Following dominance in last Sunday‟s Centrebet Magic Maiden heats (520m), the Martin Hallinan bred litter of Malfoy – Or Catra greyhounds have tonight ensured they will be a heavy force in next Saturday‟s (April 23) Group Three final at Wentworth Park.
With places in the $25,000 final at stake, the five „Zipping‟ semi-finalists asserted control over the series booking four positions for next week‟s decider.
Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay‟s four Malfoy bred starters claiming two wins (Zipping Man – 30.06, Zipping Catra – 29.99), a second (Zipping Lad) and a third (Zipping Jewel) between them.
Litter mate, Zipping Malfoy left his lunge to the last minute for the second consecutive week, keeping trainer Anthony Azzopardi on the edge of his seat.
“He gives me heart palpitations that dog (Zipping Malfoy),” Azzopardi said immediately following the event.
“But I can‟t complain, we have been fortunate to get good returns on him so far.
“He has paid for himself now, it‟s fantastic.”
With the box draw for next Saturday‟s final completed trackside, the cards have fallen well for the Clergate reared Zipping greyhounds, drawing boxes one (Zipping Man) four (Zipping Catra) six (Zipping Malfoy) and eight (Zipping Lad).
“I am very pleased with the way they have been spread,” trainer Jason Mackay said.
Other finalists include semi-final three winner Miss Milkshake for Queensland trainer Ron Ball, Bomb Disposal for Yass trainer Neil Staines, Dyna Hackett for Brendan Wheeler and Cold Fusion for Neil Falls.
Box Draw for the 2011 Centrebet Magic Maiden Final follows:
2011 Centrebet Magic Maiden Final Box Draw
1. ZIPPING MAN Jason Mackay
2. MISS MILKSHAKE Ron Ball
3. BOMB DISPOSAL Neil Staines
4. ZIPPING CATRA Jason Mackay
5. DYNA HACKETT Brendan Wheeler
6. ZIPPING MALFOY Anthony Azzopardi
7. COLD FUSION Neil Falls
8. ZIPPING LAD Jason Mackay
9. YOUNG CLANCY Gary Algie
10. GOLD LIGHTNING James McFarlane