Visiting dogs gain the glory
GLORY for visiting trainers and their dogs but also promising performances from the locals.
It was a big afternoon of racing on Saturday with two major titles, the Derby and the CQ Futurity, up for grabs.
Both races are for greyhounds whelped after September 5, 2006, with the Derby for dogs and the Futurity for bitches, both raced over the 510 metre course.
The Futurity was expected to be a showdown between two Brisbane greyhounds trained by Tricia Fuller, Velocity Cloud and Promises Nothing with the latter pre-race favourite.
However, Fuller only brought Velocity Cloud to the contest, resting Promises Nothing which received an injury the previous week.
She lost little from the move with Velocity Cloud too good and winning the feature event comfortably.
In the heat she had won the previous week, Velocity Cloud had been slow clearing the box, but then won well. In the Futurity final she flew out of the box along with Bill Boon's Lamb Chop.
While Lamb Chop held a slight lead she was unable to maintain it once they got on the straight leaving the visiting dog to take the race by over five lengths and in a good time of 29.71 seconds.
The Neville Jackson bitch, Enjay's Next, was not expected to trouble the placegetters, but she stayed in touch to take the third placing.
Northern New South Wales trainer Norm Bradford has been running his dogs at Callaghan Park for the past six weeks with moderate success, but on Saturday Outback Charlie was too good in winning the Derby by over a length from another visiting dog, Darryl McGrath's Mad az Shiraz.
While the time was not as smart as the Futurity it was a good race with Outback Charlie providing a nice little windfall for his backers as he came home at odds of 6-1.
Neville Cumner's Langer was almost three lengths further back in third.
Only four raced in the 1st grade sprint, but the Jason Feeney-trained dog, One Stone, again took the money, winning comfortably from Dallas Beckett's Maverick Lee.
When Big is Beautiful began racing some of the performances were ordinary. However, that has not been the case in recent weeks with the Walter Bennetts dog blitzing the field in the 3rd/4th grade sprint, beating the favoured Trent Thorley dog Totally Mine by five lengths.
The time recorded by Big is Beautiful was pretty good at 23.81 seconds, but it was not as good as Bill Boon's Thorny in winning the 2nd grade sprint.
While Barry Hall's Surfing Devil ran a game race, the 119 race veteran didn't have the extra three lengths in him to challenge.
Andrew Suli recorded a nice double with Day Seas Fonzie winner of the 5th grade sprint and Sammy Automatic taking the Novice sprint in a time of 23.84 seconds.
Deceptive Speed paid well for the win in the 4th grade sprint while Barry Hall had his winner for the day in the Maiden with Aliza Gem taking the money with a four-length win on her second outing.