Spectators were in for a treat last night as the average ten race card at Bulli turned into a breathtaking showcase of sheer canine speed and tenacity. On an evening which saw heavy rain lash the track, several runners stood out with some terrific times and look to be dogs to follow over the next few weeks.
Where’s Pedro speedster Somebody Tifi was the first chaser to catch the eye when clocking a fast 22.54 seconds for the 400 metre trip in race three. The two year old dog jumped well from the checks and showed a terrific turn of foot, quickly landing in the prime position before running away to score by a widening four lengths for South Nowra trainer Owen Makin. Last night’s win made it five in a row for Somebody Tifi who now holds the impressive record of seven wins and one minor from a mere twelve starts. Finishing in second place was the consistent Good Odds John for Frank Hurst whilst Makin’s second runner in the event Street Boss, finished in third, five and a quarter lengths off the winner.
After finishing second in the race prior, Hurst quickly made up for it in race four by landing a winner with first starter Zulu Zircon who could not have been more impressive on debut breaking his maiden status in emphatic fashion for his Londonderry mentor. The stunning black greyhound that like the previous winner is by champion sire Where’s Pedro is out of the beautifully bred Fancy Jaffa. Zulu Zircon began like a rocket from the rails alley and never looked in danger, putting on a spectacular display to win by four and three quarter lengths in a scorching 26.24 seconds for the 472 metre trip. The speedster is certainly bred to run, with his dam a member of the terrific Collision x Flash Fancy litter which included Fancy Ace, Fancy Al, Smooth Fancy- winner of the 2010 Group One National Sprint Championship, and Swift Fancy with multiple members of this litter group race quality greyhounds.
Flash Fancy also produced the exceptional Perfect Fancy who was a finalist in three group one races and Fancy Tip who recently won the 2013 Group One Auckland Cup. Whilst Fancy Jaffa only raced twice she has certainly thrown some of her illustrious family speed into her progeny. Zulu Zircon’s litter sister Sweet Melon looks to be a promising type winning at her first track appearance when clocking a fast 30.79 seconds at Richmond and Zulu Zeus who won his maiden at start four at Bulli last week in a nippy 26.20 seconds. It is fair to say that this litter has a very bright future, with the talented youngsters not turning two years of age until the 28th August. With so much speed already displayed on the racetrack it will be intriguing to watch them mature, with Hurst sure to install his many years of expertise into the pups.
Hurst left the track with two reasons to smile last night after putting the polish on Magic Sprite two year old Rashad who notched up his third race triumph in race eight. The black chaser was having his first start at Bulli at only his sixth track appearance and ran a convincing race, weaving through the fifth grade field to score by one length on the line in 26.48 seconds. Close behind the winner in second place was the Mark Azzopardi trained Tyronimo who ran a great race after being at the rear of the field in the early stages, whilst Rashad’s kennelmate Zulu Zeus rounded up the trifecta a further half a length behind second. Rashad oozes ability as exhibited when he broke his maiden in a blazing 29.70 seconds at Gosford last December, before clocking a scorching 30.73 seconds at Richmond in January. After a nearly three month spell, Rashad returned to the track and did not disappoint paying the juicy odds of $4.70 for the win.
Bouncing back to the winners list in race five was the quality chaser Kelmatts Fantasy who has only recently stepped back on track after a two month break. Beginning well from out wide in box seven, the 31 kilogram powerhouse worked hard off the rails to wear down leader Hurricane Gando in the home straight to win by half a length on the line over the fast finishing Dawn Knows Best in a handy 26.50 seconds. The son of Give Me Five raced into the hearts of greyhound enthusiasts in February when John Morris, the husband of his trainer Margaret Morris tragically passed away on course at Unibet Gardens after watching their sleek black speedster qualify for the Group One National Derby. Whilst he was a sentimental favourite for the $75,000 decider, he had no luck in a roughly run race and finished well back running fifth. Now a winner of eight races from fourteen starts the Glenhaven greyhound should have plenty of victories left in him.
The last race of the night was definitely the most anticipated out of the ten with the hot pup Grandiose Love starting from box six. Beginning moderately from the awkward draw, the son of El Grand Senor relished the two vacant boxes to his left and used his speed to cross the field, albeit with a slight bump, before stretching out to claim the event by four and three quarter lengths in an impressive 22.52 seconds on a rain affected track. This win was the promising sprinters second from as many starts, with his triumph last week in a blistering 22.28 seconds- just .08 off Barcia Bale’s 22.20 second track record. Trained by the astute Jason Magri for owner Harry Markou who bred the pup from his bitch Friendly Love, the 36 kilogram heavy weight looks destined for a successful racetrack career after already showing a massive motor at just twenty one months of age.