Beckett’s dogs in winning form
The Christmas Cup may have gone to John Betro’s Sister Cool, but the night belonged to Dallas Beckett.
On Wednesday night at Callaghan Park there was plenty of action for punters for 10 fiercely contested races of which the Christmas Cup was the star attraction.
Walter Bennetts’s Dimple Assassin was aiming to make it back to back Christmas Cup wins, but it was not to be as the speedy bitch failed to keep up with the rank outsider, the diminutive bitch Sister Cool, racing away early to win by four lengths.
The time was not as quick as might have been anticipated, but then again on the night there were no startling winning times with the track slower then anticipated.
Sister Cool’s winning time was 30.33 seconds, which is nearly half a second slower then might be expected for this quality of race over the 510 metre course.
While the winner was a surprise having finished her heat in fourth place to scrape into the final, so was third-placed Damien, the Andrew Suli dog, which also failed to set the track alight when qualifying in third position.
It was not the Christmas Cup that was the feature for master trainer Beckett, whose dogs were back to their best in claiming three wins for the night.
Most impressive was the return to form of Spring Malawi, which cleared away from the pack to win the fourth grade sprint by a clear five and a half lengths and in the best time of the night over the distance of 23.73 seconds.
After a couple of ordinary runs in the previous two races, Spring Malawi’s pace prevented the Ray Young’s Bec’s Sapphire of getting a hat-trick of wins.
Other wins for Beckett came in the maiden sprint where Tiger Twelve lived up to the favourite’s tag to win by nearly four lengths and in the fifth grade race over 510m where Palomino romped to victory by close to nine lengths.
The third grade sprint had good dogs with Jeff Kuhl’s Addis Rose taking the win.
Any thoughts the step-up in grades might be too much for Addis Rose were killed off after Kuhl’s dog cleared to a win of almost four lengths with Bundaberg trainer Michelle Brider having her bitch, Miss Nice, grab second.
Four heats of maidens had been raced to find the qualifiers for the next mixed final sprint and it was a heat winner, Brian Terry’s High Dancer, that led them in.
Race favourite She’s So Rad didn’t fail trainer Mark Bube as she raced home in second place, only two lengths behind the winner.
Spring Malawi, cleared from the pack