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Metro Wrap: R2R Greyhound the ‘Real Deal’

It’s now time to review the week of metro greyhound racing from both Sandown Park and The Meadows and once again it was an exciting week of chasing.

The ten race program on Wednesday produced some pretty handy winners, but it was the dominant display from Kilkee Flex in the sixth that highlighted the card. Stepping out for the first time in over a month, the Peter Dapiran trained stayer showed terrific early speed with a 9.02 to the first peg and a smart 34.55 run overall (Replay).

Recapping Sandown Park on Thursday night and we start with the grade five final over the 515 which was the first race of the night. Bring Sexy Back stayed nailed to the rails as he went from back beyond midfield to a threatening second as they went to the back. The Rebecca Romyn prepared chaser brought up a hat-trick of wins as he raced clear to a two and three quarter length win in 29.90 (Replay) over Precipitation, who finished quickly to claim second prize.

The feature of the night was the $12,000 to the winner grade five final over the 715m, and it was Come On Fantasy who clung on to beat the desperately unlucky boom stayer It’s A Plane in 42.21. Take nothing away from the winner, but I highly recommend to watch the race replay and keep your eyes on the yellow rug of It’s A Plane as he somehow finds a way to still run second after a truckload of trouble (Replay). Despite being beaten, a potential superstar may have been born as he was able to produce two outstanding runs with great consistency.

Cut Loose Max (pictured) announced himself as a ‘real deal’ sprinter as he scorched around the Sandown Park circuit with a slick and dominant 29.37 win in Prelude 6 of the TAB Melbourne Cup (Replay). A relatively cheap buy ($6,250) from the 2014 Ready 2 Race Auction series, Cut Loose Max has a large contingent of fans that will be gearing up for a massive Melbourne Cup carnival in the weeks ahead.

In the Saturday night meeting from The Meadows Sweet It Is opened the night’s proceedings with another breathtaking staying performance after she gave away a staggering 5m in the staying handicap. The superstar stayer swept her way through the field to a brilliant two and half length win running 42.37 over Callum’s Mum, who also ran a cracking race (Replay).

Watch: A five metre head start wasn’t enough to stop Sweet It Is on Saturday night.


The time standard for the night was set by Hercules Bale, after he handled box six to perfection with a fast 29.98 victory over Spring Grace (Replay).

The fourth event conducted was the fifth grade final over the 600m and Ringer showed terrific field sense on the way to his 35.01 win defeating Beckenbauer and Karagiozis (Replay).

The tenth race of the night was the 525m grade five final and it was Chrichton Bale, who produced his trademark powerful finish to overhaul his rivals from last in 30.17 (Replay).

Sandown Park’s 12 race meeting on Sunday closed out the week of metro racing and the opening race of the day was won is smashing fashion by Blown Away who did exactly that to his rivals as he romped to a ten length win in a speedy 29.63 for maiden company (Replay).

The Great Chase series had three heats at HQ with the first won by Sir Bridgborn in 29.78 (Replay), the second by TWO TONE in 29.61 leading all of the way (Replay) and the final of the Sandown Park heats went Brylin’s way in 30.16 (Replay).

So there we have it, another week of metro greyhound racing reviewed as we now get prepared for a cracking spring carnival which isn’t too far away!

Watch: It’s A Plane (5) might just be greyhound racing’s next big thing on the staying circuit judging by this run behind Come On Fantasy.

About James Van de Maat - RSN Race Caller RSN race caller with a love for greyhound racing. Owner, trainer and breeder with a driving passion to win a Group race. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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