Training duo Jeff Britton and Angela Langton had a night to remember at The Meadows, quinella-ing the $145,000 Group 1 Maturity Classic as race favourite Mepunga Blazer powered away to win over kennelmate Paradiso Lass in a super 29.81 over the 525-metre trip.
A son of Group 1-winning parents Barcia Bale and Mepunga Nicky, Mepunga Blazer wasn’t the best away, but quickly accelerated into second spot on the first turn, finding the front down the back straight, putting the result beyond doubt a long way out.
The Barry Smith-owned chaser scored by a length and a half over the gallant Paradiso Lass, with Shadale getting home for third, a further three and a quarter lengths away.
The win was Jeff Britton and Barry Smith’s second victory in the Maturity Classic, taking out the 2014 version with former star Mepunga Hayley.
The victory was even more impressive when considering the greyhound is only three races in from a injury lay-off when hurting a shoulder after a run at Sandown in early May.
Mepunga Blazer has now won eight of his 14 race starts, with prizemoney now over $135,000.
Earlier in the night, Burn One Down justified his $1.50 quote with a super six length-win in the Group 3 Destini Fireball Stayers final. The son of Buck Fever and Fancy Jaffa sat in third position with a lap to go, slowly wearing down early leader Dundee Calypso to win his fourth Group race at The Meadows in 42.59. Mick’s Angel powered home to grab second with her customary strong finish, while the judge couldn’t separate Dundee Calypso and Caco Potion for third.
The win was Burn One Down’s 30th from just 48 starts, extending his prizemoney to $436,564. The Danielle Pringle-trained star could renew rivalries with Sandown Cup winner Fanta Bale in the upcoming National Distance Championship series.
Mepunga Blazer takes out the 2017 Maturity Classic in 29.81.