Suli, Beckett score doubles
DOUBLES for trainers Andrew Suli and Dallas Beckett were a highlight of racing at Callaghan Park on Saturday.
Beckett was expected to win the Australia Day Cup over the 510 metre course with the very quick Tiger Twelve. However, it was his other dog in the field, Pie Guys, that got the break and cruised to victory nearly eight lengths clear of former Beckett-trained and now Albert Harker-trained dog Maverick Lee.
The race was won on a quick time of 30.06 seconds, but none of the fancied dogs such as Dimple Assassin or Our Irish Betty were there at the finish.
The eight-race card was full of similar minor shocks. After the heats of the mixed sprint, the final was expected to be a formality as the Mark Lutter-trained Baden Dash had destroyed all opposition. On the day, however, he wasn’t to be seen and that race was taken by Barry Hall’s Ronaldo Miss.
The winning time of 24.20 seconds was ordinary, but Hall won’t mind taking the win, coming home over three lengths ahead of Harker’s Clean Coal.
The Best Eight sprint was being run for the benefit of Jason Feeney’s One Stone, but again there was a minor surprise as Beckett’s Spring Malawi was far too good, winning in the best time of the day, 23.71 seconds, for the distance and well clear of Bundaberg trainer Michelle Brider’s Miss Nice.
Suli’s two victories were a lot closer. Day Seas Bruiser won a 5th grade sprint by just half a length from Allan Svensen’s Rolling Surf. The winning time of 24.15 seconds was not inspiring, but compared to his other winner, Jet Combo in the Maiden, it appeared lightning-fast.
Jet Combo got home in 24.56 seconds, winning by half-a-head from Darren Taylor’s Smart Train.
Taylor did get a win for the day with Tammy Shiraz taking out the 4th/5th grade race over 510 metres, with Bill Boon’s much-fancied Son of Macbeth over five lengths back in third place.
An impressive winner came in a 5th grade sprint where By A Coop took the money. While By A Coop was expected to be near the front at the finish, his win by over seven lengths from favourite, Walter Bennetts’s Astral Blitz, will have other trainers taking notice.
Another massive win came in the 4th grade sprint where Jeff Kuhl-trained Cocoriffic lived up his favourite’s tag by beating Lutter’s Go Tarney by almost 10 lengths.