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Western Wrap: Handler’s Timely Return

AFTER a monumental couple of weeks in greyhound racing, the state’s west continues to offer nothing but class to spectators and punters – even in the cool-down period from a brilliant Horsham Cup.
Kicking off in the far west of Horsham, Simone Fisher and David Geall enjoyed success with a double of winners. Omega Senor took out the honours of fastest run of the night over the 410 metres, saluting in a solid 23.43sec due to some dazzling work out of the boxes to clear the field early on (Replay).
Sir Bekim turned in the most impressive win of the evening over the signature 480 metres, scoring in a flying 27.14sec. Sired by Bekim Bale and out of Nikita’s Fate, Sir Bekim showed exciting turn of foot to grit through the field early on, before using the long straight to push out a 4.25 length victory over Smart Maxwell.

A mainstay trainer of the western districts, Nicole Stanley repayed the punting faith which saw her greyhound Evening In Paris backed into $2.20 pre race – taking out the second win of her greyhound’s 13 start career to date.

Last but not least, Brazen Bull returned to the form that saw him salute in a remarkable 29.66sec at Sandown Park in April, recording a workmanlike 27.50sec victory.
Horsham Results & Replays: Click Here
Ballarat kicked off Wednesday evening with a feature of the week – the Midland Irrigation Maiden Final over the 450 metres.

Verity Cotton’s exotically dubbed Despedida has proven herself to possess enormous potential, and her victory on Wednesday night only adds to her credentials. Racing wide into the home straight, it looked as if Nissan Bale would swoop and score through the inside alley, but Despedida showed off brilliant determination in holding her lead to score by a head in 25.71sec.

In the fastest of the evening over the 450 metres, Adam Handler scored in an emphatic 25.20sec following a return to Victoria after a successful spell at Wentworth Park and inner New South Wales (Replay). Adam Handler attracted the highest sale price at the 2014 Ready 2 Race Sales when sold for $25,000, and since that time he has earned in excess of $22,000 with plenty of good racing ahead of him. His return to Victoria is timely given a Bonus Race for the top Ready 2 Race prize money earners is scheduled for Bendigo next month.

Adding to Garry Selkrig’s winner earlier on in the evening, Splash Of White managed to salute in the quickest time of the evening over the 390 metres. Jumping behind the pack, Splash of White used immense mid race speed to take over the lead and score in 22.07sec.

His greyhound Money Come Back took out the middle distance feature of the evening, scoring in 31.32sec over the 545 metres in what was a powerful victory.

Barellen Opal broke out to lead by about 12 lengths on the back straight in the only 660 metre race of the evening – before Thunder Chief challenged to take the lead just metres from the finishing post. Reduced to a jog, Barellen Opal’s beginning speed got him across the line in a thrilling finish – scoring in 38.56sec.
Ballarat Wednesday Results & Replays: Click Here


Heading south, and Shared Bonus was keen to make amends for his Horsham Cup defeat – and did so by taking out the first of three Norfolk Butchers Dual Distance Heats at Warrnambool. Scoring in a blistering 25.21sec (Replay), he is set to spearhead a field of quality chasers when the series continues next week.

Other heat winners included talented chaser Unbound (25.74sec) and Next Grange (25.71sec).

In a night full of quality greyhounds, Anthony Azzopardi continued his success south of the Murray-Darling, with Zambora Brockie saluting in a BON time of 25.02sec in just his fourth career start and first in Victoria (Replay).

Stop Moochin’ was the fastest of many over the 390 metres, scoring in a scorching 21.96sec in the second last of the night.

Warrnambool Thursday Results & Replays: Click Here

Heats packed with exciting greyhounds were also on the agenda at Geelong, with a number of middle distance chasers contesting the restricted win heats over the 520 metres.

Robert Britton is well known for success at Beckley Park, and he added to his cause with Chancy Be Smooth taking out the last of the three heats in a monumental 29.89sec. After absorbing knocks from the pack early on, Chancy Be Smooth rocketed away on the first turn to break out to lead and eventually win by eight lengths (Replay).

Track specialist Edge Of Eden recorded his second win in as many starts over the track and distance, scoring in a flying 25.66sec over the 460 metres.

Gaelic Peter was the fastest of all over the 400 metres on Friday evening, saluting in a brilliant 22.54sec. Even more impressive was the nature of his victory – a breathtaking run home to snatch victory on the line (Replay).
Geelong Friday Results & Replays: Click Here


Watch: Ready 2 Race greyhound Adam Handler (5) forces his way through traffic to win at Ballarat last Wednesday in a Best of Night 25.20sec

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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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