Appin trainer Jason Fletcher is now a step closer to a Group One victory, after his talented youngster Xtreme Knocka recorded a blistering time of 29.56 in semi final two of the Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park last night.
The son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields began well from box two and took his place on the rails to lead throughout, saluting by three and a half lengths at the finish. Even more impressive was the sensational run home time of 11.69 that will give his trainer plenty of confidence heading into next week’s final. Xtreme Knocka recorded his ninth career win last night and is a very consistent chaser, having won six of his past nine outings.
Cranebrook training duo John and Melinda Finn’s fantastic run of form continued last night with Anything Less recording his ninth career win from twelve starts. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel positioned himself beautifully behind early leader Jewel Action, before careering away up the straight to score by three and three quarter lengths in a sizzling time of 29.61. The 34kg chaser also notched up his third straight win at Wentworth Park and gave his trainers another reason to smile, clocking a flying run home of 11.64. Glenn Rounds’ All Strung Out also produced an exceptional effort from box two, weaving his way through the field to finish second, recording a smart time of 29.84. Anthony Azzopardi’s Shoulders started as the $3.00 favourite, however he unfortunately found a heap of trouble after missing the start from box one and finished at the tail of the field.
Cosmic Angel battled on gamely in semi final number two and clocked a slick 29.78 in finishing second behind Xtreme Knocka. Anthony Azzopardi’s chaser started as the $3.10 favourite and has a genuine chance in next week’s final with a repeat performance.
The third semi final saw talented sprinter Are Jip a clear cut favourite at $2.10, however some early interference prevented the Kristy Sultana trained chaser from mustering his notable early pace, finishing in fourth place. Consistent performer Lucy Lobster recorded her third consecutive victory at headquarters with another all the way display from box two in a solid time of 29.85. Trainer Charlie Lamb would be ecstatic with this beautifully bred daughter of Brett Lee and One Tree Hill’s perfect box manners, which have contributed to her eight career wins from fourteen starts, with only one unplaced run. Christine Oldfield’s Frattini produced a barnstorming run to reduce the winning margin to just three quarters of a length, and has a great chance of going one better next week after coming up with the inside alley.
Next Saturday night’s Group One Vic Peters Classic Final is full of talented greyhounds that possess both early speed and stamina, with the winner to receive an enticing $75,000 and join last year’s victor Belfast Johnny on the illustrious honour roll.
Group One Ladbrokes Vic Peters Classic Final Box Draw:
1 – Frattini – Christine Oldfield
2 – La Grand Logie – Jeff Eaton
3 – Anything Less – John Finn
4 – All Strung Out – Glenn Rounds
5 – Lucy Lobster – Charlie Lamb
6 – Jewel Action – Kristy Sultana
7 – Cosmic Angel – Anthony Azzopardi
8 – Xtreme Knocka – Jason Fletcher
9 – Lady Livingston – Leanne Procopio
10 – Are Jip – Kristy Sultana