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Western Wrap: Stars Shine and Emerge in Western Victoria

GREYHOUND racing in Western Victoria is at an all time high for quality racing, with Horsham’s maiden VBIS heat series providing a fine interlude to the upcoming cup carnival.

Last Tuesday was jam-packed with exciting fields, with the greyhounds contesting the maiden VBIS heats racing well beyond their years. The highlight of the heats was a blistering 27.00sec dash from the Angela Langton trained Hurry Slowly in race three. Hurry Slowly (1) scored by an emphatic 10 and a quarter lengths – and his impressive early pace was surpassed only by his lengthening in the famous Horsham straight (REPLAY).


Horsham Tuesday Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


In the second fastest heat of the night, the Bravo’s continued their scintillating form to date with Blue Rocket taking out race two of the night in 27.23sec.

The heats were dominated by outsiders – with Oscar De Snowman (race one, box one) and Road To Vegas saluting at winning prices of $19.50 and $31.50 respectively.

Ballarat was home to yet another enormous night of greyhound racing last week, with no fewer than seven finals or heats taking place on the twelve race card.

The night kicked off with the preliminary heats of the GRV To The City (Vic Bred) heats over 450 metres. Jeff Britton’s Alpha Zeus saluted in the first – and had to battle for the win early after jumping behind the leaders. The win was nonetheless impressive, and set the tone for a solid night of racing. James Shaw’s Schumacher lived up to his name in the other 450 metre heat of the night, scoring in a brave 25.49sec (REPLAY).


Ballarat Wednesday Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


The following heat marked the beginning of the long distance GRV To The City series, which took place over the 660 metres. The Britton-Langton kennel had more success – with Cambridge Prince showing royal class with a genuine staying run – a come from behind victory in 38.09sec. Astute chaser Seeking Justice saluted in the other – scoring in an equally impressive 38.11sec.

Ballarat’s leg of the maiden VBIS series culminated with a commanding performance from Hard Bargain in box seven. Jason Sharp was unlucky not to salute – after Ponting’s Nail  drove hard to the line, missing out by a nose. Kennelmate Lektra Hombre was also impressive, running on strongly in third place.

In the second feature race of the night, the Carmichael/Howell Memorial Final, Hession Boots added another notch to his impressive career – saluting over Zipping Eastwood and Classy Boy over the 545 metres. He maintained a strong lead after avoiding congestion on the first turn out of the boxes (REPLAY).

Warrnambool was home to four exciting heats and a final last Thursday, taking place over short and middle distances.

Paul Riches’ Bryvon continued his impressive pre-Classic form, scoring in the quickest of the heats – a 22.39sec dash over the 390 metres. Uncool Albert took out his heat in 22.40, while Jessica and Jason Sharp were victorious in the later heats – with triumphs going to David John in 22.33sec and All Over in 22.41sec.

The Cassign Design Maiden Final was run and won in the freezing south-coast rain, with Cro Cop running a brave victory in 25.94 seconds (REPLAY).

Warrnambool was then treated to one of the most exciting greyhounds in the country – with Dyna Villa’s 25.15sec triumph illuminating the track late on in the evening (REPLAY).


Warrnambool Thursday Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


Last but not least, Geelong produced the same exciting racing that we in Western Victoria have become accustomed to in closing out the working week.

Allen Gravion scored in the first final of the evening, taking out the $4360 Final in a stylish 29.88sec. He was unlucky not to take out best on the night honours over the 520 metres – with Robert Britton’s Bruce Tycoon scoring impressively in 29.66sec.

In the distance feature of the night, Neville Vincent’s Mademoiselle Sox shot and scored in 34.92secs over the 596 metres.

Gracas King took out the honours of fastest time over Geelong’s traditional 460 metres, with a flying time of 25.54sec.

Mendes added some exotic flavour to the show, with a BON 22.36sec triumph over the 400 metres in race two of the evening.


Geelong Friday Results & Replays: CLICK HERE


It was another cracking week of racing in the Western region.



PIC: Dyna Villa striding to the line at Wentworth Park

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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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