A sizzling upset win by Rebel Kist was the highlight when Angle Park was privy to some superb mid-week racing on Wednesday. The picturesque circuit played host to five heats of the 2014 Breeders Prelude One, which showcased some of the states best young dogs. The race is restricted to South Australian bred greyhounds whelped between January 2012 and June 2012.
The final will take place next Thursday evening, with the five winners and three fastest thirds making up the field.
Let’s take a look at how the heats panned out;
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat One
The Cameron Butcher trained Winbrook (1) took out the first event with a great display of strength. After beginning only fairly, the son of Where’s Pedro and Little Looper was seventh past the post the first time. Long Gully Mark (4) was the lamp-lighter, with Nowak (5) and Individualize (6) also handy as they headed to the back. Nowak found the rails from an awkward draw and took over down the back. Winbrook had worked his way to fourth and hooked out deep for a run, making up good ground to get to second as they came off the back.
Entering the home straight, Nowak looked to have the race bottled up, but Winbrook’s long sustained run saw him find enough to grab Nowak in the concluding stages to salute by 3/4 of a length in 29.99. Nowak held second, with Long Gully Mark three lengths away in third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Two
Lewsiton mentor Des Hockley landed the second heat when his 27kg chaser Wingard (4) sizzled around the Angle Park circuit in 29.71. The son of Premier Fantasy and Cool In Blue shanghaied out of the boxes to lead from the middle alley in the fastest first section of the five heats (4.37). From then on it was a one-act affair, with Wingard showing them a clean set of pads to lead all the way.
Macca’s Spirit (6) chased hard in second for the bulk of the race, but the further they went, the further Wingard got away, eventually winning by 5 and 3/4 lengths from Macca’s Spirit, with Woodside Jagger a further 3/4 of a length away in third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Three
A solid chasing effort by Nevada Smith (8) saw him land the third heat for McLaren Vale trainer Gavin Harris in a time of 30.00. Beginning fairly from the outside box, the 30kg son of Premier Fantasy and Cool Keepsake used plenty of the track as he settled in second and set about chasing the early leader Cosmic Illusion (5). By the time they came off the back straight, the long-striding white and black dog had the race parcelled up. He railed through to scoot away and score by four lengths from the fast finishing Raja’s Onyx (2), with the race favourite Lindy Sue (3) finishing third.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Four
Mombassa Boy (7) took out the fourth heat in a race that was decimated by scratchings, with only five dogs facing the starter. After leaving the traps in second place, Mombasa Boy had the task of chasing the early leader Kankakee McLaren (5). The big black chaser wasted no time in taking over and had the lead before they left the straight the first time.
After opening up a break, the Richard Pearce trained son of Cosmic Rumble and Who Wot Where did enough to hold on and win by 1 and 3/4 lengths in 30.00, despite getting a little tired in the concluding stages. Kankakee McLaren held second and was making ground on the winner late in the race, while Boonoona Boy (1) finished third a further two lengths away.
2014 SA Breeders Prelude One – Heat Five
Rebel Kist (1) caused the upset of the day in the final heat when he not only set the fastest time of the five heats, but also rolled $1.30 favourite Sidney’s Shadow (7) in the process. The son of Satanic Cash and Ivory Kist stopped the clock at a personal best of 29.68 en route to a two length victory. The South Australian St Leger winner, Sidney’s Shadow began well to lead, leaving most punters to think that the result was now a fait accompli.
Cool Guiness (2) landed in second with Rebel Kist sitting patiently in third. As they left the back, Rebel Kist began to unleash a long, sustained run and moved quickly to second before really knuckling down to his task in the straight to overhaul his much more fancied opponent and salute. Sidney’s Shadow did enough to qualify for the final in second, with Little Dakota (5) finishing third, a further length-and-a-half away.
The order of qualification for next Thursday’s final is as follows;
Rebel Kist – Peter Hurley – 29.68
Wingard – Des Hockley – 29.71
Winbrook – Cameron Butcher – 29.99
Nevada Smith – Gavin Harris – 30.00
Mombasa Boy – Richard Pearce – 30.00
Sidney’s Shadow – Cameron Butcher – 29.80
Nowak – Richard Stasiak – 30.03
Macca’s Spirit – Richard Pearce – 30.07
Kankakee McLaren – Donald Foster – 30.11
Raja’s Onyx – Raymond Fewings – 30.25