Mulberry Pie streaks home
GREYHOUNDS: Even a sure favourite like Dallas Beckett’s Spring Malawi can be beaten, as outsider Mulberry Pie proved at Callaghan Park on Saturday.
Mackay trainer Paul Frederickson took just one dog to Saturday’s meeting and that was Mulberry Pie, racing in a 4th/5th grade sprint.
However, Mulberry Pie repaid the petrol money by streaking home despite being drawn wide.
The dog’s form going into the race was not eye-catching and the better performed Spring Malawi looked a good bet to make it three wins from the last three outings.
However, dogs drawn in the middle of the pack need to get clear of the clutter if they are to win and both Spring Malawi and the other favoured dog, Barry Hall’s Lord Seaton, failed to get the clear run they needed, finishing well behind the winner.
Winning time for that race was a respectable 23.87 seconds, but not quite as fast as the time by Ces Ringuet’s Rules the Roost in the 1st/2nd grade sprint.
Again this was a win by an outsider as Jason Feeney’s One Stone and Bill Boon’s Lamb Chop were both expected to be too quick for the small field.
One Stone did get close, finishing less than a length behind Rules the Roost, whose winning time was 23.84 seconds, but Lamb Chop had a disappointing outing and was well back in fourth.
Beckett’s Tiger Swift was third, but four lengths behind the first two dogs.
It was also close racing in the 4th/5th grade race over the 510 metre course where another favourite was beaten by a less favoured dog.
Palomino is consistently among the money winners and was expected to be too good for the field.
In a race run at a slow pace it was the Ray Young trained Miss Cover Story that finished closest to the bunny, beating Palomino by three-quarters of a length in a time of 30.54 seconds as Palomino wilted during the run in.
Another of the more-favoured dogs, Andrew Suli’s Sammy Automatic, was almost three lengths further away.
The Best Eight over the middle distance gave Beckett his only win for the afternoon with the speedy Pie Guys far too good for the rest of the field and clearing away to a six lengths victory.
Our Irish Betty is consistent over this distance and she was the runner-up for trainer Bill Boon, beating race favourite Fat Lady Sings by a neck.
Bunker Road was the hot favourite to win the 5th grade sprint, but a nasty fall ended his chances of the win. That let in Les Wisener’s Moon Surfer, an 8-1 shot, to win in a close finish from Allan Svensen’s Rolling Surf.
Mark Lutter got his win for the day with his dog David Cane just edging out Boon’s Rubber Soles by half-a-length in a 3rd grade sprint.
Boon won the last race on the 10-race card with Ben Morvan too quick in a 5th grade sprint while Suli too tasted victory with Day Seas Bruiser in the Novice sprint.
Successful trainer of the day was Lowmead’s Dale Johnson, who was a winner of both heats of the Maiden with Ella Scott winning the first heat by nine lengths and then the second with Nothing Wild by seven lengths.