Caption: Bogie Fury winning at Albion Park (Photo: Box 1 Photography)
By ALEX NOLAN
Trainer Ryan Ayre is confident the locals will be celebrating a National Straight Track Championship this month and would love nothing more than it to be his Capalaba specialist Bogie Fury.
Weighing in at about 38kg the Les Bein-owned giant by Aston Dee Bee (x Bogie Lilly) has wowed audiences at Capalaba over the past 12 months.
His hulking frame has bowled up the straight 17 times for 14 victories and two minor placings, including recent triumphs in the Capelbourne and TAB Anniversary Cups.
Ayre could be forgiven for thinking a Capalaba Cup was bound for the trophy cabinet, if it weren’t for an injury sustained prior to the heats.
The highly promising Impact went on to win the series and in Ayre’s opinion, shapes as just one of a handful of locals that can win the State Series and subsequent national final on December 19.
“I don’t believe we’re going to get the best of the southerners up here,” he told Chase. “It’s impossible to beat good dogs at Capalaba without a couple of trials.
“I love it there with lure up the middle and on the ground … but I believe it takes three or four runs before you can post good times there.
“If they’re coming from interstate, they’d want to bring a good one to win.”
Should they choose to contest the series, Ayre believes Impact and the Warren Nicholls’ trained Ready To Rubble, who beat Bogie Fury ‘fair and square’ in a TAB Memorial Cup heat, are the main threats.
“I’d love to see (Bogie Fury) clash with Impact up the straight,” he said. “Impact would probably win on out-and-out times, but my dog can lead him.
“Either way, I’d love to see both of them racing up the straight in top form.”
Ayre took a step back from the sport in 2013 to focus on his work as a carpenter and has been back in the game for close to 18 months.
Having trained top liners for Bein in the past he knows where Bogie Fury sits in the overall scheme of things.
“He’s a real good sprinter but won’t get 500m in my opinion,” he said.
“If we continue to place him in the right races and he’ll keep getting the job done.
“I really like him as a dog though, you know what you’re going to get with him.”
Ayre said he was a strong supporter of the National Straight Track concept and believes the industry has a duty to get behind it.
He pointed to examples of people outside the industry taking notice of the positive welfare impacts of straight track racing.
“It’s a good concept and I believe we’ve got to continue to get behind straight track racing,” he said.