Trainer welcomes support act for Miata
Trainer welcomes support act for Miata

Trainer Paul Stuart is happy to be out of the spotlight as WA superstar Miata hunts for a fourth Group 1 in tomorrow night's $145,000 Bold Trease Stakes (715m) at Sandown.

Sandown's Superdog series has seen more than $1 million distributed in prize money and the Bold Trease shares the card with the inaugural running of the world's richest greyhound race, the $500,000 Melbourne Cup (515m).

Miata made a blazing return when she demolished her rivals by 8½ lengths in 41.20sec. when winning her heat last Thursday.

The $451,258 stakes-winner was having her first start in three weeks.

The victory helped ease the pain for connections of her shock defeat when finishing a luckless third to Irma Bale in Australia's richest staying race in the Sandown Cup (715m) last May.

"She had her last run at Mandurah because there were no races for her at Cannington," Stuart said.

"She only had a few trials so it was a really good run. She jumped well for a change last week.

"She will have to jump again because her time was not that far ahead of the others.

"It is good not to be the drawcard and we can stroll to the track with no hype about her."

Popular WA owner Tony Forte will carry the flag for the State in the Melbourne Cup with his sprinter Hurunui Hitman, who will jump from box seven and is one of the main fancies.

Player opened Hurunui Hitman at $6.50 behind Proven Nitro ($5.50) and $4 joint favourites Glen Gallon and Don't Knock Him.

Forte paid big money for Hurunui Hitman after the New Zealand-bred dog had won nine of his first 12 starts. He rewarded Forte for his outlay when jumping from box five to win the Group 2 Geelong Cup (460m) on November 9.

Hurunui Hitman also was runner-up to Hot Irish in the All Stars (530m) at Cannington last month.

The West Australian

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