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North-East Wrap: Straight Track Stars Contest Heats at Healesville

Welcome along to this week’s edition of the North East Weekly Wrap. It was a terrific week of racing highlighted by some big wins. The feature meeting of the week was held up the straight at Healesville last Sunday where there was four heats of the Straight Track Championship.

Healesville Greyhound Association Manager Cynthia O’Brien has been delighted with the quality of entrants in what is the inaugural running of the event, which is a prelude to the upcoming Healesville Cup.

“The heat runners had amassed $1,530,215 in prize money and consisted of Australian Cup winner Luca Neveelk, Warrnambool Classic winner Nunya Tron, and many other feature race winners,” she said. “Plus the new kid on the block, Due Process, who broke the 19 second mark, He is a very promising youngster.”

The first heat was taken out by Angela Langton’s Shared Equity from box one. She has now won 15 of 29 and is a very good sprinter. She did have to stave off a challenge from Eddie Yap, and she responded well late (Replay).

Heat Two went the way of the highly promising Due Process. Trained by Daryl Brennan at Ross Creek near Ballarat, this guy has now won five of his six starts and is unbeaten up the straight. He ran the fastest heat time of 18.93 and held off the very talented Gaelic Peter (Replay). He has drawn awkwardly in the final but he might be one out of the box.

Over to Heat Three and Unquestionably was able to score an upset win. The Mark Filomeno-trained sprinter has developed quite an affinity with the Healesville track and once again makes another feature final there. He will be big odds in the final but has a big sprint and shouldn’t be underestimated (Replay).

The last of the four heats was highlighted by the appearance of the Gippsland gun, Luca Neveelk. He was almost unbackable starting a $1.30 favourite on Super-Tab, but it wasn’t to be his day this time as he was run down by the fast finishing Pud (Replay). A track specialist, Pud has never missed a place in 10 starts at Healesville and will certainly make her presence felt in Sunday’s Final.

The week in the North East kicked off at Bendigo last Friday and we saw an exciting youngster make his debut.  Aston Bolero started a short priced favourite, and he hopped out fast and kept running to win in terrific time. He will improve on that run and can only get better so he might be another smart one for the powerful Jason Thompson kennel. Other strong winners on the card included the Ready To Race Auction star To the Galo’s, who won in the outstanding time of 23.76, and Proven Chops, who finally found its best form in the last race scoring a big win for Ben Divirgilio.

Monday Night and North East racing headed to Shepparton for a good card of racing. Caustic Bale was certainly the pick of the night’s racing. A dog blessed with all the talent in the world, he doesn’t always get the luck to go with that talent, but on Monday night the breaks went his way and he flew to a big win running the impressive time of 25.22 (Replay). He will win a big race one day when everything goes right.

That wraps up racing in the North east for this week. Keep an eye out for my preview of the big Straight Track Championship at Healesville on Sunday. Until then Good Luck and Good Punting.

Watch: Pud (4) flashes home over the top of Luca Neveelk (1) in a heat of the Straight Track Championship last Sunday.

Matt Jackson
About Matt Jackson - RSN Race Caller Matthew Jackson has 3 years experience Race Calling with RSN calling all 3 codes all across Victoria. I currently race a number of Thoroughbreds also but have a strong passion for Greyhound Racing. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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