Tooradin trainer Ken Virtue was all smiles after his star sprinter Banjo Boy was an impressive heat winner of the Group 2 Berwick Mazda Harrison-Dawson (515m) at Sandown Park last Thursday night in 29.34sec.
In his second start since a spell and his first start beyond 500 metres in 10 weeks, Banjo Boy was at his electrifying best when hammering to the lead around the first bend and eventually winning by three lengths.
Musquin Bale was the only greyhound to better Banjo Boy’s time on the night as the Andrea Dailly-trained greyhound clocked a time of 29.30sec.
Sandown Park conducted four heats of the males-only Harrison-Dawson as well as four heats of the Group 1 females-only Macro Meats Sapphire Crown (515m), in which WA star Zelemar Fever was the fastest qualifier in 29.35sec.
The first two placegetters in each of the heats make it through to next Thursday night’s finals, which both carry first prize money of $100,000.
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