Tasmanian owned and prepared greyhounds dominated proceedings at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, with Banger Harvey the only interstate chaser to qualify for a start in next week’s $25,000 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup.
Leith trainer Gary Johnson did best of the local trainers by winning heats with Classic Citi and Mushy Peas, to give him a double chance of winning the rich prize for the first time.
“I have qualified one greyhound for my hometown cup previously, but never two. I am rapt and naturally hoping that I can win it for the first time,” he said yesterday.
Owned by the trainer’s wife Robyn, Classic Citi, a son of Big Chill, recorded 25.88 in winning his particular heat at the good odds of $6.10.
Mushy Peas, by Shiokaze and raced by big betting Ulverstone owner Mike Hardy, recorded 25.77 in winning as a heavily supported $1.50 commodity.
Highly promising chaser I’m A Fencer was the fastest heat winner for ace trainer David Crosswell and fencing contractor Kingsley Jarman.
The son of Go Wild Teddy recorded a sizzling 25.43 in winning his heat at odds of $2.40, to enhance his impressive record to ten wins from 17 lifetime starts and stakes of in excess of $13,000.
I’m A Fencer has drawn nicely in the black box on Tuesday afternoon and is likely to be sharing favouritism with Banger Harvey in the rich event, which trainer Crosswell last won in 1996 with the smart chaser Ginger’s Charm.
The Robert Britton prepared Banger Harvey can no doubt improve on his 25.73 heat winning performance at odds of $1.80.
The son of Pure Octane was successful in the recent Hobart Thousand Consolation and has drawn the yellow box on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Mangalore based trainer Ted Medhurst returned to the Tasmanian winners circle in Heat 6 of the Cup when the very smart Accounts blitzed his opposition by six lengths in a smart 25.59.
The son of Where’s Pedro was sent out at odds of $3.80 and has now won 18 of 44 lifetime starts and stakes of almost $30,000.
Fellow Mangalore trainer Debbie Cannan was also seen in the winners circle at the meeting when the very smart St Pierre continued on his winning way in Heat 5 of the Cup.
The son of Surf Lorian recorded 25.54 in winning at the cramped odds of $1.70 and will start from the blue box in next week’s finale.
Whitemore trainer Leigh Woods invariably has a smart greyhound in his kennel and Cracker Boy, a son of Bombastic Shiraz, is no exception.
Relishing the opportunity to raced from the red box, he won Heat 7 of the Cup by five lengths in 25.59, paying the tidy dividend of $5.20.
Finally HGRC Chairman Denise Fysh provided a major upset by qualifying consistent bitch Perfect Socks for the Devonport Cup, winning Heat 8 at odds of $23.10.
The daughter of Surf Lorian pounced on the early lead and was never headed, recording 25.88 and winning her fourth race in eight outings at the circuit.
$25,000 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup Field
1. Classic Citi
2. Perfect Socks
3. Cracker Boy
4. St. Pierre
5. Banger Harvey
6. Mushy Peas
7. I’m A Fencer
9. Sandhog (Res)
10. Regent Typhoon (Res)