Ray and Sharron Webster added to the extraordinary tale of their much loved dam Lagoon Lowanna last night, when the Francis Duffy owned but Webster bred and trained Hugo Boss led throughout to land the $15,000 to the winner Ultra Sense final.
The Wentworth Park listed race open to fourth and fifth grade greyhounds, is named after the inaugural Golden Easter Egg winner Ultra Sense who won the 1999 $100,000 to the winner final when trained by Jim and Christine Coleman.
The win was especially sweet for the Webster’s who bred and raced Hugo Boss’ dam and prolific producer Lagoon Lowanna. Lagoon Lowanna took out the 2013 Group 3 Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park before being retired in June 2013 with a race record of 52 starts for 21 wins and 12 minor placings.
Hugo Boss is from Lagoon Lowanna’s first litter by Dyna Lachlan, the red fawn and white dog easily the best performed greyhound from the litter. Although confidence in the dam had never wained with the progeny from the second litter to Barcia Bale selling extremely well at the 2014 Richmond Puppy Auction, with all nine pups being sold for between $5,000 to $12,5000. The second litter has already produced Richmond Puppy Auction aspirant and 2016 Magic Maiden finalist Lowanna’s Son, 2016 Launching Pad consolation winner Ritza Lenny, and 2016 Ipswich Maiden finalist Smack Dab.
Sharron Webster was delighted with Hugo Boss’ breakthrough black type win paying homage to their damline: “Our boy Hugo did us proud last night as always. He tries his heart out every start and of course to make him even more special, his mum is Lagoon Lowanna (Fran) who gave us so much pleasure and joy when she was racing.”
Last night’s win took Hugo Boss’ record to 11 wins and 15 placings from 32 starts and $44,286 in career earnings, but importantly the 32kg greyhound has only ever been out of a place once from 11 starts at NSW’s metropolitan greyhound track. The greyhound’s enviable Wentworth Park record stands at three wins, three seconds and four thirds having seen the inside of the “Wenty” 520m boxes under race conditions 11 times.
Hugo Boss’ experience on the track was on show for all to see, beginning well enough from box five before accelerating quickly to comfortably assume the lead over Goldengrove Lad (box seven), who was subsequently dragged down from behind, allowing Skate Thin Ice (box two) to come after the leader, only to go under by less than a length at the finish.