Feral Franky to be guest of honour at Bathurst Gold Cup final

GUEST OF HONOUR: While he won't be racing, cult hero Feral Franky will be a guest at Kennerson Park on Friday night for the Bathurst Gold Cup. Photo: RENEE POWELL
GUEST OF HONOUR: While he won't be racing, cult hero Feral Franky will be a guest at Kennerson Park on Friday night for the Bathurst Gold Cup. Photo: RENEE POWELL

Kennerson Park is set to host a fantastic night of racing on Friday for the final of the Bathurst Gold Cup.

On the track, Good Odds Harade will start as overwhelming favourite regardless of his box six draw and off the track, fans will get the chance to meet cult favourite Feral Franky.

Bathurst Greyhound Racing Club track manager Jason Lyne is expecting a big crowd out at Kennerson Park on Friday night.

"It's always very well supported and always attracts good dogs," Lyne said on the Bathurst Gold Cup final.

"The past few winners have been Group class dogs. Caitlyn Keeping won it last year, Miss Splendamiro won it the year before that. Falcon's Fury, he's run multiple Group finals. It's just a very good dogs race."

Lyne said expects Good Odds Harade - winner of the Million Dollar Chase final at Wentworth Park back in October - to be the dog to beat.

"He's definitely the one to beat, however, even though he's had the six races in the six box for six wins, it's probably not the best box for the field," he said.

"Solar Sky holds the line and the seven dog Shima Breeze came out like a Learjet on Monday but [Good Odds Harade] is a tenacious chaser.

"I could see him sitting second or third at worst coming into the first corner.

"I think the inside division of Nanjar Diva and Djay Holden will be the ones that might hold him out early but I think he'll take to the front down the back. It'll take some power to run him down.

"He was still the quickest qualifier even after he missed the start, lost a couple of lengths running with a few bumps. I think he'll be taking it out."

Lyne also said cult favourite Feral Franky will make an appearance at the Friday night meeting, but will not be racing.

The Raymond Smith-trained two-year-old from Forbes qualified for the Million Dollar Chase semi-final, however, he was unable to finish the race.

Prior to the semi-final, Feral Franky had a streak of nine consecutive wins and, combined with his name and come-from-behind racing style, rocketed him to stardom.

"He's making a guest appearance, to meet his fans one more time," Lyne said.

"He won't actually be going round the track, but he'll be there for photos, cuddles and pats from anyone in the ground that wants to meet him."

The final of Bathurst Gold Cup will be run at Kennerson Park from 8.44pm.

  • BATHURST GOLD CUP: 1) Fernando Porche, 2) Nangar Diva, 3) Djay Holden, 4) Slingshot Hammer, 5) Solar Sky, 6) Good Odds Harada, 7) Shima Breeze, 8) Awesome Fusion, 9) Winloc k Ramirez (emergency), 10) Final Verdict (emergency)