Master Mangalore trainer Ted Medhurst dominated Monday night’s J G Nelson Cup Final Series by winning two of the three races contested.
Named in honour of the administrator who was instrumental in the introduction of greyhound racing in the Launceston area, the series is a regular feature on the LGRC calendar.
Medhurst took out the Division 1 Final with the former Queensland chaser Rob Pines (Bombastic Shiraz – Velocity Thunder) and the Division 2 Final with the highly promising bitch Olwyn ( Bombastic Shiraz – Pipe Dreams).
The Division 3 Final was won by the Butch Deverell prepared Pak And Wrap a member of the highly successful Where’s Pedro – Smart And Sassy litter.
Rob Pines, raced by Craig Cassidy, recorded a time of 29.75 in defeating Rewind by less than a length as a heavily supported $2.20 commodity and could prove to be a worthy contender for State National Sprint Championship honours.
He has now won 14 of 35 lifetime outings and in excess of $48,000 in stakes and appears to have struck a purple patch of form.
Olwyn is raced by the Original Syndicate headed by Brian Pell and recorded the time of 29.99 in defeating Night Train by three lengths, while paying a dividend of $1.90.
The chaser has excelled since entering Medhurst’s complex, winning three of four Tasmanian outings and will race again tonight (Thursday) at the HGRC’s Tattersalls Park meeting.
Pak And Wrap is raced by prolific owners Karleen Cuthbertson and Sally – Anne Wilson and recorded the time of 30.24 in defeating Sandy Pines by three lengths as a well supported $1.60 favourite.
He has now won three of five starts and along with his litter-mates is shaping up as a chaser of considerable promise.
The well related bitch Li Li (Head Bound – It’s A She) was also successful at Monday night’s meeting, winning the J Boag and Son Grade 4 event in brilliant fashion.
Originally a reserve for the event, the bitch gained a start and then flew the lids before scoring a convincing six length victory in the time of 29.94.
Prepared by Leith trainer Gary Johnson and raced by Devonport’s Leigh Alexander, the lightly raced bitch has now won six of 18 starts and appears as if she will now proceed through the classes.
Johnson was also seen in the winners circle with Noni Girl ( Paddy’s Flame – Cash Box) which was successful in The Tote Racing Centre Juvenile.
Raced by Kindred farmer Murray Mace, the bitch recorded the time of 29.95 in winning the event by four lengths and has now won three of eight starts.
Trainers Len Howard and Anthony Bullock were also represented by two winners at the meeting.
The Richmond based Howard was seen in the winners circle with Harry’s Pick (Bombastic Shiraz – Blue Heaven) and Bronzed Up (Path To Power – Wikiwiki) and the Exeter based Bullock was successful with Camdale Luke (Collision – Camdale Nellie) and Peter Pines ( Made To Size – Leah Stanley).