Mitchell Street On Track For Rockhampton Cup

FINAL preparations are being made for trainers travelling dogs to the heats of the Group 3 Rockhampton Cup which begins next Friday night.

Isaac Murphy

13 April 2021

FINAL preparations are being made for trainers travelling dogs to the heats of the Group 3 Rockhampton Cup next Friday.

But for Tommy Tzouvelis, his campaign with Mitchell Street started over a month ago when he travelled up on a Wednesday night to give his charge a look at the circuit under race conditions.

He returned a happy man, a win under the belt and the knowledge that as long as the dog was sound, he’d be ready to turn it on during the Rockhampton Cup series.

“It’s a race I like to be part of every year,” Tzouvelis said. “But it’s crucial you know the dogs like the place so it was nice to get him up there early and find out.

“I don’t have a huge amount of experience at the track, but it seems to agree with frontrunners and that’s exactly what Mitchell Street is.”

Mitchell Street will be preparing in Best 8 company at Albion Park this Thursday night where he will look to get one back on star bitch Sequana.

“I’m hoping he can run another really strong race Thursday and go up there feeling good,” Tzouvelis said.

“He was brave last week getting to the front but was a sitting duck for Sequana and it looks that way again this week off the red. The small fields really suit her, hopefully we can get some larger ones and pinch a race winning gap on her down the line.

“My goal every week with him is to see him lead and run sub thirty, that’s the kind of dog he is and if he’s doing that and getting beaten hats off.”

The son of Fernando Bale has always been a prodigious talent but relies heavily on leading or being handy in the run.

Tzouvelis thinks he’s got a Group win in him.

“He’s a dog that needs things his way, but he’s very good when he gets it right, I think he’s won a dozen of his 24 starts, I wish I had a kennel full of them,” he said.

“We’ve had a crack at a few big races with him before most recently down at Maitland, but he’s been to Tasmania and finished behind All Hands Off at Lismore.”