Newcastle greyhounds: Hunter trainers chase national finals starts

Branxton trainer Lindsay Davis
Branxton trainer Lindsay Davis

Branxton trainer Lindsay Davis concedes she needs a miracle to get one of her two runners through to the group 1 National Distance Final from the NSW decider on Saturday night at Wentworth Park.

Davis, though, believes Frekey and Keysta can take advantage of any trouble in the $10,000-to-the-winner 720-metre race.

She qualified Frekey and Keysta with fourth placings in heats last week and they will start long-odds from boxes four and five respectively to win and qualify for the national final. Davis knows the task ahead but took heart from their speed out of the boxes.

“Anything can happen in a race,” Davis said. “You don’t necessarily need to be the best dog to win. If you get trouble behind you and you’re a front-runner, probably one out of every three you might pinch it. And my babies are front runners, so if there’s any trouble behind them tomorrow night, I’m hoping they’ll scoot through.”

The Hunter will have two chances in the sprint qualifier (520m) after Knight Sprite received a late start with the scratching of Mack Tux in box four. Knight Sprite, for Hexham owner-trainer Gayle Masterson, was first reserve after a third in heats. 

Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay’s Mister Twister was vying for favouritism despite drawing poorly in five.

“Box five is not great but it is not the end of the world and if Mister Twister nails the start, which he often does, he will go close,” Mackay told thedogs.com.au.

The winners of represent NSW at Albion Park for the grand finals on August 25.