Greyhound Highlights – Friday, 4 August

04 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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The Week That Was

The Heats of the State Finals of the National Sprint and Distance Championships on Monday night were the highlight of greyhound racing during the week.

Vrontios (pictured), trained by Kevin McConnon showed great tenacity to lead all-the-way over the 720-metre distance, recording the faster of the two Heats, stopping the clock at 42.71 seconds.

Defending State Champion Mahalo Miss kept owner-trainer Scott Bryan’s hopes of back-to back titles alive by overcoming an early squeeze to storm home over the top of the leaders late to win by a length.

Manila Dawn claimed the first of the Sprint Heats with a scintillating turn of speed to the first corner to set up a race-winning lead.  The Cosmic Rumble – Tifia flying machine running 29.70-seconds to by 3 1/4 lengths over Fink Racer.

The Anthony Bullock prepared Zulu Knock’s continued his giant-killing run with a dazzling victory from Box 7.  Zulu Knock’s found the fence early and railed strongly to grab the lead before bravely staving off a late charge from Chief Jetpilot.

Stars of the Week

Craig Cassidy (owner)

Craig snared three winners as an owner in Launceston. Evanta Nemo started the ball rolling in Race 1, Craig followed up with King Pedro and capped off the night with his star chaser Zulu Knock’s in Heat 2 of the State Sprint Championship.

Tyrone Whittington and Greg Sprod (owners) – Russell Watts -(trainer)

Tyrone and Greg continued their highly successful association with the Russell Watts kennel sharing a winning treble at Devonport.
Egomaniacal impressed on debut, winning by 3 1/2 lengths, running 25.95 seconds.
Oh So Nice, recorded a personal best of 33.22 seconds over the 580-metre journey, defeating Double Dose by a length.
The trio kept the best to last with the brilliant It’s A Party continuing the sensational start to its career, sprinting away to win by 8 3/4-lengths in a dazzling 25.68 seconds.

Runs of the Week

Launceston

Zipping Jagger – Made it two on-the-trot for Mick Stringer with a 29.85 second Gr6 performance from Box 8.
Rapid Surprize – Second win in last three outings, backing up its recent 29.72 seconds run with a powerful 29.96-second effort for Sonia Martin.
Vrontios – Strong front running exhibition to qualify for State Distance Final for Kevin McConnon.

Devonport

Buzzsaw – The Craig French owned and trained Banjo Boy – Glen Abbey Jill chaser scorched around the track in 25.66-seconds, winning by 6 1/4 lengths.
It’s A Party – Russell Watts youngster, a combination of brute strength and lightning speed, a handy mix going forward.
Oh So Nice – Hitting her straps now over the 580- metre trip for the Watts camp.

Hobart

Hogwash – Nicholas Howard runner, flew to win in 26.10-seconds, a half-length outside the time run in the Invitation Class.
Dark Casio – Ted Medhurst toppled a quality field from Box 8 in then the top-grade race of the night in 26.06-seconds for her ninth win at the track.

Best First Splits of the Week

Launceston – Manila Dawn (5.03), She’s Honey (5.05), He’s A Boomer (5.06), Woosha (5.06), Fink Racer, Masia Queen (5.07).

Devonport – Country Helen (5.87), Azalea (5.89), Buzzsaw (5.90), Yogi Mac (5.95), Stylish Nic, Jay Tee (5.96).

Hobart – Hogwash (5.10) Swift Mover (5.11) Dark Casio (5.12) Tee Cee Benny, Scenic Miss (5.13)

Black Booker

Zinnia – The Graeme Lawson trained Spring Gun – Reimburst bitch finished strongly to run the in-form Mega Daario to 3/4 of a length in Launceston in Gr5 company. Zinnia is a recent Devonport winner and looks likely to bounce back to the winner’s circle shortly.

The Week Ahead

Launceston will take centre stage again this week with the State Finals of the National Sprint and Distance Championship.  Will Vrontios repeat his sensational heat win over the 720-metres or can defending champion Mahalo Miss keep her outstanding record at the track and trip intact.

Manila Dawn, Zulu Knock’s, Chief Jetpilot and Amour Baroque all safely made it through to the Sprint Final along with speedsters Woosha and Fink Racer.

The $75,000 National Sprint and Distance Championships will be staged at Albion Park, Queensland on Friday, August 25.