Belfast Johnny Salutes In Stunning Vic Peters Classic Victory

Belfast Johnny Salutes In Stunning Vic Peters Classic Victory

All eight runners went into tonight’s Group One Vic Peters Classic final with a genuine chance of taking out the title. As the lids opened, one dog had his eye firmly on the prize and made his trainer Troy Vella $75,000 richer.

Beginning beautiful from box two, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Wongawillisue was never headed in a blistering 29.63 display by 5.5 lengths, defeating Whata Good Size who was gallant in defeat for Jason Thompson and Avondale Porche flew home to run third for Beau Hedley.

Notching up his 8th win tonight from just 11 starts, Belfast Johnny turned heads last week when he clocked a flying 29.67 semi final win and before that sizzled around the one turn track at Maitland over the 450m, clocking a near-record personal best of 24.97.

A dream was realised tonight for Blacktown trainer Troy Vella, who trains just two greyhounds out of his Western Sydney backyard and can now call himself a Group One winning trainer.

A full wrap up and interview with Troy will be posted shortly.

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Dimity has been involved in racing since she was 8 years old through her grandfather, father and uncles all being successful owners and trainers around the Hunter Valley area. Dimity has been writing for ARG since 2010 and in March 2013 was named Greyhound Racing New South Wales' Young Person of the Year. After being a successful owner since 2007, Dimity has now obtained her trainers licence, to pursue her passion for racing. Away from the greyhound media industry, Dimity is studying a Bachelor of Business and Law and works in finance at the Singleton Council as well as being a club director. For several years Dimity has been a platinum supporter of the Greyhound Adoption Program and various other animal welfare groups.