Falcon’s Fury is aiming to improve on his third place finish in last year’s Paws Of Thunder final when he lines up in the Thunder heats at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The son of Fabregas and Janderra’s Fury had to settle for third 12 months ago, however it could have been a different story had he railed up at the bend.
“He was unlucky. He kept the dog [Shima Bar] that won on the track at the bend. The dog that won wanted to get off the track but he held him on and came home third. If he got to the corner first we might have won but you never know,” Pamela Braddon explained.
Falcon’s Fury was in arguably some of the best form of his career at that time.
The Group 2 Cyril Rowe Bulli Gold Cup winner rarely missed the kick and consistently clocked sub-30-second times over 520m.
However, a fractured leg suffered during May kept Falcon's Fury off the track for about five months.
Battling to get back to full fitness, it’s been a slow return to racing with the two-year-old registering two wins from just five starts between October and January.
In that time, he’s raced at Goulburn, Wentworth Park and made three Dubbo appearances.
Coming off a victory at Dubbo on New Years Eve, Pamela said Falcon’s Fury is in the best condition he can be and she added that she’s been impressed with his recent trials. This Saturday night, Falcon’s Fury lines up in heat four looking to make it six wins from 10 Sydney appearances and secure a place in the $75,000-to-the-winner Thunder final.
Pamela said they were hoping for an even box, ideally four or six, to limit the amount of time Falcon’s Fury has inside the boxes before the kick.
“Four or six would have been better because he doesn’t like being in there too long. He moves back and forth too much,” Pamela said.
“If he’s sitting pretty he’s a chance. It’s hard we just don’t know. He’s been trialing well and the times look good but it’s the first section that counts.
“He’s been a good dog and he still is.”
Falcon’s Fury was the Braddons second greyhound to chalk up a Group 2 win after Marbo’s Magic won the Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup in 2016.
“Everything’s normal with him. We have as fit as we can get him. We just need a bit of luck.”
Racing starts at 7.28pm this Saturday night with the first of eight heats of the Paws Of Thunder (520m) beginning at 8.08pm.
Falcon’s Fury races at 9.07pm and was on the second line of betting, along with the Jodie Lord-trained Rohan Hill, on Thursday morning.
Paul Abela’s Aston Frankel in box two was favourite at $4. Winners of the heats pocket $5,800 for connections and qualify for next week’s Thunder final.