Launceston Gold Collar Final Looks Open

A select field of chasers will contest the $7,500 Simons Carpet One Gold Collar Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting at the Tote Racing Centre.

Two heats were contested on Monday night of this week, with the first four home graduating to the final, which appears to be an open affair.

The surprise of the night occurred when the classy bitch She’s All Class ( – It’s A She) failed to make the final after missing the start and then running into bother in transit, a repeat of her performance in the Betfair Final the previous week.

However her litter mates She’s A Boomer, Palooka and Meili made it through and are all capable of taking home the major portion of the prize.

The fastest qualifier for the final was the Rodney Callinan prepared Diavlo ( – Creighton’s Star) which recorded a time of 29.96 in scoring by two lengths and paying a dividend of $6.20.

He has now won four of 10 outings and is raced by Callinan, a brother to Adelaide Crows player Ian Callinan, in partnership with former top Tasmanian footballer Barry Browning.

Callinan, who has been training for only 18-months, is not overly concerned with Diavlo’s box draw (4) in the final, but rates the prepared Chosen Jewel ( – Regent Diamond) and She’s A Boomer as the hardest to beat.

“Chosen Jewel, which has drawn the red box, will be the big improver because it was her first look at the track and She’s A Boomer, which has drawn next to her has plenty of ability,” he explained.

“A lot will depend on what happens on the first corner, which is often the case, but we are in with a good chance,” he added.

The remaining heat was won by She’s A Boomer, prepared and raced by Longford’s David Crosswell, which recorded a time of 30.13 in scoring by a length and paying a dividend of $2.30.

Penguin trainer , who applied the early polish to Thursday night’s contestant , will box Palooka and Meili on Monday night and rates them some chance of winning.

“They are only 20 months-old and still learning what it is all about, but they do have ability despite the fact that they are yet to win a race,” he explained.

“Palooka, in particular, is as fast a pup as I have had, but I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.”

Probably the forgotten greyhound in Monday night’s race is the Basil Brimfield owned Gary Johnson prepared Cruising (Bond – Cruisin’ Mcqueen).

She strung together four wins in succession, including the Breeders Classic Final, before Monday night’s fourth placing behind Diavlo and has drawn the seven box again, albeit at a different venue.


Tote Racing Centre in Launceston on Monday night November 26.
1. Chosen Jewel – Ted Medhurst
2. She’s A Boomer – David Crosswell
3. Palooka _ Butch Deverell
4. Diavlo – Rodney Callinan
5. Megalith – Gary Johnson
6. Fair Change – Ted Medhurst
7. Cruising Bond Gary Johnson
8. Meili – Butch Deverell
9. Mr Plodda – Gary Johnson
10. Fine Eagle – Jillian Stamford

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