Lara trainer Darren Brown will be hoping that his chaser Classic Diva can continue her good form in the Ballarat Greyhound Club Committee Grade 5 Final at Ballarat on Wednesday night.
Classic Diva made it through to the 390 metre final with an impressive win in last weeks heat when she lead from start to finish.
“She is suited to short course racing and has won six of seven attempts at the 390 metre distance at Warrnambool, so we were confident she would go well in her heat last week.” Brown said.
The daughter of Primo Uno has been in great form of late, with her only race blemish being an unplaced run at Ballarat two starts back when she was severely checked in running.
Classic Diva has now won seventeen races for the kennel, and amassed prize earnings in excess of $35,000.
Classic Diva was bred by Brown and his father Peter, and is one of nine in the litter who have all won races.
“It has been a terrific litter which has won in excess of $300,000 for us so far.”
Brown is upbeat about his chasers chances in the final, but believes the start will no doubt be the key to the race.
“She begins well from any box draw. If she can lead in the final she will be hard to run down.”
Others in contention in the race will be Rellim Rosie and Born Princess, which both recorded good heat wins.
Rellim Rosie ran the fastest heat time in her heat to record a runaway victory in a time of 21.89 seconds for the new 390 metre distance.
Meanwhile, sixteen local disability support groups will be cheering on their allocated greyhounds when they contest heats of the Great Chase.
The Ballarat area has been to the forefront in the series which commenced in 2003 with such great names as Brumby Lad, Slater, and last years winner Pharaoh King all coming from within the district.
Four greyhounds from tonight’s Great Chase heats will progress to the semi finals which will be conducted at Geelong on 18 November.