Good Odds Harada Will Return A Winner
JASON Magri is hoping to give fellow trainer Frank Hurst a timely boost when Good Odds Harada returns to the racetrack at Bulli this Saturday night.
3 April 2020
JASON Magri is hoping to give fellow Western Sydney trainer Frank Hurst a timely boost on Saturday night when superstar sprinter Good Odds Harada returns to the track at Bulli after a short-lived retirement.
Magri, who celebrated his first Group 1 victory in January when King Cratos reigned supreme in the Paws Of Thunder, welcomed another Group 1 winner into his Kemps Creek kennel in less than ideal circumstances when Frank Hurst was badly injured in a trialling accident in early March.
“Frank hurt himself when one of the dogs he was trialling ran into him,” Magri explained.
“He broke his collarbone and his elbow and he’ll be out of action for about six months, so he rang me up to see if I’d take Good Odds Harada and his brother (Good Odds Buddy).
“I know Frank pretty well and I’ve told him he can have the dog back whenever he wants him. As soon as he’s ready.
“I’ll just be trying to get the dog winning again, get his confidence up and get him going good for Frank.”
Owner/trainer Hurst decided to call time on Good Odds Harada’s career after the 2019 Million Dollar Chase and Group 1 Dapto Megastar hero finished unplaced in the Group 1 Temlee invitational at The Meadows on February 15.
However, Hurst left the door ajar for a return to the track at the time and Good Odds Harada’s keenly anticipated comeback will take place at Bulli on Saturday when he exits box six in race four, a 4/5th grade event over 400m.
It’ll be the superbly-related son of Collision and Solar Pak’s fourth start at Bulli, for one 472m victory, and first since last April.
“I think he’s well-graded,” Magri offered with a grin.
“The grading system doesn’t make sense to me.
“He’s won 24 races and he’s in a 4/5th grade and they have a free-for-all on Saturday. It’s good for me and the dog but not for anybody else!
“I’ve got Zipping Sultan, which is also in at Bulli on Saturday, and Zipping Zeek; they’ve won six races each and they’re both in free-for-all.
“Good Odds Harada had been up for 12-18 months before his break and after having six weeks off he looks good to me.
“He’s going real good. He’s had a couple of trials at Richmond and went 18.54s and 22.44s. The two runs have been good.
“You can’t plan anything at the moment because there’s no Group races and no city racing but I’m fortunate to have four tracks – Richmond, Bulli, Dapto and Goulburn – in my zone. A lot of other trainers aren’t as lucky.”
Magri is also upbeat about the chances of exciting prospect Zipping Sultan, the winner of six from seven, including two from three at Bulli, when the son of Frank Hurst’s former star sprinter Zulu Zeus steps up to free-for-all company over 472m on Saturday’s card.
“He’s a very fast dog,” said Magri.
“I think he’s capable of getting under 26 seconds if he gets away cleanly.
“He can be a risky beginner but he’s not afraid to push them out of the road. He’s got a bit of mongrel in him.
“It’s a step up but I think he can handle it and if he gets the right run he can win the race.”