The Tony Brett trained Flash Reality will try to reclaim Group 1 form when he lines up as one of the main local hopes in the heats of the Sky Racing Brisbane Cup at Albion Park on Thursday night.
The 2014 Garrard’s Winter Cup winner and 2014 Queensland Greyhound of the Year has had a series of niggling injuries which have seen him make only 38 starts despite being almost four years of age.
It appears as though this time around he has come back near his peak with two impressive displays over 431m at Ipswich which saw him break the track record, running 24.59 on Saturday night.
“I knew he was going well, but the record was a surprise” Brett said.
“I thought he was capable of 24.80, 24.90 (runs) so the 24.72 first up surprised me.”
“For him to go quicker next time, it was a nice surprise.”
It has been a little bit of a race against time to prepare him for the Group 1 heats this Thursday, but Brett thinks the dog will be more than ready to go with the Ipswich race fitness under his belt.
“If it hadn’t have been those races, I mightn’t have put him in (Thursday night)”
The wide draw in Box 8 should pose no issues according to his trainer,
“I prefer him out wide.”
“If he jumps it’s okay but if he doesn’t jump he wants to get off the track so the 8 is alright.”
“There’s not going to be 4 or 5 of them going into the turn, if he can jump and run what he can run, he’s going to be up near the lead.”
“Really happy with our draw.”
Like most, Brett rates Andrea Dailly’s Dyna Double One as the dog to beat in the series.
“Anytime you can get a Melbourne Cup winner into a group of heats it’s really good.”
As for Flash Reality’s future, Tony says it remains a week to week proposition, as with any dog with his type of history, but he has high hopes for the remainder of his career.
“I’ve always said to his owner that I’d love to give him a crack at a one turn track somewhere just to see what he could do.”
“Whether it’s a Hobart Thousand or something like that it all depends, he’s four years old and injuries are catching up with him.”
At the end of the day, he’s just happy to have one of his star performers back at the races and competitive again.
Time will tell if he can regain his position as Queensland premier sprinter, a victory Thursday night would go a long way to cementing that status.