It was a big night at Canberra last Sunday as a strong crowd turned out for the 13 race card, and witnessed some sensational racing.
The night one of doubles as Lesley Hannaford, Ken Staines, Noel Batinich and Lorraine Roy all claimed winning doubles.
Noel Batinich starting proceedings with Bomba Banquet claiming the small field best 8 race, before Jacob’s Banquet made it a running double, for the Young owner, with Gil Apps preparing the greyhound which paid a pretty $31 with trackside TAB.
Lesley Hannaford was the next trainer to open her account when Carley Cougar was able to jump to the lead and go the distance in 30.91 ahead of Tinashe Bale and Galba Barry.
Her second winner not coming until race 6 where Millie’s Me Mum, having also drawn the red box, was able to get to race leader Pale Face Ariek a stride before the line in best of the night 30.89.
Jerrawa trainer Ken Staines’ Maidens both breaking through, Heist Society taking out heat two of the Rod Everett Memorial, before first starter Vidar Izmir claimed the eleventh event ahead of Terry’s Elite and Allyson Bale.
Lorraine Roy’s greyhounds the last to secure the double, Clancy’s Flow taking out the 4th and 5th grade 440 event, which kennelmate It’s A Chance was heavily favoured to claim.
Wannabe First finally firing over the 530, taking out the eighth ahead of Shanghai Legend and Bowen Bale, who made it three minor placings for Margaret Bannerman for the night.
Walkabout Jill for Jason Cameron goes into next week’s Rod Everett Memorial final as the fastest qualifier, clocking 18.12 in heat one, a sensational run from lids to line ahead of Wayne White’s Rain Gage, Big Ask Jade rounding out the placings.
First starter Roll On By also booking its place after winning heat three ahead of Dave Thompson’s Almost Done, while Bruce Peck’s Spanish Rose qualified taking out heat four ahead of Malbon Street for Alan Tutt and the Ping Cut and Motor Syndicate.
In the most sizzling run of the night Miami Lock pinged the lids and recorded a 7.62 first section, before pulling away to take out the Canberra Mower Services Sprint by six lengths a very pleasing result for Canberra Trainer Richard Peil.
It was worth the wait to the last event for Terry and Thelma O’Keefe who took out the final event with Amber’s Osti, paying $3.70 with the TAB, double what was available in the betting ring.
This week we will formally congratulate the 2008 Canberra Greyhound and Trainer of the year, award the Give Me Five best bitch for February and witness the Rod Everett Memorial Final, it should be a cracking night, I hope you are here with us.