The fields have been finalised for two of the five feature events of the Gold Rush Carnival for 2019 after some exciting heats were conducted on Sunday in the Aussie Infrared Belle of Bendigo and McIvor Road Vet Centre Beau of Bendigo series’.
The Belle of Bendigo looks set to be a battle between speed and strength after two impressive performances to win their respective heats were put up by Barinya and Rothwell Gal.
Rothwell Gal gave her opposition a start after being second last out of the boxes but exploded to the line with a 12.45 second run home time to post a slick 23.857 win in the third heat. Not to be outdone, local speedster Barinya stepped out in the final heat and scorched around the track in 23.613 including sizzling sections of 6.46 and 11.21 taking her record to six wins from seven career starts.
Rothwell Gal moves from box six to box one for the final while Barinya will carry the yellow rug, not too different to box six she exited in her heat.
WATCH: Rothwell Gal win her heat of the Aussie Infrared Belle Of Bendigo from box six.
Aussie Infrared Belle Of Bendigo box draw (425m)
1) ROTHWELL GAL, JOHN MAGRI
2) BY YOUR SIDE, ANGELA GALEA
3) HAPPY RAGE, TESS GALEA
4) FLAME SLINGER, WENDY HANSEN
5) BARINYA, DALLAS MASSINA
6) KRAKEN RYE, HELEN EYLES
7) CHILLIN, JOHN CALLUS
8) KRAKEN PENNYS, KEVIN EYLES
9) SMURF, RYAN GALEA
10) TIME SAVER, JENNIFER TORR
The boys were not as fast as the girls in this years heats with Inkling posting the fastest heat time of 23.947 – the only heat of the Beau of Bendigo to break 24 seconds. Inkling was very strong in his heat as was evident in a recent smart 25.43 Ballarat win and will be hard to beat in the final as will the speedy pair of Tickle My Fancy and Havelock Keith.
WATCH: Inkling win his heat of the McIvor Road Vet Centre Beau Of Bendigo from box seven.
McIvor Road Vet Centre Beau of Bendigo box draw (425m)
1) ROCKET JAX, GEOFFREY MITCHELL
2) INKLING, BROOKE ENNIS
3) TICKLE MY FANCY, KERRY HOULAHAN
4) HAVELOCK KEITH, IAN GARLAND
5) MOGO JET, MICHAEL CARTER
6) KRAKEN HERO, KEVIN EYLES
7) CUSTOM MADE, DANIEL PELL
8) JUST BURNING, GRAHAM JAMES
9) ZERO TO HERO, JENNIFER TORR
10) FAWN REGRETS, ALFRED KING
Both Tickle My Fancy and Havelock Keith clocked 11.43 to the second marker before scoring 24.067 and 24.128 wins respectively. Tickle My Fancy has posted 23.74 at Bendigo previously and Havelock Keith was resuming from a brief let up and both are likely to show some improvement come finals day.
Sunday’s support card included a quality 500m event with a line up including recent fast Meadows winner Reiko Rocketta, the speedy Hennessey Venom and last start Mount Gambier Cup place getter Pure White Evil.
After carving out near record sectionals it was Hennessey Venom that proved too slick for his rivals in 27.957 holding out Pure White Evil and Reiko Rocketta with the trio likely to face off again next Sunday in the Ag Tyres & Wheels Easter Cup.
The Aussie Infrared Belle of Bendigo and McIvor Road Vet Centre Beau of Bendigo finals carry a first prize of $3,000 plus a Vicgreys bonus and will be held at the BGRA’s big Easter Sunday race meeting on April 21 alongside the Jarrod Larkin Concreting Gold Rush Maiden final, the Grays Bendigo Stayers Cup and Ag Tyres & Wheels Easter Cup.
The 2019 Gold Rush Carnival continues on Wednesday afternoon with four semi finals of the Jarrod Larkin Concreting Gold Rush Maiden as well as three heats of the Aussie Infrared Bendigo to Meadows series for female greyhounds over 500m.
*This release was compiled by the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association. bendigo.grv.org.au