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Kool Puppy looks set for bright future

01 / 08 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Kool Puppy blitzes rivals in grade 4 in Hobart clocking 25.87 icon Click to enlarge

TASMANIAN greyhound racing may have unearthed its next star with the Brendan Pursell-trained Kool Puppy making it back-to-back wins at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night (Thursday).

Kool Puppy won by over six lengths at his first start in the state in Hobart last Thursday week clocking a sizzling 26.17 but at this latest outing he flew the lids from box eight and proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson.

The Paul Galea-owned dog stopped the clock at 25.87 on a very much rain-affected track and in windy and bitter cold conditions.

He went one tenth of a second faster than open grade star Hellyeah Bolt did in winning the Silver Trophy over the 461-metre trip.

Pursell said Kool Puppy was potentially the best dog he has trained.

“When I got this dog about six months ago he copped a hock injury soon after arriving so I had to tip him out for about two months,” Pursell said.

“I started trialling him and he improved with every run but to be honest he surprised me a but by the time he ran first-up.”

“But tonight (Thursday) he was awesome running that time and given the track conditions were not conducive to those sort of times I am rapt,” he said.

Kool Puppy (El Grand Senior-Amanda) began his racing career in Victoria running second on debut at Horsham in September last year before winning at that track two months later.

After three more runs his owner and trainer Galea sent him to Pursell.

“He is a lovely dog to have around the kennel and if he continues to improve then the sky could be the limit,” Pursell said.