Garland eyes Group One glory

BENDIGO greyhound trainer Ian Garland will chase the biggest win of his career when Access lines up in the Group One Peter Mosman Classic in Sydney on Saturday night.

Access winning at The Meadows. Picture: PAUL MUNT

Access winning at The Meadows. Picture: PAUL MUNT

The Peter Mosman Classic is a heat, semi-final and final series, with the winner of Saturday night’s race collecting $75,000.

It’s Garland’s first runner as a trainer in a Group One race and he’s hoping his stable star can run a big race.

 “He stumbled at the start in his heat and finished fourth to just scrape through to the semi-finals,’’ Garland said.

“Last week in the semi-finals he began a bit better, but not as good as he can.

“He did well to finish second in the semi, but I’m hoping he’s got some improvement left in him for the final.”

Access, which has won six of his 18 career starts, will jump from box four in the final.

“Box four makes it tough,’’ Garland said.

“The two, three and five are the fastest dogs in the race, but my dog has the speed to lead if he gets the start right.

“If he can get away cleanly then he’s a good each-way chance.”

Saturday night’s race at Wentworth Park starts at 9.57pm.

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