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‘Houdini’s’ great escape!

It was no illusion… Houdini Boy pulled off an amazing ‘escape act’ in the Trio’s Winter Cup final (520m) at Cranbourne tonight.

Trained by Kelvyn Greenough, Houdini Boy was last out of the traps from Box 4 but showed great track sense to rail through on the first turn.

And once he ‘unlocked the handcuffs’ going down the back straight, you could see this was going to be no stunt!

Houdini Boy ($4.10) came with a withering finishing burst to claim a $20,000 first prize defeating tearaway leader Percy’s Magic ($3.70) by 2.6L, with Aston Gwen ($4.80) a further 3.2L away third in 29.78sec.

WATCH: Houdini Boy (4) escapes with a $20,000 first prize in the Winter Cup.

He’s now won four races from seven starts, and Greenough is quickly eyeing a staying career for the Mar ’18 Zambora Brockie x Pechey dog.

Greenough has previously stated that Houdini Boy “is a bit of a waste over the sprint” and is “hoping we can get him over more ground because he is very strong”.

It was a night to remember for Greenough as his potential superstar It’s A Blaze broke the 520-metre track record with a scintillating 29.54sec performance in the $7500-to-the-winner GRV Vic Bred Maiden Series final.

Meanwhile, in a fantastic card of racing, the $5000-to-the-winner Track Star (311m) was taken out by track specialist Why Not Bazzar ($2.00F) in 17.68sec. It was his 25th win from 72 starts over 311 metres at Cranbourne.

Trained by Greg Carter, Why Not Bazzar (Mar ’16 Fernando Bale x Why Not Bev) has now won a total of 34 races from 95 starts. Amazingly, it was his first win from Box 4.

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Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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