Million Dollar Chase Champ Retired To Stud
MILLION Dollar Chase hero Good Odds Harada, a bona fide superstar of Australian greyhound racing, has been retired and will begin stud duties this week.
17 February 2020
MILLION Dollar Chase hero Good Odds Harada, a bona fide superstar of Australian greyhound racing, has been retired to stud.
“You never say never about a comeback but he’s all registered for stud and we’ll start drawing from him tomorrow … nothing lasts forever and he’s got nothing left to prove,” said a proud owner-trainer Frank Hurst on Monday.
The regally bred son of Collision and Solar Pak retires with 24 wins and as many placings from 56 race track appearances, his prize money earnings sitting at a startling near world record $1,279,135.
“It would have been great to break the prize money record and we still might down the track but it’s not something I’ll lose any sleep over; he’s proven just what an amazing dog he is,” Hurst added.
On Saturday night, Good Odds Harada finished sixth in the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows, potentially the last hurrah in a career that has provided Frank and Tracey Hurst with so many lifelong memories.
While his career defining win in the TAB Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth was something to behold, stopping the clock in a remarkable 29.34 to land the $1 million first prize, the son of Collision enjoyed significant success right throughout his amazing 56 start career.
“Forget the money, the night of the Million Dollar Chase he showed the world just how good a dog he is,” Hurst beamed.
“He ran 29.34 with just pure speed the whole race; it’s the fastest time at Wentworth Park in the past 2 ½ years and it will be for a while yet I’d say.”
And while his Million Dollar Chase win sits atop of the pile of countless race track achievements, the brindle flyer also won the Group 1 Megastar at Dapto and Group 3 Bob Payne Sprint at Wentworth Park, just to name a few.
He commenced his career at Maitland in October, 2018 with a slashing victory in the Maitland Future Stars series, while one of his most courageous wins was in the NSW State Final of the National Sprint Championships at Wentworth Park last year, sweeping around the whole field to claim the most unlikeliest of victories.
“How he won that night I’ll never know,” Hurst said.
“But it showed he wasn’t a one trick pony and could do it at both ends. He went over to Perth for the group 1 final the week after that win, lost a kilo on the plane flight over, and still ran out of his skin finishing second. He’s just a very special dog.”
With Good Odds Harada’s racing days more than likely over, Hurst told the Recorder that his star conveyance begins stud duties from tomorrow, standing at an introductory fee of $1,980.
“The reports from the vets is that his semen is exceptional so we’ll begin drawing from him tomorrow and see how we go,” Hurst offered.
“As I said, I haven’t totally closed the door on him racing again but for now the dog needs a break, I need a break and Tracey needs a break.
“To race at The Meadows on Saturday night I had to leave at 7am on Saturday morning and I got home at 6am Sunday morning. I walked through the door and said I’ll never being doing that again.”
And on Good Odds Harada’s undeniable prospects at stud.
“To my eye he’s got everything you want in a stud dog and more,” Hurst said.
“He could run amazing sectionals, run a strong 500, he beat the best, is wonderfully bred and has a terrific temperament.
“We’ve had plenty of people on the phone wanting to use him so we’ll get the ball rolling tomorrow and see what happens.”
WHAT A CAREER!
WON TAB MILLION DOLLAR CHASE
WON GROUP 1 DAPTO MEGASTAR
WON GROUP 3 BOB PAYNE SPRINT
WON NSW STATE SPRINT FINAL
WON BATHURST MILLION DOLLAR CHASE FINAL
WON MAITLAND FUTURE STARS FINAL
2ND GROUP 1 NATIONAL DISTANCE FINAL
2ND GROUP 1 BRISBANE CUP FINAL
2ND GROUP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFT
2ND GROUP 3 THE COLLERSON
3RD GROUP 3 GOULBURN CUP
3RD GROUP 3 SHOOTOUT
4TH GROUP 1 TOPGUN