The desire to win the big one
ELUSIVE Desire may be a rebel of the greyhound racing scene but for Wiangaree owner-trainer Colin Graham, he's one in a million.
Graham's greyhound jumps from box one in tonight's Group 3 Clint's Caravan Gold Coast Cup (520m) decider, one of Queensland's biggest races of the year.
The son of Cold Fusion and Elusive Angel faces some formidable rivals but is racing well and has drawn ideally for the $25,000 race at Brisbane's Albion Park track.
Elusive Desire is the bane of Graham's life with his pre-race antics but all will be forgiven if he salutes tonight.
"He's highly strung greyhound, that's for sure,” Graham said. "Everyone knows him as the crazy greyhound.
"As soon as he gets behind the (starting) boxes and he hears, 'leads and collars off', that's when he starts playing up with barking and carrying on.
"Other trainers say he puts their greyhounds off (with his noise), but it doesn't help him too much either.
"He may be crazy but he's a terrific greyhound - a little beauty.
"I love him.”
Elusive Desire, who qualified after finishing second in last week's heats has scored 20 wins and 31 minor placings from 85 starts and won more than $100,000 prize money.
He has not triumphed since May but has been consistent in recent weeks, placing in each of his last seven starts.
Elusive Desire also has a super record from box one, with five wins and three minor placings from nine previous starts wearing the red rug.
"There will some dogs faster than him in the final but they might not try as hard,” Graham said. "Whatever happens, he always gives 100 per cent.
"He will rail through the first turn and if there's any trouble, he'll ready to pounce.
"If there's any greyhounds in front of him towards the finish who are not too strong, then they'd better watch out because he is the best chasing greyhound I have had in my life.”
Elusive Desire scored Graham's biggest win in more than 40 years' involvement with the sport when he won the $25,000-to-the Flying Amy Classic last year.
"I almost cried tears of happiness (with the win),” Graham said. "I'm not sure I'll hold it together tonight if he does the same - I'm hopeless like that.
"It would be such a thrill to see him win, but as long as he's happy and healthy that's the main thing.”
Thirty Talks (box six), who defeated Elusive Desire in last week's heats and won the $100,000-to-the-winner Richmond Riches earlier this year, looks the likely favourite.
The final is race eight on the card and jumps at 8.21pm (NSW time).
Meanwhile, racing continues in the Northern Rivers tomorrow with the latest Casino meeting.
Top chances for the meeting include Vision Time (box one, race one), Cosmic Bonus (box three, race three) and Neeky's Way (box three, race nine).
For fields, form and expert picks on Albion Park Thursday and Casino Friday, visit www.thedogs.com.au.