Orchestrate Plots Rockhampton Cup Heist

TOM Kinnear is a man on a mission and Orchestrate gives him his first chance at Group glory in the heats of the Rockhampton Cup Friday.

David Brasch

22 April 2021

SYDNEY-based breeder and owner Tom Kinnear is a young man on a mission in greyhound racing and Orchestrate gives him his first chance at Group glory when he runs in the heats of the Rockhampton Cup (510m) on Friday.

Kinnear, a finance guru, is a newcomer into greyhound racing but has embraced the industry.

Orchestrate (Barcia Bale-Speculate) is from a litter he bred from Speculate, a full sister to multiple Group winner Jagger Swagger.

“She was going to be anything, especially over distance,” said Tom. “I sent her to Jason Thompson who predicted she would make a top stayer.

“Unfortunately, we never got to see that because she broke a hock. The Barcia Bale litter is her first.”

And what a litter it is.

Orchestrate has won six of 12 including a 24.80 run at Ipswich and 30.08 performance at Albion Park from the Tony Brett kennel.

In Victoria, Jason Thompson has Interrogate, the winner of seven races and a multiple city winner.

Assassinate is also a city winner with six victories overall.

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In Sydney, Manipulate is already a Wentworth Park Saturday night winner.

Orchestrate has drawn box eight at Rockhampton and comes up against some smart gallopers including It’s A Rush, a recent Richmond Derby finalist which went through the Easter Egg series before running in the Consolation.

“Tony was going with a small team and he decided Orchestrate would benefit from the trip away,” said Tom.

“The dog has already been a finalist in the big maiden at Lismore as a very young pup and made a graded final at Albion Park when fourth behind kennelmate Enthusiastic.

“We expect him to race well on Friday but it is his future we are very, very keen on. He can run fast times. He was having some trouble at the start when first in training but is getting better and better all the time.”

Speculate has a litter by Aston Dee Bee about to be educated and another by Zipping Garth just four months old.

“The dogs are a real family affair,” said Tom. “And we are all enjoying the early success. It would be great to get a Group winner.”