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Metro Wrap: Hume Cup Caps Big Week on City Circuit

Last Thursday’s card from Sandown Park produced the goods with some promising victories throughout the night. Early in the program Nitro Power steamed home with a powerful finish to win the second race in a decent 34.61, but it wasn’t the time of the race that caught my eye, it was the way Nitro Power finished the race that did. Here’s the replay of the potential top line stayer from box three (Replay).

Zipping Please landed the prize in the third event after never looking likely in the run. She picked up late to nail Bruree Jewel right on the post stopping the clock in 29.70.

Zipping Kane brought up a race to race double for the Zipping greyhounds with a touch of luck in the early part which had him into the action initially. The Carolyn Jones trainer youngster careered away with a powerful 10.41 run home to record a smart 29.40 victory in the Warragul to Sandown final (Replay).

The Damsels Dash had a terrific field assembled for the special event but the light shone brightly on Shared Equity, as she destroyed her rivals with a seven length win in 29.22 after running a flying 4.96 to the first peg (Replay).

The run of Luna Jinx was clearly the run of the night for mine as the South Australian produced a near career best run with a dazzling 41.34 win over the 715m, which had her beating a top class field of stayers by well over five lengths.

Watch: Luna Jinx (8) beat an elite field of stayers at Sandown Park last week.

The second of the three metro meetings from The Meadows was conducted on Saturday night and the punters got away to an ordinary start as Miss Bo Wicked surprised in the opening event, winning the handicap at $27.30 in 42.81.

Sacramento Sal continued her run of good form winning the Bendigo to Meadows Damsels Dash final over the 525m. Despite only getting away to a moderate start, she showed really good field sense as she swept away to a three length victory in 30.27 (Replay).

With large prize money of $14,500 and over $15,000 on the Warrnambool to Meadows sprint and stayers, we were rewarded with some strong fields for the two features. The stayers edition was won by the improving Dublin Bull after he stepped quickly from box three. The overall time of 42.96 has him pressing as a genuine rising stayer (Replay). The sprint was won by the well travelled American Monster despite receiving a minor bump in the initial stages which would have had him losing a shade of momentum. Nonetheless he showed a sensational turn of foot to arrive at the back marker in a fast 17.78 and he quite simply broke his rivals hearts mid race as he went on to a commanding victory in 30.33 for Andrew Paraskevas (Replay).

The back half of the program has some impressive performances including Mepunga Ledger in the grade five final, winning by two and half lengths in 30.30 (Replay) and also Polijuice Potion, who set the time standard in the last of the night running a speedy 29.90 in the eleventh from box two (Replay).

The Sandown Park Sunday meeting was highlighted by the two come from behind wins of Connemara Xav in 29.96 in a maiden VBIS semi final (Replay) and, of course, It’s A Plane, who flew home to win the stayers race in a slick 41.88 (Replay).

The week of metro greyhound racing came to a close with the Group 1 Hume Cup meeting on Monday night.

The top class racing kicked off with the Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet, and it was the extremely talented Dalgetty who dominated the best eight. After copping a momentum-losing bump at the first bend, the Jason Thompson trained sprinter showed ncredible pick up speed as he speared clear down the back straight setting up a two length win over Texas Titan and Margins in a smart 29.79 (Replay).


The Group 1 Hume Cup was dominated by the speedy Secret Spell, who quite simply controlled the $75,000 winners prize throughout after a brilliant beginning from box two. Xtreme Knocka posed a big threat off the back straight but was unable to pick up the speedy Kelly Bravo trained Secret Spell who went on to win by half a length in 34.31 (Replay).


Watch: Secret Spell (2) proved too classy in Monday’s $118,000 Group 1 Hume Cup.





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