A feature of Monday night’s LGRC meeting at the Tote Racing Centre will be the clash of outstanding litter-brothers Zavance Man and Jethro in Semi – Final 3 of the Launceston Veterinary Hospital Breeders Classic (515 metres).
Four Semi – Finals of the annual feature will be run on the night with first and second placegetters qualifying for the rich finale the following Monday night which carries a first prize of $5,000 in addition to a breeders bonus of a further $4,500.
Both members of the hugely successful Head Bound – It’s A She litter, the Ted Medurst prepared Zavance Man and the Butch Deverell prepared Jethro have been racing with great success in Tasmania in recent months.
Zavance Man is unbeaten in six trips to the races and Jethro is the winner of 11 of his 21 outings including three of his last four.
Jethro spaced his rivals by eight lengths in winning his Breeders Classic Heat in a best of the night time of 29.84, whereas Zavance Man prevailed by 11 lengths in a slightly slower 29.95.
Several other members of the litter have also made it through to the Semi – Finals of the rich event, which promises to be an enthralling contest.
The Gary Johnson prepared Tiny Tilly is yet to win a race in eight attempts, but made it through by winning her Heat in a slow 30.63 and will take her place in Semi – Final 1.
Beaudine, also prepared at Penguin by Deverell, will contest Semi – Final 2 after winning his Heat by ten lengths in the time of 30.26.
He took time to find his racing legs but is now firing on all cylinders and is the winner of three of his 17 starts including three in succession in February.
Other members of the litter vying for a place in the Final are the smart bitches Bell Haven and Miss Hetti, which will line – up in Semi – Final 4.
Prepared by Ted Medhurst, Bell Haven is the winner of six of her eight starts and won her Heat by a staggering 22 lengths in the time of 29.98.
She will jump from the red box on Monday night and Miss Hetti, another occupant of the Deverell kennel and the winner of three of her 17 outings, will jump from the check.
Meanwhile a strong field of greyhounds will contest the $6,000 Reg and Eileen Ivory Memorial Classic Final (452 metres) to be conducted at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.
Named in honour of two of the sports most outstanding contributors, the race is expected to attract a great deal of interest in the Devonport area from where the Ivory’s prepared many champions at their Tugrah Road kennels.
Such standouts as Tugrah Beaver, Sally’s Jim, Hindu Flame, King Ricky, Scott James and Unique Venture, won a host of races for the popular couple.
Relbia trainer Tony Dawson has a great chance of winning the feature with the very smart performer Lucky Norris.
The son of Knocka Norris has won 12 of 35 lifetime outings and will be shooting for three wins in succession when he contests the event from the pink box.