Queensland star and Geelong Gold Cup finalist Thirty Talks is hoping that he can make his first Victorian Country Cup campaign a memorable one following a thrilling heat win at Beckley Park last week.
Trainer Tony Brett believes that the wide one turn track of Geelong suits his 36-kilo chaser, and he has the record to prove it, having now had two starts for two wins over the track and distance.
Thirty Talks did the near impossible in his heat win last week, trailing by six lengths turning for home, leaving it until the home straight to show his superior class and eventually win by 0.73 lengths in a time of 25.63sec.
“He gave us more of a heart attack. We had written him off but for him to continue on and push through was a great effort,” trainer Tony Brett said.
Thirty Talks is no stranger to competing at a high level having contended eight group races in his career which has seen him claim victory in two. He is one of the country’s most accomplished greyhounds, with a whopping $319,127 in prize money to his name.
The son of Where’s Pedro and Unfinished has drawn box two in the Group Two Pet Panels Geelong Gold Cup, which carries a $67,000 price tag.
“I am really happy with the box draw,” Brett said.
“The Geelong Cup is a tough race on paper and the box draw is what makes it very interesting.”
“Bewildering is going to be hard to beat especially if he is out in front, saying that Thirty Talks has been very impressive in his two starts at the track and with the inside draw he has every chance.”
The Geelong Greyhound Racing Club were delighted that its main event of the year has attracted national interest, with NSW greyhound Barking Bad also qualifying for the Geelong Gold Cup final.