Jim Coleman recently endured a terrifying brush with bush fires but could enjoy a much more pleasurable day at Goulburn on Tuesday.
Coleman’s greyhound, Gunblast, jumps from box seven in the 5th grade Madbookie Stakes (race four, 350m) aiming to extend his seven wins and 10 minor placings in 30 starts. The Carwoola trainer, and his family narrowly escaped disaster, when they were caught up in the fires that destroyed scores of homes last month.
“The fire was on my road and it was very scary,” Coleman said. “I was in its path but at the last minute the wind turned.
“My daughter’s nearby property was badly damaged, but her home was saved by water bombing aircraft from Sydney.”
Coleman scored a double at Goulburn on February 28, with Gunblast winning over the 350m in 19.84 and kennel mate Our Equity saluting too. Gunblast has four wins and three placings in his last 10 starts. Hedgehog Ron (box eight) was a good last start winner at Nowra but Gunblast looks the choice.
Big Black (box eight) is building a strong record for Donna Campbell and looks the top pick in the first heat of the Palmerbet Goulburn-Bulli heats (race five, 440m). The son of El Grand Senor and Time And Money has won three of his seven starts so far and placed from the same draw behind Clazzy Lagoon Jazzy last week.
Local Frisco Bay is a consistent greyhound and looks capable of a win from box seven in the second heat (race six). From Matthew and Ruth Matic’s kennel, Frisco Bay has only missed the podium twice in 15 starts.
Another local, Something New (box six), looks best in heat three (race seven). Trained by Goulburn’s Denice Warren, Something New has scored four wins and seven places from 11 starts so far and has a decent record from the middle boxes. She has run some strong races at Sydney’s Wentworth Park and should appreciate the class drop. Another Matic greyhound, File The Writ, has mixed form but looks good from box seven in the fourth heat (race eight). He returned to winning ways over the 400m at Bulli two starts back from box six. Action in the 11 race program starts at 12.17pm.