We were back at Melton this Sunday for the running of the 2014 Werribee Cup, J.N.Smith Memorial All Aged and supporting events. The wind was cool and the sky looked grim, but all in all the day turned out not too bad as far as coursing weather goes.
The main event on the card was the 2014 Werribee Cup and we saw a brilliant display of coursing all day by our winner and runner-up. Today girl power proved too strong with our President Peter Craig’s fawn flyer Full of Grace showing her strength to get the goods over Why Not Al, trained at Clyde by Wayne Mannix.
Next on the program was the J.N.Smith Memorial All Aged, with a very pleasing win going to Wayne Gray’s Why Not Oscar taking top honours from Magic Flyer, trained by Jessie Fothergill.
The Monash Vet Clinic One Win stake was won by Baines Park for David Dawson, bringing up her second win for the season. She was too good today for another runner from Wayne Gray’s kennel in Why Not Jetta, who made the trip down from Wendouree.
The first of the Maiden events was also the first leg in a treble for Team Massina, with Cette For Speed full of speed today and too good for Sam Luizzi’s Gary Groundwork.
The BKM Engineering Maiden Bitch event was won by Gary Mannion’s Dyna Cleto in impressive style over Doug Hammerstein’s Barjas. Great job by both bitches in this event today.
I am pleased to say that Shifty Mifty broke her maiden status today by taking out the Bernie Osmond Injury Detection Mixed Maiden. This greyhound has been knocking on the door for a while now so it was great to see her get the win today over Queer Banana, trained at Lara by Mark Roberts.
Derby Trial One was the second part of the Massina treble, with Zulekha showing his style, getting up over Andy Stewart’s locally trained Tackifire. Both of these pups ran well during the day and you should be proud of your boys.
Derby Trial Two was won by Midnight Flynn, who is trained at Glenrowan by John Carr. The runner-up today was Craig Davis’ Big Bad Tom.
Derby Trial Three was the final leg of the Massina’s treble, with Skin To Bone too good today for the Russ McRae trained Agar. If these events are anything to go by I can’t wait for the Puppy Championship and Derby to come around.
Last but not least on the card were the Oaks Trials for bitch puppies and they made their connections proud and were in no way being outdone by the boys today!
Oaks Trial One was won by Blingle for John Westerlo at Clyde. The runner-up was another of our President Peter Craig’s charges in Find Out Friday.
In Oaks Trial Two we saw Tina Two for Malcolm Davis get the edge over Graeme Campbell’s first time courser Laquita Lass.
Oaks Trial Three was won by Black and Pretty trained by Pat Burley and the runner-up was another of the Fozz team in Julie Fozz, who made the trip down with her trainer Brian ‘Fozz’ Fothergill.
A big thank you to everyone involved at the Melton Greyhound Racing Club who conducted this meeting on behalf of the Werribee Coursing Club. Huge thanks also go to all of the sponsors and last but by no means least to the trainers, who cover the kilometres across the state with your teams, be they large or small, giving your greyhounds a change of scenery and building their endurance along the way.
Our next meeting is the 2014 Sylvester Doyle Puppy Championship, which is the first of our Classic meetings commencing at Melton on Sunday 29th June, with the final day being Sunday 6th July. This year the prizemoney for this event is $3695.00 to the winner, with a GOBIS bonus of $1000. We are calling for 64 puppies whelped on or after 1st March 2012. Nominations for Day One close at 4pm Wednesday 25th June, 2014.
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Take care and safe racing to all.