Matt Jackson reviews the week in greyhound racing at Shepparton, Bendigo & Healesville…
Hello there and welcome to the first edition of the North Eastern Weekly Wrap. We had a big week of racing in the North East including the Bendigo Roses final and also the Rodney Thorneycroft Memorial at Healesville both on Sunday.
We kicked things off at Shepparton last Thursday where we saw Golden continue on his winning ways, having scored at Sandown Park the past two Thursdays he certainly looked hard to beat dropping back in grade, once he jumped fast and found the front he was always going to take beating and that’s how it played out as he was far too strong winning in 25.47.
The feature on last Thursday’s card was the GRV Vic Bred Grade 5 Final, a terrific field assembled for the race where favourite was Shirdon Connorae who was low flying having won 8 of his last 12 starts. He drew the pole and was a little slow out and then didn’t get much luck. The 2nd fave Hawka Tron was able to cross and lead and he looked hard to beat. Coming to the turn Hawka Tron was in front but challengers were looming in Daphne’s Party and Grand Intention who pounced on the outside with a big finish to score in outstanding fashion. Trained by Gary Ennis he can go on and win more races for sure. Replay
Shepparton Results: Click Here
On to Sunday and we headed to straight track racing at Healesville where the feature race was the Rodney Thorneycroft Memorial. Bashir and To The Galo’s were the 2 favourites for the race after having the 2 fastest heats times. As it turned out that meant little as 35-1 outsider Unquestionably, who was slow away and copped plenty of bumping early, was able to flash home from the tail of the field to cause a massive upset. He has always possessed a lot of ability but certainly his run on Sunday was a career best effort. Bashir, who’d won 4 of 5 was slow out and then had little luck at a critical stage and To The Galo’s was up sharing the lead when he got checked at the same point of the race. Replay
Other good performances on the program included Price Tag in Race 7 who was slow out and took plenty of time to wind up but accelerated beautifully the last 50 to win in terrific style, and also from Aerial Blitz, who led all the way in the last event bolting in. He is 2 for 2 since resuming and 4 from 11 overall. He can keep winning.
Healesville Results: Click Here
Also on Sunday we headed to Bendigo for the $5000 to-the-winner Bendigo Roses Final. It looked a competitive race on paper and it certainly played out that way. Kraken Conan from the inside missed it slightly but got clear running early to go through and lead from Rebel Lady and Eyes Adorable who sat off them 3rd, that trio quickly sped clear of the rest of the field. On the point of the home turn anyone of the 3 dogs could win as they stretched across the track. In the straight Rebel Lady just started to tire and Eyes Adorable was finishing hard, but it was Kraken Conan down on the rail who kept kicking and was able to hang on score. It was a good performance considering she did do the early work to lead after being a little slow away.
Bendigo Results: Click Here
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