Trainer Tony Apap is hopeful of a good showing from his greyhound Outside Pass when she represents Queensland in the 2016 UBET National Sprint Championship (515m) at Angle Park in Adelaide on Saturday night.
The daughter of Head Bound and Tina’s Show has burst onto the scene in 2016, recording a Group 1 placing in the recent Winter Cup at Albion Park, a Group 3 placing when runner-up in the Speed Star at Sandown and a multitude of fast runs around the country, which include a 29.63 win in a heat of the Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park, and wins of 29.61 and 29.68 in open company at Albion Park.
She defeated a quality field in the State Final a fortnight ago which included consistent performers Sheza Keen Size and Fabulous Bill as well as star young chaser Thirty Talks.
As with any Nationals final, she meets a selection of the best chasers in Australia, headlined by star of the moment Zambora Brockie ($1.45, box one), fellow Victorian Dundee Osprey ($13, box two), local champion Worm Burner ($6.50, box six) and rising New South Wales star Benteke ($11, box three).
Outside Pass, a $9 chance with UBET, ventured down to South Australia last Thursday for a trial, where she ran 29.56, a time which pleased her trainer.
“She trialled good, first look at the track, 29.56 is a good run” Apap said.
The way the 515m boxes are configured at Angle Park and the nature of the circuit are of some concern.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think the track is going to suit.”
“It’s a front-running track, and it’s going to suit (Zambora) Brockie of course.”
“But she’s there, and while she’s there she’s got to be a chance.”
Given that the Outside Pass’ victories have predominantly come finishing over the top of a field with a blistering final sectional, Apap is hopeful that his charge can find a decent spot early on and put some pressure on the leaders in the latter stages of the race.
“She’s going to need luck out of the four (box).”
“If she gets anywhere near them around the first turn, she’d have to be a big chance.”
Outside Pass is arguably one of the best performed greyhounds in Australia without a Group 1 victory to date. A target which, if reached, would be the ultimate satisfaction for Apap and connections.
“It would mean everything” he explained
“She will contest a few more we hope, she’s not all that old.”
“(We’ll take it) one at a time, she’s been up for a little while so she’s probably due for a bit of a break when she comes back.”
Long term, races like the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Sandown are in the pipeline.
“You’d have to be crazy not to go for that, because she’s gone so well there.”
The Group 1 UBET National Sprint will be run as race eight on Angle Park’s Saturday program, with the $75,000-to-the winner feature to jump at 8:45pm.