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Oriental Amber’s ‘whirlwind’ Shepparton 385m TR

Short-course speed sensation Oriental Amber is now a dual provincial track record-holder after breaking Shepparton’s 385-metre track record last night.

Trained by Rod Clark, the “Toolleen Tornado” clocked a ‘cyclonic’ 21.35sec – shaving 0.03sec (half-length) off the previous mark of 21.38sec, set by the Mark Morrissey-trained Paddy’s Marvel on March 20.

Oriental Amber also established a new mark over Horsham’s 410m circuit on February 16. She semaphored a sizzling 22.64sec – ironically lowering the Morrissey-trained Benchester’s track record.

Only fairly away from the ‘black’ trap last night, Oriental Amber ($1.50F) displayed dazzling acceleration to move into second rounding the first bend before hitting the lead in the home straight and forging away for a comfortable win.

She defeated early ‘pilot’ Man Absconded ($5.20) by 1.8L, with her kennelmate Helen’s Memory ($10.00) a further 2.5L away third.

“It was such a monstrous run as she copped a few checks… She’s such a great little chaser,” Clark said.

“I thought she could break the record with a clear run. She didn’t quite get that but still got the job done.

“The only thing that lets her down is box rise; she needs a little bit of room to explode. But she’s definitely going faster now than when she broke the Horsham record.”

A recent Ballarat Cup finalist, Oriental Amber has won eight of her past 12 starts and is three from four over this track/distance. She also won the Shepparton Matchmakers final (450m) on March 6.

Owned by the Bart’s syndicate, managed by Nigel Hebart, Oriental Amber (Dec ’18 Aston Dee Bee x Oriental Jewel) has won 19 races from 36 starts and $53,020 in prizemoney.

Clark said Oriental Amber will be “kept nice and fresh” and aimed towards the G2 Warrnambool Cup series (450m) – fourth and final leg of the ‘Western Festival of Racing’ – commencing on April 29.

WATCH: Oriental Amber (7) clocks a ‘cyclonic’ new 385m track record of 21.35sec at Shepparton.

Photo by Leo Dahl

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About Peter Quilty - 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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