Bionic Dream put paid to her rivals in the Southland Greyhound Series C1 Final at Ascot Park yesterday.
One of three greyhounds unbeaten in the two preliminary rounds of heats, Bionic Dream was correctly sent to the 457m traps as a $1.70 favourite on the basis of her superior winning times.
She did not let her supporters down.
Although crossed from trap two by Repeat Offender who led from box seven, Bionic Dream took control at the first bend despite being clipped from behind as she found the front.
Fast Groovy made good ground in the home straight to finish within two lengths of Bionic Dream but the brindle speedster was never seriously threatened. Prepared by North Canterbury-trainer Ray Casey, the daughter of the superb broodbitch Bankside Dream is now unbeaten in four visits to Invercargill and has won five times from seven starts overall.
Bionic Dream’s brother Dreamy Haze doubled the dose for the family by winning the C3-4 contest over 457m with arrogance.
He has won at his last five trips to Ascot Park and has the formidable record of 15 wins from 24 outings for his trainer John Allen, of Oamaru.
Local victories came for Bronwyn Eade in the opening maiden event with Magic Burst, and Paul and Brett Conner rugged up Awesome Deejay for an easy win in the C4 sprint.
The Southland Greyhound Racing Club’s next meeting is on June 26.
Meanwhile, the inaugural running of the Top Gun Invitation at Addington on Friday night highlights the dominance of the Jean and Dave Fahey kennel as they supply five-eighths of an outstanding field.
Winsome Ashley, the winner of four group one races this season, spearheads the partnership’s squad.
She is a $1.90 fixed-odds favourite for the $40,000 feature despite drawing box seven.
Fellow $100,000 earner Aussie Opawa is on the third line of betting at $8 and will jump from trap two while two further Fahey charges, Winsome Daisy and Miss Koonawarra, have both been priced up at $9.
Winsome Daisy (box three) is the biggest stakes earner in New Zealand greyhound history with almost $142,000 in the bank.
Courtesy : Mark Rosanowski, The Southland Times, NZ.