BUNYIP trainer Geoff Collins says bigger things are still to come from unbeaten dog Super Colossal.
The 11-month-old dog took its record to three wins from three starts in winning the final of the Victorian Breeders’ Incentive Scheme maiden series at Wannon Park last night.
Super Colossal sprinted clear out of box one and was rarely challenged in the 450-metre race, clocking 25.40 seconds.
Nic Nat Nui — which was runner-up to the winner in a semi-final of the series on January 2 — was second, 3½ lengths behind, while Bazza’s Gift was third.
Collins and his partner Rosalyn Hume, the joint trainer of the dog, collected $7500 for the win, prizemoney which made the five-hour trip from Bunyip worthwhile.
He said Super Colossal would return for the heats of the Warrnambool Classic in April, hoping to go one better than kennel star Zara Zulu, which ran second in the 2012 race.
“He’s just very fast. We owned a bitch called Zara Zulu, which won the Australian Cup and he’s faster than her,” Collins said. “But he hasn’t got her early pace which could be his Achilles heel.”
Collins said Super Colossal ran 25.15 in a trial at Wannon Park, so could go faster than the 25.40 posted last night.
But he was well aware there was more to greyhound racing than potential and highlighted the role favourable box draws had played in the maiden series.
“You just don’t know (what he can achieve). It depends on how he begins and how he handles the fields, how he handles the city tracks, the tighter tracks,” he said.
“He’s a big dog and you’ve got to have a lot going for you if you’re a big dog, but he’s got a lot of speed.
“When he’s out of box four, five, six with a whole lot of pace we’ve got to see how he measures up.”
Collins said he had enjoyed being a part of the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club Seaside Carnival.
“It’s a five-hour trip for us. We live in Bunyip so it’s not practical,” he said.
“But we love the track, it’s a great atmosphere.”
Other feature winners included El Sporto in the $1650 390-metre series final for Lara trainer Jordan Cooper.
Premier Event, trained by Angela Langton at Anakie held firm in the straight to win a $5000 series final over 450 metres.