Nipper and Maggie look south
Caption: Wayne Scott and Farmor Beach after victory in the Queensland Sprint final (Photo: Box 1 Photography
By ALEX NOLAN
CONNECTIONS of Queensland’s newest State Champions Farmor Beach and Maggie Moo Moo have signalled they have unfinished business south of the border.
Farmor Beach announced he was back to his best and edged closer to the magic $250,000 mark when he won the Sprint Final on August 12.
Meanwhile, Maggie Moo Moo was dubbed ‘Queen of the Stayers’ when she easily accounted for her rivals as a $1.15 favourite to win the Distance Final on the same night.
The Wayne Scott-led kennel in charge of Farmor Beach, affectionately known as ‘Nipper’, had maintained for months their son of Fernando Bale (x Kinloch Beach) was due a change of luck.
But luck was taken out of the equation when Farmor Beach jumped best, ran a 5.48sec first section to find the front, and ran away with a 3.25L win over Spotted Elk in 29.64sec.
“It was a pretty emotional moment,” Scott said.
“He is so professional and knows how to get it right on the night.
“He’s been going good all the way through the carnival and we just kept saying he was racing with no luck. It doesn’t matter how good you are, without a little luck you won’t have much success.”
The Scott kennel is determined to again test their former Vince Curry Series and Ipswich Cup winner against the best Australia has to offer.
With the National Finals on ice for another year and NSW in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, the options to do so are somewhat limited.
“I don’t believe we’ve seen the best of him at Wentworth Park,” Scott said.
“When we went to the (Golden Easter) Egg I was confident we’d run first three. He got smashed and ran last.”
At the time of writing, they were unlikely to contest this month’s G3 Townsville Cup.
The most likely option was to wait for the right opportunity to return to Melbourne.
Farmor Beach won over 520m at Sandown under the care of trainer Robert Britton in 2020.
“In Queensland, I believe, he’s one of the top dogs,” Scott said.
“But we’re aware you’re not going down there to race fifth graders. We think (Farmor Beach) is special, but they’re better.
“It’s a test for us as trainers and you want to test your dogs against the best.”
Scott said he would again look to link with Britton in Victoria, who he described not only as a champion greyhound trainer but a champion bloke.
“He doesn’t keep secrets and has always been willing to share his knowledge,” he said.
Harrisville trainer Darren Johnstone too has his sights set on a return to Melbourne with Maggie Moo Moo, although his sight in the final was less clear.
“I started watching the eight-dog in the run and it was not until she went past the boxes again at the 710-metre mark that I realised she was in front,” he told the Racing Queensland website.
“I was a little bit surprised that she led as quickly as she did.”
The win was her seventh over the 710m at Albion Park and took the one-time Sandown Cup heat winner’s career earnings beyond $160,000.
While the Sydney Cup would have been an ideal target for Maggie Moo Moo (Fernando Bale x Stay Warm), Johnstone too will look to again reach out to the Britton kennel for a possible Victorian tilt.
“There is some races in Victoria over the next few months that would suit her. She may have a break once she gets down there before racing, if we opt to go that way,” Johnstone said