By Tegan Gray – Broken Hill Greyhound Racing
History was made for Broken Hill Greyhound Racing, holding its first-ever TAB meeting. It was also a night to remember for South Australia trainer Troy Murray, where the first of his dogs to contest the Broken Hill Cup heats broke the 525m track record, only to have it lowered in the next race by another one of his chasers. Eclipsing a massive .31 off the previous time.
When trial form is good form you go with it. Local greyhound Mystic Jewel, trained by Ben Carswell, was the first dog into the Sportsbet Richest Outback Maiden final. The crowd erupted when the greyhound hit the front, sending the TAB broke after the very first race winning at massive odds. Second was Wild Luna, trained by Jack Trengove and third was Mayhem Flash, trained by Regan Edgecumbe.
Break Ranks, trained by Victorian trainer Aaron Debattista took out this race. Wasn’t brilliant away as was expected but found the rail to go on and win. Second was Showgirl Lexi, also trained by Victorian trainer Kerry Prowse. Honest Frank ran into third place, trained by Craig Jaensch.
Another local dog made it through to the final when the Robert Dannatt trained Smug Doug led them a merry dance, leading from start to finish stopping the clock at a sizzling 21.91. This greyhound put his ability on show and firmed himself as the hot favourite to take out the final. Favourite for this race, Sort Of Sublime, trained by Bec Romyn from SA, finished in second position while Pirate Paddy, trained by Kerry Prowse, finished in third.
The local greyhounds continued to shine through when Iceni Riot, trained by Susan Gray, won the first heat of the local cup. She hunted up on the outside of Flying Chopper as they raced towards the drive tower to then kick away and win in impressive style stopping the clock at a very fast 21.71. Abby’s Illusion ran into second place, trained by Kerry Prowse, found the rail when there was trouble in the field. Third was Flying Chopper, trained by Lorraine Robertson.
Seen Better, trained by Rodney Millington, took out the second heat also scoring in fine style, jumping to the lead from box rise, stopping the clock at 21.70. On the way to her victory, she beat kennel mate Abby’s Comet. Longstaff, trained by Troy Roberts ran into third placing but a margin behind the first two placegetters. Next week’s final will be a cracker with Iceni Riot and Seen Better drawing next to each other after both being the heat winners.
Manila Dusk made it a double for Victorian trainer Aaron Debattista when he took out the first heat of the $10,000 Broken Hill Cup. He found the lead early and stretched his rivals to go on and win in an impressive time of 30.60. Manila Dusk will improve on his run in the final after getting lost on the track a few times throughout running. Second was Hojilla Bale, trained by Chris Jaensch from SA. An eye-catching run by this greyhound to book itself a place in the final. Helmet Giblet, trained by Jack Trengove, finished third.
She’s A Hotshot began a memorable night in Broken Hill for SA trainer Troy Murray when she jumped to the lead from box rise and it was a matter of times and margins when taking out heat 2 of the cup. All eyes turned to the clock after the greyhound pasted the post to see 30.28 displayed, breaking the previously held track record by .30. A massive time break for a greyhound who has never seen the Broken Hill track before. Swift Brittany, trained by Rodney Millington, finished in second place, also breaking the previously held track record time in an excellent run. Third was Wooden Tiger, trained by Clint Trengove.
Came and Went, also trained by SA trainer Troy Murray in heat 3, was not to be outdone by kennel mate She’s A Hotshot in the previous race when he also led from box rise on his way to victory. The eyes darted to the semaphore board as the dog pasted the post. The track record had been lowered again to 30.27. Both Troy’s greyhounds started in box 6, something about green they both liked. Second was Teddy The Bear, trained by Clint Trengove and third Sugar Shane trained by Kerry Prowse.
Blue Pride gave Craig Jaensch his first winner for the night in a messy race finding the front when the leaders jammed up. Soul Taker, trained by Aaron Debattista, started favourite for the race but finished in second placing. Third went to Who Knows Chloe, trained by Troy Roberts.
That’s A Problem, trained by Jack Trengove, won in fine style when leading from start to finish to take out the last race on a very successful night for the club. Irish Brandy, trained by Clint Trengove, finished in second and Attuned, trained by Donna Gaiter, finished off the placings in third.
The final of the three feature events will be held next Sunday night, with some very slick greyhounds contesting these races. Who will take home the $10,000 first prize in the Broken Hill Cup and book themselves a ticket into the semi-final of the Million Dollar Chase in Sydney?