Starting from box two tonight, Seminole stood behid the boxes with a world of sentimental support from the whole greyhound community for her after Albion Park stalwart Mick Thrupp succumbed to a seven year fight against cancer late on Monday night.
Still racing in Mick's name as owner and trainer, Seminole looked in trouble early as she pushed forward in a pack and got buffered back to worse than midfield, but on the first corner Hot Dessa coppped the worst of some interference and Seminole was able to secure a clear third position behind the early leaders.
With plenty of space around her she strode confidently past the post the first time and cruised to the back straight just starting to take ground off the two in front of her.
By the time they entered the home straight it was obvious to all that they were watching a divinely inspired performance and Seminole peeled to the outside to claim an effortless win that never really looked in doubt, and her first Queensland National Distance Championship.
By Big Daddy Cool ~ Call Collect Seminole was whelped in May 2005 which makes here a rising 4.5 year old greyhound, racing in career best form of late under the guidance of Reg Hazelgrove since Mick's illness worsened.
The win not only adds $10,000 to Seminole's careeer prizemoney record of $67,397, it also secures her a start in the Group 1 $50,000 to the winner Group 1 National Distance Championship Final at Cannington on Saturday 5th Sepetember 2009.
There will be younger, less experienced and perhaps faster greyhounds qualify for the same race, but none of them will carry the passion, the sentiment and the history in to the Group 1 race that Seminole will, and the diminutive black bitch and Thrupp's widow Kay are set to become the human face of the 2009 Nationals.
A celebration for the life of Mick Thrupp will be held at Albion Park on Monday and while there was barely a dry eye trackside at Albion Park tonight, with Seminole's help those celebrations could be bigger than anyone might expect.