Lochinvar Vogue stepped up to the mark and won its first Group race final at Wentworth Park last Saturday – and an emphatic win it was in the Group 2 Hesa Felon at Stud Wentworth Park Gold Cup over the 720 metres.
Lochinvar Vogue is owned by Clare Gordon 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.
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) Dashing Corsair (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 Ken Burnett.
$2.20 favourite Forty Twenty 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 Blue Lorian ($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.