On a warm afternoon Ipswich greyhound club hosted 4 semi finals of the rich Auction Series over the 520m circuit. With all the upheaval in regards to the direction of Queensland Racing it was a great distraction and put the focus back where it should be - on quality racing. With owners and trainers purchasing their charges as pups through the auction series - the anticipation builds to this event and the hope of making a quality return on your initial purchase and observations. With first and second progressing to Thursday weeks $35,000 to the winner final - racing was at its best.
Semi-final one of the auction had the royally bred Regal Lauryn start all the rage from box 2. Trained by leading trainer Tony Brett the daughter of Surf Lorian was expected to win having won last weeks heats in easily BOD. A slow start would be the least of her worries as she was flattened and bashed from start to finish running an unlucky fourth. The winner Drop Jaw (Cool Effort-Opal Assassin) displayed a great front running display winning in 30.74 from the ever consistent Simmerly with Chasin' Rainbows third. The Peter O'Reilly trained chaser continues to impress improving his best time and record at the track in bringing up overall win number 5 with 6 placings from just the 16 starts.
Semi-final number two saw Pharmacopia use box 1 to his advantage as he speared the lids before opening up a big margin at the finish over Catch The Lilly in second with Line Up Bouys in third. The october 2010 son of Premier Chief - Kathy's Recall was ultra impressive in stopping the clock in an impressive 30.61. The Margaret Quarrell trained chaser improved from his first look at the track last week and looks a good chance in next weeks final after registering win number 3 from the 9 starts. The hard luck story was the Peter Roy trained favourite Kenso Karoo, who like Regal Lauryn in the first was flattened before finishing strongly for fourth. One of the favourites for the series it goes to show that in greyhound racing there is no such thing as a sure thing.
Tony Brett had better luck in semi-final 3 with the beautifully bred and lightly raced Miss Lauryn winning from box 8 in a time of 30.67. Having just her fifth start the daughter of Surf Lorian - Queen Lauryn did what her better known sister Regal Lauryn couldn't and qualified for next weeks rich final. Spearing across at the start she took a good bump before racing away winning by six lengths from the ever consistent Fyre Out with Premier Recall in third. Remarkably Tony Brett has never had an auction series win and with today's performance she will be hard to beat Thursday week. Fyre Out is a litter mate of the unlucky Kenso Karoo from semi-final 2 from the successful October 2010 Collision-Eye The Tiger litter.
The final semi-final provided relief for punters with the first favourite Clan Eirann saluting the judge from box 3. The January 2011 son of Collision - Tad Smarter jumped well and led from start to finish over Leonard with Sarah's Spirit in third. The Steve Lennon trained chaser ran the quickest of the four semi finals stopping the clock in a great time of 30.55. Raced by the Birch partnership Clan Eirann looked impressive in bringing up win number 8 from just 17 starts.
The box draw was conducted on track and is as follows. 1. Drop Jaw, 2. Clan Eirann, 3. Catch The Lilly, 4. Simmerly, 5. Pharmacopia, 6. Fyre Out, 7. Miss Lauryn, 8. Leonard. The Reserves: 9. Sarah's Spirit, 10. Premier Recall. With $35,000 to the winner the final is set to be a great race and we wish connections and trainers the best of luck. The Ipswich Club puts on a great night of racing for their feature events and it is sure to be a great night on and off the track