By Pat McLeod
Greyhound theorist Doug Gladman has a realistic forecast of Hudson Bay’s hopes in Thursday night’s Group 3 Rising Stars Final over 520 metres at Albion Park.
It is just the dog’s second start on an oval track.
“I wouldn’t back him,” says the veteran trainer.
But, then comes an intriguing follow-up line: “But, I wouldn’t back anything to beat him either".
The reasoning behind Gladman’s poles-apart opinion of his young speedster becomes apparent when he outlines his theory.
Up until last Thursday night’s Rising Stars heat at ‘The Creek’, Hudson Bay had raced exclusively, and quite successfully, on the Capalaba straight track.
From his 13 starts at Capalaba his record was seven wins and two seconds.
The dog is obviously fast.
There was interest in his sizeable step into ‘circle’ racing and he didn’t disappoint, leading for a large chunk of the journey before being run down by Renald Attard’s Mrs. Musgrave.
Hudson Bay’s second, in 30.60 seconds, was enough to get through to the $30,000-to-the-winner Final.
Gladman explains why he waited until the dog’s 14th start, and a Group race heat, before leaving Capalaba.