HE may have the favourite for today’s Dubbo RSL Club Resort Final (400m) at Dawson Park, but Dubbo trainer Greg Ford has some concerns about his charge Scrapi Dappi Moo.
The Trewly Special x Iddy Biddy Moo dog won the quicker of the two heats conducted last week and has drawn well in box two, but the trainer still has a niggling doubt about his chances.
Scrapi Dappi Moo had to pull out all stops to beat Velocity Alecia in a time of 23.29s, with Lesley Coyte’s bitch drawn to cross the field again from box eight.
“Scrapi Dappi Moo really bombed the start last week and still won so I know he’s good enough to win, I’m just a bit worried about if he does it again and Velocity Alecia can pinch a break,” Ford said.
“She crossed from box eight last week and I think she’s the quickest dog out of the boxes in the race so we’ll probably be chasing her again.
“I just hope my dog can jump well and be parked on her back instead of having to run through the pack, where you run the risk of copping a bit of interference.”
A winner of two races from six starts, Scrapi Dappi Moo has won his past two starts over the Dawson Park 400m but Ford is convinced he will eventually get out to a longer trip.
“I think he’s a 500m dog which is why I want him as close to the leader as possible and not copping any checks,” Ford said.
“If he has to change course a few times he could take a while to wind up but that’s racing.
“I know the dog is going well and he has the inside draw he needs so I couldn’t be any happier going into the final.”
Despite having more than 50 dogs at the family property, Ford has just two runners today - the other being Scrapi Dappi Moo’s littermate Incy Wincy Moo, which lines up from box eight in the Job Care Cleaning Stakes (400m).
The black bitch has won one race from three starts and returns from a three-month break.
After just six races were contested last week due to a trainers’ protest against TAB distribution, the club will host 10 events on today’s program.
The first will be run at 2.56pm with the last race scheduled for 5.58pm.