The track was 'totally his'
WHEN a dog comes to race, like Trent Thorley's Totally Mine did at Callaghan Park on Saturday, then there is nothing going to stop him.
The expected close race for the best eight sprint didn't materialise, as Totally Mine bolted from his box, established a handy lead after just 50 metres and then stretched out to win convincingly.
Totally Mine was expected to be up with the pace but instead he set it; and what a fast pace it turned out to be, clearing the 407 metre course in 23.39 seconds.
The winning time was easily the best of the day with Totally Mine winning by close to seven lengths from Cec Ringuet's Rules the Roost and the more fancied Gary Thorpe dog Back Page a further length back.
Respected local trainer Ray Pike said once Totally Mine had bolted, the others ran in a pack with fancied dogs like Jason Feeney's One Stone boxed in and unable to challenge.
There may have only been five dogs racing in the “Best Eight' over the 510 metre course but Bill Boon's Lamb Chop showed her credentials in dominating.
Lamb Chop was soundly beaten by Velocity Cloud last week but the value of that run was proved by Velocity Cloud's next run which was an eight length win at Ipswich.
A late scratching from the race was another Boon dog Aye Jay Cee, leaving just five dogs.
The win for Lamb Chop was gained in the reasonable time of 29.87 seconds, with Thorpe's Centre Page three-and-a-half lengths further back in second place, just pipping Andrew Suli's Aces Are to the line.
Two trainers had a double celebration on Saturday. The other half of Thorley's double came in the Novice sprint where his new dog Team Onyx was almost three lengths too good for Dallas Beckett's Spring Malawi with Barry Hall taking third place with Aliza Gem.
The other trainer to enjoy a double was Jeff Kuhl who won a heat of the Maiden and also a 4th/5th grade sprint.
It was Cocoriffic that had the measure of the field in the 4th/5th grade sprint, winning in a reasonable time of 23.74 seconds in a tight contest with Les Wisener's Rocket Rider. Suli's Sammy Automatic found the pace a little hot, finishing a distant third.
Kuhl also won one of the heats of the Maiden with his Cyril Says well clear of the rest of the field.
On Saturday Cyril Says will run against the Barry Hall dog Pompous Shiraz which won the other heat.
Although coming down the grades, Mark Lutter's David Cane was not expected to collect the main prizemoney for the 3rd/4th grade sprint.
However, in a surprise David Cane was nearly a length to the good in a tight finish with the Darren Taylor favourite Premier Knight.
It may have provided a pedestrian time but the 4th/5th grade race on the 510 metre course produced the best finish of the night.
Thorpe took the win with Flying Shak but it took a photograph to separate the dog from second placed Tammy Shiraz with Suli getting another place with Damien.