One Stone soldiers on to win

ONE Stone, the dog owned by a group of Australian Army reservists, continues to impress winning the Best Eight sprint in a fast time.

Last time out One Stone was off the pace when beaten into fourth place in a race won by Totally Mine.

With that dog moving up in distance, One Stone was well backed to win and he didn't disappoint.

Drawn in the middle of the pack, One Stone got away well to beat home the Walter Bennetts dog, Spring Tin Man, which had the better draw coming out of the one box by over three lengths.

They were the only two dogs in the contest as the third placing went to Jeff Kuhl's Allakazan which was a further five lengths out of the picture.

Although he didn't get the win in that race, trainer Bennetts had a good meeting at Callaghan Park on Saturday when he scored a double.

Bennetts picked up his wins in a 4th/5th grade race over the 510 metre course and also in the 5th grade sprint race, both dogs paying good odds for the win.

In the sprint Forever Jo was a 10-1 shot, drawn wide on the track and going into the race with only moderate form.

None of that mattered as she was too good by nearly two lengths and despite the winning time only being moderate, she was good enough to take the major prizemoney.

Trainer Jeff Kuhl was expected to pick up the win as he had two good dogs competing, but instead, his Hurricane Obama and Maywyn Maybe were only good enough for the minor placings.

Fuelled Speed was a big winner for Bennetts over the middle distance race, beating home the more-fancied Andrew Suli dog Damien by six lengths.

Springsure trainer Bill Boon was expected to win the 2nd/3rd grade race over the 510 metre course, but not with Our Irish Betty.

Although having a good record over the distance it was Lamb Chop that was expected to bring home the bacon. In the end Lamb Chop finished third and one-and-a-half lengths behind her kennel mate.

Raced in the quick, winning time of 29.90 seconds, Our Irish Betty was only a half-length ahead of Trent Thorley's Totally Mine, which had moved up to the middle distance after winning the Best Eight sprint last week.

Barry Hall has a promising young dog in Pompous Shiraz. A winner of his heat last week, Pompous Shiraz proved that result was no fluke by winning the Mixed Grade final comfortably from Allan Svensen's Rolling Surf and in a respectable time of 23.75 seconds.

Premier Knight was also a big winner for Darren Taylor, winning the 3rd/4th grade sprint comfortably.



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