Lilydale trainer Noelene Garwood imagined that smart chaser Poa’s Boy ( Collision – Poa’s Champ) had a great winning chance in the Betta Milk Grade 4 (452 metres) event conducted at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting conducted at the Devonport Raceway, but instead she was successful with the despised in wagering Claire Delune (Surf Lorian – Black Chantilly), which paid the handsome dividend of $17.
“I’ve won three races with Poa’s Boy since purchasing him from Ricky Ponting and he appeared very well suited in Tuesday’s race and when Claire Delune, originally an emergency, gained a run I didn’t change my opinion,” she explained this week.
“In saying that, she is one of my favourites and at four and a half years of age did a great job to lead throughout and score her fifth win from my kennel.”
Noelene has handled Claire Delune since she was fourteen months old and declares the bitch has a home for life at her Doaks Road establishment.
“Every now and then I am tempted to retire her, but she just loves racing and while she retains that enthusiasm I will keep her going,” she explained.
Having been involved in the sport for almost 40 years, Noelene has earned the reputation of an astute conditioner, but prefers to restrict her team to about four chasers.
At the moment it consists of the two previously mentioned greyhounds and also the well related pair Cosmic Ice (Cosmic Rumble – Icy Popsicle) and Mollys Legacy (Where’s Pedro – Smart And Sassy).
The trainer considers her standout performer over the years as having been the very smart Pat Michael, which ran a close second in the 1991 Hobart Thousand to the John Cameron prepared bitch Jenny’s Legacy.
“He recovered from seemingly career ending injuries to make it back to the track and then run second in Tasmania’s premier event, which was an outstanding performance,” she explained.
Meanwhile “man of the moment”, Mangalore trainer Allan Anderson, was seen in the winners circle on two occasions at Devonport when he was successful with firstly Lashing Illusion (Lilli Pilli Lad – Illusion) and then Trezza Green (Droopys Kewell – White Fingers).
The former accounted for an even field in the Cripps Nubake Grade 4 (452 metres) and then the latter took out the Tasfreight Grade 5 (452 metres), to continue the great run being experienced by Anderson and owner Neil Sargison.
Former harness racing trainer – driver Brendan Pursell also prepared a double at the meeting when he was successful with Champagne Girl (Collision – Skates) and Queen Of Black (Vapour Whirl – Aurora Rose).
Champagne Girl recorded the fastest time of the meeting (25.64) in winning the Rapidvite Rapid Rub Juvenile (452 metres), and has been unplaced on only one occasion in eleven outings from the Pursell kennel.
Queen Of Black, which has been racing consistently of late, was successful in the Simons Carpet One Grade 5 (452 metres) event.