Lochinvar Vogue Delights Connections With Gold Cup Group Race Win

Lochinvar Vogue stepped up to the mark and won its first Group race final at last Saturday – and an emphatic win it was in the Hesa Felon at Stud Cup over the 720 metres.

Lochinvar Vogue is owned by and is trained by Robert Smith of Barnsley, near Newcastle. Clare and her parents Kevin and Leonie have enjoyed considerable success with greyhounds trained by Smith.

Lochinvar Vogue ran second to the mighty in the Hotham Body Repairs over the 720 at Wentworth Park recently and deserved the win on Saturday.

Starting from box 6 at $10.20 Lochinvar Vogue came from last early and fourth mid race to win handsomely by 2 ¼ lengths in 43.40 on a bleak and rainy night.

Queenslander (and the only interstate contestant in the final) (second favourite at $3.90) kept up his consistent form in the staying ranks after shining as a sprinter by finishing second (and surprising some by not leading as was expected).

Chilli Jim was a head away third and ran a bold race at big odds ($32.20) as was suggested he would before the race by trainer .

$2.20 favourite was never in it from outside box with the speed inside from the start.

He was not disgraced finishing fifth just one length behind the third placegetter.

The in-form ($4.50) for owner trainer Peter Whye was shooting for his seventh consecutive win over the testing 720 metres at Wentworth Park but after being close up all the way could only finish fourth.

Lochinvar Vogue has now won 10 and placed 14 times from 29 starts with a Wentworth Park record of 13: 5-3-3 and over the 720 metres at the track 10:5-2-2 (best 42.35).

Congratulations to Clare Gordon and Robert Smith on the resounding win in Saturday’s Group 2 event.

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