He’s the dog that broke the internet.
On that remarkable night at Wentworth Park on 27 June, Good Juan wasn’t even in picture shot for most of the race. Then, he sprouted wings in the home straight and flew home from an impossible position to grab the victory in 29.95.
Formerly trained by Harry Sarkis in New South Wales, the greyhound now resides in Victoria with Lara trainer Darren Fisher, where the dog has settled in well.
“He had a touch of water diabetes when he arrived, but we’ve got on top of that. His weight’s back on and he’s good,” says Fisher.
On Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, Good Juan will make his Victorian debut in Race 5 over 600m. While it’s his first race day appearance at the track, he has had two looks at The Meadows, including a post-to-post and a 500m trial.
“He’s not a good trial dog. He’s a bit lazy early, but his run home time was good enough. Whatever he does tomorrow, he’ll improve on. If he wins, it’s a bonus,” says Fisher.
“But we’ve got to get him race fit because we want to go to the Sydney Cup in three weeks with him, so as long as he keeps well, that’s where we’re heading. “
The Speed Star races take place at The Meadows next Wednesday, but Fisher hasn’t decided yet whether that’s potentially on the agenda for the son of Barcia Bale and Gate Juan.
“I really can’t answer that until Sunday, once we see how he goes on Saturday and how he pulls up.”
By Liz Whelan