The twelve event card started in a blaze of glory for the powerhouse kennel of Linda Britton, as Uno Reltub flew out of box six and gave nothing else a chance in the Mixed grade 4/5 event, winning by five lengths in 30.43.
It was two from two for Britton when versatile chaser Ever Grace was able to find the lead from box five. Having been a winner over the middle and staying trips, the daughter of Surf Lorian and Lucy’s Light was always going to be hard to catch one on the arm, and hence ran the journey right out in 30.48, ahead of the fast-finishing Rousay and Oxley Ruler.
It was almost an undefeated hat-trick in race three as another Britton runner, Dark Mirror, went very close to taking out the Free-For-All event over 715m. However it was outsider, Freeway Fame that upset the apple cart and scored at odds of $39.80 in a time of 42.24. Leading most of the way from box seven, the Keith Harding trained stayer managed to hold off all late runs, including that of a disappointing favourite, Pickle Mickle who simply never looked a chance after scouting wide in the early stages.
Favourite punters had no such worries in the fast-class sprint event, when Vocal Enforcer, fresh from a win in the Group 2 All-Stars Sprint, continued his merry form for trainer Andrew Mclaren. Starting at juicy odds of $3.60, Vocal Enforcer looked the class runner and was subsequently untroubled throughout, winning in a smart 30.33.
That performance was shadowed however, by the John Iwanyk prepared Pedro’s Finest who creamed his opposition by 14 lengths in the very next race, running 30.27 in the process. It was the dogs’ third start in Western Australia after coming across from Victoria, and with two standout wins already on the board, it won’t be long until Pedro’s Finest works his way through the grades.
Soon after recovering from the shock of Freeway Fame’s victory earlier in the night, punters were dealt another blow when Hayley’s My Mum defied her $35.70 quote to land a grade 5 event in 30.80. Having to come from behind the early leader and still withstanding the strong run of Hypo Lyn by three-quarters, Hayley’s My Mum gave Andrew Mclaren his second winner for the night and its fourth career win of its own.
Astute trainer Graham Berry had to wait until race nine to taste success, when Kip Dynamite ran down Formatt in 30.88, but it wasn’t long until he too landed a double with Smiley Assassin.
While the son of Black Enforcer had to sit third and wide in the early part of the race he was able to settle just a few lengths off the speed. Coming off the back, Smiley Assassin used his long stride to switch back to inside and still maintain his momentum, hitting the front turning for home and impressively racing away in a new PB of 30.91. It was the greyhound’s fourth win around Cannington layout and would’ve made the drive back home to the Berry household a pleasant one.