Tassie champ Rewind, which was impressive in winning his heat of the time honoured Hobart Thousand (461 metres) from the blue box, has drawn the box again in Thursday night’s $75,000 to the winner finale.
The Bracknell owned and prepared son of Collide recorded a time of 26.22 in comfortably winning his heat, but will have to be at his very best if he is to prevail in Thursday night’s star-studded final.
Last year the Maurie Strickland prepared chaser finished a luckless second to the Victorian chaser Dyna Tron in Tasmania’s premier greyhound racing event and he will carry the hopes of all Tasmanians, in what will almost certainly be his last chance at Hobart Thousand glory.
One of a litter of successful pups from the Ricky Ponting owned bitch Ricky’s Angel, Rewind will be shooting for ten wins in succession and is being quoted at odds of $7 in early Hobart Thousand markets.
The fastest qualifier in last Thursday night’s heats was the Victorian chaser Walk Hard, which went within an ace of Bergermeister’s track record of 25.71 in recording 25.81 and winning by seven lengths.
The lightly raced Nicole McRae prepared son of Bit Chilli has drawn the white box and is being quoted at $2.70.
Meanwhile the top bitches Wynlee Wonder and Red Avis as well as the former leading trainer Claude Best and prominent owner – trainer and administrator Richard Stamford, have been inducted into the Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame.
Wynlee Wonder (Temlee – Society Style) was bred and raced by Wynyard’s Tom Englund and will be remembered as on of Tasmania’s most versatile bitches.
She won a total of 35 races including the Sandown Cup when 23 months old and the Devonport Cup in track record time at 44 months of age.
Red Avis (Sporting Chance – Lady Avis) was raced by Ulverstone’s Geoff Foley and prepared for him by Claude Best.
She was considered the queen of greyhound racing in Hobart in the early 1940’s and at the conclusion of her racing career proved to be a wonderful matron.
Claude Best, the son of a Hobart butcher, proved to be one of Tasmania’s finest trainers whose many feature victories included the 1946 Hobart Thousand with the R.D. Baker owned Ebon’s Own and the 1954 Launceston Cup with Martin’s Bluff.
Richard Stamford, the son of former champion trainer – reinsman Jack Stamford, has been involved in almost every aspect of greyhound racing and today occupies the position of LGRC Liaison Officer.
Combining with his wife Jill, his kennel has produced three Hobart Thousand winners in Double Time (1984), Shantytown (1990) and Shantung Tiger (1997).
2012 HOBART THOUSAND FINAL (461 METRES)
1. Under Threat
2. Burnt Fuse
3. Walk Hard
6. Dark Warrior
7. Maverick Tiger
8. Blackhalls Boss
9. Veyron Bale (Em 1)
10. Nitro Cee (Em 2)
Hobart Thousand Betting Market
Walk Hard 2.70 , Under Threat, Maverick Tiger $4.50, Rewind $7, Blackhalls Boss $10, Veyron Bale $13, Dark Warrior $15, Burnt Fuse, Nitro Cee $17, Custodian $51.