No high hopes in cup heat

CUP HOPEFUL: Wagga trainer Peter Ward with his new charge Zabdon Bluey ahead of the Wagga Gold Cup heats on Friday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
CUP HOPEFUL: Wagga trainer Peter Ward with his new charge Zabdon Bluey ahead of the Wagga Gold Cup heats on Friday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wagga trainer Peter Ward has a newcomer lining up in the heats of the Wagga Gold Cup, but is far from confident.

Ward has Zabdon Bluey in the final of the four heats for Wagga’s richest greyhound race on Friday.

The dog has come down from Queensland to join Ward’s kennel but expectations aren’t at all high for his first start.

“I’ve only had the dog for a matter of days, since Saturday night so I’ve got no idea,” Ward said.

“He’s never seen the track and he’s badly drawn."

His arrival happened to coincide with the heats of the cup so Ward decided to throw him into the deep end.

Drawing box six is one of his biggest concerns.

“I couldn’t get him down any earlier and he is staying here so I put him in the cup and we’ll see how he goes,” Ward said.

“It will be a big test and my confidence levels are non-existent.

“It’s a very good field.”

"This is one of the highest class fields of the Wagga Cup I have seen in 20-odd years.

“You can’t be giving them an edge my never looking at this track and box six couldn’t be worse.”

Ward believes Paul Braddon’s Ferrero Miss is his biggest challenge in the heat.

Ferrero Miss has only missed the top four once in her 14 starts to date, including six wins.

The Cowra trainer has a strong hand throughout the cup heats including Falcon’s Fury in the second.

Despite his pessimism ahead of Friday’s challenge, Ward is confident the former Queenslander will do a good job in the region in the long run.