Despite all the hype surrounding the Nationals, as well as Razldazl Luke’s Australian debut, life goes on as usual for the hundreds of provincial trainers around Victoria and there was some rather large prizes being won this week.
Starting off with Horsham Tuesday night, where the VBIS Distance Series concluded, with Claretown Westy running away with the $5000 winner’s cheque. The 570-metre series started off with two heats the week prior, with Claretown Westy putting in an eye-catching run to come from the tail of the field to score.
This week it wasn’t such a mountain to climb, as the son of Vapour Whirl and Claretown Annie was in the front half of the field as the pack settled after boxrise. Karsea’s Voice for Jeff Galea was the lamplighter with Miss Whits and Infinite Wish also showing speed.
However once Claretown Westy clicked into overdrive, the race was soon put beyond doubt, with the final margin opening up to a commanding seven lengths in a winning time of 32.50, with Karsea’s Voice second and Infinite Wish third.
Trained by Peter Griffen, Claretwon Westy has always been a consistent winner ever since starting his career in October 2012. This recent victory brings up number eleven from only 26 starts, with six of those coming since mid-June. Considering that dogs such as Mineola County and Evie’s Entity have tasted defeat to the hands of Claretown Westy, one would think that perhaps a metropolitan race isn’t beyond the realms of this promising pup.
Moving forward a few days to the always entertaining Warrnambool meeting, and the final of the Norfolk Butchers Dual Distance Series saw competing chasers move up from the 390-metre heats to the 450-metre final.
Carrying another prize of $5000, the race turned out to be a competitive affair, with Lektra Concrete for Peter Simone narrowly eclipsing Lyn Smith’s Bruiser Norris. Lyn also had the third place greyhound Centralian, giving her a nice collect of her own.
Owned by Phil Lenehan, Lektra Concrete was only fair to begin and had to navigate his way through the field to score in the shadows of the post. It brings up the fifth win for the son of Where’s Pedro and Speedy Lino with previous wins at Horsham, Healesville and Bendigo on the CV.
While the high profile stock from the Lenehan empire are handled by ‘Team Dailly’, Peter Simone still maintains Lektra Johnson, Cruiser and Mackie from his kennels at Pirron Yallock, near Colac in the south-west of Victoria.
From Warrnambool to Traralgon, where another of the Go Distance Racing events were held on Friday, with an additional $2000 going on top of the regular Grade 4/5 prizemoney. Amity Flame from the small Anthony Flores kennel based at Yinnar South had been competing against the best stayers in recent times, but appreciated the drop in class on this occasion.
Starting from box five at odds of $9.20, the Paddy’s Flame-Amity Rose dog was able to account for a smart field which included $2.10 favourite Arising and Group race contender Kayo Marciano. It brings up Amity Flame’s sixth win from 31 starts and second win this month after saluting at Sale over the 650 metres trip.
It added to a large night for Flores, who also puts the polish on Hurricane Isaac who took out a heat of the Castle of Mey Trophy as an odds-on favourite. Completing the 513 metres in a super-quick 29.48, he will join the other heat winners Deutronium, El Diva, Black Assegai, Superstar Magic and Two Stroke Pat in the final as well as Blue Duck Rose and Go Go Gail who were the two fastest seconds.
The Castle of Mey Trophy rewards greyhounds loyal to the Traralgon circuit, and carries a purse of $6260 for the successful greyhound.