Outsiders fail to get a look in
PUNTERS placing their money on outsiders, hoping for the big payout, will have been disappointed with the way the heats of the “Young Guns” were raced.
Totally Mine went in to the first heat of the Young Guns, a race for greyhounds aged 30 months or younger at Saturday's start, as the evens favourite and the Trent Thorley-trained dog didn't let his backers down.
In fact, it was the three fancied dogs that took the main placings in the race over the 510 metre course with just three lengths separating first and third.
The Thorley dog had the most work to do when coming from the outside box and that is reflected in the winner's time of 30.02 seconds - a couple of lengths slower than second heat winner.
Nevertheless, Totally Mine did beat the Walter Bennetts-trained Fuelled Speed into the runner-up position while Barry Hall's Pompous Shiraz had to settle, for the first time in his career, for something other than first - third.
Next weekend's final at Callaghan Park should be a beauty as two fancied dogs finished first/ second in the second heat too.
However, while both were fancied there was no close finish as the Darryl McGrath dog, Mad az Shiraz was far too strong for the field, winning by almost five lengths and racing home in a respectable time of 29.83 seconds.
While Mad az Shiraz had the best of the draw the result was a warning shot for other hopefuls in the Young Guns final.
Steven Boody's Unpainted was strong enough to claim a second place from the middle of the pack while Kevin Kemp's Hervey Bay Flyer was a fair way back in third.
There is no stopping One Stone, certainly none of the other dogs in the 1st/2nd grade sprint was capable of catching Jason Feeney's flier. One Stone was well fancied despite the field looking useful and the draw from the three box possibly giving him a tough time if trying to get the rail. However, One Stone was hot and far too fast for the others to get near.
The winning time of 23.47 seconds was quick and it left Bill Boon's Aye Jay Cee well behind, trailing by six lengths although a reasonable effort coming from the eight box. Bennetts's Spring Tin Man was third after finishing two lengths further back.
Although nine races were on Saturday's card, no trainer managed a double while ace trainer Dallas Beckett went away winless.
On any race card there is usually a bolter and Saturday's was the Ray Young dog, Miss Cover Story, in the 5th grade sprint.
At 13-1 the odds were tempting, but Miss Cover Story had minimal form going into the race and was drawn wide.
Although the winning time of 24.10 seconds was modest, Miss Cover Story arrived at the winning post four lengths ahead of second placed Spring Malawi.
Veteran trainer Ces Ringuet got back in the winners circle when his Rules the Roost won the 2nd/3rd grade sprint by over two lengths from Beckett's Tiger Swift.
Andrew Suli got his win for the day in the best Eight over the 510 metre course with his dog Damien, a clear winner ahead of Les Wisener's Fat Lady Sings and Boon's much-fancied Lamb Chop.
Boon did get a win with Rubber Soles in the 4th/5th grade sprint while Hall's Lord Seaton returned to something like his old form when running second.
Albert Harker won the Novice with Mister Gott at a pedestrian speed while the Maiden was won by Rolling Surf, the Allan Svensen dog finally getting home in the lead after taking a minor placing in five of his last six outings.