Outstanding Tasmanian chaser Damek has been transferred to the kennel of Victorian trainer Bob Douglas.
Formerly with Invermay trainer Eileen Thomas, the son of Big Daddy Cool left Launceston on Tuesday morning and will be joined by his well performed litter-brother Decembrist, already a multiple Victorian winner.
Damek blotted his Tattersalls Park copybook when unplaced in the rich Group 1 Wrest Point Casino Hobart Thousand, which was won in brilliant fashion by the Darren McDonald prepared Octane Show.
Shooting for thirteen victories in succession at the venue, Damek was checked early in running, shuffled back to last and failed to regain composure.
Octane Show gave his rivals a galloping lesson in defeating Numero Uno Bale and kennel mate Perfect Fancy, to provide his trainer with a clean sweep of the major Tasmanian cups.
Early in 2010 McDonald took out the Devonport and Launceston Cups with Gardam Prince and it is anticipated that he will return for the Group 3 Dowling and McCarthy Devonport Cup in January.
“Damek will contest the Victorian country cups, he has been jumping clear of his rivals here in Tasmania and is very inexperienced in the field. He will benefit from racing against the better greyhounds,” the trainer’s husband Ian explained .
“We are obviously upset at having to say goodbye to him but you do what is best for your greyhounds and we consider that it is pointless keeping him in Tasmania.”
It is believed that Damek will return to the Thomas kennel if he fails to measure up against the better Victorian company.
Meanwhile Brighton trainer Susan Gittus continued on her winning way when smart chaser Mythical Flyer was successful in the $2,225 WHK Christmas Gift Final conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
Drawn in the blue box, the son of Flying Jenske jumped clear of the field on despatch and held on to defeat fast finishers Excess Luggage and Arizona King at the good odds of $8.50.
Mythical Flyer has now won seven of 32 lifetime starts and stakes of in excess $10,000, three of those wins having been achieved since being transferred to the Gittus complex early in November.
Another Brighton mentor to enjoy success at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting was Glenn Joyce, who took out the $1,875 WHK Audit and Assurance Grade 4 event with the former New South Wales greyhound Chase The Shiraz.
The son of Bombastic Shiraz led from the outset from the red box, was challenged seriously in the run, but fought back to score impressively at odds of $2.10.
Lightly raced as the winner of seven of 21 lifetime starts, Chase The Shiraz has been successful at his only two Tasmanian outings and is sure to continue racing well in his new environment.