At Tattersalls Park last Thursday night the Peter Phillips prepared son of Big Daddy Cool took out the $2,555 Betfair Easter Cup Final (461 metres) by defeating the the gallant bitch Sultans Swing and Aries in the time of 25.91.
Five days later at the NWGRC’s Devonport Raceway meeting the champ blitzed one of the best fields assembled this season, winning the $2,555 City Of Devonport Cup by eight lengths in a sizzling 25.42.
Damek’s Tasmanian record now stands at 33 wins from 35 starts while accumulating stakes of in excess of $76,000.
He can boast an unblemished record at the Devonport Raceway eight wins from eight starts and has
won 16 of 17 outings at Tattersalls Park.
His only two defeats on Tasmanian soil were incurred in the state final of the National Sprint Championship at the Tote Racing Centre and the recent Hobart Thousand Final conducted at Tattersalls Park.
Unfortunately for connections and the greyhound racing industry as a whole, the chaser has failed miserably at three Victorian campaigns.
The Copping based Phillips attributes Damek’s failures interstate to what he describes as “separation anxiety.”
“It’s a comfort zone thing so there’s no point in sending him away again,” he explained.
“He’s got nothing to prove, as good as it would be to win over there.”
The trainer explained that Damek’s dam, World Title bitch World’s Finest, also failed to settle in when sent to Western Australia to race several years ago.
Damek will now be sent for a short spell, before resuming and contesting the state National Sprint Championship series once again.
Meanwhile potential star Rybenbrook continued on his winning way on Tuesday at the Devonport Raceway by winning the The Advocate Juvenile / Maiden (580 metres) by 10 lengths in the exceptional time of 33.19.
The Jason Fletcher owner, Mick Stringer prepared son of Bombastic Shiraz has now won eight of nine lifetime starts and stakes of almost $10,000 and is destined for bigger and better things.
Rybenbrook tasted defeat for the first time last Thursday night at Tattersalls Park when unplaced behind the smart chaser Pudzianowski in the Glenorchy City Council Easter Plate Final (461 metres).
A son of Pure Octane, Pudzianowski is prepared at Moorleah in the far North West by Russell Watts and has won five of seven Tasmanian starts since being transferred to the Watts kennel from Victoria.
“He is pretty smart and will win again before the handicapper gets his measure,” Watts revealed.
“The majority of my greyhounds are from Victoria, my connections over there know what is required to win in Tasmania and continue to transfer them across.”