The legendary NSW-based trainer goes in search of another Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club feature event this Thursday evening with Louis Rumble in the Group 2 Ipswich Gold Cup Final, which is worth $75,000 to the winner.

Regularly making the drive back and forth over the border, Kavanagh does not believe there is a specific reason why his kennel has excelled at the track west of Brisbane this year but he certainly hopes it can continue this week.

The black dog is three for three at Ipswich over the 520-metre trip in his career.

“I cannot remember the last time I had a starter in the Ipswich Gold Cup, I have not done much racing at Ipswich over the years,” Kavanagh said when asked about his impressive record at the track this year.

“There is no particular reason why that would be the case.

“I do not mind Ipswich at all, I have had a good year there this year.

“Hopefully it can continue.”

From a Fernando Bale and Joyce Rumble litter, Kavanagh thinks Louis Rumble’s early speed from the boxes sets him up to be competitive at every track around Australia, with the Group 2-placed dog having seen plenty of the country in his young career.

Races

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Ipswich | Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club | 8:50 PM

TAB Ipswich Gold Cup (G2) F

R6-Louis-Rumble-b-030921-2.jpgWith 20 victories from just 38 efforts, Louis Rumble has found his best form of late, claiming 10 of his last 15 trips to the races.

“He has been going quite well for a fair while now,” Kavanagh said.

“He has not had a lot of luck as he has run second in three big races this year – that is the way it goes.

“I really like the dog.

“He is not a champion but he is good animal and in recent times he has showed a lot of early speed, which is something he needs to do if he is going to succeed in a race like this.”

Based at Pottsville, Kavanagh refers to his home base as “God’s country” with around 10 dogs on his property with as many as four racing at the one time.

Louis Rumble will wear the blue rug on Thursday night in the Group 2 Final, a box he has won from on four occasions from six starts.

“He was reasonably experienced by the time I got there for the Young Guns and he only had one box to box trial before that series, which he won,” Kavanagh said of his fast-starter.

“If he gets to the front on most tracks, he is fairly comfortable, which is his main asset that early toe to the corner.

“That is the main part of the reason why he goes well there, the same at most tracks I guess.”

Looking at his dog’s rivals in the high-level field of greyhounds, Kavanagh referred to the field assembled for the 2021 Gold Cup as a “good lot”.

He believes Extra Malt, trained by Leanne Hall, will be dangerous if she gets a decent crack at them while also noting Tom Tzouvelis’ three chances, as well as speedy heat winner Spring Kono.

Lily Monelli and kennelmates Strategise and Showdown will represent the Tzouvelis kennel in the Final.

“We have got a chance, the box draws have not been kind to us, but in saying that we will need a bit of luck in the Final, which we got last week in the heats,” Tzouvelis said.

“Lily Monelli is probably our best drawn but Showdown is probably our best chance in the race for the simple fact that he can lead.”

 

Races

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Ipswich | Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club | 8:52 PM

TAB Ipswich Gold Cup (G2) H