After a string of weeks where a number of trainers have managed to pick up two or more wins in a meeting, Sunday evening was a night of sharing the winning joy around as 10 different trainers claimed honors at Canberra.
New commer to Canberra Lachlan McGufficke opened the meeting and his account with victory to Butters in 5th grade 440m event.
After giving up an early lead to Azure Osti, Butters claimed the lead in the straight to win in 25.85 over Berridale Belle and Jacob’s Banquet.
First starter I’m The Cure taking the second for Peter Warner and his band of followers, the black bitch the first qualifier through to next week’s ACTTAB final, What’s The Craic and Morgo’s Princess taking out the minor placings and also claiming their final spots.
Heat two of the ACTTAB maiden going to Garland Tiger, for Chris Hensler in 25.80, Night Eater charging home to take second, Quiet Success in third.
In a closely fought affair it was Geoff Stafford’s new acquisition, Daytona Hent to get the chocolates in the mixed grade sprint.
As contections of all combatants raced to the fence to urge on their runner, a battle between Daytona Kent, High Fees and Teddy Two Bucks took place in the straight with the Wisky Assassin x Daytona Magic dog prevailing on the outside, half a length from High Fees, Teddy Two Bucks in third.
After suffering an injury in the last meeting of 2008, Mancunian Kool was a tremendous effort to return to the track and after lobbing infront and avoiding trouble at the first turn it was a pleasant win for the Ian McFarlane trained greyhound, who clocked best of the day 18.05.
McFarlane walking away with a win, two seconds and two thirds for the evening.
The feature event of the evening, Kilcoyne Kennels Final over 440 proved once again that leading greyhounds are a wonderful asset as Miami Lock was able to dart clear of the field at the first section to claim the final from strong finishing Bradman’s Willow and Preston Lane.
With Lockwood Floats coming on board as the 2009 sponsor of Canberra’s feature staying race in July it was perfect timing for a 600 event to eventuate with some handy runners.
Short priced favourite Facial able to step well enough and lead the full trip in a solid 34.88 run over Whip It Up and Methane.
Wannabe First also leading start to finish in the eighth, in 30.81, just holding out Pure Unleaded who returned to racing after five months off, Berridale Lass in third.
Bomba Banquet continued his fantastic form taking out the penultimate over Elite Stardom and Jada Kain in 18.07.
Another lead all the way effort claiming the final event, Out Of Uniform for Jason Keller winning in fine style 25.83 Berri Kerri and Markus Park taking out the minors.
With SKY Channel meetings at Canberra this week and next, the Bank Manager 2-5win heats will be the highlight. Hope to see you again soon.