The stalwart partnership of Robert and Robin Grubb caused the upset of the week by running the quinella in the opening heat of the Furniture City Ladies’ Bracelet held at Launceston Monday night.
Not that seeing the Grubb kennel prepare winners is anything new, but the fact that the State Sprint Champion She’s All Class could only manage third behind the duo of Sing the Song and Pipstar is what had punters running for cover.
Perhaps showing the effects of the heavy fall suffered during the National Sprint Final, She’s All Class was crossed easily by Pipstar originally, before Sing The Song took control of the race down the back. In a dominant performance, Sing The Song drew right away in the concluding stages and stopped the clock at 29.92.
Both Grubb runners are out of the High Earner x Stylish Moon litter whelped in 2011, which has produced a batch of very talented greyhounds with Roxy Rhythm, Stylish Abbey and Kiss Me Elvis all part of this super group.
Stylish Moon herself was also part of a star litter that produced Launceston Cup winner Fisherman, as well as Pedro Pronto, Stylish Monty and Where’s Ned, but the bitch Stylish Moon was clearly the pick of breeding options.
The second heat of the Ladies Bracelet was a far more popular result, with race favourite Queen Ahmose getting the job done ahead Hollyheath, Li Li and Fulande.
Fulande was also heavily backed before the race, and after a moderately successful campaign in Victoria, was looking for her first win since May. She flew out of the six trap and led the field clearly for the opening stanza of the race, before her competitors settled in for the chase.
While it took a while for Fulande to surrender the lead, once she did there were challengers left right and centre, with Hollyheath claiming the front first. But not to be outdone, Queen Ahmose stormed over the top, taking out the race in 30.22.
Alison Walker is responsible for the preparation of Queen Ahmose, and the improvement of this bitch since starting her career has been noticeable. Since not placing in her first four outings in Juvenile company, the daughter Collision and Shepherd’s Girl has certainly found her groove, taking her tally up to eight wins from 26 starts overall.
The Ladies Bracelet final will be held at the Mowbray circuit on Monday.
It seems the exodus of the state’s best dogs mainland pastures continues, with both Hellyeah Bolt and Buckle Up Wes joining the list of dogs currently the other side of Bass Straight.
Hellyeah Bolt was in engaged the S.A Derby heats last Thursday night at Angle Park, running a respectable third behind Allen Mokoto and Kalden Gambino. From box six, Hellyeah Bolt began fairly and pushed hard for the rail showing good strength at the back end of the event. Eventually beaten by just over a length, he showed enough to suggest that travelling will have little impact on the Paul Hili trained youngster.
Buckle Up Wes on the other hand has gone up to Sydney, and will line up in race two of Saturday Night’s Wentworth Park meeting. Ted Medhurst has tasted success in that part of the country before, and having drawn the red with Buckle Up Wes, he will no doubt represent the Apple Isle with pride.
Also just in closing, it was rather pleasing to watch the winner of Race 4 at Launceston this week. Greysynd Merry for Darren Critchley would start from the red box, and at her 81st start she finally brought up her long-awaited second victory. Not since February 2012 had Greysynd Merry stood on the top step of the podium, resigned to 23 placings over countless different distances in between.
With a dog that many others would have given up or offloaded, it was tremendous to see such patience and determination pay off. They say ‘every dog has their day’, so to Darren Critchley and Greysynd Merry, we say well done.