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Western Wrap: Horsham Cup Caps Big Week in the West

Brooke Ennis’ maiden Horsham Cup victory certainly showed that any winning margin counts, and her greyhound Margins lived up to his name in taking out the 2015 Horsham Cup last Sunday.

Jumping from box eight, Margins showcased his big motor with a come from behind victory – overrunning a brave Big Ticket in the final straight to take out the $64,500 contest in 27.32sec.

Beginning as the rank outsider at a remarkable $28.60, Margins managed to hold off a storming run home from Andrea Dailly’s Allen Deed – who used the outside alley to nip second place from Big Ticket (Horsham Cup Replay).

The day was littered with brilliance, with a number of big money races taking place in the state’s most isolated track. Most namely, the Sylvia Penny Memorial was run and won by short distance maestro Allkel To Excel in 22.99sec (Replay).

The distance feature of the day, the Wimmera Distance Championship GDR, saw Angela Langton’s Wind Whistler salute in a brilliant 33.19sec over the 570 metres (Replay) – while Belfast Tommy provided the first outsiders victory of the day with a big triumph in the GRV VBIS Maiden Final over the 480 metres in 27.47sec (Replay).

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Horsham Cup Day Results & Replays: Click Here
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Rewinding to the Tuesday beforehand, some of the classiest chasers in the state were lighting up the far west. Big Ticket took out the fastest Horsham Cup heat, in a blistering 26.96sec. The only other greyhound in the ballpark of this time was Ultima Bale, who scored in a flying 26.98sec.

The interlude to the richest race in Horsham was a fine indication of the brilliance we were to see on the coming Sunday.
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Horsham Tuesday Results & Replays: Click Here
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Ballarat fought hard to draw the spotlight back from Horsham, and did so with some brilliant victories over each distance.

Spring Grace took out the fastest 450 metre race of the evening, scoring in an emphatic 25.34sec. She saluted over the top of Memphis Jookin’ in an impressive run.

Warrnambool trainer Dustin Drew saw success over the 545 metres, with promising chaser Frattini scoring brilliantly in a BON time.

Last but not least, Hession Boots took out the $4175 distance feature, the BMD Constructions GDR over the 660 metres. Backed into favouritism in an open race, he repayed punters with a dazzling staying run (Replay).
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Ballarat Wednesday Results & Replays: Click Here
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Heading south, and the heat on the track certainly turned minds away from the freezing south-easterly winds and rain at Warrnambool on Thursday night. In the feature of the evening, local trainer Paul Riches saluted with superstar Bryvon – who showed fantastic early speed to lead the pack all the way over the 390 metres (Replay).

His run, a 22.19sec masterclass, was unbeaten as the best of the night over the short course at the ‘Bool.

Top End Bill was the quickest of the evening over the 450 metres, saluting in 25.78 – a very solid time considering the heinous weather and headwind.
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Warrnambool Thursday Results & Replays: Click Here
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Angela Langton’s magic week continued at Geelong on Friday evening, with Fleetwood Zac repaying faith and scoring in the Restricted Win Final in 29.78sec over the 520 metres. Additionally, this was the fastest time of the night over the 520 metres (Replay).

Cogitate showed his brilliant potential over the middle distance with yet another brilliant run over the 460 metres, scoring in a flying 25.50sec and pipping Jason Thompson’s Bowl ‘Em Out  for the best of the night over the 460 metres.

Terrence Reid’s Sheoak Blue Boy put in a dazzling run over the 400 metres to score in a blistering 22.47sec, the fastest time of the evening over the short course at Geelong.

That brought an end to the working week in western Victoria – I hope you enjoyed the racing on show. I’ll see you back here next week for another Western Wrap.
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Watch: Margins (8) wins the Group 2 Horsham Cup.
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Nick Ansell
About Nick Ansell - Freelance Journalist/Greyhound Racing Enthusiast Freelance journalist and communications assistant at WestVic Dairy. Judge at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club. Long-time greyhound aficionado, and carer of two happy, retired racers. (the views in this article are that of the author and not necessarily that of GRV)
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