AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for January 2012 is brilliant New South Wales sprinter Oaks Road. In January the talented Oaks Road was undefeated winning his four starts including the Group 2 Bob Payne Summer Sprint at Wentworth Park.
It was a remarkable month for the hard chasing Spiral Nikita dog trained by Mark Gatt for Ed Kingswell. He has always shown he was a serious greyhound after racing in top company from early on in his career. However perhaps 2012, his connections may enjoy what they know their star sprinter is capable off.
Oaks Road started the month winning the Gosford Cup Consolation in outstanding fashion recording the fastest time of the night of 29.79, Fancy Dean was second. He then went to Wentworth Park for his heat of the Bob Payne and again returned the best time of the night 29.64.
Beginning ideally from box five in the final a week later, last year’s Group 2 Megastar winner (Dapto) and Group 1 Paws Of Thunder runner-up (Wentworth Park) gave nothing else a look-in, streaking away with the $40,000 winner’s prize in 30.28s. On a track not conducive to fast times, Oaks Road defeated Fancy Dean by four lengths, with Young Snozz third another three and three quarters lengths away.
At his next start in the heat of the Group 1 Perth Cup last Saturday night he put in a tradesman like effort first up on the track to win from box one in 30.28. Oaks Road has an excellent chance of bringing home his first Group 1 trophy when he takes his place in the final this Saturday night from box two.
Oaks Road is a Black dog whelped November 2008 by Spiral Nikita from Leprechaun Pace (Brett Lee x Leprechaun Yap) Oaks Road is raced by Ed Kingswell and trained by Mark Gatt he has raced 36 times for 13 wins and 15 placings. His stake earnings stand at $153,070.
The month of January has seen a number group races decided. Oaks Road beat Group 1 winner Godsend. Plus group 2 winners Mystic Apple, Stagger, Crafty Lady and Prince Diablo for the monthly award.
AGRA congratulates the owner Ed Kingswell, trainer Mark Gatt and Oaks Road on being awarded the AGRA Greyhound of the Month for January 2012.