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Bendigo’s ‘golden gang!

A ‘fossick’ through today’s Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden semi-final (425m) fields ‘unearths’ a gang with golden careers ahead – including two that cry Eureka!

The Kelvyn Greenough trained She’s Got Wheels ‘burned the rubber’ with a stunning heat win on debut.

She’s Got Wheels ($1.80F) had ‘hot wheels’, clocking a flying 23.70sec (Best) and scoring by 8.1L.

A daughter of G1 Adelaide Cup finalist Zara’s Entity, She’s Got Wheels (Box 4) is in Semi-final 1 (Race 1 – 2.28pm).

Rockabye Bear ($3.30F), who won a heat by 4.3L in 23.98sec, is also piquing interest.

Prepared by Matt Lanigan, Rockabye Bear was also having his first start. His great-granddam is Hall of Famer, Paua To Burn.

And he’s a litter brother of rising star On The Bit – owned by the ‘Correct Weight’ syndicate comprising prominent jockeys Jye McNeil, John Allen and Harry Coffey, along with Warrnambool-based horse trainer Daniel Bowman.

Rockabye Bear (Box 2) lines up in Semi-final 3 (Race 3 – 3.07pm).

Lanigan also won a heat by 4.6L with Zeeba’s Legacy ($3.50) in 23.96sec, who ‘broke the ice’ at her fourth start.

Zeeba’s Legacy (Box 3) is in Semi-final 4 (Race 9 – 4.59pm).

Meanwhile, Smokin’ Grille ($6.70) ‘cooked up a storm’ on debut with a 4.8L heat win. He posted a sizzling 23.81sec, only 2L slower than She’s Got Wheels.

Trained by Cameron Bahen, Smokin’ Grille (Box 2) is in Semi-final 2 (Race 2 – 2.50pm).

Other heat winners were David Condon’s Sierra Foxtrot, who scored by 8.6L in 23.87sec, and Alfred Debattista’s Body Hack by 4.2L in 23.99sec.

The $10,000-to-the-winner Bendigo Gold Rush Maiden final is on Sunday.

WATCH: She’s Got Wheels (6) makes an auspicious race debut, clocking 23.70sec (Best) in a Gold Rush Maiden heat at Bendigo on March 25.

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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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