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Western Wrap: Veterans and Young Contenders

Forrest Max has laid claim to a number of impressive victories in his 10 starts to date, but perhaps none more mammoth than his VBIS triumph at Horsham last Tuesday.

Drawn favourably on the inside, the former South Australian chaser used the famous long straight of Horsham to make amends for early trouble, storming home late to score in 27.363 secs.

The win takes his overall prize money to just under $9000, a sound return for a greyhound with just 10 starts to his name.

Earlier in the evening, Horsham paid tribute to Herb Faux when Amlin’s Magic wrestled victory from kennelmate Suspicious Cal in a solid 23.765 secs.
But the action didn’t stop there, with the Wild West flaunting a number of high-stakes feature racing.

Miss Cersei has emerged as a genuine talent of distance racing in Western Victoria, and her ability was put on show when she ran out a 32.368 secs winner of the Oscar Furniture GDR over the 570 metres.

Horsham Results & Replays: CLICK HERE

BALLARAT may have been without a feature race last Wednesday, but that didn’t stop some of the most talented chasers in Victoria lighting up the track with some blistering times.

The Ennis kennel is going from strength to strength at the moment, and their domination continued when Sulzanti used scorching pace to secure a best of the night 25.225 secs over the 450 metres. His power late on earned him victory, with a swooping run around the outside of the pack putting him into position to challenge for the lead heading to the line. To prove the run wasn’t a fluke, the son of Magic Sprite and Scissor Queen backed up with an imposing 29.420 secs best of the day at Sandown Park on Sunday.

He’s quickly making a name for himself over short-distance courses around the state, and Aston Bolero   set out to prove he is to be taken seriously with a flying 22.003 secs victory over the 390 metres on Wednesday

Ballarat Results & Replays: CLICK HERE

The wind chill on the south coast might feel as if it is enough to freeze hell over at this time of year, but Flying Merkel  set Warrnambool alight with a stunning 25.330 secs best of the night over the 450 metres on Thursday.

Backing up from his mammoth VBIS win the week before, the Lara native used a blistering burst of speed early to shoot out in front, holding his impressive position heading to the line.

The star of the show at Warrnambool was the Divirgilio kennel, that notched two striking victories in the Ray Jervies Memorial heats – with the quickest of the two coming from Cosmic Tate in race seven of the night. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Nova Surf channelled his mother’s prowess at Warrnambool, scoring in 25.401 secs.
Mick Gibbons’ Maximum Maddy wrapped up the last of the three heats, booking a place in the final – which is set to be staged next week.

Our Shiraz returned to form with a classy 37.810 secs win in the GRV VBIS Distance Series (0-6 wins). The victory gifted the talented veteran a seemly $6000 – the biggest of his career to date.

Warrnambool Results & Replays: CLICK HERE

Beckley Park was headlined by a number of thrilling victories, with one of the most impressive coming from Jason Thompson’s Dalgetty – who saluted with a commanding 25.391 secs run over the 460 metres.

The talented chaser, who suffered a number of race-ending checks in his previous run at Sandown, rebounded in fine form – scoring by 10.5 lengths in one of the best victories of his career.

Veteran racer Splash Mountain used classy early speed to shoot through and score in a flying 22.427 secs – the best of the evening over the 400 metres. The win also completed a treble for trainer Blake Shillington, who had winners in the form of Sketchy Max and Valoshore earlier in the evening.

Geelong Results & Replays: CLICK HERE 

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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