THE AUSTRALIAN cricket team might be struggling in England but former Test captain Ricky Ponting could end up with some gold from “the ashes” when his greyhound Rumbling Rick contests the National Sprint Championship at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Apart from his cricket career, Ponting has long been a devoted greyhound follower.
Anytime he was home in Tassie he was a regular at the Hobart meetings where he often dragged down a number of fellow cricket team-mates and visitors.
Like his owner, Rumbling Rick is Tasmanian bred but by a quirk of fate he will be representing Western Australia in the Sprint final.
After a promising start to his career in Tasmania, in May he was sent to leading WA trainer Linda Britton to contest the Mandurah and Western Australia Derbies.
Those plans were scuttled when he contracted a bout of kennel cough but since resuming he has gone from strength to strength.
He caused a bit of an upset when he won the State final at Cannington on August 10, but he has come right into calculations for the National final after an impressive trial at The Meadows last Saturday.
After his State win, Linda Britton sent Rumbling Rick across Australia for her Victorian based father Robert Britton to put a final bit of polish on for the big one.
Trialling by himself between races last Saturday night, Rumbling Rick clocked a very respectable 30.13 sec. over the championship course of 525 metres.
He is sure to be improved by that experience and as he showed in the Perth race he has the early pace to give the race an almighty shake.