On a night where many of the maidens runners obviously struggled with the cooler weather and night conditions, the greyhound who has captured the hearts of Victorians, put a moderate start behind him to breeze in to the Goldrush Maiden final, almost four lengths quicker than the next fastest qualifier.
And it’s a case of karma revisited for leading Victorian trainer Darren McDonald as he unselfishly donated half of Ned’s Pedro, the greyhound he named after his own son; to benefit Victoria’s Bushfire survivors at Kinglake.
It is history now that greyhound racing’s most popular and globally liked partnership, and leading trainers in their own right, Dennis Trewin and Tina Womann, dug deep to buy the half share of Ned’s Pedro at the charity auction for $14,500.
Ned’s Pedro repaid that great faith by bolting in at his very first start in the Goldrush Maiden Heats last Sunday running the best of the 24 heats winning in 23.78.
While that $750 winners cheque was a long way from the $29,000 Ned’s Pedro was now valued at, he had managed to run a breathtaking 6.02 sectional “between the marks”, which is the sectional time between the first and second section split.
That measure is a reliable indicator of speed and class as it measures speed through the corner, not just a straight line. To give an accurate indication of just how quick Ned’s Pedro’s run was; Slater only ran 5.96 in the same section when he ran the prevailing Bendigo 430m Track Record of 23.61 back in December 2006. Not bad for a maiden on debut.
Tonight starting in the third of the Rocky Ridge Goldrush Semi Finals, Ned’s Pedro missed the kick just a little but was good enough to take accelerate past early leader Arejay Lilly and take command with Galba Flash and Code One in hot pursuit. It didn’t matter how much petrol those two burnt in the run, once he found open country, Ned’s Pedro was always going to win running away, even though the track was appreciably slower than the Sunday twilight meeeting he debuted in.
After Arejay Lilly found the front running from box 2 in an uber-quick 6.39, Ned’s Pedro took control to the second section running 12.54 and showed his blistering pace to the line running the quickest run home of the Goldrush Maiden Semi Finals, coming home in 11.31, to run 23.85.
Other Goldrush Maiden Semi Final winners to impress were, Arapilies (24.08) again trained by Darren McDonald, Blinga (24.32) trained by Jamie Ennis, and Booma Tige trained by Greg Couldridge (24.28).
Second place greyhounds to progress to Sunday’s $10,000 to the winner final were impressive heat winner and unlucky semi final runner Thanks To You (24.10), Uno Animo (24.35), Galba Flash 24.28 and Sweet Jaccuzi (24.33).
Ned’s Pedro’s part owners Dennis Trewin and Tina Womann will again be hoping karma will be returned three fold when they start Spiral Glory in Saturday night’s $150,000 to the winner Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park in Sydney, New South Wales.
And of course, followers of our free Greyhound Tips and expert form analysis received the kind of karma they most like from the four Goldrush Maiden Semi Finals tonight. Our selections were pinpoint accurate in 3 of the 4 semi’s, correctly finding the 3 placegetters in those races.
Those that followed our tips and boxed our three selections in each of the four races, got the amazing return of $630.41 at Iasbet for their $24 outlay.
Gotta luv karma.
The box draw for the $10,000 to the winner Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden was conducted by the stewards on course, and the final field is as follows :
2009 Bendigo Goldrush Maiden Final
- Box 1 – Arapilies – D McDonald
- Box 2 – Uno Animo – A O’Connor
- Box 3 – Thanks To You – W Vassallo
- Box 4 – Galba Flash – J Maple
- Box 5 – Sweet Jacuzzi – C Smith
- Box 6 – Blinga – J Ennis
- Box 7 – Booma Tige – G Couldridge
- Box 8 – Ned’s Pedro – D McDonald
- 1st Reserve – Embrocadero – R Hume
- 2nd Reserve – Code One – W Wrout
To say that Darren McDonald, Dennis Trewin and Tina Womann would be giggling with the final box draw, would be understating it.
Gotta luv karma.