ONCE Good Odds Harada got to the front of the field in Saturday night's TAB Million Dollar Chase Regional Final (520 metres) at Kennerson Park it was really a question of how big the winning margin would be.
Good Odds Harada ($1.50 favourite) came close to breaking the Bathurst track record in Monday's heat when he ran a 29.30 and he wasn't far behind that mark on the weekend when he flew home in 29.43 seconds.
Frank Hurst's runner booked his place in the semi-final with Saturday's five length win while the other top four finishers Double Up Dee ($4.40, Paul Braddon), Solar Sky ($11, Ray Smith) and Wolf Bear ($31, Paul Steedman) also qualified for the next stage.
Just as he did in the heat, Good Odds Harada bolted out of box six and crossed the field before the first bend.
Goods Odds Harada has collected the honour of being the first dog through to the semi-finals of the @tabcomau Million Dollar Chase with a stunning victory in the Bathurst Regional Final tonight.— The Dogs (@Thedogs_com_au) September 7, 2019
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And, once again, Double Up Dee was left to do all the chasing as Hurst's Collision x Solar Pak runner switched on turbo mode.
Double Up Dee and Solar Sky finished clear of the pack while Wolf Bear won a three-way scramble for fourth.
"We're very happy. He's going really great at the moment and it's another step on the way towards the million dollar race," Hurst said.
Hurst's hopes in the chase don't just start and end with his Group 2 champion Good Odds Harada.
Harada is probably the best race dog. He does everything right most of the time.Frank Hurst
Good Odds Buddy and Good Odds Meghan are also strong prospects for a run towards the the big race.
"There's not a whole lot between them," the trainer said.
"Harada is probably the best race dog. He does everything right most of the time. The bitch probably isn't as good as the dogs but she's very honest. Good Odds Buddy is in the final in Thursday's race at Dapto.
"They've all shown a lot of ability from early on. The better dogs do it from day one and you know when you've got a good one."
The result at Bathurst is a big turnaround from the inaugural regional final where Rohan Hill caused a major upset.
This year Good Odds Harada battled the chilly conditions to teach the rest of the field a lesson in racing prowess.
The semi-finals will take place on October 12.
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