Australian Greyhound Racing Association’s (AGRA) Run of the Month for March 2009 has been awarded to New South Wales sprinter star Eluthra for her brilliant performance in winning from nowhere at Wentworth Park on March 21st.
Having her final run before the group one Golden Easter Egg heats and going for her 4th straight win at Wentworth Park, Eluthra started favourite for the Free For All.
However all did not go according to plan with this Most Awesome three year old. Missing the start and getting badly checked on the first bend she lost plenty of ground. Turning for home she was still a few lengths off the lead and sitting 4th before she unleashed a powerful finish to grab her rivals right on the line and keep the winning streak alive.
Eluthra tackled a heat of the Easter Egg last Saturday night after she had run close to the magical 30 second barrier in three of her four Wentworth Park wins in the past month, but it was her 30.44 run on March 21 that was the most impressive, according to her trainer. A gutsy comeback from an early check displayed just the kind of courage required to succeed in Group One races.
“She got bumped very badly. It was a really enormous effort to come back up and to win it. She is going well but like every year in the Easter Egg you really need a lot of luck. Anything can happen.”
She had no luck finishing unplaced behind Tricode Flojo in heat four the winners time was 30.18.
Eluthra is Black Bitch whelped April ’06 she is raced by Kerry Drynan and trained by Doreen Drynan in New South Wales, she is by Most Awesome from Buena Sarah (Hotshot Sam x Sarah Isle).
Eluthra has raced 67 times for 23 wins and 26 placings and her current prizemoney earnings stand at $86,245.
As usual there were some outstanding runs recorded in March particularly two long standing records that were broken at Cannington by Velocette in the Perth Cup Consolation, while at Ballarat youngster Pure Inspiration lowered Whiskey Assassin four year old 450 metre record recording 24.78 at only his seventh race start.
They may have won the award in any other month it was certainly a difficult decision coming up with the AGRA Run of the Month for March.
AGRA congratulates owner Kerry Drynan trainer Doreen Drynan and Eluthra on being judged the AGRA Run of the Month for March 2009.
She Join’s last month’s winner Forty Twenty and the January winner Scull Murphy.
Photo’s courtesy Craig Youll Photography