Jeffrey Britton got his night off to the perfect start when his dogs Drumroll Please and Lilly Lana quinallad the first on the program. The $2 favourite was only fairly away from Box 1, but capitalised on the draw when he pushed up along the rails heading into the first bend. Although the son of Barcia Bale and Cosmic Owl wanted to use up quite a bit of the track, he won by over four lengths, in a time of 30.25.
Meanwhile, it was an Andrea Dailly affair in Race 2, as she trained the first two greyhounds across the line. Lektra Yoyo jumped quickly from Box 2 and soon assumed control of the race, leading all of the way to score in 30.36. It was an eye-catching performance by Rockstar Stanley, who got well back and flew home late to grab second.
Sheriff Max chalked up his third career victory when he took out Race 3 in 30.18. He exploded away from Box 2, and from there, never looked in doubt for trainer Matthew Lanigan. Mark down Red Gate as the black booker; this bitch was unsuitably drawn in Box 8, and when she tried to angle down, she was shunted extremely wide and lost significant ground. She somehow regained momentum, and hit the line strongly for second.
Race 4 saw an upset, as odds-on favourite Durant became buried back on the rails going into the first turn, and didn’t finish the race off as well as expected. Meanwhile, What Price seized control of the race for trainer Lee Moore, winning by five lengths over Nessa’s Ex Teddy, who came home strongly down the outside.
Robert Britton is the King of training stayers, and his reign continued when Tough Tears won the Mixed Grade 4/5 600m event. Favourite Riley’s Page jumped well from Box 1 to lead, while Tough Tears off the 7 stalked in behind the leader. The $9 shot drove up the inside of Riley’s Page in the concluding stages, and ran away to score in 34.51.
Matthew Lanigan chalked up his second winner for the night when Vivatar went the second quickest time of the night, winning in 29.98. He flew out of Box 8, and never gave any other dog a chance. Vivatar has now had 36 race day starts for 13 wins and eight minor placings, and has amassed nearly $50,000 in prizemoney.
Race 7 provided the biggest upset of the night, with Matilda Hook winning at double figure odds for Robert Neocleous, in a time of 30.54. The daughter of Dyna Double One and Mumma Hook jumped well off Box 6, and recorded an all-the-way win. Crackerjack Fish’s run for third is worth jotting down, as he was seen attacking the line with gusto.
Hardaway Winnie went the quickest time of the night, when she won the Mixed Grade 3/4 event for Paul Bartolo. This daughter of Barcia Bale and Hardaway Tiara has been recording some outstanding times lately at Sandown and The Meadows, and last night, she went 29.94 from Box 5, after leading all the way.
Race 9 on the program saw another upset, as Inga Mia scored at a price of $12. She’s only had 14 career starts, and last night saw her obtain her second victory for trainer Mary Inguanti in 30.68. She showed excellent early pace and was able to overcome a significant early sideways bump. The run of Rockstar Brass for second was also eye-catching; he didn’t get all favours in the run, and flew late to grab second.
Short-priced favourite Zipping Zarbo was victorious in Race 10 for Deborah Coleman – but only just. She was only fairly away, and then showed terrific acceleration to gain the lead and extend away. Dustification had around five lengths to make up, but nearly grabbed Zipping Zarbo right on the line. Zipping Zarbo has now had five career starts for four wins and one second.
The penultimate on the program was taken out by Speed Force for Robert Crawford. The dog led going into the first bend, and never looked like being caught, recording a time of 30.33. He’s now had eight starts for four wins, and he looks like a promising youngster on the rise.
Back Burn made it 12 wins from 28 starts, when he won the last at The Meadows. The Daniel Pell-trained greyhound settled in second behind the leader Podium, before proving too strong in the concluding stages. Ledgerwood Road is one to follow next time; he was poorly away from Box 4 and was last going into the first bend. He showed terrific mid-race acceleration to grab second late.