Last night Greyhounds WA Cannington saw Paul Stuart’s Coconut Grove named 2014 Group Two All Star Champion.
Favouritism was with hometown superstar On Coin who was paying $2.00 from box one. Coconut Grove sat as third favourite paying $6.00 behind Linda Britton’s My Mate Cobber who wore the green rug paying $4.00.
At box rise On Coin held the lead on the rails and was soon met by Tiggerlong Amigo who crossed from box seven with Coconut Grove camped on the rails. The positioning stayed the same throughout until the field hit the home turn, where Coconut Grove took advantage of a tiring On Coin to win by one and a half lengths over Tiggerlong Amigo and Four Paw Glory in a time of 30.48.
The son of Bit Chili – Smell The Roses has now recorded eight wins and nine placing’s from 32 career starts with last nights Group Two win being his biggest.
A month ago the 36kg chaser made the move West from Brooke Ennis’ Lara kennels and there has been no looking back. On debut at Cannington Coconut Grove clocked a best of the night performance of 30.47 after jumping well out of the boxes. Last week after missing the start he stormed home in the heats to run 30.92 on a slow track. In similar fashion this week he was able to run over the top of On Coin to score the Group win.
With the $40,000 cheque tipping his stake money to over $100,000 it is guaranteed to make new trainer Paul Stuart and the Greyhounds Brokers Australia syndicate very happy.
Ben Abercrombie’s Takahashi stole the limelight temporarily from the Group race in the third event on the cards lowering her personal best time to a sizzling 30.24 from box three.
2014 Solo Group Two All Star Sprint – Full Results
1st – Coconut Grove (2) – Paul Stuart
2nd – Tiggerlong Amigo (7) – Darren McDonald
3rd – Four Paw Glory (4) – Linda Britton
4th – On Coin (1) – John Crossley
5th – My Mate Cobber (6) – Linda Britton
6th – You Can Dream (5) – Dennis Calleja
7th – Cee Sheen (8) – Jase Stuart
8th – Deputy Chief (3) – Max Julien
1st Split: 5.70
2nd Split: 13.36
Margins: 1 ½ x 1 ½
Scratching’s: Luba Monelli (9), Astronomic (10)