Local Champ Has To Be Content With Second Placing Again

All Tassie cheered Rewind on in Thursday night’s Hobart Thousand Final, however it was to no avail.

For the second year running the local champ was relegated to second placing behind an interstate invader, this time the Michelle Mallia – Magri prepared Blackalls Boss.

Turning for home Rewind looked a great winning chance, however Blackalls Boss ran on strongly and was able to clinch the major portion of the prize in brilliant fashion.

Owned by Vince Tullio, the son of Hallucinate recorded a time of 26.08 in winning the prestigious event by a length and returned a win dividend of $7.10.

Race favourite Walk Hard was checked in running and was responsible for a game effort in finishing in third place a further length away.

The Lara based Mallia – Magri paid tribute to Rewind at the conclusion of the race and dedicated the victory to her father.

“I wouldn’t be standing here today or have the knowledge that I have today if it wasn’t for the father,” she explained.

Blackalls Boss, which won the recent Shepparton Cup and was placed in the Geelong and Ballarat Cups, has now won 27 of 57 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of in excess of $183,000.

Meanwhile Thursday night’s Billy Grice Memorial was won in impressive fashion by the Brendan Pursell prepared Lika Whisper.

Billy Grice, who was killed in a car accident in 2010, was a devout greyhound racing enthusiast as well as a highly promising young cricketer with the Glenorchy club.

He was the grandson of prominent Richmond greyhound trainer Margaret Rossendell and assisted her with her team at every opportunity.

Lika Whisper, a son of Solve The Puzzle, relished the opportunity to come from the red box and recorded the time of 26.58 in winning by two lengths and paying a win dividend of $12.

The chaser set the greyhound racing ball going for Pursell, who previously prepared standardbreds from his Brighton property.

The trainer has won 15 races with Lika Whisper since the chaser was transferred from Victoria in September last year.

Mangalore based trainer Debbie Cannan was also seen in the winners circle at the HGRC meeting with the highly promising bitch Emerald Lee, a daughter of Paddy’s Flame.

Emerald Lee defeated a strong field in the Bob Brown Memorial, recording a time of 26.25 and paying a win dividend of $6.80.

Bob Brown, a Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame inductee, is recognised as one of the best trainers to have been involved in the sport in Tasmania.

Emerald Lee has now won 16 of 25 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of in excess of $49,000 and will be aimed at the Devonport and Launceston Cups.

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