Bate Kennel Out In Force In Launceston Cup Heats
The powerful Graeme Bate kennel will be represented by five runners in heats of the $40,000 to the winner Tasracing Launceston Cup ( 515 metres) to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
The winners of the eight heats will graduate to the rich final the following Monday night March 13.
The master trainer will box Radley Bale, Shereen Bale, Tonneli Bale, David Bale and Carol Anne in what promises to be a spectacular night's racing.
“Some of the best greyhounds in the country will be coming here in preference to travelling to Western Australia for the Perth Cup,” LGRC spokesman Richard Stamford explained.
“That way they can avoid the heat and get a good lead-up to the Australian Cup next month.”
Tasmania will be represented by some very smart chasers as well, with the Maurie Strickland owned and prepared Rewind probably the pick of them.
The son of Collide has been racing in superlative form, with a gallant second placing in the Hobart Thousand and a sensational Devonport Cup victory, included among his most recent outings.
Rewind, a member of the highly successful Collide – Ricky's Angel litter, is the winner of 29 of his 45 starts while accumulating a purse of $134,000.
Meanwhile members of the Head Bound – It's A She litter continue to greet the judge in Tasmania in what is an exciting time for the sport in general.
The Butch Deverell prepared Beaudine broke through for his initial victory at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, meaning that the litter has now produced the winners Jethro, Zavance Man, Bell Haven, Li Li, Miss Hetti and now Beaudine.
The Penguin based Deverell prepares Jethro, also a Launceston Cup aspirant, which made it three wins in a week at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night by winning the Big Dog Rising Stars Final (515 metres) in brilliant fashion.
Best known as the trainer of the standout Big Moose, Deverell makes no secret of the fact that Jethro is the fastest dog that he has the pleasure of training, despite invariably being tardy out of the boxes.
Jethro, Li Li and Miss Hetti are all owned by Devonport's Leigh Alexander, who purchased It's A She while living in Queensland.
Zavance Man, an occupant of Ted Medhurst's Mangalore kennel, is unbeaten in four starts and shaping up as possibly a star of the future.
He blitzed his rivals in the rich Maiden Thousand Final conducted recently at Tattersalls Park and then on Tuesday at the Devonport Raceway followed up with another slashing victory.
Zavance Man is owned by Mangalore trainer Debbie Cannan, who is best known as the trainer of Australian Cup winner St. Pierre.
With the Gary Johnson prepared Tiny Tilly also likely to enter the winners circle in the near future, the Head Bound – It's A She litter will have produced seven winners in a matter of months.