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Western Wrap: Billo the Pick

WESTERN Victoria’s finest home-grown talent is on show around the state with the conclusion of GRV Vic Bred series, and Troy Comensoli’s Kraken Conan was the latest victor of the series at Horsham last Tuesday.
Kraken Conan used the outside draw to brilliant advantage, overcoming a slow start to make her way around the field on the first bend and jumping in front around the turn. From there, she held off a rampaging Gee Boy in the final straight to salute in a flying 23.23sec – the best of the night over the 410 metres.
Mademoiselle Sox overcame a tough box draw to take out the secondary feature of the evening, an Oscar Furniture (0-6 Wins) GDR over the 570 metres. Starting at $9.30, Neville Vincent’s consistent stayer managed to hold off long-shots Lord Kitchener and Jasmine Lilly, who battled to the line for second and third behind the winner – who scored in 33.12sec.

Evers Bale has been racing as consistently as any greyhound in the state of late, with the star chaser coming off a commanding five-win streak in Melbourne throughout July. Enjoying a drop in class, Evers Bale showed the wild west how good he is with a brilliant 27.15sec triumph over the 480 metres.

Watch: Kraken Conan (8) wins the GRV Vic Breeders Final at Horsham.

Horsham Results & Race Replays: Click Here
CAMPERDOWN maestro Raymond Brewer enjoyed success with a trip north on Wednesday with Belena Prince’s swift 22.04 second victory over the 390 metres verified as the best of the evening at Ballarat. This came as his eleventh victory in 34 starts, with his most recent coming at Warrnambool last month.

Belena Prince’s dominance came with a lead-all-the-way victory, triumphing over tough competition in Unbound and Blast Away.
Unlucky to play second fiddle to Belena Prince, the Brennan kennels boosted their credentials with a victory in the first of the evening when Koch shot through to take out the R&J Batteries Maiden Final in an impressive 22.22sec.

Koch’s victory comes as the second in as many starts, with the Premier Fantasy sired speedster looking to impose himself as one of the brightest talents in the industry early on.

In perhaps the run of the year at Ballarat to date, Kelvyn Greenough’s Billo’s Pick recorded the most impressive victory of his Victorian career – a stunning 24.90sec victory over the 450 metres.

Since arriving from New South Wales in March, Billo’s Pick (pictured top of page) has suffered just two defeats to date in nine starts. Now, all eyes will be on his run at Sandown Park this Thursday night.

Watch: Belena Prince (8) wins at Ballarat in 22.04sec.
Ballarat Wednesday Results & Race Replays: Click Here

WARRNAMBOOL’S leg of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series was heating up last Thursday, with local trainers triumphing in both semi-finals. In the first of the two, Ray Drew’s Gassy’s Pride recorded the most impressive win of his young career, overcoming a tough draw to score in 25.34sec.

In the second of the two, Matt Wright’s drolly named Benny Big Head notched the first win of his two-start career, a solid 25.49sec run over the 450 metres.

Now, a number of the south-west’s most brilliant chasers will challenge in the hotly-contested final next week.

Zigstar notched the most imposing victory of the evening, when the talented chaser put ten lengths on Maximum Maddy to score in a flying 25.08sec (Replay).
Warrnambool Thursday Results & Race Replays: Click Here
RECKLESS Brown is somewhat of a track specialist at Geelong, and he proved his case further with a thrilling victory over the 520 metres in 30.20sec last Friday night.

Having led all the way, Reckless Brown held off a charging challenge from Crackerjack Dak and Mepunga Armagh on the line to score by half a length. On top of this, the victory pocketed trainer Rodney Clark a mammoth $2,650 – thanks to a hefty GOBIS Bonus.

The Britton/Langton kennels have had a brilliant year in terms of success at Beckley Park, and this was taken further when Wise Ginger lived up to her name – scoring a smart victory in 25.88sec. This was the quickest of the evening over the 460 metres, with Wise Ginger withstanding brilliant times from Shazzle’s Boy and Allen Malik in earlier races to hold the title of fastest time on the evening.

Strongbeth is another of Geelong’s long list of track specialists, having recorded three of her five victories to date at Beckley Park. She added to her list of accolades with a flying 22.43sec best of the night over the 400 metres on Friday.
Geelong Friday Results & Race Replays: Click Here
That was racing in Western Victoria last week, and this week is shaping up to be even more remarkable!

Watch: Billo’s Pick (1) sizzles at Ballarat in 24.90sec.

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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