ASTUTE greyhound trainer Ted Medhurst has produced some very smart pups this year but none as impressive as Keune that scored an emphatic win on debut at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night (Thursday).
Keune (Barcia Bale-Miss Roman Nose) had trialed well which ensured she was well backed to start the $2.20 favourite and those who invested never had any cause for alarm.
Keune began brilliantly from box five to lead and she extended that advantage at both turns to eventually go on and score by almost 13 lengths from Eyas with Wyatt’s Will just under a length away third with the winner clocking a best of night 25.97 over the 461-metre trip.
Keune was bred by Terry Penny who sent his former talented bitch Miss Roman Nose to Barcia Bale with the result being six pups.
Keune is almost a mirror image of her mum and carries the same trait of a Roman nose.
Penny was thrilled with Keune’s win.
“When you breed greyhounds you always hope that one or more will go on and be a star and from what we saw from Keune on debut she might be the one that we all hope to breed,” Penny said.
“Ted (Medhurst) bought four of the litter and from all accounts they all go well with two of the others having placed second on debut last week.”
“I kept two and they are with Paul Hili and are yet to race (Katey Roman and Penny’s Roman),” he said.
This is Miss Roman Nose’s third litter and Penny says it will more than likely be her last.
“I’m not a big believer in letting broodbitches having too many litters and I think three is enough for Miss Roman Nose,” he said.
Penny has sent two of Miss Roman Nose’s second litter, Dashing Roman and Loch Roman, to Victorian trainer Rob Britton who is preparing them for heat of the Warrnambool Classic that starts next week.