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Winning two group races on the same day in different states or territories is a very unique feat, but that’s what the Ennis kennel achieved on Sunday.

Size Does Matter won the Group 2 Lion Quality Healesville Cup (350m) just after 3:00pm, and only five hours later kennelmate My Bro Fabio took out the Group 3 Canberra Cup (530m).

Trainer Brooke Ennis was in Canberra to collect the $25,000 first prize as husband Jamie handled Size Does Matter at Healesville.

“He (Size Does Matter) is a pretty classy greyhound and I think he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the big races coming up such as the Geelong Cup and the Melbourne Cup,” Jamie said.

My Bro Fabio was the only Victorian-trained greyhound to make the Canberra Cup final, and he won at the short odds of $1.50 after breaking the 530m track record in his heat.

“Canberra is a long way to go but My Bro Fabio needs runs on the board at group level if he is to be considered for (hand-picked) races such as the Topgun and the Silver Bullet. You can’t get in those races by winning Free For All races, you need to be winning group races,” he said.

Size Does Matter ($3.00) came from behind to narrowly defeat Jeff Britton-trained pair El Grand Seal and Cosmic Wise in a thrilling finish and snare the $45,000 winner’s cheque.

It has been a big few days for the Britton team, who captured the Group 3 SA Oaks on Thursday night in Adelaide with Oakvale Destiny.

And that wasn’t all the group racing success for Victorian-trained greyhounds, as the Peter Dapiran-trained Zipping Maggie won the Group 3 Chairman’s Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, beating gun stayers Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is.

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Watch: Size Does Matter (6) wins the Group 2 Lion Quality Healesville Cup on Sunday.
Pictured top: Size Does Matter in action. Pic Clint Anderson.

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