You could be forgiven for thinking that up-and-coming greyhound Nervous An Weird is, by nature, as his name suggests, but trainer Ashlee Terry said this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, Terry described him as being the whole package.
The son of Barcia Bale and Father Of Mine stopped the clock at 23.469 seconds in his first start over Bendigo’s 425 metre event in a heat of the Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden Series last week, which is within two lengths of Fernando Bale and Jimmy Newob’s 23.386sec track record.
“We didn’t expect him to go that quick first up, but the sectionals he has been running before hand suggested that he was capable of doing it,” Terry said.
“From day one he has shown he has ability and the early speed to complement that.”
WATCH: Nervous An Weird win his maiden from box three at Bendigo.
Having never put a foot wrong throughout his education, Terry said she has only had one other dog excel at such a young age and that was Nervous An Weird’s older half-brother, American Monster.
American Monster (Knocka Norris x Father Of Mine) was a winner of 23 races from 52 starts, which included four group race final attempts.
“Nervous An Weird has won every field trial and has done everything right. It is nice when you have a dog that can trial like him, but it is even better when they can show their talent on race day,” Terry said.
Nervous An Weird is the third generation bred by the Sparkle And Fade Syndicate who is made up of Terry, Andrew Paraskevas and his father John.
“We bred this litter at home and did a lot of work with them, so it is really rewarding to see our hard work pay off,” Terry said.
Nervous An Weird is jumping from box five this afternoon in the first of four Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden Semi Final.
“I don’t see box five being that much of an issue, I am more concerned with the early speed on either side of him because he hasn’t really been tested with other dogs who have similar early pace.”
Terry targeted the three-week Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden Series with Nervous An Weird, and praises the rich maiden event as a chance to allow dogs at the same stage of their careers compete for good prize money.
The four semi-finals are run this afternoon will see first and second earn a rug in Sunday’s $10,000 to-the-winner Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden final.