This Sunday we headed down the South Gippsland Highway to Lang Lang, home of this year’s Waterloo Cup. Today it was all about the Victoria Coursing Club conducting their meeting at the Lang Lang track and a huge thanks must go out to the Lang Lang Coursing Club committee and volunteers for once again providing an excellent day of racing with only a couple of minor hiccups along the way. The V.C.C. are our oldest coursing club who previously conducted their meetings at the Geelong Racecourse, but after changes a few years back they found themselves looking for a new home which they are still trying to find. We are hopeful that some Crown Land will turn up somewhere so a new track can be developed.
The day started out a tad foggy but all was well and we kicked off the first event just after 10am. The first event was the 2014 VCC Cup and the final this afternoon was finally taken out by the David Dawson trained Shifty Mifty, who has made it thru to the final on her last three attempts and has got the winners prize in the last two, so a great effort by a bitch who not too long ago had a litter of pups. Well done Shifty! Runner-up today in this event was the Wayne Gray trained Why Not Oscar, a great effort by both greyhounds and I’m sure I can see the sparkle and glory of the Waterloo Cup in your eyes.
We then had the Little River Hotel All Aged Stake. This event was won by Texan for Karen Leek and the runner up was Liz Alister’s Holy’s Pride. In the final Texan showed his strength and came home a tad better to get the prize.
The first of the Dog Maidens had the Irish eyes smiling when Choco Rocco was first past the post for Thomas O’Donovan, proving too good today for Geraldine Debono’s Bolt Me Down. Dog Maiden No. 2 brought the first of four winners for the Westerlo camp when Captain Bling was too good for the John Barlow trained See The Power.
Next up was the first of our Maiden Bitch events and we saw a great display of the older dog showing the young one a thing or too when Del Vigor’s Lily Quist, who at the grand age of 5 and ¾ showed she was a force to be reckoned with, getting her nose past the post first over Maddi Gari trained by Owen Fraser at Devon Meadows. Congratulations Lily Quist on breaking your Coursing Maiden status! Better late than never don’t you agree?
The second Maiden Bitch event was won by a young bitch, Chloe’s Hand, trained locally at Nyora by Donna Dean. She defeated Dee Diamond, another of Dave Dawson’s team.
We then moved onto our Derby Trials having received a grand total of 36 nominations for this event I for one am looking forward to the Derby in a couple of weeks time !
Derby Trial No. 1 was taken out by Jim Redenbach’s Direct Hit and what a beautiful looking dog he is! He defeated Gee Callan, trained at Bass by Robert Colpoys.
Derby Trial No. 2 was won by another new comer to coursing Lumumba, trained at Viewbank by Murray Hehir. I’m guessing there is a Collingwood supporter in that camp somewhere but we won’t hold that against him. He got the chockies today over Agar who is trained by well know coursing trainer Russ McRae.
Derby Trial No. 3 saw the second winner for the Westerlo camp with Eyeful of Bling proving too good today for the Steve Colpoys trained Kallara Tipene.
The final Derby trial was taken out my the Marlene Schmidt trained Big Fancy who got past the post first over Gray’s Hand, trained by Dennis Dean.
Our last two events on the card were our Oaks Trials and these girls showed of their talent in brilliant form once again, with John Westerlo taking out both of these events with his two Oaks chances Enchanted Bling and Blingle winning respectively.
Enchanted Bling beat Laquita Lass who is trained by Graeme Campbell and this bitch has Waterloo blood running thru her veins so I am sure she is saving her best for later! Some of you may remember her mother Cruise Away Lass winning the Waterloo Cup at Lang Lang a few years back.
In the Oaks Trial No. 2 the runner-up was another of Jimmy Redenbach’s team Lady Abby and again well done Jim on your pup’s first outing in a coursing meeting, you should be proud.
That concluded the coursing today and I must also mention a big thank you to the Sponsors of all of the events at today’s meeting and also how wonderful it was to see a couple of the VCC’s Life members Joe and Wendy Pearl in attendance.
Our next meeting is the Derby and Oaks, which is being conducted at Longwood this year commencing on Saturday 2nd August, 2014. There is some great prizemoney up for grabs so get your puppies ready and we hope to see you there!
Supporting events for this meeting on the Sunday 3rd August will be our Twin Code Challenge; this event is calling for 32 All Aged greyhounds that will break up into four Heats being held at Longwood. The winners and runners-ups of these four events will then head to Shepparton on Monday 11th August, 2014 for a Grand Final over the 390 metres. Special event prizemoney is up for grabs at Shepparton of $1650 to the winner plus a GOBIS Bonus, trophy and Rug. There will also be a couple of Maiden events on Sunday 3rd August to fill up the card.