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Western Wrap: Azza at His Best

WESTERN Victoria’s finest young chasers are in the midst of contesting the prestigious GRV Victorian Bred series around the state, with the latest of the action coming to Ballarat and Geelong last week.

Ballarat’s leg of the series kicked off on Wednesday evening, with a number of blistering times setting the tone for the final in coming weeks. Ian Bibby’s Elbow Room ran away with the accolade as fastest heat of the evening, breaking away to salute in an impressive 25.39sec – the fourth victory in six starts for the promising chaser.

Jumping from box two, Elbow Room took advantage of the space created by Some Tricks’ dash to the front early on – chasing down the front runner in the home straight to score by a thrilling half length (Replay).

It was a night of come-from-behind victories, and Optimus Bart continued the manner of the evening with a brilliant chase down of the talented Shanlyn Violet over the 545 metres – holding of a surging Linco Bale in the process. Aaron Debattista’s middle-distance specialist recorded a best of the night time in the process – a dashing 31.21sec triumph – and cashed in for the 12th victory of his career.

Shot Of Cain is quickly putting himself on the map as one of the most talented short-distance chasers in country Victoria, and his best of the night victory over the 390 metres did nothing to harm his credentials. Jumping well from box five, Shot of Cain shot to the lead early on and held off the rest of the field to score in a solid 22.32sec.
Ballarat Wednesday Results & Replays: Click Here
IT was heats galore in Horsham as well, with the commencement of GRV VBIS Distance Series over the 570 metres.

Bells Are Ringin shot through emphatically to record her fifth victory in a row, a blistering 32.82sec triumph over the top of talented competition in Able Chief and Run On Rosey. Assisted by a flying jump out of the boxes, Bells Are Ringin made the most of the inside draw to lead all the way on the rails.

Tambay Bale recorded the title as fastest of the evening over the famous 480 metres, shooting and scoring in a solid 27.22sec. Now, Tambay Bale can lay claim to having saluted in 10 of his 37 starts, and looks to be going from strength to strength – putting further distance between the field heading to the line in the home straight.

Robin Moore’s Price Tag put on perhaps the most impressive victory of the evening, running out victor by around 10.75 lengths in a best of the night time in race nine. Avoiding congestion on the first turn, Price Tag shot away to lead brilliantly – and maintained his buffer heading into the home straight and pushing to the finishing post.
Horsham Tuesday Results & Replays: Click Here

WARRNAMBOOL was headlined by the emotionally-charged heats of Jim & Margo Williams Derby. A true gentleman of the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club and long-time committee member, Jimmy Williams was a genuine character on the south coast and is sorely missed along with his late wife Margo by all.

Another long-time patron of the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club, Philip Lenehan, tasted success in the second of the three heats – with Supreme Deal shooting to victory in a solid 25.61sec after a month of solid form across the border in Mount Gambier.

Beginning only fairly, Supreme Deal weaved through the field before challenging another local in Bryvon at the line – eventually saluting by around 2.75 lengths (Replay). Interestingly, Supreme Deal’s run was the fastest ahead of two other local greyhounds – Magic Success (Jackson Bell) and Off The Property (Leon Lenehan) – both of which scored in times under 0.10 seconds away from Supreme Deal’s effort in race six.

Moving on to race twelve of the evening, and the Brennan kennels continued their rich vein of form when Due Process recorded the most impressive victory of his young career to date – a blistering 22.08sec triumph over the 390 metres at Warrnambool (Replay). This marks his fourth victory in five starts, with other wins coming at Healesville and Bendigo.

Warrnambool Thursday Results & Replays: Click Here
BECKLEY Park had its own version of emotion-charged heats, with the beginning of the Hugh Emmerson Memorial kicking off in Geelong on Friday night.

The immensely talented Azza Azza Azza was back to his brilliant best in the second of the heats, spectacularly scoring in 25.42sec – just nudging Horsham Cup finalist Shared Bonus for the quickest of the two heats over the 460 metres.

Azza Azza Azza shot to the front of the pack early on, and never looked like getting caught heading around the turns into the home straight. The victory marks his third win in a row, following successive 25 second breaks over the 440 metres at Sale in July.

To top it off, Azza Azza Azza’s effort earned him the fastest time of the evening over the 460 metres (Replay).

One Step Beyond has been building a full head of steam in recent weeks, amassing three wins from as many starts at Geelong and Warragul. His victory over the 400 metres at Geelong on Friday night just pushed his case as one of the most talented short distance chasers in country Victoria to new heights – as he scored in a best of the night 22.45sec.
Geelong Friday Results & Replays: Click Here

That was racing in western Victoria last week – it left nothing to be desired, with a number of classy heats taking place. Keep your eye on western Victoria as the finals take place in coming weeks!

Watch: Ready 2 Race greyhound Elbow Room (3) powers home to win at Ballarat last week in 25.39sec (Best).

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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