The chilly night in Launceston on Monday night brought out the best in two of the smartest young chasers to have graced the Tasmanian arena in recent years.
Firstly the flying bitch She's All Class (Dyna Lachlan – It's A She) fought tooth and nail with arch rival Bell Oh Moss (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Marananga Moss) before scoring an outstanding victory in the $7,440 Jet Pets Animal Transport Tasmanian Oaks Final (515 metres) and then Buckle Up Wes (Collision – Everlong Bale) lived right up to his reputation by brilliantly taking out the $7,440 Rapidvite Tasmanian Derby Final (515 metres).
Prepared at Bishopsbourne by David Crosswell, She's All Class ($1.60) recorded a time of 29.82 in winning the Oaks and can now boast the lifetime record of 13 wins from 24 outings and stakes of in excess of $24,000.
Crosswell was responsible for a bold prediction in the days leading up to the rich event by declaring her a “good thing” and on this occasion he was proven to be correct.
It is believed that he will now peruse the interstate calendar with the intention of finding a suitable race for the well related bitch, a member of super matron It's A She's second litter.
Meanwhile Buckle Up Wes had a battle royal with Teddy Tom Boy (Aston Galilee- Patsy Anne) before assuming control and scoring an equally outstanding victory in the Derby Final.
Prepared at Mangalore by master mentor Ted Medhurst, Buckle Up Wes ($1.70) eventually won by three lengths and recorded a time of 29.90.
The chaser has now won five of seven lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of in excess of $10,000 and is certain to improve on those figures in coming months.
Medhurst, who has prepared many outstanding greyhounds over the years, rates Buckle Up Wes very highly.
“He is showing a great deal of potential, in fact more than some of the other standouts that I have handled over the years at this stage of his career, but that is not to say that he will continue to improve,” he explained.
“He is doing everything right at the moment but as we all know things can go wrong, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.”
The trainer is pleased to report that his champion bitch Bell Haven ( Head Bound – It's A She) is home safely in her kennel and being prepared for the upcoming National Distance Championship.
Raced by Debbie Cannan and Russell Milner, she is the winner of 25 races and stakes of in excess of $263,000, and must rate as one of the greatest bitches ever produced in Tasmania.
“Bell Haven is undoubtedly one of the best greyhounds that I have had the pleasure of training,” he explained.
“She has raced against the best Australia can offer and has done Tasmania proud, she has also done a lot of travelling of late so I am looking forward to racing her at home here in the immediate future.”