Tonight Canberra plays host to some emerging sprinters in the $10000 to the winner final of the Legend series. The race is restricted to up and comers with no more than six wins and one city win and this year the Legend recognised is Paul Ambrosoli. The final is race eight on the card and the boxes will open at 6.41pm.
The club is also running a monster raffle for club member Ricky Small, again highlighting how the greyhound industry comes together at times of need to help a fallen peer.
There were three heats last week and the fastest heat winner was the Shannon Ellis trained Special Crystal (Trewly Special x Crystalline), who ran a best of the night 30.69 leading all the way. She left in her wake some extremely talented youngsters, including the Frank Hurst trained Tiger The Weapon and Oh So Striking, who was a recent winner of the Goldmine at Gosford.
The Ellis camp wasn’t finished, with the exciting Booming Bennett (Lochinvar Marlow x Bouncing Bunny) providing Ellis with his second winner in the heats. The speedster went 4.97 and 30.69 the week before, but was midfield away in her heat and looked to be struggling. She knuckled down in the straight though and put pay to the classy field by three lengths in a time of 30.85 and in the process showed she has more than one string to her bow.
The slowest of the three heats was won by Low Call (Bit Chili x Pale Horizon) in a time of 30.93. It wasn’t the time that told the real story in the heat though, with Low Call showing tremendous determination through the drive into the first turn, before setting out on a one dog mission to chase down tearaway leader Captain’s Choice. It was a very gutsy win, with Low Call getting to the front in the last few strides.
The final is a very hard race to find a winner, with the Frank Hurst trained Tiger The Weapon hardest to beat after drawing the coveted red box. Paddles Anderson is very strong late and appears suited by the draw for trainer Jodie Lord. Fastest heat winner Special Crystal will find it harder to lead tonight in the final and will need to lead to win. The same goes for early speedster Shoshone Star.
Shannon Ellis’ Booming Bennett is the runner in the field with the maximum amounts of six wins, including a Wentworth Park win in 30.34. She is the pick of the Ellis pair and looks hard to beat if she can replicate her 4.97 first split from two starts ago.
Tonight isn’t just about the eight dogs and their connections however. The Canberra club has gone to massive lengths to organise a fundraiser which aims to purchase and donate a disability equipped car to Ricky Small, a club member who was made paraplegic eight years ago in a mining accident.
Cawbourne Kennels have stepped up to the plate and donated a pup for the raffle. There is also stud services to Oaks Road, Kilty Lad and Smooth Fancy amongst others. Break-in courses, transport with GTE and electrical hampers are just some of other fantastic items in the raffle.
For more information about this event, call 0262953554