Greyhound Highlights – Friday 11 August

11 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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The Week That Was

Gold Lenny and Shima Sun will represent Tasmania in the $75,000 National Sprint and Distance Championships in Brisbane, after courageous victories at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Monday night.

Gold Lenny, trained by Rod Walker stalked the short-priced favourite Manila Dawn through the first corner and down the back straight, before railing strongly on the home turn to grab the lead and hold the late surge from Zulu Knock’s.

The Margaret Rossendell prepared Shima Sun successfully carried his Greg Fahey Middle-Distance Championship form into the 720-metre State Distance Series, displaying a bold front-running performance to nose-out defending champion Mahalo Miss in a blanket five-way finish.

Wynburn Cutie (pictured) wore down Diamonte’s Boy in the final of the Young Star Classic in Hobart on Thursday night to record victory for trainer Ben Englund, running a brilliant 25.99-seconds, to score by 1 1/2-lengths.

Stars of the Week

Susan Gittus (trainer) – Snared five winners across the week with youngsters from the Magic Sprite-Cover Girl litter, for the Cypress Lodge Syndicate.

Sammy Frost  – saluted twice, Olary finishing ahead of North Country in Launceston on Monday with North Country turning the tables Thursday, and Shadrack scored impressively in Launceston before running a close second in Hobart.

Margaret Rossendell (trainer) – Extraordinary training feat to capture the Distance Final with Shima Sun, at just its second run over the 720-metre journey.

Rod Walker (breeder-owner-trainer) – Rod claimed his fourth State Title when Gold Lenny upset his rivals in the Sprint Championship.

Robyn & Gary Johnson (trainers) – Prepared three-winners at Devonport Tuesday, all at juicy odds. Buckle Up Spud ($9.90), Buckle Up Tilda ($29.90) and Yakan De Kahn($37)

Ted Medhurst (trainer) – Landed the first four in the Invitation in Hobart. Casio Lad, High Treason, Dark Casio and Halo Lee, paying $930.20

Runs of the Week

Irish Moment – Blake Pursell middle-distance galloper claimed his fourth win from just six Tasmanian starts with a powerful finish over 600-metres, to remain unbeaten in two starts on the track.

It’s A Wink – Made it back-to-back wins for Russell Watts, after recovering from fall in the Division 4 Final of the J.G. Nelson Cup, recording 25.73-seconds in the last race of the night, a faster time than the 25.78-second run in the State Sprint Title.

El Grand Amigo – The Pat Ryan-trained El Grand Senor-Dennes Point sprinter returned from a three-month lay-off to score a dazzling 25.45-second victory.
Mahalo Man – Anthony Bullock prepared Where’s Pedro-Miss Hetti chaser showed a combination of speed and strength, clocking 25.69-seconds, to win in Grade 4 company.

Wynburn Cutie – Ben Englund trained Destini Fireball-Miss Hetti chaser recorded her fourth straight victory, finishing strongly to run 25.99-seconds in Thursday night’s Young Star Classic.

Gotta Be You – Another success for the Anthony Bullock speedster, toppling kennel star Zulu Knock’s, to notch up five straight wins and make it eight victories from its last ten outings.

Best First Splits of the Week

Launceston – Manila Dawn (5.02), Shadrack (5.04), Gold Lenny (5.06), Saintly Breeze, Hello Nugget (5.07), Buzzsaw, Hat Trick Babe (5.10).

Devonport – El Grand Amigo (5.75), Mahalo Man, Silent Baloney, (5.88), Buckle Up Tilda (5,89), Punch Day(5.90), Nine Squared (5.91) Keep Ya Looks (5.95), Furious Trump (5.96), Goodison Girl (5.97).

Hobart – Ozzi Oscar (5.02), Jouster (5.03) Gotta Be You (5.05), Scenic Miss (5.08), Social Sally (5.13) Ruby’s Flame, Dark Casio (5.15).

Black Booker

Sweet Magic – The Blake Pursell-trained Fabregas-Cheer Girl chaser ran the brilliant Zipping Jagger to three-quarters of a length at Devonport on Tuesday. Zipping Jagger overcame a slow start to win, but Sweet Magic stuck on gamely in the straight and looks ready to improve on its career record of 13 starts – two wins and three placings.

The Week Ahead

Wynburn Cutie and It’s A Party are the headline acts going into Monday’s night’s Launceston card.  Wynburn Cutie will be out to keep her unbeaten record on the track intact in Race 6, while It’s A Party contests the last leg of the Quadrella from Box 8.

The top-grade race of the day at Devonport looks likely to be an exciting affair. Hobart Thousand Finalist Thirteen Black returns to the state after a successful mainland campaign to tackle Cosmic Heir, High Treason, Zulu Knocks and Tax Man Wins.

Diamonte’s Boy will be out to go one better than its second to Wynburn Cutie in the Young Star Classic while It’s A Wink will be in search of a winning hat-trick.

Heats of the Tasbred Bonus Series and classy Invitation will be the highlight in Hobart.

Watch Wynburn Cutie race to victory in the Young Star Classic in Hobart.

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