Jamie Bush is bullish about Turbo Worm’s future in greyhound racing.
The one-year-old black dog only made its debut just more than a month ago, placing fourth in Gunnedah. It has raced a further four times, picking up three straight wins and placing second last Thursday afternoon.
It made the step up in distance from 340 to 431 metres and Bush believes it is only a matter of time before Turbo Worm starts dominating at the new length.
“He has a good turn of foot, so I think he is a sprinter,” Bush said.
“I’m not saying he won’t get distance either, he’s still getting fit. He’s a young dog.
“Over the 340-metre, his sections are good but he did get tired over the 431. But I just reckon a few more runs under his belt and he’ll be a different dog.”
With only two active greyhounds in the kennel and pups on the way, Bush is completely focused on Turbo Worm’s development. He has high hopes of it delivering more wins with the potential of sending the dog to Sydney if it lives up to its potential.
Bush admitted it is still early days, taking it week-to-week to determine how good Turbo Worm will turn out.
In five starts it has already earned $4900 in prize money. With another opportunity at the 431-metre distance this afternoon, Bush is only looking for improvements.
“We’ve given him another week to see where he’s at but he’ll probably run short again this week,” Bush said.
Having led from box one last week, it was chased down by Lagoon Camile and beaten by less than a length.
Bush isn’t worried where Turbo Worm is drawn, but having won its three races in either box eight or seven, the local trainer said it probably favours the outside draw early in its career.
For now, Turbo Worm will stay put in Gunnedah with hopes of testing the dog against stronger competition in either Grafton or Maitland in the next couple of months.
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