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Form expert Dale Code has picked out a selection of runs from around Victoria that have caught the eye over the past fortnight.

#1 LALA KIWI (Box 4)
Breeding: May ’19 Aussie Infrared x Lala Shim
Trainer: Andrea Dailly, Anakie
Record: 26 starts 11-4-1
Comment: This was a super impressive win given the quality of opposition in the G3 Cranbourne Classic Final. Despite a fast beginning, Lala Kiwi was headed early by speed sensation Shima Classic. Clipping off the leader’s heels going into the first turn Lala Kiwi lost momentum, but once balanced she set after Shima Classic, who was recording near record splits. Taking over as they entered the home straight, ‘Kiwi’ powered away to a sizzling victory in 29.85sec, and she captured a $25,000 first prize. Results

Add Lala Kiwi to your Blackbook HERE

#2 INVICTUS RISING (Box 6)
Breeding: Dec ’18 Invictus Rapid x Jubilation
Trainer: Garry Selkrig, Devon Meadows
Record: 22 starts 9-4-3
Comment: In a hot Free For All field at Sandown Park, Invictus Rising caught the eye with this brilliant effort when runner-up behind elite sprinter Jax Bale. Awkwardly drawn in box 6, Invictus Rising began well and settled just off the early speed going into the first turn. Caught in between runners, he showed great track sense and ducked back to the inside spotting tearaway leader Jax Bale a good start. His effort to bridge the overall margin to just a length in a Best of Night 29.30sec was a dynamic performance. Results

Add Invictus Rising to your Blackbook HERE

#3 MCCOOLY’S LAD (Box 1)
Breeding: Feb ’19 Fernando Bale x Tatty Fields
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi, Rowsley
Record: 11 starts 7-2-2
Comment: This exceptionally fast win was special in many ways. This is a story of a greyhound who last October, in just his sixth race start, was set for stardom when recording a mind-blowing 29.09sec Sandown Park win, only to have his career turned upside down a few starts later when he suffered what appeared to be a career-ending injury. A trainer’s persistence and meticulous training schedule got his charge back on the racing scene some nine months later when he returned with a smart 27.35sec heat win at Horsham. Exiting box 1 in the final, all eyes were once again on McCooly’s Lad, and his fans were not disappointed as he put on a dominant display of speed and strength in this commanding 26.95sec victory, less than three lengths (.16sec) off Shima Shine’s track record. Results

Add McCooly’s Lad to your Blackbook HERE

#4 ROYAL DEED (Box 1)
Breeding: Oct ’18 Allen Deed x Gabrielle Allen
Trainer: Joe Borg, Maryborough
Record: 25 starts 6-5-3
Comment: Beginning well from box 1 in the $7,250 Enduro 545m Final, Royal Deed ($5.50) was impeded early and lost valuable momentum, finding himself third in running behind tearaway leader and favourite Untapped ($2.10). With many lengths to make up, he rattled home to only just fall short of victory. What makes this run so good was the ground he made up on a brilliant sprinter, and the fact that he was narrowly beaten in a fast 30.86sec on a rain-effected track. One to keep an eye out for, particularly when drawn out wide. Results

Add Royal Deed to your Blackbook HERE

*Dale Code is a professional form analyst and son of champion Melbourne Cup-winning trainer, the late Judy Hayley, who engineered one of the greatest all time come-from-behind group wins when Devastate took out the 1989 Traralgon Cup. Click HERE to watch (box 7)

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