Shima has his time in the Sun

10 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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The State Final of the National Distance Championship threw up a major upset at the Luxbet Racing Centre on Monday night in Launceston.

Shima Sun ($14.80) put a stop to the winning-run of defending champion Mahalo Miss, with a super performance, leading all-the-way over the testing 720-metre journey at just his second run at the trip, recording a time of 42.76-seconds.

Shima Sun and the Darren Critchley trained Rosie Oh Rosie both began quickly and crossed the field from out wide.  Mahalo Miss settled three to four lengths off the front runners with a lap to run, two lengths clear of fellow heat winner Vrontios.  Shima Sun took the field into the back straight still holding a two-length break on Rosie Oh Rosie but looked a sitting duck for the experienced stayers beginning to wind-up back in the field.

Rosie Oh Rosie was almost on level-terms with the leader turning for home, but Shima Sun was not to be denied.  Showing tremendous courage Shima Sun found the line with a nose to spare over Mahalo Miss, which dived through late along the rail, the gallant Rosie Oh Rosie finished a further neck away third, just ahead of Vrontios and Frosty’s Capable in a blanket finish.

Trainer Margaret Rossendell pulled off an amazing training feat, guiding the versatile Barcia Bale-Shimaguni chaser successfully through July’s Greg Fahey Middle-Distance Championship in Hobart before stepping up to capture the State Title.

The newly crowned Champion became the first greyhound to win from Box 7 in thirteen distance races conducted over the past twelve months taking his career-record to nine wins from twenty-three starts.

The $75,000 Finals of both the Distance and Sprint Championships will be staged at Albion Park in Brisbane on Friday, August 25.

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