ON A night that the greyhound industry was thrown into turmoil, a local chaser was announcing himself as the real deal on Launceston’s night of nights.
Up-and-coming star Brad Hill Billy produced a sensational performance to catch runaway leader Breaker’s Tip in the shadows of the post in a flying time of 29.46.
The $40,000 winner’s cheque took Allan Clark-trained youngster’s prizemoney to $51,605 and there looks to be plenty more in store for this impressive son of Kinloch Brae and Break Even.
The race started with Gary Fahey’s Breaker’s Tip setting an electric early split of 4.97 and clearing out down the back straight. With a hundred metres left in the race, it looked like it was all over and that Breaker’s Tip was set to score, but the way that Brad Hill Billy knuckled down in the straight was a testament to his strength and chasing qualities.
The Kelly Bravo- trained pair of Waymore’s Blues and Ride The Rails were unable to match motors with the locals and had to be content with third and fourth placing respectively. The remaining chasers were a long way back and never in contention for a share of the prizemoney on offer.
1st: Brad Hill Billy (1) – Allan Clark
2nd: Breaker’s Tip (5) – Gary Fahey
3rd: Waymore’s Blues (3) – Kelly Bravo
4th: Ride The Rails (2) – Kelly Bravo
5th: Lillycette (6) – Ted Medhurst
6th: Warehouse Mouse (7) – Paul Hili
7th: Minnie Mogul (8) – Pail Hili
8th: Sing The Song (4) – Robert Grubb
1st Split: 4.97 (Breaker’s Tip)
2nd Split: 17.38
Run Home: 12.08
Margins: 3/4 x 3 3/4
Scratchings: Gemstone Jack (9), One Dee (10)