Overcast conditions met the greyhounds taking place in the Country Motor Company Puppy Classic heats on Thursday night at Dapto. In the first heat, Alderley Riot (Box 1), Genetic Jenny (Box 2) and Buckled (Box 8) were the only greyhounds wanted in betting. All were under $4.00. At box rise, Genetic Jenny stumbled slightly while Alderly Riot took full advantage of the inside draw to lead all the way in 30.36. Genetic Jenny was the run of the race, having to make ground through the field to charge home for second. The favourite, Buckled, finished third. Mango Lassie finished fourth to be the final greyhound from this heat to advance through to the semi finals next week.
In Heat 2, the hot favourite Jawlaa (Box 4) was upset by Shimmy Shim Sham (Box 1). The Luke Azzopardi trained bitch cracked her maiden in the process, leading for the entirety of the 520 metre trip in 30.43. Jawlaa dipped at the start and was checked at the first turn but managed to run fourth to gain a place in the semi finals next week. Miss Bo Jangles (Box 2) finished strongly for second and So Swanky (Box 7) filled third position.
Paua to Charge (Box 7) certainly lived up to his name in Heat 3. The favourite, Lachlan Bomber (Box 4), took the early lead but down the back, Paua to Charge zoomed past and went on to win by just over a length. The time was 30.30 and Paua to Charge broke 13 seconds for the run home. It was an impressive run by the Steve White youngster, who had to negotiate a tricky passage into the race from Box 7. Lachlan Bomber, Black Beach Girl (Box 1) and the $8,000 purchase Cocktail Party (Box 6) filled the remaining top four spots, allowing them to go around again next week.
Exhibitionist (Box 5) started the clear favourite in Heat 4 and got a perfect getaway from the squeeze draw. Vee Ate Turbo (3) also got away well and her and Exhibitionist went to the first turn locked together. They were victims of their own success, tangling as they negotiated the turn. As a result, Vee Ate Turbo fell while Exhibitionist was dragged down and hampered substantially. However, Exhibitionist was able to recover and kept chasing hard to show a lot of heart to run down High and Mighty (Box 7) and Tommy Wong Turn (Box 6) in 30.52. Spring Creek Kev (Box 8) wound up in fourth with all four greyhounds through to the semi finals.
Melaneus Shiraz (Box 6) and Hayville Charlee (Box 8) were well supported in betting in Heat 5. When the lids opened, there was a good line away, with Obee One (Box 4) just edging ahead going into the first turn. Melaneus Shiraz and Hayville Charlee collided at the turn, knocking each other out of the race. By race end, Obee One, a white and black dog by Where’s Pedro ex. Ima Osti, had just enough in the tank to win by half a head in 30.42. Grand Hombre (Box 7) pushed Obee One right to the post with Magic Shuffle (Box 5) and Emerald Vapour (Box 2) also finishing the race off well to book themselves a spot in the semi finals.
The hardest heat to pick a winner was Heat 6, with five of the dogs under $10. My Bella Rose (Box 6) started the favourite. The tiny black bitch, a littermate to the winner of the previous heat, absolutely flew the lids to run a smart 5.35 first section. Down the back, she was still flying along, clocking a second section of 17.13. She looked to have an unassailable lead at this stage but you could see Gold Hunter (Box 7) starting to make a run from the back of the pack. Gold Hunter was given oodles of room and on the home turn, was quickly reeling in My Bella Rose. The Vapour Whirl ex. Molly’s Gold dog nabbed My Bella Rose on the line, scoring by a head in a smart 30.16. It was an impressive run from a dog that had not won it’s maiden coming into the race after 10 starts. My Bella Rose’s early dash will put her in good stead for the rest of the series. Ping King (Box 4) filled third position and Mr Goulash (Box 1) secured a semi finals spot, running fourth.
Only five dogs faced the starter in Heat 7. There was plenty of support late for Little Elsie (Box 4) but Paua to Excite (Box 8) started the favourite despite running last at Dapto the week prior. When the lids opened, Little Elsie was away well and never headed in a 30.23 win. The pretty blue fawn bitch did nothing wrong in a very tidy performance. Lani Banarni (Box 2) kept plugging away to finish up in second. Macgallen (Box 7) and Elite Arena (Box 3) completed the top four.
Encosta Deplente (Box 5) didn’t let favourite backers down in the final heat. The Frank Hurst trained dog got away cleanly but had to work to get across to the rail. He pulled away through the turn and the race was over, with the red fawn dog clocking 30.27. Spikey Boy (Box 7) tried hard for second. Ello Reg (Box 8) filled the last minor placing and Paua to Thrill got through to the next round in fourth.
On the clock, Gold Hunter was the fastest heat winner in 30.16 while Exhibitionist showed a tonne of tenacity to pick herself up from the canvas and win her heat. Paua to Charge also caught the eye, weaving his way through the pack to score. They, along with the rest, get their chance to shine when the four semi-finals take place at Dapto next Thursday night.
Gold Hunter’s Miraculous Dapto Puppy Classic Heat 7 Win