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Herald Sun Weekly Greyhound Column

The latest news in the world of Victorian greyhound racing

Ponting on Track to Cheer his Greyhound To Victory

Australian cricketing legend Ricky Ponting was on hand to celebrate his greyhound Rumbling Rick’s exciting win at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

“Really happy with the run,” the former Test Skipper said after the win in 29.52sec.

“He jumped cleanly and pushed through on the first turn really well. It was great to see him find the (finish) line the way he did.”

With trainer Darren McDonald in Sydney, it was left to another former Test cricketer, Darren Pattinson, who works for McDonald, to handle the greyhound on his behalf, and he paid $6.30 for the win.

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Pictured: Rumbling Rick with handler Darren Pattinson and Ricky Ponting. Pic Paul Munt.

Xylia Does It Again

Xylia Allen, who established herself as Victoria’s best greyhound sprinter in 2013, is now fast becoming the state’s premier stayer.

After winning the Group 1 Brisbane Cup (710m) at Albion Park nine days ago, the Jenny Hunt-trained greyhound returned to the track on Thursday night to win the four-dog Suerstayers Invitational, also over the 710m distance.

Xylia Allen has now earned $628,000 in prize money, making her the third highest stakes earner in Australian greyhound racing history behind Miata ($715,000) and Destini Fireball ($631,000).

Tommy on Target

Melbourne media identity Geoff Slattery has reason to be confident ahead of tonight’s Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic (520m) at Sydney’s Wentworth Park.

Slattery owns Tommy Brislane, who could start favourite after he was the fastest semi-final winner last weekend in 29.76sec.

Just 21 months of age, Tommy Brislane, who is trained in NSW by Steve White, has won seven out of eight career starts.

Victorian-trained greyhounds have won the past three Peter Mosman Classics, with outside chances Access (Ian Garland), Where’s The Surf (Darren McDonald) and All Strung Out (Glenn Rounds) looking to stretch it to four.

Garland said of Access: “I give him a rough each way chance at best, and I think Push It (Box 2) and Tommy Brislane (Box 5) are the greyhounds to beat.”

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Written by Andrew Copley

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