Hobart owner Michael Sutcliffe scored his best win ever on Monday night at the Tote Racing Centre when Surf Osti (Surf Lorian – Maria's Conquest) was successful in the Launceston Middle Distance Championship (600 metres).
The chaser flew the lids from the red box and was never headed, running an initial split of 9.68 seconds and overall time of 35.26, eventually scoring by four lengths and paying a win dividend of $13.
The Steve Hutt prepared Zultan (Collide – Lavita) filled second placing with the Brendan Pursell prepared Cheetah Zorro (Bombastic Shiraz – Fallen Zorro), which was shooting for four wins in succession, taking third prize money.
Sutcliffe purchased Surf Osti from Sydney and entrusted the training of the chaser to his veteran father Mark, well known as the trainer of Fisherman (Where's Pedro – Stylish Dotty), the winner of 35 races and stakes of $98,000.
He was fairly confident of success on Monday night and is predicting bigger and better things for his chaser.
“I liked the box draw and gave him a great winning chance at good odds,” he explained.
“He is shaping up as a pretty good stayer and I believe that he will improve still further when we step him up to the next level over seven hundred metres.”
Sutcliffe also has Super Boy (Head Honcho – Safe Return) and Son Of Superman (Superman – Girl Of Steel) in work with his father.
Meanwhile another veteran of the greyhound racing industry in East Devonport's Larry Tanner, was also seen in the winners circle at the LGRC meeting when Norwest Maggie (Path To Power – Hellyeah Maggie) was successful in the Kingsley Jarman Fencing Juvenile ( 278 metres).
The bitch also led throughout, running her first split in 5.11 seconds and overall time of 16.38, winning by four lengths and paying $5.90.
Tanner has applied the polish to several very good chasers over the years, but in this day and age is content to concentrate on only a small team.
“I reckon I deserved a win because I haven't been in the winners circle for over a year,” he explained.
“She has a bit of ability and will have her next outing in the Breeders Classic heats to be run at the Devonport Raceway on Saturday.”
The Anthony Bullock prepared Excessive Noise (Vapour Whirl – No End) caused a boil over at the meeting by defeating the well related David Crosswell prepared bitch She's A Boomer (Dyna Lachlan – It's A She) in the Vetsearch Making Champions Juvenile (515 metres).
He was having his first run in Tasmania, but arrived in the last stride to score in the time of 30.54 and paying a win dividend of $6.50.
Earlier in the night the Longford based Crosswell also provided a major surprise when his bitch Daisy Dawes (Made To Size- Sheoak Magpie) took out the Justin Goebel at Ray White Juvenile (515 metres), paying a lucrative $29 for the win.