Experienced Queensland trainer Tony Brett will launch two pronged assault on the Group 1 SKY Racing Perth Cup (530m) with a pair of racedogs that are at the opposite ends of their careers when Glen Gallon and Regal Lauryn contest their respective heats at Cannington on Saturday night.
Regal Lauryn is a raw but exciting young talent while Glen Gallon is established as one of the best sprinters in the nation.
Glen Gallon competed in no less than eight Group 1 finals during 2012 and this will be his second crack at the Perth Cup.
In last year’s series the red brindle speedster ran a sizzling 29.87 to win his heat and started favourite in the final but struck trouble early and was relegated to sixth position.
“He’s the number one gun and he’s ready go,” Brett said of Glen Gallon.
“It was a definite to bring him back over this year and I expect him to be right up there amongst it again.”
While superstar stayer Miata will pass High Earner’s all-time Australian prizemoney record of $610,070 if she is successful in the Group 1 SKY Racing Galaxy (715m), which will be run in conjunction with the Perth Cup, Glen Gallon is also surging up the stakes tally.
With $458,087 already in the bank Glen Gallon will only be a couple thousand dollars off High Earner’s mark if he goes all the way in the Perth Cup series.
“They’re the only two greyhounds racing at the moment that are within range of that figure and if my dog had a gone a neck further in the Melbourne Cup (in November) he’d already hold the record,” Brett said.
“I think (Miata will) get there first but we won’t let her get too far ahead and we’ll be chasing her!”
Glen Gallon looks the standout in Perth Cup heat 5.
In contrast to her illustrious kennelmate Regal Lauryn has only just commenced her racing career but has already saluted seven times from 11 attempts.
Despite her lack of big race experience Regal Lauryn is drawn to perform well in Perth Cup heat 1 from the rails alley.
Brett claimed the Group 2 All Stars Sprint with Regal Lauryn’s dam, Queen Lauryn, back in 2009 and the trainer suggested that the up-and-coming chaser has many of her mother’s attributes.
“She jumps OK, is a bit flat in the middle stages but finishes really strongly which is a racing style I think suits Cannington,” Brett said.
“She’s a good litt
le dog but this is her first trip away so I’ve thrown her to wolves a bit.
“Obviously I hope she goes well here and I wouldn’t be bringing her if I didn’t think she could but my long term aim is to mature her and then bring her back for the WA Oaks in a few months time.”
Both Glen Gallon and Regal Lauryn have had their preparation for the Perth Cup interrupted after lead up races in their home state were cancelled due to the recent floods but Brett is confident they’ll be able to overcome that setback.
“It’s not easy to come from this side of the country over to Perth but the rewards are worth it as long as you’ve got the right type and I think my two have the ability to do well,” he said.
Meanwhile Hot Irish will be the main local hope for the Perth Cup when she goes around in heat 4.
The fast starting black bitch has undoubtedly been WA’s best sprinter over the past 12 months with 19 wins out of her last 24 starts, including last weekend’s Perth Cup Prelude.