Brad Yates’ youngster Stangafied more then impressed onlookers in the heats of the 2014 Puppy Classic over Cannington’s 530 metre distance on Saturday night. The black chaser defeated an inform Bekim Maxim in the third heat after falling out of the boxes. The son of El Grand Senor – Stanga Jill, stopped the clock at 30.66, not far off his personal best time of 30.60.
“I wasn’t worried when Stangafied had Bekim Maxim behind him in the heat; he is a very good dog and I have high hopes for him. We may even look at taking him over east later on after the Derby.” Trainer Brad Yates explained.
Litter brother Stanga Tom finished second in the first heat after leading everywhere but on the line, falling pray to a late lunge from Petra.
“He hasn’t been a real 500 metre dog, but I have been trying to get him up there; I expected him to go well, I thought there was only one dog to beat us and that was the one that did. So I was happy with the run.”
“At Cannington Stangafied is defiantly a better dog, but at Mandurah it is the other way around. Stangafied isn’t as quick early but his run home time is pretty good.”
Patrons at Greyhounds WA Cannington were impressed with Linda Britton’s Recall bitches yet again. Star Recall claimed victory, turning the tables after being unable to catch High Recall after her blistering first sectional last week. Gone To Heaven showed that she was coming back into form after going five starts without a win. Although she didn’t win the race, she looked strong sitting second behind Star Recall, who stopped the clock at 30.38 with a massive head wind.
Linda Britton dominated the Puppy Classic Heats, qualifying five of the eight chasers in the final. With just the three heats, first and second, as well as the two fastest thirds will make up next weeks final field.
In the first heat of the night Stanga Tom jumped to lead the field early from box two. Petra sat in fourth position on the rails behind Jaguar Monelli and Kardy Girl, pushing up into second using the rails from her perfect box one draw. She then decided that the outside route was the way to victory, defeating Stanga Tom by two lengths in 30.96.
Linda Britton produced a trifecta in the second heat of the puppy classic. Canning Trophy winner High Recall started $1.95 favourite in front of litter sister Star Recall paying $2.50 and kennel mate Gone To Heaven ($7.00). Star Recall was first to come out at box rise with Gone To Heaven and High Recall only a matter of lengths behind. The order didn’t change as they made their way around the 530 metre track, with Star Recall taking out the race in the fastest qualifying time of 30.38 by four lengths.
In the third and final heat of the night, Crossbank, Miss Moto and West On Miffy lead the field out of the boxes, with Bekim Maxim and Stangafied waiting to make ground on the inside. Bekim Maxim decided to go around the outside of the track with Stangafied using the rails to snatch the lead. Bekim Maxim and Stangafied went head to head for multiple strides until Stangafied pulled away in the home straight to win by six lengths in 30.66.
2014 Puppy Classic box draw:
1 Stanga Tom Brad Yates
2 Gone To Heaven Linda Britton
3 Miss Moto Corey White
4 Bekim Maxim Linda Britton
5 High Recall Linda Britton
6 Petra Linda Britton
7 Stangafied Brad Yates
8 Star Recall Linda Britton
9 Kardy Girl John Carmody
10 Sailing Solo David Hobby
With the box drawn done on Saturday night, Yates wasn’t disappointed with Stangafied receiving box seven in the final.
“For him it probably doesn’t matter so much as to what box he gets, he will need luck and I just have to hope that one of Linda’s dogs doesn’t get too far in front. If he is close enough, he is quite capable of running them down.”
“If he is within six lengths of the leaders at the 600 metre boxes he will give them a big shake.”
Stanga Tom on the other hand has the handy box one.
“I don’t think he will win, even from box one; my other dog will pick him up down the back and make him look like he is going backwards.”
“He is the only one that could challenge Linda’s three dogs out of the boxes. He will go well for a long way but the last 50 meters will take its toll on him.”
“The two Recall bitches look to be hard to beat if they get out in front early. Gone To Heaven is a good chance too, but Stangafied will be giving them a run for their money if he doesn’t find too much trouble.”
The 2014 Puppy Classic is set to run on Saturday night with the time yet to be announced.