John and Brenda Crossley would have to be the happiest people in Western Australia at the moment with the restoration of their superstar On Coin.
At just his second start back from injury, On Coin defeated a field of some of the fastest dogs in WA to win the 2014 Lew Dorsa Memorial in a flying 30.10.
“To defeat a field like that he had to be at his best.” Trainer John Crossley explained.
The son of Primo Uno – West On Lee exited from box one starting as $3.20 second favourite behind Zelemar Fever.
Te Amo (box four) flew out of the boxes to land in the lead ahead of On Coin and Star Recall (box two), Zelemar Fever (box three) was not far behind them as she used the inside of the track to slot into third position. Although Te Amo’s run looked strong last week, she couldn’t fight off the late lunges of both On Coin and Zelemar Fever. On Coin claimed victory by one length in a best of the night 30.10.
“To win a race against top dogs like that was brilliant, they are the best of the west. I’m never confident until the end of the race but he was looking alright behind Te Amo.”
At the start of the year On Coin fell on the home corner at Cannington and many, including Crossley himself, believed that it was the last time his brindle chaser would wear a race rug. With three months on the sidelines after tearing his shoulder muscle off the bone, it is safe to say On Coin is pretty much back to his best, with dramatically improved box manners.
He was once known for his inability to lead out of the boxes but his last two performances have seen him jump with some of the fastest chasers out of the boxes in WA; Te Amo and Zelemar Fever.
“He did show that he can jump in the race that he fell in, and he is coming out pretty well at the moment!”
This is Crossley’s second consecutive Lew Dorsa title. Boss Coin took home the money last year, clocking a then race record time of 30.12.
On Coin has had 47 starts for 21 wins and 19 placings. The win tonight put a smile on not only John and Brenda Crossleys’ faces, but the greyhound community as a whole. His royal blue Lew Dorsa rug will always be a reminder of the hard work and time spent in the pool to get this magnificent chaser back to the track.
On a night of highs, Ben Abercrombie’s litter sisters Takahashi (race nine, box four) and Mullet Hunter (race three, box four) pulled on plenty of heartstrings winning for their mother Tayza who passed away this week. Breeder Helen Sayer created a bond with Tayza that helped produced the likes of Two Wah, Burzynski and Takahashi in the same litter. Informally known as Min, Tayza’s loving and caring nature will live on through the high standard of pups that she has been able to produce.