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METRO WRAP: From Group Racing at Sandown to a Venomous Run at The Meadows

The racing spotlight shone brightly upon Sandown Park over the past week as the metro club conducted two top class meetings which were complimented by two solid meetings and the other metropolitan venue, The Meadows.

THE MEADOWS WEDNESDAY: The first of the meetings came from The Meadows with a 12 race program and it’s hard to go past Snakebite Bale as the run of the day.

He looks to have loads of potential after winning the maiden final at Sandown Park and after taking the lead at the first bend he made a mess of his rivals on Wednesday. He only recorded 5.19 to the first mark and that is a slight cause for concern going forward but on the flip side a 12.02 run home has him threatening a staying career, even at this early stage.

WATCH: Snakebite Bale (2) overcomes a modest start to win by 13 lengths in 29.82 (Best)

SANDOWN THURSDAY: At Group 3 level, the Sir John Dillon Memorial highlighted the card from Sandown Park on Thursday night and after failing to stay a supremely strong 715m of late, Lithgow Panther dropped back to the 595 with two sensational efforts to win the heat and final of the group 3 event (Replay). The 595m distance appears perfect for Lithgow Panther as he’s hitting the peak of his powers in the concluding stages. I’m sure Rob Britton’s going to have a tough decision in the months ahead to either set him for the Rookie Rebel (600m) or the Zoom Top (725m) in the early part of 2016 at The Meadows.


The meeting began with the extremely short Bells Are Ringin, who took to the track as a $1.04 favourite. After a slight hiccup having to work outside of the speed in the initial stages, the promising stayer clicked into top gear and safely held off Uncle Ant in a moderate 42.48. I wouldn’t be disappointed with the time as she lost plenty of lengths bumping with Kokoda Moon in the first few hundred (Replay).

Shanlyn Lucy was back to her brilliant best and the punters didn’t see it coming after she destroyed a handy mixed four and five field at $15.00 on the tote. After positioning up on the pace she cruised into the lead and exploded through to the line with a ten length win in a slashing 41.51 (Replay).

THE MEADOWS SATURDAY: Paraphernalia showed a good railing ability to slide into a nice trailing position in the back straight which eventually had the Jeff Guy trained Horsham  youngster sprinting away to a powerful victory in the maiden final (Replay).

The Shepparton to City finals were won by Drysdale Doll and Major Crush, who both pocketed in excess of $10,000 for their victories.

Blown Away showed a nice turn of pace at his 600m debut in the seventh of the night which had him winning despite the rise in class and distance. I thought the run of the second greyhound Zipping Geoff was eye-catching and I’ll be expecting him to step back up to the 700m and salute in the not to distant future (Replay).

SANDOWN SUNDAY: Sandown Sunday brought a close to the week of metro racing and the four semi finals of the Laurels highlighted a 12 race fixture.

The unbeaten It’s All Talk was more than just that after she remained unbeaten with win number seven, at start seven. Once again she showed blistering early speed (5.02, 18.75) on the way to her controlled three length victory in 29.52. The word is the Galea camp have already knocked back some large offers for this potential superstar and she is continuing to show why. Its now pretty clear that Its All Talk can ‘walk the walk’.


To round out the week the other highlight would have to have been the slick run recorded by Soda Lad, after he produced a super quick 29.27 defeating Verdict by just four lengths. Both top two greyhounds were outstanding runs as Verdict had to work very hard in the initial part to find the fence (Replay).

Hope you enjoyed the wrap for what was a very exciting week of racing!




WATCH: It’s All Talk (5) was the fastest Laurels semi-final winner in 29.52sec.

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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