Double Twist is now a serious contender to take out ‘run of the year’ for 2013, after a sensational come-from-behind victory in Saturday night’s Group Three RIP John Stollery Christmas Gift final at Wentworth Park.
Exiting from box five, Double Twist found trouble early on and was soon pushed to the back of the field. Graeme Barnett’s Edge, an extremely consistent beginner, headed the field into the back straight and looked the winner turning for home, until Double Twist finally got some room to move and charged home to score by a neck in 29.87.
“It was unbelievable. Once they got to the first turn and she was back that far I thought, oh well, at least she made the final. Then going into the back when she made her way through the field I thought, oh this is great, she will run a place. When she came past me turning for home and was running second I thought she was a chance, but I know how strong Edge is and I was so excited when she got him on the line.”
The daughter of Where’s Pedro-Tifi has become the latest superstar in New South Wales greyhound racing with her incredible finishes and bursts of speed that left everyone speechless on Saturday night.
“I was a bit speechless afterwards, I couldn’t believe it. I clocked her run home to be breaking 11.50, which is amazing.”
Edwards now plans to keep his star chaser fresh heading into 2014, with the Group One Paws of Thunder series in January on the agenda.
“She is good enough to go into a race like that, but it’s very hard because you have so many good dogs coming up from Victoria, which makes it so competitive.”
“I’ll give her a week off now and then trial up the straight. I’d like to take her somewhere different and give her a post to post. I like to give her variety.”
Double Twist now has nineteen wins to her name from just thirty-five starts and has earned $110,785 in prizemoney thus far.
Saturday night’s epic win for trainer Garry Edwards is seemingly only the beginning for this rising star, who acquired many adoring followers from a performance that will be replayed many times over.