WA National Sprint Heats Review

Greyhounds WA held just two heats of the WA National Sprint Championship on Saturday night. Despite the lack of numbers the standard of WA chasers were high, with On Coin holding the majority of interest.

In the first heat of the night, Temlee winner Zelemar Fever (box two) was $1.85 favourite over kennelmate Star Recall ($2.80) who jumped from box eight. As the boxes opened Jump The Queue (box seven) landed at the front of the field leaning into the fence. Luba Monelli (box three) sat tight in second position as Star Recall made her run from box eight. Zelemar Fever looked to be in a good position when she moved in front of Luba Monelli to sit third. Star Recall quickly outclassed Jump The Queue, snatching the lead at the 600 metre boxes. The daughter of High Earner – No Recall pulled away to win 1 ¼ lengths in 30.35. Luba Monelli ran home well to finish second with Zelemer Fever looking to tire towards the line into third position and Jump The Queue finishing fourth.

The second heat of the night was all about On Coin. He started odds on favourite ($1.40) from box one with his closest rival Gone To Heaven (box four), paying $4.80. As anticipated On Coin jumped and won, leaving the rest of the field to fight for their rugs in next weeks final. Black Dymas (box five), Freeway Force (box eight) and Gomes (box two) began the battle for the minor placing’s out of the boxes. You Can Dream (box seven) also pushed up to ensure she was a chance to get through to next weeks deciding final. In the end Gomes ran on strongly to finish second with Freeway Force and You Can Dream finishing third and fourth respectively. Gone To Heaven failed to make an impact on the field after being squeezed out of the race in the early stages. On Coin was the fastest qualifier with a time of 30.20.

The box draw for the 2014 National WA Sprint Championship is as follows:

1 Zelemar Fever Linda Britton
2 Luba Monelli David Hobby
3 Star Recall Linda Britton
4 Gomes Linda Britton
5 On Coin John Crossley
6 Freeway Force Kieth Harding
7 You Can Dream Dennis Calleja
8 Jump The Queue Peter Hepple
Reserves
9 Deyna Linda Britton
10 Black Dymas Jason Stuart