Good Odds Harada Signs Off From Racing
MILLION Dollar Chase champion Good Odds Harada has run his last race and will now embark on full time stud duties for Frank and Tracey Hurst.
26 October 2020
MILLION Dollar Chase champion Good Odds Harada has run his last race and will now embark on full time stud duties.
The winner of 31 races and $1.3 million in prize money finished third at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, drawing to a close a remarkable racing career that provided Frank and Tracey Hurst with a swag of lifetime memories.
“We’ve had a stack of calls for his straws in recent weeks so it kind of made the decision for us,” said Frank Hurst.
“I’ve had to get straws drawn from him the last few weeks and you just can’t mix racing and breeding effectively.
“So I decided on the way home Saturday night that will be it for racing. He’s got nothing left to prove and we’ve been very happy with the interest in him from breeders. Especially the last few weeks.”
It was only three starts back that Good Odds Harada finished a luckless seventh in a semi-final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase where he was striving to defend his 2019 title.
“And if you have a look at the race he was unlucky not to win,” Hurst said.
“There was trouble and a dog fell in front of him which took him out of play. But that’s racing … we’ve had a fantastic run and looking forward to the next chapter with him.”
Back in 2019, Good Odds Harada, a son of Collision and champion brood Solar Pak, scaled greyhound racing’s greatest mountain with a sizzling 29.34 TAB Million Dollar Chase victory.
The time, the fastest seen at Wentworth Park in years.
“He ran time everywhere he went – still does,” Hurst said. “And it’s that chase and speed he’ll throw into his pups I’m sure.
“There’s been great reports about the size and health of his early litters and his fertility is fantastic.
“We got caught on the hop the other week with the straws we had banked away being sold so retirement gives us the chance to sort that out properly now.”
It was this time two years ago that Good Odds Harada kicked off his career with a slashing 22.25 final victory in the Maitland Future Stars series.
And on Monday night at Maitland, Hurst looks to land more success in the rich event with littermates Good Odds Tyson and Sound Of Silence.
“Good Odds Tyson looks well boxed in two,” Hurst said.
“If he repeats his first section from the heats he should be in the race. Sound Of Silence is well boxed out in seven but you’ll see the best of him over further.”