It’s not the news his rivals will want to hear, but it’s a tremendous boost to the club for their feature event. Racing’s latest millionaire, Good Odds Harada, will contest Tuesday’s heats of the Goulburn Cup.
On Friday night, Good Odds Harada joined Fernando Bale, Fanta Bale, Dyna Double One and Mystic Riot, as the sport’s million dollar dogs, claiming the $1 million first prize for his trainer Frank Hurst, and owner, Frank’s wife Tracey.
Leading through from box two, and holding off Victorian Shima Shine and the Jason Mackay pair Get It Gizmo and Flying Bazza, Good Odds Harada was a popular win in front of a huge crowd at Wentworth Park.
The litter brother of Feral Franky well and truly stepped out of his sibling’s shadow with a stunning 29.34s performance. The time has only been bettered by three dogs in the past five years – Benali last year, Fernando Bale in 2015, and the track record holder Shakey Jakey back in 2014.
But regardless of the money, the run, or anything else, it’s back to business for both Frank and Good Odds Harada, and the next order of business is Tuesday’s heats of the $25,000 to the winner, Goulburn Cup.
“No, I honour my commitments,” Hurst said soon after the amazing, life-changing victory on Friday. “I go to those places all the time, and I have said I’ll be going.
“After that we will sit down and have a look (at the plans for the future). There’s a $150,000 race in Queensland, and of course there is the ($435,000 to the winner) Melbourne Cup coming up, and it’s 100% on the radar.
“One day at a time though, but he could have run last here tonight and he would have still been going to Goulburn.”
Friday was Good Odds Harada’s 19th win from 41 starts with 18 placings thrown in, but none of those 41 starts have been at Goulburn. He has however come up with box one, but will be meeting some handy dogs.
The Deb Coleman-trained Immediate won a heat of the TAB Million Dollar Chase in a slashing 24.66s, Jodie Lord’s Global Impact has won there in 24.73s, and Ruth Matic’s Ides of Jebrynah has a 24.67s effort to his credit.
Also in the field is Victorian Eye Got It, a very fast dog who is the winner of 30 races from 41 starts.
The Goulburn club has drawn four fantastic heats for their feature, with Good Odds Harada’s brother Good Odds Buddy – also a winner at Wentworth Park on Friday – also heading south for the heats.
Buddy has drawn the box four but will face talented youngster Lightning Vision a 24.60s winner at the track who has drawn box two, youngster Magic Awaits in the one, and the smart Cawborne Marty in box three.
In the other heats Black Forge, the Maitland Gold Cup winner clashes with impressive Victorian Fernando Drums, a winner when at the track two weeks over the 350m in 19.66s, the best of the day, and has won in 24.65s over this trip. Also in the race are She’s Gifted, Bogan Doonie, Blue Somebody and Wynburn Lilly.
And in the final heat, TAB Million Dollar Chase Consolation winner Nangar Jack is the headline act.