Dubbo greyhound Five Pens took full advantage of the prized rails alley to take out the Spring Short Course Final at Dawson Park on Saturday.
Five Pens reversed the heat result when he finished second behind Lee's Surprise in a quick 18.37s, but on Saturday the Don Ronneberg-trained sprinter made every post a winner.
He jumped smartly from the rails and avoided a mix up at the first corner to race away to a relatively easy win at $3.50. Lee's Surprise ($2.70 fav) got home well for second with True Burg ($4.40) third. Time for the final was 18.76s.
Five Pens is owned by Wayne and Barbara Coustley. That same combination had a memorable day landing a double when Baroda Pearl ($6.00) defied all attempts to run her down in the Outwest Pumps and Irrigation Stakes (400m) last race to score in 23.65s. Baroda Pearl is also trained by Don Ronneberg.
Les Leonard had ‘lady luck' on his side on Saturday when Yantarra Sam ($2.00 fav) took out an innocent Blue Paws Maiden 400m event. Going into the race Yantarra Sam was drawn as the jackpot dog which had risen to $500. On top of that, the maiden was a Blue Paws event worth an extra $600, for which Yantarra Sam was eligible. So all up Yantarra Sam netted a cool $1300 for his connections.
A good line-up faced the starter for the best eight 5th grade Free Choice West Dubbo Stakes event over the 516m journey. In-form sprinter Fresh Fantasy ($1.80 fav) began fast from the red box to lead clearly and race away to a 30.45s victory. The winner is trained locally by Rod Kennedy. Miss Skaife ($4.40) and Mostly Hot ($3.80) both tried hard and wins are not too far away for both in the weeks ahead.
Local trainers finished well on top of the visitors on the day winning seven of the nine races on the program.
Cathy Baker was all smiles after Zinster $2.50 fav) bounced back to his best form leading all the way from the six box to score by 5.75 lengths in 18.53s.
Club president Bryan Maxwell clocked in with his regular winner for the day when Lamington ($2.30) proved too good in the 4th grade 400m event in a handy 23.42s. Kareela ($6.00) produced an eye catching effort for second while the $1.40 favourite Atomic Girl finished third.
Charmaine Roberts-trained top-flight flyer Freeman Keeping ($1.50 fav) registered win number 22 when proving a tad too classy for fast-finishing Lethal Grin ($3.40) and Awesome Joey ($3/40) in a handy 18.37s.
Mudgee mentor Alf Vella was back in the winner's circle after breaking his “duck “ last Saturday when Regal Kayla ($4.00) displayed plenty of field sense to sit just behind the speedy Yantarra Betty in the run to the first bend before racing away to a good 18.41s victory.
Miss Cindy ($3.20) made the trip from Orange more than worth while for regular visitor to Dubbo Brad O'Neill when she took out the Maiden 516m event on the card in the time of 31.26s.
Dubbo race again this Saturday afternoon August 13 and Saturday week August 20.
Courtesy : Brian Baker, Dubbo Daily Liberal