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Western District Review: Warrnambool in the Spotlight

Nick Ansell reviews greyhound racing in Victoria’s Western region over the past week, including Warrnambool’s May Carnival and the Cannonball Sprint at Geelong…
WHAT a week of greyhound racing in the state’s west, particularly at Warrnambool where group racing was in the spotight.

The week kicked off in Horsham and saw a number of impressive greyhounds take to the track – the most notable of victories going to Scenic Shot (race 7, box 7), Mepunga Ranger (race eight, box three) and Harry Aztec over the 570 metres. Mepunga Ranger was particularly impressive, scoring in a flying 27.24sec over the 480, after just missing out to the talented Azza Azza Azza the week before at Warrnambool. Replay

Horsham Results & Replays: Click Here
At the pinnacle of country racing this week, we’ve seen one of the most remarkable victories in recent history at Warrnambool, with the Simon Barker trained Nunya Tron saluting in the $75,000 to-the-winner Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic (Replay) – matched only by Ronray Spirit’s commanding victory in the Warrnambool Cup.

The Warrnambool Cup was one of the most open cup fields that I’ve seen in my time on the coast – and the crowd was rewarded with a very high standard of racing. Midnight Ride (2) was super impressive in running second, and was well deserving of the $13,000 offered for second place (Replay).

The glamour of Warrnambool Cup and Classic night generally steals the show in the first week of May at the ‘Bool – but enthusiasts and punters alike were treated to a classy run by Jeff Britton’s Boxhead, who took out the 2015 Stan Lake Memorial in a swift 25.58sec on a very wet track (Replay).
Warrnambool Results & Replays: Click Here


Further north, and chilly Ballarat did not fail to put on a show – with Run On Rosey living up to her name in taking out the $3,000 first prize in the Strides Function Centre for greyhounds with one to four wins over the 660 metres. Saluting over the talented Esparza, Sam Bonaccurso had a night out – with Run On Rosey’s kennelmate Maverick Blondie taking out third place in the same race (Replay).

Geelong finished the week off with a bang, following the heats of the highly anticipated Cannonball Sprint over the 400 metres. Steven Collins’ Governor Bale saluted in the first, over the top of outsider Mighty Sprite (who was super impressive in running second) and veteran Matt’s Entity. In the second and final heat, Tywin Bale scored in a decent 22.48 – only 0.6 seconds slower than Governor Bale’s earlier win. The final will be an absolute cracker, with a fantastic field set to take shape.

See you next week for the Western Vic wrap!
Geelong Results & Replays: Click Here


Related: Shock as Classic Winner Pays INXS of 50/1

Watch: Ronray Spirit (2) wins the 2015 Warrnambool Cup.
Pictured top: Nunya Tron and trainer Simon Barker were swarmed by media following their surprise Warrnambool Classic win. Pic Clint Anderson.

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About Nick Ansell - Freelance Journalist/Greyhound Racing Enthusiast Freelance journalist and communications assistant at WestVic Dairy. Judge at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club. Long-time greyhound aficionado, and carer of two happy, retired racers. (the views in this article are that of the author and not necessarily that of GRV)
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