Gold Plated to be chasing McDonald's cheeseburger tonight
FORGET fake rabbits, the only thing Gold Plated will be chasing tonight is a McDonald's cheeseburger.
The Chris Tory-trained bitch will go head-to-head with six other local bitches, as well as a Brisbane trained bitch, over 510m in the Glen Gallon-sponsored Central Queensland Futurity Final.
If Gold Plated wins, Tory said a serving of tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup and a beef patty between two buns was on the menu.
"If she wins, we go to McDonald's on the way home and get cheeseburgers as a treat," Tory said.
"We get a few odd looks when we go in with the dog trailer attached and then open it up and feed the cheeseburgers to the dogs."
If Gold Plated's recent form has any indication, Tory said he could well be making a drive-through fast food detour on the way home.
"It's her first time over 500m so it's going to be a big challenge for her but with the way she ran last week, I reckon she could do alright," he said.
"She won by 1.5 lengths last week, it was a big jump out and she was wide all of the way around and just got over the top of them at the end.
"It gives me a bit of confidence heading into tonight.
"I've only had her for a couple of months. She came from a Brisbane trainer and wasn't going any good but I've turned her around. She's had two wins with me since and a placing."
Tory, who has only been in the greyhound game for about 18 months, said he has had a great year on the track so far.
"Listening to the advice from Ray Pike, Gareth Miggins, Dallas Beckett and Darren Taylor, they give you advice and hints, it goes a long way," Tory said.
"The best way to learn is from the best.
"I have five dogs all up. They're all doing really well. We do nothing to prepare, I just let them relax before race night and they do what they need to do at the track."
The CQ Futurity final gets underway at 8.55pm.
The event follows from last week's major Diplocks Collision Repair Centre Central Queensland Derby event in which Play Rite, trained by Bill and Peta Boon, raced to success.
In a time of 29.72s, Play Rite clinched first place ahead of Jannine Miggins' Slashin and Bogart Blend, trained by Mark Lutter.