New Kid On The Block Takes Devonport City Invitation

Astute Penguin mentor Butch Deverell is enjoying great success with the flying Matt's Entity ( – Top Entity), which took out Tuesday's City Invitation (452 metres) in super fashion.

The chaser has won six races since entering the Deverell kennel two months ago and was at his brilliant best on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Seagull Boy ( – Petal) and Painted ( – Painted Shaza) in the time of 25.92.

Left in his wake was one of the best Invitation fields seen at the Devonport Raceway in recent times , including Rewind (Collide – Ricky's Angel), which was shooting for his 56th victory.

Deverell purchased Matt's Entity after the chaser had won at his first three outings in New South Wales over the short distance.

“I am really pleased that I did, he is a brilliant speedster and if I can improve his stamina, I think he will go a long way,” he explained.

“He smashed the 340 metre track record in last Thursday night, reducing it from 19.33 to 19.14, which is an indication of his ability.”

Deverell will target next Tuesday's Industries Tasmanian Country Derby Heats to be conducted at the NWGRC meeting with Matt's Entity, which is sure to give a great sight in what will be a keenly contested affair.

For greyhounds that were whelped on or after 1/12/2010, those that qualify will race for a purse of $4,400 the in the Tasmanian Country Derby Final the following Tuesday.

Meanwhile one of the progeny of the former Deverell prepared standout , has struck a purple patch of form for Exeter owner-trainer Patricia Howard.

Winklee Venus, a daughter of the bitch Winklie Bindie, made it two wins in succession on Tuesday when she took out the Devonport City Council Grade 5 event, paying a win dividend of $6.30.

At her previous outing at the LGRC meeting conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on April 22, she had saluted the judge paying the lucrative win dividend of $58.

Ted Howard, who assists his wife with the preparation of her team, gave Winklee Venus little chance of winning, saying that it came as a complete surprise.

The Howard's enjoyed success with pacers three decades ago, winning among other races the prestigious St Marys Cup on New Years Day, but then elected to concentrate on greyhounds.

Only recently Ted decided to try his luck with a pacer again and is currently working a Fred Barker bred youngster with another veteran of the racing game in Glengarry's Kevin Gillies.

Fastest time of the day at Devonport on Tuesday was recorded by debut runner Jeff The Tipster (Mantra Lad – Petal), an occupant of Russell Watt's Moorleah kennel.

He sizzled to a 25.64 score in the Betta Milk Juvenile (452 metres), putting six lengths between him and his rivals while paying a win dividend of $3.80.

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