WARRNAMBOOL’S own leg of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series highlighted an exciting week of greyhound racing in Western Victoria, as the southernmost track in the west also welcomed hundreds for the Great Chase Community Evening.
Flying Merkel overcame long odds to notch his first win in the event, taking home a mammoth $8,500 in the process.
Jumping only fairly with the field, the Barcia Bale sired chaser made his move while heading around the last turn – pipping Mepunga Ted on the line to score by a head in 25.75sec. This came as Flying Merkel recorded his fourth third placing in as many starts prior to his VBIS triumph (Replay).
Ray Drew’s talented team of chasers have been dominating in recent weeks, and this was typified when Kirabilli Rosie won in the best of the night over the 450 metres, saluting in a flying 25.36sec.
Disco Diamond displayed genuine short-distance talent, taking out the quickest 390 metre gallop of the evening in a brilliant 22.03sec.
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HORSHAM was headlined by the opening of the Herb Faux Memorial heats over the 410 metres, in which Joe Borg’s Beauty Sleep put on a stunning debut effort to score in 23.68sec – the fastest of all five heats.
Beauty Sleep’s emphatic victory came from the inside draw, as the Cape Hawke sired chaser shot through to lead all the way – saluting by a commanding five lengths.
However, Craig Jaensch’s Forrest Max was the fastest of many over the 410, notching the fourth win of his career with a stylish 23.45sec triumph.
Spectators were treated to a thrilling victory when Warrnambool Classic winner Nunya Tron (pictured) surged late to grab an emphatic victory from Velo Galore on the line in a best of the night time of 27.30sec. Battling hard heading to the line, Velo Galore looked to have the race wrapped up – but Nunya Tron found a third wind to fly past and win by less than a neck.
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In a week dominated by close finishes, Ballarat was in the thick of it – after Iona Nitro managed to weave between a packed field in the home straight to triumph by a head, in a very capable 25.51sec.
His victory came off the back of solid form at Ballarat and Geelong, and also took his total earnings to just under $8,000 from 26 starts.
However, the limelight of the evening was stolen when Caustic Bale, who equalled his career best at Ballarat with a flying 25.15 second best of the night over the 450 metres.
Aston Bolero notched one of the victories of the year when he scored in a breathtaking 21.86sec over the 390 metres. The son of Fabregas and Aston Dream is now set to go one better with another run over the 390 metres on Wednesday evening, in a bid to achieve the fourth win of his career.
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DISTANCE racing topped a fine card of racing at Geelong last Friday, when talented stayer Sisco Wake scored for the Galea kennels in a brilliant 39.11sec.
The victory came on the back of impressive triumphs at the Meadows and Horsham last month, pushing the gifted chaser’s earnings to just under $45,000.
The triumph was a genuine stayer’s victory, after Sisco Wake narrowed the margin between itself and then front-runner Miss Cersei around the first turn – before making a move for the lead on the final turn. He then held off a strong challenge from Zipping Geoff to score impressively.
Horsham Cup finalist Big Ticket was the fastest of the evening over the famous 450 metres, scoring in a brilliant 25.52sec. This came after a classy triumph at Healesville, when Big Ticket overcame fellow Horsham Cup finalist Shared Bonus to take out the win.
The Spud Regis @ Stud (bitches) final was the perfect culmination to a week of close finishes, when Wombat (4) and Daphne Allen (1) couldn’t be separated on the photo finish for first place.
Wombat led for the majority of the race, when a charging Daphne Allen shot through to the inside alley and dived at the line – resulting in a tie for first place.
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That was racing in Western Victoria last week!