South Australian greyhound owner and breeder Neville Loechel was one of the happiest men in greyhound racing on Tuesday when his star litter siblings Weblec Ace and Weblec Jack won their way through to this Saturday night’s $35,500 Group 3 Warragul St Leger over 460 metres.
Neville’s night didn’t stop there either, with another litter sibling claiming race seven at Horsham on Tuesday, giving the Kinloch Brae and Weblec Rose litter three winners in the space of four hours.
“I am shaking like a leaf,” Loechel said. “We aren’t used to having one winner, let alone three in the same night.”
In winning his St Leger heat, Weblec Ace (pictured) recorded the fastest qualifying time, stopping the clock in a slick 25.65sec.
“I didn’t think we had much of a chance in his heat because there were some pretty talented young greyhounds in it.”
Weblec Jack stepped up in the following heat winning by a neck over the favourite, brilliant youngster Eight Ball.
The Weblec brothers are trained by leading Anakie conditioner Jeff Britton, who qualified three greyhounds plus two reserves for Saturday night’s Warragul St Leger Final.
“I can’t believe what these dogs are doing for us,” Neville said.
Neville and his close friend Jeffrey Weber share ownership of the ‘Weblec’ prefix, with their greyhounds fast becoming regulars in the winner’s circles throughout Australia.
Saturday night will see eight of Victoria’s most talented young greyhounds battle it out for Group 3 glory and a $25,000 winners’ purse.
TAB opened Get It Gizo as the $3.20 favourite despite being held off by the undefeated Shima Shine in his heat.