On a night when celebrities were thick on the ground at Wentworth Park, John Lawson from Aberdeen upstaged the likes of Maria Venuti, Simon Westaway (Underbelly) and even 70’s pop star Leo Sayer, when his greyhound Future Fund won the K S Black & Co GRNSW Country Challenge Showdown.
Astute trainer John Lawson had three runners qualify for the prestigious final with Elite Flash and Drive Up also making the field and while Future Fund was the most fancied of his runners starting at 11/2, most punters’ attention was on Golden Easter Egg winner Dana Beatrice which was sent out a pronounced 4/7 favourite.
Future Fund was best to begin and just headed the favourite Dana Beatrice at the first mark. From then the two greyhounds were always going to fight out the result. Future Fund held sway until the fourth mark when Dana Beatrice momentarily got the better of him. At this point many thought the Golden Easter Egg winner would power away and add to her already impressive prize money tally of $198,180, but that was not to be.
Future Fund kicked again and proved too strong for Dana Beatrice on the line, going away to win by 2 ¼ lengths with another 3 lengths to Drive Up.
The presentation to the winner was made by The Hon. George Souris MP, Shadow Minister for Racing, after GBOTA Chairman Bill Mangafas welcomed all to Wentworth Park, the “jewel in the crown” of the Association’s racing operations and stated how proud he was to host the event in conjunction with GRNSW.
The large crowd in attendance witnessed a magnificent final and enjoyed the atmosphere of a night of exciting greyhound racing at Wentworth Park.