She's Got Wheels Clean Sweeps Gold Rush Maiden

TRAINER Kel Greenough appears to have found himself a new star in She's Got Wheels, unbeaten through the Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden series.

David Brasch

5 April 2021

PREMIER trainer Kel Greenough appears to have found himself a bright new star in the shape of She’s Got Wheels, unbeaten through the Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden series, but has a tale of woe about star stayer Houdini Boy.

She’s Got Wheels (Fernando Bale-Zara’s Entity) ran 23.51 to win the final at Bendigo on Sunday to remain unbeaten in her only three starts.

“So far so good,” said Kel of the bitch. “She doesn’t do much wrong. I’m always looking for faults in dogs but so far I can’t find one in her.”

Greenough trained her mother Zara’s Entity to win 10 races including a Group 3 and took her to Group 1 class, the bitch running 29.20 at Sandown Park and 29.20 at Angle Park during her career.

“This bitch is better early than her mother,” said Kel. “She ticks all the boxes at the moment, but I am never one to get over-confident.”

Greenough has no immediate plans for She’s Got Wheels.

“She finishes off her races so the plan might be to step her up to 500 metres to keep her on the bunny,” he said.

“Long range plans like the Oaks at Angle Park and the Laurels will suit. I will try to pick out races that will protect her on the way through the grades.”

But the racetrack future for multiple Group 1 winner Houdini Boy (Zambora Brockie-Pechey) is not so bright.

The dog broke a hock late in February in the Group 1 Fanta Bale Super Stayers Final and was operated on a few days later.

“His chances of getting back to the track are remote,” admitted Kel.

“The bone fracture is healing perfectly, but the problem is he damaged the tendon holding it together.

“It will be another week before he gets the plaster off his leg but he is walking around here like nothing bothers him.

“However, the vet who did the surgery gave him very little chance of getting back to the track.”

But Greenough will at least give Houdini Boy his chance of making it back.

“We will go through the motions with him and see what happens when we put him back into work,” he said.

But Greenough is overwhelmed by the response from broodbitch owners to use him at stud.

“Sires On Ice have already approached us to get him at stud,” he said.

“I suppose everyone knows what he was able to run over 400 metres, 500 metres and then 600 metres. Those times showed he had ridiculous speed.

“It makes him appealing as a stud dog.”

Houdini Boy raced only 28 times for 14 wins and earned $267,000 in stakes with two Group 1 wins and he also appeared in seven Group finals.