Greyhound racing around the nation is running hot and JASON LINCOLN brings you up to speed with all the action on and off the track.
QUEEN WELL AND TRULY CROWNED
‘QUEEN Qwara’ reigned supreme in the blue riband G1 Maturity Classic (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night. In doing so she cemented her position as not only the pre-eminent female in greyhound racing, but one of the best around of any gender.
QWARA BALE’s maiden win at G1 level came against her own sex in the $150,000 Sapphire Classic (515m) in May, but this time around she took on all comers and repelled the challenge with her customary class in a time of 29.93 secs.
When she took out the ‘Sapphire’ at Sandown, ‘Qwara’ showed that wonderful blend of speed and strength that is present in all of the great ones, when she came from off the pace to run down SHIMA CLASSIC late on.
On Saturday at The Meadows, a track that demands early pace in feature races, it was all about speed. Just as in her heat, she exploded from the traps and once she held out MR FIX IT in the run to the first turn it was a forgone conclusion, as there were very few greyhounds in the race capable of giving the ‘star’ bitch a head start.
The win takes her record to 31 starts, 18 wins and over $335k in prizemoney, and the victory highlighted a deep connection between the Daily family and The Meadows racetrack.
‘Qwara’ is a 27 months daughter of under-rated sire ALLEN DEED.
Allen Deed is the current 525m track record holder at the Broadmeadows circuit (29.37) and he too was trained by Andrea Dailey, as was previous record holder HESTON BALE. The Daily’s also trained the current 595m track record holder DYNA DOUBLE ONE who ran second in the 2015 Maturity to the ‘Hall Of Famer’ FERNANDO BALE.
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VIVE LA REVOLUTION
REVOLUTION was a dog we pinpointed in last week’s column as a potential star of the future, and he vindicated that opinion with a breathtaking performance to win the Vicbred Maiden Series Final (450m) at Ballarat on Wednesday night.
The royally bred son of ‘track stars’ Fernando Bale and ELEVATED is trained by astute trainer/breeder Harry Mansolitsis. Harry has had great success in recent years with greyhounds like Elevated, GET IT GIZMO, FLYNN and prolific winner ITALIAN PLASTIC but this bloke could well be the best of the lot.
Flynn in particular created a massive impression from very early in his career courtesy of a blistering 23.50 Bendigo (425m) win at only his second start; three starts later he would break the track record (23.37).
The comparison with SHIMA SHINE last week was based primarily on the fact that they have both come through the same series to start their careers, and the times that they both ran, albeit two years apart, certainly make for an interesting comparison.
As we pointed out last week, ‘Shima’ ran only 0.02 quicker in his heat win two years ago than Revolution did last week. But Revolution turned that around in the Final by recording 25.00 secs compared to Shima Shines’ 25.02.
Being ‘too hard and fast’ with times from different days is crazy enough let alone different years, however, the manner of both of Revolutions wins certainly brought back memories of watching Shima Shine’s early days, and he is one greyhound that I am very excited about seeing over the next 6-12 months.
He is engaged in Race 4 at Ballarat on Wednesday and will no doubt go around a very short-priced favourite.
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MEMORABLE DOUBLE FOR ROOKIE
JORJA-Louise Howard had a night she will remember forever on Monday at Maitland when she trained her first winner DOING TIME. Quick to build on that success, she went out and rugged up the next winner too, ABLE MASTER to knock in.
That greyhound is a son of BARCIA BALE and CHEVY LADY, and his win brought a up another ‘unique double’ because only two minutes earlier his litter brother SIX SPEED SPECIAL won Race 2 at Shepparton.
The Howards have always had a great association with the ‘Chevy-line’ and both pups won in the style of greyhounds to follow of the coming weeks and months.
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Jason Lincoln is the co-host of The Catching Pen which can be seen on Sky Racing 2, Sky Racing Active and the Sky Racing website every Tuesday night, plus Chasing Winners Wednesday nights on Sky 2 from 7pm, focusing on the MILLION DOLLAR CHASE Carnival in its entirety and a nationwide search for weekend winners. Jason also appears as a presenter and form analyst on Sky Racing.