The next generation of greyhound trainers are making their mark on this year’s Australian Cup with 25-year-old Matthew Lanigan and 24-year-old Correy Grenfell both qualifying a runner in the Group 1 spectacle.
Based in Swan Hill, Lanigan has already tasted group success after claiming the Hobart Thousand in 2016 with Zipping Bruiser after a few short months of training.
Now 18 months into his greyhound training career, Zipping Inglis has given Lanigan and his girlfriend Nicole plenty of reasons to think big about the future.
“It’s been an amazing 18 months. Winning the Hobart Thousand was obviously very special, but to have a runner in the Australian Cup is out of this world,” said Lanigan.
“Not in my wildest dreams I would have thought an Australian Cup would be in reach for me so early on in my career.”
Lanigan runs a hobby establishment for his greyhounds but a win in the Australian Cup could see him chase his dream of becoming a greyhound trainer full time.
Zipping Inglis will jump from box five in tomorrow nights decider, a draw that Lanigan admits isn’t ideal.
Grenfell has also spent the week preparing for the $250,000 first prize after his young greyhound Dyna Forrest won his heat of the Australian Cup after gaining a start as the first reserve.
Grenfell and fiancée Sam Ferguson have contested several group races together but describe having an Australian Cup runner as surreal.
“That kind of money would be life changing for us. We are a young family and are getting married in September so any share in that kind of prize money would set us up for the future,” Grenfell said.
Grenfell is more than happy with is inside box for Dyna Forrest (box 2), as he believes he does his best work on the inside of the track.
The Inside Word – 2018 Australian Cup Heats – DYNA FORREST
Simone Fisher talks to Correy Grenfell about DYNA FORREST’S chances in the Group One Australian Cup on Saturday night at The Meadows
The Inside Word – 2018 Australian Cup Heats – ZIPPING INGLIS
Simone Fisher talks to Matthew Lanigan about ZIPPING INGLIS’ chances in the Group One Australian Cup on Saturday night at The Meadows