Trainers Locked In Premiership Battle

Trainers Anthony Bullock, Susan Gittus, Russell Watts and Gary Johnson are staging a battle-royal for 2011 Trainers Premiership honours in Tasmania.

As of last week, the Exeter based Bullock heads the list with 39 wins, 87 seconds and 88 thirds, with Gittus ( 44-49-62) occupying second place, in advance of Watts ( 48-40-32) and Johnson (48-35-52).

The premiership is decided over a calendar year and placings are taken into consideration, in other words, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to prepare the most winners but not finish on top of the ladder.

Meanwhile the stars of Tasmanian greyhound racing have been on parade this week at all Tasmanian venues.

On Monday night at the Tote Racing Centre grand staying bitch Ming Dynasty (Chinatown Lad – Brandon Sky) continued on her winning way by taking out the the Championship Final (720 metres) as a heavily supported $1.70 favourite.

Surprisingly, the Paul Felgate owned Susan Gittus prepared bitch led from the outset and proved far superior to her rivals, scoring by 14 lengths in the time of 43.29.

Since debuting over 720 metres on 20th June, the bitch has won four races in succession, with the promise of many more victories in the future.

Champion Damek (Big Daddy Cool – World’s Finest) kept his Devonport Raceway record intact on Tuesday afternoon when he blitzed his opposition in the Hankook Tyres Invitation (452 metres).

The Peter Phillips owned and prepared chaser is unbeaten nine from nine at the venue and recorded a sizzling 25.74 in winning by eight lengths as an unbackable $1.10 favourite.

Last night at Tattersalls Park, Whitemore trainer Leigh Woods prepared yet another feature race winner when Riley Diary ( Bombastic Shiraz – Smart And Sassy) was successful in the $5,000 Betfair Breeders Classic Final (461 metres).

Raced by Karleen Cuthbertson and Sally-Anne Wilson of Nabowla in the North-East, the chaser pounced on the lead from the white box and was never headed, eventually winning by four lengths in the time of 26.34.

Whelped in July 2009, Riley Diary has now won three of nine lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $8,000.

At the same meeting, outstanding bitch Sultan’s Swing (Big Daddy Cool – Prestige Girl) recorded her 23rd win at the venue by taking out the Betting As It Should Be Invitation (461 metres).

Prepared at Mangalore by Ted Medhurst and raced by the Dire Straits Syndicate headed by bookmaker Barry Heawood, the bitch was responsible for a super performance in winning the event in the time of 26.23.

Whelped in February 2008, Sultan’s Swing has now won 31 of 59 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $53,000.

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