After four months off the track Red Hot Chevy made a captivating return to racing last night at Sandown Park.
She set early splits (5.00, 18.70) comparable to some of the sport’s elite sprinters before going on to win convincingly by three lengths.
“I’m very happy with her. She showed her early speed and was able to build a good enough break. I was just hoping the 1 (Faraday) and 8 (Destini Jaguar) weren’t behind her,” said trainer Robin Moore.
Her last start was in July where she led but eventually ran down, much to the disappointment of Moore. Their vet revealed that there were issues with her tonsils. They “bit the bullet” and decided to have them removed.
“After most of her runs they kept on flaring up. I’m very happy with her now, it’s been a long road back.”
Unlike a lot of participants, Moore didn’t grow up with greyhound racing around him. He was working for an electrical company before he met his now-wife, Michelle, whose family was involved in the sport.
The pair are some of the nicest people in greyhound racing. They run Cranbourne Boarding Kennels where they care for domestic dogs as well their own small team of greyhounds.
In recent years they have enjoyed success with Amelia Chirsta who was a finalist in the 2016 Traralgon Cup. As good as she was, Moore is optimistic that Red Hot Chevy will take the mantle as the best they have ever had.
“She will get better and better. I trialed her at Horsham recently and she went three lengths off the track record. We’re very lucky to have one like her.”
Racing next Thursday is highlighted by TAB Melbourne Cup Prelude Series 2. See superdogs.com.au for all the details surrounding the world’s greatest race.
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