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Western Wrap: Wind Blows ‘em Away in Winter Cup

MIDDLE distance racing was at its pinnacle with the culmination of the Buxton Winter Cup (596m) at Beckley Park last Friday. Wind Whistler put on one of the victories of the year, coming from last to take out the $11,000 winner’s cheque.

Jumping last from box four, Wind Whistler overcame heavy interference early on to make the most of a position on the rails in the middle of the race – sweeping through to take the lead from Kiklee Flex heading into the final straight. From there, he went on to score brilliantly in 34.22sec (Replay) for trainer Angela Langton (pictured with Wind Whistler and son Nicholas).
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Temperatures may have been close to freezing, but the action on the track couldn’t have been hotter – particularly in race five, which saw Jason Thompson’s Dalgetty prove his superstar credentials once again with a blistering 25.51sec triumph over the 460 metres.

This comes as his fourth victory from just six starts, with the other two coming in as close seconds. Now, he can add the prestige of the Paul Bebend Memorial to his growing list of accolades.

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It seems the Langton kennel cannot put a foot wrong at the moment, and this was typified when Red Cadillac shot through to score impressively in the best of the evening over the 400 metres. Jumping from box four, Red Cadillac showed an impressive turn of foot heading around the first bend to lead all the way, taking out the race in a blistering 22.45sec.
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HORSHAM was headlined by the Oscar Furniture Final, which saw Fuelish capitalise on his imposing heat triumph to score in a brilliant 27.05sec over the signature 480 metres (Replay).
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Jumping only fairly, Fuelish’s commanding mid-race speed was put on show yet again, pulling away from tough competition in Hez Got Nitro and kennelmate Rowdy Ronda to shoot away and score.
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Having enjoyed success already in metropolitan racing at Sandown in March in a blistering 29.76sec (Replay)  – he looks to be one for punters and spectators alike to keep an eye on moving into the prime of his racing career.
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Raymond Henness’ Zipping Anna made the most of her brilliant consistency of late, cashing in to score in a best of the night time over the 400 metres.
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Recent placings at Sandown Park and a victory at Shepparton ensured Zipping Anna started as favourite at $2.70, but she responded emphatically to triumph in 23.38sec.
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Horsham Tuesday Results & Replays: Click Here

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DISTANCE racing was the feature at Ballarat last Wednesday, with the Neverfail Springwater Special Event taking place over the 660 metres. Joe Borg’s Agent Jack recorded the 14th win of his career through victory in this race, pocketing a hefty $2,895 in the process. Agent Jack, who trailed seasoned campaigner Hession Boots for most of the trip, swooped on his position on the rails heading into the final straight to score brilliantly in 38.10sec.
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Slick Ice took out the fastest 450 metre contest of the evening on debut (25.32), shooting away to win by around 7.75 lengths in race two for Melton trainer Andrew Stewart.

His prowess heading into the final straight was particularly impressive, putting further distance on the rest of the field (Replay). To put his brilliance into perspective, Slick Ice’s run was fastest than that of the third placegetter in this year’s Horsham Cup, Big Ticket – who scored equally as brilliantly in 25.35sec on the night.
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Joe Borg’s fine night continued in style, when Stompin’ recorded a best of the night triumph over the 390 metres, winning in a flying 22.02sec.
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Ballarat Wednesday Results & Replays: Click Here

 

GRV Victorian Bred Finals always bring about quality greyhound racing, and Warrnambool’s leg of the series was no exception – when Darren Fisher’s Noosa Jet put in one of the victories of the year.Chasing one of the most talented greyhounds in country Victoria, Shirdon Connorae, Noosa Jet showed stirring determination to take the race to the finishing line – scoring by a head in a thrilling finish. Even more impressively, Noosa Jet’s triumph notched the fastest time of the evening over the 450 metres, clocking 25.55sec (Replay).

The Fisher kennels enjoyed more success when Omega Senor overcame talented competition in Specify and Sky Alert to score in the fastest 390 metre contest of the evening, a very fast 22.17sec.
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Warrnambool Thursday Results & Replays: Click Here

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That was greyhound racing in western Victoria last week, and what a cracking week it was! I’ll see you back here next week for another Western Wrap.
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Watch: Noosa Jet (5) reels in Shirdon Connorae (1) in the dying moments at Warrnambool last Thursday.

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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