By Jordan Gerrans
Stalwart Townsville conditioner Graham Thomson thinks the best is yet to come for his ‘Hidden’ litter mates ahead of their tilt at the Listed North Queensland Cup of 2023.
The annual NQ Cup is a key event on the northern greyhound calendar.
It starts with four heats on Tuesday from Townsville’s Showgrounds track before the Final seven days later.
The $24,000 Final is restricted to dogs based further north than Gympie.
The rich Group 2 Townsville Cup – held in late August - always has a stacked field of greyhounds travelling north from South East Queensland with aims of taking the prize home.
Despite that, the last two Townsville Cups have been won by dogs based north of Rockhampton.
So, for the northern kennels at Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Townsville, the NQ Cup is a key race for the locals.
Thomson has been in the code for 46 years and says the NQ Cup provides northern trainers an opportunity to test their dogs against the classy opposition from throughout regional Queensland.
“This is an important race for us, being for the locals,” he said.
“I was on the committee of the club at the time some 15 years ago when it was brought in.”
The free for all race on Tuesday of this week from Townsville over 498 metres may prove a solid form guide into the NQ Cup heats.