BRAD Hilly Billy finally broke through for his maiden Group race triumph on the mainland with a tenacious performance in Saturday night’s Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint (520m).
Despite a slow beginning, the son of Kinloch Brae and Breakeven showed tremendous field sense, weaving his way through the pack in pursuit of tearaway leader Paua To Roar.
Turning for home and it was a race in two, with Brad Hill Billy railing underneath Paua To Roar to assume the lead in the run to the line, scoring by one-and-one-quarter lengths in a slick 29.84.
Brad Hill Billy has now won 15 races, including the 2014 Group 2 Launceston Cup, from 39 starts, with over $134,000 in prize money earnings.
Trainer Ray Smith is now considering tackling some of the major features in Victoria, with Group 1s such as the Topgun and the Melbourne Cup just around the corner.
“I think we will be back to Wenty this week, I think there is another top grade (race) and hopefully we can get in to some of those Melbourne races,” Smith said.
“It will be tough down there of course, they are all good dogs, but he will acquit himself well if he gets a run, that’s for sure.”
Watch Brad Hill Billy’s win in the Bob Payne from box two.
Jack Kade takes out Casino Cup
Jack Kade continued the fantastic run of his trainer Anthony Azzopardi when leading all the way to take out Friday’s Group 3 Casino Cup over 484 metres.
Beginniny swiftly from box eight, the black dog was able to cross to the fence soon after box rise, scooting clear to score by three-quarters-of-a-length over the fast finishing Pikelet in a respectable 28.08.
It was the third Group victory for Azzopardi in just over a month, having taken out the Group 2 Black Top and the Group 3 Canberra Cup with the ultra-consistent Uno Suzie.
Jack Kade will line-up at Wentworth Park in a FFA this Wednesday before he and Uno Suzie headline Azzopardi’s assault on the Group 2 Lismore Cup, heats of which are set to be run on October 16.
Justice prevails for Auld
The Max Auld-trained Seeking Justice proved too tough in Saturday night’s Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup at The Meadows, leading from box rise to record a two-and-one-quarter length triumph.
The brindle dog began well from box two, spearing to a clear lead in the run to the first turn. Favourite Lady Toy missed the kick from box one and was never in contention from that point in time, with Seeking Justice holding off a late challenge from Rob Britton’s Lithgow Panther to clock a handy 42.61.
It was the first Group win of Seeking Justice’s career, with the son of Kinloch Brae and Shanlyn Supreme now boasting 17 wins and three minor placings from just 31 career appearances.
The $25,000 first prize pushed his total career earning’s to $93,895.
In the stewards room
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) has reserved its decision on penalty after Victorian trainer Bradley Keel pleaded guilty to two charges which related to striking a greyhound in the head when placing it in the starting boxes at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 23, 2014.
Matthyssen found guilty of misconduct
Frances Matthyssen faced the RADB last week after she was charged with two breaches of GAR 86 (o), which relate to misconduct.
The specifics of the charges were that, at Ballarat on July 13, 2015, Matthyssen intentionally bumped into Noel Thornton, a club employee (charge one) and that she made comments directed at him to the effect of “sorry paedophile” and shortly after this statement, said words to the effect of “don’t worry about him, if they want to hire paedophiles they can” (charge two).
Matthyssen pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The RADB decided to dismiss charge one, but found her guilty of charge two. She was fined $500, wholly suspended for 12 months pending no similar rule breaches during that time.
Mark Rodgers has been found guilty of a breach of GAR 86(d) and fined a sum of $500 by the RADB.
The specifics of the charge were that Rodgers provided false information to GRV Member Services in relation to the result of a mating between Fabregas and Slipaway Candy.
Run of the week
Smart Missile proved he will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the upcoming spring carnival in Melbourne, scoring a thrilling victory in the inaugural Speed Star at series at Sandown Park last Thursday night.
In all, four two dog match races were held, with Smart Missile clocking the fastest time in a scintillating 29.01 to claim the Speed Star title and a total of $25,000 in prize money.
Trainer Jason Mackay, who had sent the dog to Victorian mentor Jason Thompson in preparation for the series, said he was not surprised by the time and hinted that there could be improvement left in him.
“No surprise at all,” Mackay said.
“This dog is only 26 months of age which is scary – the best time for him to race will be when he turns two and a half, and the year after that should be just absolutely outstanding for him.
“What he is doing at this age is really mind-boggling to tell the truth.”
Check out each of the Speed Star match races below, won by Lamia Bale, Smart Missile, Texas Titan and Kayda Shae respectively.