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North-East Wrap: Healesville Cup the Star of the North

Hello and welcome along to this week’s edition of the North-East Weekly Wrap. The week was certainly highlighted by the eight heats of the Healesville Cup last Sunday.

First heat of the day was taken out by the Kelly Bravo trained  Kayda Shae, he had to call on all his quality to just get there in front of Saahd with Dozer Tron finishing third.

Heat 2 was up next and Shared Bonus scored an upset win here. He pinged straight to the lead from an awkward draw and was able to hold off Shepparton Cup champ Azza Azza Azza leading. It was a brilliant win in the fast time of 18.897 secs.

Heat 3 was won by track specialist Pud. He has now been in the money at 11 of his 12 starts up the straight and he surely has to be some chance in the final. He won strongly over Blue Giant who finished and Eumeralla Donny.

Next up was Heat 4 and in a competitive finish Senor Grumpy for Doveton Trainer Aaron Ware was a bit too strong for Danyo’s Slappy in a very slick 18.881 secs which was the fastest of all the heats. Danyo’s Slappy was brave in second while Kid Audacious finished third.

Heat 5 produced a stunning finish with four winning chances past the gum tree but it was the Country Cups King Ronray Spirit who launched late to win his way into another Final and another chance for the $50K bonus. What a story it will be if he can win.

Heat 6 was next and it was an upset win here to NSW visitor La Grand Logie. He was drawn awkwardly in Box 5 but he got a clear run into second early chasing leader Shared Equity and he finished too well in good time.

Kel Greenough’s up and coming youngster Billo’s Pick took out Heat 7 with a flying all the way win from Box 2. He jumped to the lead and was never threatened. He won in blistering time of 18.903 secs defeating Ride the Rails and Soldier Spy.

The final heat of the day was Heat 8 and it was taken out by this brilliant young sprinter named Allkel to Excel. A winner now of 11 of his 12 starts the world is his oyster. He has brilliant speed and it was on display in his heat winning easily over No Donuts and White Spyro. He will be mighty hard to beat in the final.

Sunday 13 September – 350m – First prize $47,000

1. LA GRAND LOGIE (Jeffrey Eaton, Jilliby) won heat in 18.998 Replay
2. SHARED BONUS (Jeffrey Britton, Anakie) won heat in 18.897 Replay
3. SENOR GRUMPY (Aaron Ware, Doveton) won heat in 18.881 Replay
4. BILLO’S PICK (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale) won heat in 18.903 Replay
5. RONRAY SPIRIT (Terry Reid, Yuroke) won heat in 19.180 Replay
6. PUD (Jose Desaubin, Langwarrin) won heat in 19.206 Replay
7. ALLKEL TO EXCEL (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale) won heat in 18.997 Replay
8. KAYDA SHAE (Kelly Bravo, Lovely Banks) won heat in 19.080 Replay
9. DANYO’S SLAPPY (Neil Ryan, Devon Meadows)
10. AZZA AZZA AZZA (Wayne Vassallo, Devon Meadows)


Friday Racing in the North East was held at Bendigo last week and we saw a number of highly impressive winners including a pair from Joe Borgs Kennel. Limited Vision and Aerial Pursuit are littermates and weren’t going to outdo each other as they bolted in running really good times. You can pay to follow both of them. Other strong winners on the day were Bastet Bale in Race 5, Armed and Ready for Brooke Ennis in Race 7 and the Darren Fisher pair No Jockey Needed and Aston Maveric who ended the program with terrific wins.


Bendigo Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


The final meeting for the week was held at Shepparton Monday Night and the feature race was the Damsels Dash and it was won brilliantly by star greyhound Lamia Bale. She used the outside draw to her full advantage and was far too good for a gallant Mendes and My Girl Chloe.

Other winners of note on the card were Deadly Pace in Race 7 who is low flying at the moment, Hawka Tron who was superb winning Race 8 in good time and Cobra Commander for Sandra Waycott who has won its past two really well and can keep winning over the short trip.


Shepparton Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


That wraps up the past week in the North East. Keep an eye out for a preview of the Healesville Cup later in the week. Until then good luck and good punting.

PIC: Allkel to Excel strides to the line in his Healesville Cup heat victory. Courtesy Clint Anderson


This article was written by Matt Jackson. 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV.


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