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Western Wrap: Getting Back to Business

A TALENTED field contested a fiery Grade 5 final at Beckley Park on Friday evening, with the classy Ernest Bale notching his second win in a row at Geelong.

Ernest Bale, who was last out of the boxes and trailed heading around the first turn, weaved through a field of talented chasers – including superstar Zoltina’s Legacy.

From there, he showed great race sense to hug the rail heading into the final straight – nipping Zoltina’s Legacy for first place on the line – and gifting the Collins’ kennel a best of the night time (25.58sec) over the 460 metres.

Chase The Breeze has showed immense promise since beginning his career back in June, and the New South Welshman lived up to it on Friday – recorded a stunning 22.54sec best of the night over the 400 metres.

The victory just robbed Weeping Lass of the title as fastest of the evening, with Daryl Brennan’s chaser coming in one second behind Chase The Breeze in her victory earlier on in the night.

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Watch: Ernest Bale (6) was simply outstanding at Geelong last Friday night.

FORMER Tasmanian Thermal Expanse may not have tasted ultimate success in Victoria since crossing the Bass in April, but his best of the night triumph at Horsham last Tuesday was definitely worth the wait.

Drawn favourably in box one, the son of Global Warming and Tiu Jet set the track alight with a stunning 27.58sec win, notching the third victory of his 60-start career in the process.

Generally reliable out of the boxes, he used early pace to set an early deficit on the rest of the field, saluting by a comfortable four and half lengths at the line.

It seems Tammy Baxter can do no wrong of late, with a striking seven wins and three placings from her last ten starts.

Her form continued at Horsham, where she overcame a slow start to shoot to the lead early on in the race – running hard to the line to score in a classy 23.67sec over the 410 metres.

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THOSE who were still on track for Race 12 at Ballarat last Wednesday were treated to a stunning 25.24sec victory from superstar chaser and track specialist Aston Bolero.

Returning to the winners list after a month of near misses at Bendigo, Shepparton and Geelong, Aston Bolero put a mammoth ten lengths on the field heading around the first bend.

From there, he maintained the margin heading around into the home straight, handling the step up in distance with aplomb.

Just one race earlier, the Bravo kennels tasted success when Noakis Girl notched her fourth victory in as many starts, overcoming competition with an impressive 22.08sec triumph over the 390 metres (Replay)

The victory was thrilling, overcoming a tight battle with Allen Terminator to the line. It was a seesawing affair, with both greyhounds taking the lead at points throughout the straight, but Noakis Girl shot away to score by a nose on the line.

Agent Jack returned to form with a classy 30.78sec triumph over the 545 metres, the 15th win of his 35 start career.

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Watch: Aston Bolero scores a brilliant win at Ballarat on Wednesday in 25.24sec.
WARRNAMBOOLIANS didn’t have to wait long for the action to begin, with the Kermonds Hamburgers GDR taking place over the 650 metres.

Dark Obsession saluted comfortably over the top of talented competition in Kokoda Storm, to notch the second victory of his career – when race leader Princess Strike suffered what appeared to be a cramp mid-race.

After that, the race was all his – scoring by just under nine lengths heading to the line to take out the near $3,000 in prizemoney.

All Over then capped a brilliant night for the Sharp kennel, running out a best of the night time in 25.50sec over the 450 metres.

Gotta Get Back has won his last six starts for good reason – he is an exceptionally fast greyhound. This came to fruition once again, when the John McClelland trained chaser scored in 21.86sec, just three lengths shy of Allkel To Excel’s track record over the 390m.
That was greyhound racing in Western Victoria this week, I hope you could pick a winner!

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Watch: Gotta Get Back makes it six straight wins and 14 from 23 overall with a stunning 21.86sec win at Warrnambool.

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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