Former AFL great Tony Lockett is banking on his top chaser Renegade Chief to kick his first goal in WA when he runs in the heats of the Group 1 SKY Racing Perth Cup (530m) next Saturday night.
Renegade Chief provided Lockett with the country's first Group 1 winner of 2013 when he overhauled Allen Makoto in the Silver Chief (525m) at The Meadows three weeks ago.
Lockett, who claimed the 1987 Brownlow Medal and is the most prolific goal kicker in VFL-AFL history with 1360 goals, bred the black dog and sent him to be trained by Kel Greenough at Pearcedale, near Cranbourne.
Renegade Chief has since won 13 times from 19 starts.
Greenough gave Renegade Chief and his other Perth Cup candidate Hello Goodbye their first look at Cannington when they had solo trials over 530m last Saturday night.
Renegade Chief was having his first run over 500m since his win in the Silver Chief when he trialled in 30.43sec.
The Bombastic Shiraz dog was clocked at 5.75sec. for his first split and 18.89sec. off the back stretch.
Greenough took over training Hello Goodbye only this month. The black dog clocked 5.82sec. for his first split, running down the back stretch in 19sec., before flying home in 30.36sec.
The leading trainer prepared High Earner, for former WA owners Christine and Dave Robartson, to become the first greyhound to win the Perth Cup twice.
The Robartsons had brought High Earner out of a stud career to win the 2010 Perth Cup and Greenough had the dog for only six weeks before he won the cup.
Greenough's wife Jackie and daughter Angie Jackson brought the two dogs to Perth last Thursday.
"The dog raced for his owner-trainer Paul Galea at Cranbourne last Monday and I took him from there," Greenough said.
"I guess he wants me to get a good result.
"It was a big task for the dog (Hello Goodbye) to go to a new kennel and then make his first trip to a new State.
"He has a big motor and he is a young dog. He runs home very well and he does have to improve on his first section.
"I think he will just get better through the series. Renegade Chief pulled up a bit ordinary after his last win and hadn't had a 500m trial.
"He was a little short for that trial and he'll improve."Perth Cup hopeful Wy Yung Tiger, who is now with John Paikos, trialled in 30.60sec., while Galaxy (715m) raider Arising trialled in 30.56sec.
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