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NORTH-EAST WRAP: Healesville Lands a Track Record for Christmas

Hello and welcome to this week’s North East wrap where the highlight program was at Healesville on Sunday with heats of the Christmas Cup.

The week got going with a nice program at Bendigo last Friday (Dec 10) and there were two standout performances on the card.

The first was that of Kilty Express in Race 2. Trained by Brett Bravo he was only having his fourth start but showed he is a dog packed full of talent by scoring a dominant victory in 28.35.

The time wasn’t brilliant but it was the way he dispatched of his rivals that was the impressive part as he careered away to win by a space (eight lengths). He has won two of his four starts but keep following this guy as he will be winning better races. Here is Kilty Express’ big win last Friday.

WATCH: Kilty Express (3) wins at Bendigo in 28.35.


The second standout win on the day was that of Rickety Gate in Race 3. A debut winner back in October he had been out of the winner’s list until a big win in Tier 3 grade two weeks ago.

That win has been the catalyst for a terrific run of form which culminated in Rickety Gate bringing up a hat trick of wins in brilliant fashion last week. Firing away from Box 3 he sizzled over the 425 in the sharp time of 23.81, which was the best of the day.

He is flying at the moment and can maintain his winning record in future weeks.

We then headed to Healesville for heats of the Christmas Cup last Sunday. There were four heats in total and some terrific wins. The first heat was taken out by this year’s Warrnambool Classic winner Nunya Tron in 19.00 beating Saahd by five lengths.

Heat two was won track specialist Uncatchable wearing down leader Dr Don in 19.46.

WATCH: Bejay The Dejay wins in a track record 18.75 at Healesville on Sunday.


Heat three went the way of Senor Grumpy, holding off Berzerk in 19.22, whilst the last heat saw Bejay The Dejay fly up the straight breaking the track record in the process running 18.75 beating Call Me Hank by two lengths. Keep an eye out on Friday for a full preview to the final.

Shepparton Monday saw a nice staying prospect emerge by the name of Jaimandy Hatty. Lightly raced, he has been extremely consistent in his short career to date but stepping out to the 650m for the first time he really was able to show his full array of talent. A little slow out, he showed guts to burst through a gap early before charging to the front midrace and he bolted away for a big win in the good time of 37.81. I expect him over the next six months to develop into a topline stayer.

That wraps the past week in the North East. I hope you found a winner or two and until next week, good luck and good punting.

WATCH: Likely staying prospect Jaimandy Hatty (3) wins at Shepparton on Monday.



Matt Jackson
About Matt Jackson - RSN Race Caller Matthew Jackson has 3 years experience Race Calling with RSN calling all 3 codes all across Victoria. I currently race a number of Thoroughbreds also but have a strong passion for Greyhound Racing. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)
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