Grand Galloper The Star Attraction On Group 1 Night

FRANK Hurst ventures to Wentworth Park on Saturday night hopeful that Sound Of Silence can run a race in the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Final.

Adam Dobbin

14 October 2021

FRANK Hurst ventures to Wentworth Park on Saturday night hopeful that Sound Of Silence can run a race in the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic Final (520m).

But it’s the appearance of his grand old galloper Good Odds Harada in race eight – the Ladbrokes Masters Final (520m) – that has the Londonderry trainer brimming with anticipation.

“He’s 4 ½ year old but you wouldn’t know it looking at him – he looks as good as ever,” Hurst said.

“I’ve never had a dog that loves racing as much as he does. At home he’s as laid back a dog as you’d find but at the races it’s a different story.

“He just loves racing and I love watching him race so while ever that’s the case we’ll push on.”

FIELDS AND FORM WENTWORTH PARK SATURDAY NIGHT

This weekend marks precisely two years since Good Odds Harada topped the greyhound racing world with an emphatic victory in the TAB Million Dollar Chase Final (520m).

On that glorious night the son of Collision and grand brood Solar Pak exited box two, the same draw he’ll negotiate in Saturday night’s $10,000-to-the-winner Masters final.

“There’s a few less zeroes involved this week,” Hurst quipped.

“He’s had four runs back from a pretty long break and to be honest he was soft as butter there for the first few but I’m really happy with him going into Saturday night.

“Okay, he’s fallen in to win his past two starts but he’s still won and that’s what he is … a winner.

“After he won his heat last Wednesday week I gave him a post-to-post on the Saturday night at Wenty and he went 24 blonk. He’s trialling almost as fast as he was two years ago. He’s just a remarkable dog.”

Standing between Good Odds Harada and a 35th career victory on Saturday night is grand campaigner Sunburnt Highway, last year’s Masters Meteor hero chalking up Wentworth Park win number 30 with last week’s narrow 30.39 heat success.

“He’s a great old dog and the one to beat but it was important we drew inside him and we have,” Hurst said.

“If Harada leads he won’t be getting run down on Saturday night.”

Good Odds Harada’s career prize money currently stands at $1,317,525, a mere $48,000 short of the $1,365,175 amassed by all-time leading stakes earner Fanta Bale.

“It’d be great to get the all-time record,” Hurst said.

“But if he’s to do it then it will be in Masters grade. He won’t be tackling any open grade events from hereon. And if he’s still up and going the Masters Meteor early next year is an option.”

Since Good Odds Harada’s epic Million Dollar Chase triumph precisely two years ago a lot has changed, including the regally bred sprinter becoming a fully fledged sire.

“I can’t wait for his first pups to start racing in a few months’ time,” Hurst said.

“There’s some really good reports going around and when that time comes I’ll get a real kick out of watching on. Not for me, I just want to see the dog do well and I’m sure he will. He’s got everything going for him.”

Sound Of Silence storming away for his impressive Vic Peters heat win

In Saturday night’s Group 1 Vic Peters Classic decider Hurst is cautiously optimistic about the chances of his sizzling 29.65 heat winner Sound Of Silence.

Currently $9 with TAB Fixed Odds, Sound Of Silence has drawn box four in a race where budding sprint sensation Bandit Ned (box six) is a $2.50 favourite ahead of Zipping Kansas (box five) at $5.50.

“He doesn’t have a lot of speed so he’ll need luck early,” Hurst said.

“But if the breaks go his way he’s strong – he’s won three 700s – and he’s a fantastic chaser.

“I’d have been more confident had he drawn closer to the fence but he is where he is.”

A winner at 17 of his 44 starts, Sound Of Silence is a son of Fernando Bale and Hurst’s former top bitch Good Odds Angel, the litter already winning upwards of 80 races.

“There’s no rules when it comes to breeding,” Hurst said.

“Sound Of Silence is as strong as an ox and won 700s but the rest of the litter struggle to run 500.

“When I got real sick there a while back Tracey sold the rest of the litter but kept Sound Of Silence because he was owned by a friend Neville Morgan.

“Had Neville not owned him he would have been gone as well. That’s how things work out sometimes.”