SPRING Action may turn out to be a future star but Spring Hill trainer and breeder Greg Board won’t reap any further benefits after selling the dog prior to its victory in the $16,300 Goodesy Future Star Maiden Final (318m) at Dubbo’s Dawson Park yesterday.
In a race full of speed it was the Where’s Pedro x Spring Penny dog which was able to get away the quickest from box two and maintain the advantage throughout the feature event of the week-long Anzac carnival.
The race was turned upside down when expected favourite Trendy Tia, the quickest of Saturday’s heat winners in a time of 18.06s, was a scratching from the final.
Spring Action ($19.30) was the slowest of the heat winners, recording 18.36s on debut last Saturday but improved to run a time of 18.21s in the final - 0.16s outside the track record established by Corby in last year’s race.
While Spring Action got away well and led, the hard luck stories came via the fancied pair of Zipping Rocco ($2.80 fav) and Ritza Elsie ($3.30), both of which dwelt at the start and had to muster speed through the field.
On the line Zipping Rocco was second, two-and-a-quarter lengths behind Spring Action with Ritza Elsie rallying to finish third, a further two-and-three-quarter lengths away.
Afterwards Board conceded yesterday’s race was the last Spring Action would run for him but admitted he was proud of the dog’s progression.
“The bloke that bought him gave me the money here today so the dog will go home with him tonight,” Board said.
“He was the slowest qualifier but he missed the start on Saturday and he ran good time in the run home so once he jumped well today I was confident because I knew he was a strong dog.
“My son Scott and I put a lot of work into the dogs and when you get something like this it’s really good.”