Frank Hancock is no stranger to a handy dog, and it appears he has unearthed another potential star in the form of Anja. The daughter of Collision and Dulcinea has set tongues wagging across the South East Queensland and arguably Australian greyhound scene with her impressive eight wins from eight starts culminating in last Sunday’s track record equalling run of 22.30 over the Albion Park 395m journey.
Frank admits he was a little surprised,
“I thought she was good, but I didn’t expect that run on Sunday.”
In equalling the record, she emulated her older brother Mr. Babicci who was bred from the previous litter of Collision and Dulcinea which also produced top line performers Battistuzzi, Dulcie Dee and Lady Jasmin.
“It was always the plan to go back to Collision” says Hancock.
Anja, which is a Dutch name for Anne, definitely appears to have a bright future, and given that she is progressing rapidly through the grades at the 395m trip, Frank will look to 520m races in the near future.
“Next month we’ll step up (to the 520m)” he said. But the plan remains to be patient and not aim too high, with a progression through the grades likely.
“She’s only 21 months old, we’ve got plenty of time.”
As for Anja’s ability to run out a strong 520, Frank believes that it shouldn’t pose a problem, especially given the ability of her older brothers and sisters.
“I haven’t tried her at 520m, but I’m fairly confident that she’ll handle it easily.”
This litter is already building an imposing record with Anja yet to taste defeat in eight starts and her sister Mahalia having won four from seven. There are seven other littermates yet to hit the track so there is still a possibility that Frank could unearth another quick one or two in the not too distant future.
“I think around Christmas time (you’ll see them), there’s the $20,000 race at Lismore (Northern Rivers K9 Reproduction Maiden Series).”
It’s appears that the future is well and truly bright for the Hancock kennel.