Supporting a stunning blue fawn coat Judicial Man has the looks to claim a Geelong Cup Fashion in the Fields, but looks won’t count on Friday night at Beckley Park when Judicial Man lines up in the 2016 $67,000 Group Two Geelong Gold Cup for Lara greyhound trainer Brooke Ennis.
Coming off an impressive victory in the heats last week, Judicial Man has drawn box six in what could possibly be his 15th win from just 19 career starts, making him the most inexperienced greyhound in the field.WATCH: Judicial Man win his heat of the Geelong Cup from box four.
“I was really happy with his win last Friday night especially because the wet conditions weren’t ideal for him. He’s got phenomenal pace when he hits the ground but the distance was a little bit of a concern but saying that he has a massive will to win and his chasing ability is incredible,” trainer Brooke Ennis explained.
“No one ever wants box six but there isn’t much around him that split 6.50′s to the first mark like he did last week, if he does that again it should put him in front and give the field something to chase. Saying that there are some really strong dogs chasing him and all have the ability to run him down.”
Brooke and her husband Jamie are no strangers to group racing with some of Victoria’s elite greyhounds residing at their kennels over the years including My Bro Fabio, Vee Man Vane and currently Margins.
Margins is nearly four years old and is looking to contest the Group One $108,000 Hume Cup on Monday night at The Meadows in his 76th career start.
“I don’t like to compare dogs because we’ve been so fortune and lucky to have had some amazing dogs but they are all so different,”
“Vee Man Vane had incredible pace early and those types of dogs can win Country Cups where’s as the stronger dogs like Fabio and Margins win other feature races. Judicial Man is still young and has the qualities that can win races like this in the future.”
Brooke has also spent 11 years working in the office at The Geelong Greyhound track, organizing her fair share of Geelong Cups but much prefers to be racing in the field rather than organizing it.
“Training is tough; You have to sacrifice a lot life’s luxuries; there are early mornings, late nights and a lot of travelling. You miss out to care for your dogs and holidays are extinct but it’s such a family environment and I get to work everyday with my husband and my brother helps when he can,” Brooke said.
“I love the daily interaction with my dogs, they look forward to seeing you every time you open the door.”
With the Geelong Gold Cup only a couple of days away Brooke believes that Marley Bale, who is trained by Andrea Dailly is the dog to beat in the Group Two feature after drawing box one.