MACAU Canidrome office are wading through a record number of applications for a draw for new dogs which will be held on the complex on Saturday. There are 21 maidens due to be drawn to owners at $15,000 per dog and applications were still flowing in late last week. ''It is slightly unusual, even by our good standards recently. The draw will be well over-subscribed which is obviously very encouraging,'' said tracks chief, Brian Murphy. With all new dogs required to trial extensively before being put up for owners, eagled-eyed watchers every morning know just how good the various batches of new dogs actually are. And the one coming up on Saturday appears to be the best for quite some time. ''It does look that way. All of them are trialling in 27 and 27.1 and some of them doing it effortlessly,'' said Murphy. Business has been good for the Canidrome in recent months. At the last auction two weeks ago seven dogs fetched just over $150,000 which means a healthy profit for the track but also some very satisfied owners. There will be a change in the Canidrome training line-up at the end of June when Australian trainer Kevin Williams returns home. The track is committed to having a strong contingent of overseas trainers and Williams' position has been advertised in Australia and elsewhere and applications are being considered. ''I would say that an appointment will be made in the next month or so,'' said Murphy. Those who do take an interest in Macau sport will know that a horse called The Wheel recently won the important Gold Cup at Taipa - worth a handy $420,000. The horse is owned by Stephen Ng, trained by Joe Murphy and was ridden to success in the big race by brother Declan. The happy connections are clearly convinced that lightning can strike twice - and they are now racing a dog by the same name.