Wynburn Rush Prevails In Devonport Country Oaks Final

Smart bitch Wynburn Rush (Collide – Hayleys Girl) maintained a family tradition by scoring a bold victory in the Country Oaks Final (452 metres) decided at yesterday’s NWGRC meeting.

Members of her particular litter, which were whelped in April 2012, have been to the fore in recent months in and interstate. They have accumulated a total of 21 wins and appear to be improving with age and experience.

Wynyard’s Tom Englund bred the litter, which includes the likes of Wynburn Wizard (7 wins), Wynburn Rush (5), Wynburn Blaze (4), Wynburn Chaos (2), Wynburn Loco (2) and Wynburn Joker (1).

Englund’s son Ben and Scott Bryan share training responsibilities for the litter mates, which are shaping up as stars of the future.

Wynburn Rush rocketed home to take out the Country Oaks, defeating Beautiful Bella (Lochinvar Marlow – Splitting Hairs) and Hard As Nails (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria), paying a win dividend of $7.40 and recording a time of 26.04.

The bitch qualified for the rich event by running fourth behind Hard As Nails in her heat the previous week, but improved sufficiently to provide fledgling trainer Englund with one of his biggest wins to date.

“She just seems to be able to win the important ones. We are really pleased with her, she is a great little bitch,” Tom Englund explained after the win.

Unfortunately for the Country Oaks favourite, the well performed Kawasaki Rose ( – Magic Dust), was involved in a scrimmage mid-race and failed to complete the course.

Meanwhile boom chaser Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova) returned to his best form to take out the Devonport Country Derby Final (452 metres) in a spine tingling finish involving three greyhounds.

Formerly prepared by , debuted in January and won his first six races in succession, before changing hands for a sizeable amount and entering the kennel of Paul Donaldson.

Prior to the Country Derby Final he had been a shade disappointing on three occasions, but returned to his very best with a strong finishing burst to defeat deadheaters Gemstone Jack (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) and Great Taylors (Talks Cheap – Wooreddy) in the time of 25.83, while paying a win dividend of $5.30.

Popular trainer Kevin McConnon of West Moonah was also seen in the winners circle at yesterday’s meeting when House Of Stark (Global Warming – Tui Jet) was successful in the final event on the programme (452 metre Grade 5).

The chaser had been displaying improved form in recent weeks and recorded a time of 25.82 in defeating Golden Sage ( – Trina Sage) and Bozzies Girl ( – Miss Bel Air), while paying a win dividend of $5.90.

The big spending McConnon and his mate, former top footballer Des Graham, are regulars at many Tasmanian greyhound racing meetings and are always willing to help out and good for a laugh.

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