The versatile Star Recall produced an all-the-way victory in the final Group 1 of the year, the Gold 1242 Sale Cup (650m).
Star Recall (box 4 – $4.70) – trained by Jeff Britton – was an early favourite for the only Group 1 event in regional Victoria but jumped second elect behind reserve Sweet It Is.
It didn’t bother the former West Australian chaser as she speared the lids and was never challenged on her way to the $75,000 first-prize.
After the race, Jeff Britton said that everything went right in the race for his star greyhound.
“She came out really well and from there everything went right,” he said.
“I was a little nervous when I saw Robert’s dog (Rob Britton’s Space Star) behind her but she held on really well.”
Britton revealed that the TAB Melbourne Cup finalists run in the heats last week took a bit out of her.
“The run last week flattened her a bit so we’ve done very little with her this week and let her rest up.
“Hopefully she’ll go a little further (in distance) now.”
The veteran trainer also mentioned that the daughter of High Earner and No Recall could potentially be moved up to the staying trip when she goes back to Perth.
“Linda (Linda Britton – Star Recall’s trainer in WA) will make the call on where she goes to next,” the Anakie trainer said.
“It could be either the Perth Cup (530m) or the Galaxy (715m) but I think given what she has done over the middle distances it would be better to step her up to staying.”
The race saw Star Recall jump straight to the lead with other greyhounds tangling behind her.
Sweet It Is (rug 9 box 3 – $2.60F) was shunted to the rear of the field, while Space Star (box 7 – $8.30 weaved his way through the field to get to the outside coming into the final corner.
When Star Recall turned her lead was big enough to hold off the fast finishing Space Star while Sweet It Is rattled home for third. Star Recall won in a time of 37.145 secs.
Star Recall’s career record now stands at 25 wins and 11 placing’s from 44 career starts with the $75,000 first-prize taking her career earnings beyond $250,000.
WATCH: Star Recall wins the 2014 Group 1 Gold 1242 Sale Cup
PIC: Star Recall with trainer Jeff Britton. Courtesy: Clint Anderson.