As expected, Paw Licking (1) was the early leader. In fact, he had drawn nearly eight lengths clear down the back straight, with Zelemar Fever doing all the chasing.
However, everyone watching the race was consciously aware that Paw Licking would find the closing stages of the race a problem. His trainer, Kel Greenough, had stated in the lead up to the race that the dog did not have the ideal preparation for a 525 metre event and his summation of the dog’s chances proved correct.
Paw Licking was clearly starting to tire as he rounded the home turn. After a clear run through the race, the noted strong finisher Zelemar Fever was poised to capitalise and she did just that, emerging victorious by half a length in 29.86. Peter Rocket (8) caught the eye in third place. He was midfield in the early stages but worked his way along the rails to third down the back and ran home strongly to miss second place by just a head. Innocent Til (7), who was wanted by many in betting, found trouble and finished last.
Zelemar Fever, the only bitch in the Temlee final, has thrived under the tutelage of Linda Britton and now has 25 career wins to her name and has now earned connections over $220,000.