There were plenty of happy owners at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, after ten heats of the G1 Peter Mosman Classic were run and won over 520m.
Local chaser El Magnifico set the time standard for the night, clocking a sizzling 29.59 in heat five. The Julie Fletcher-trained chaser used box one to perfection, railing underneath his rivals at the first turn to race away by seven lengths at the finish.
Heat one was taken out by Ando’s Mac for Victorian trainer Brett Bravo, who showed great speed to get to the front at the first turn after copping a couple of checks at the start. This fawn son of El Grand Señor and Brook’s Doll raced away to score by ten and a half lengths in a sizzling 29.65, providing owners Luke Anderson and his fiance Michaele Alderdice with one of their biggest moments in greyhound racing.
“The feeling was awesome, I think I almost threw my fiancé 10 feet in the air,” said Anderson.
“It’s been a very exciting journey for us and we knocked back some big offers for this greyhound, which certainly would’ve benefited our family financially, but I’m happy we knocked them back, as he’s starting to show how good myself and Brett think he is."
“I got a photo with the whole family last night including our 8 month old twins. It will certainly take front and centre in the Anderson house,” he added.
Rippin Hayne is another promising youngster on the rise and continued his winning form on Saturday, taking out heat seven in a stunning performance from box one. This Robert Britton-trained speedster is an outstanding offspring of proven producer Chevy Princess, with last nights victory the seventh of his career from start fourteen. Holding off a challenge from Unlawful Entry approaching the home turn, Ripping Hayne streaked away to score by three and a quarter lengths, clocking a smart time of 29.83. Owner Shayne Williams is having the ride of his life with this greyhound and never expected him to past the post first on Saturday night.
“It was a surreal feeling after the race. I thought he had a good chance to qualify, but never thought he could win, considering he was giving away 6 months in age and about 30 starts in experience,” said Williams.
“With not a lot of speed in his heat I thought one of the strong dogs would punch up behind him and run over him, but for my dog to hold off Unlawful Entry was just mind-blowing."
“He’s just continued to improve out of sight in the last six weeks and I would love to see him drawn box 1 to 4 next week, I think that would give him a really good chance of making the final."
“As long as he gets around safe and pulls up ok, I’ll be happy,” added Williams.
Natahli Dedee continued her winning ways in heat nine, leading all the way in notching up her third consecutive victory in solid time of 29.92. Owner and breeder Vicki Rice was delighted with the win.
“I am so proud of her. We bred her in the backyard and named her after my granddaughter."
“We freshened her up hoping she would jump and it worked."
“Now its just a matter of waiting for the semi-finals next week,” Rice added.
Other heat winners were:
Ritza Lenny (Mark Gatt) - 29.78
Sausage Sizzle (Brett Bravo) - 29.99
He’s Some Love (Harry Markou) - 30.11
Dundee Fury (Geoffrey Scott-smith) - 30.11
Emission Control (Brian Barrington) - 30.26
Runway Idole (Christine Proctor) - 30.36
Next week’s semi-finals have been drawn, with the box draw to be released on Tuesday.