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.
We’ve looked past ASTON RUPEE who did what we expected, and lined up three other standouts for this week’s medalists…
GOLD - WOW SHES FAST
WE’VE become accustomed to fast maiden winners in Springvale over the years, and the aptly named daughter of MY BRO FABIO became the fastest Maiden winner in history at Sandown on Sunday afternoon when she stopped the clock in a staggering 29.08.
BEKIM BALE, FANTA BALE and a galaxy of Jason Thompson-trained stars including the previous record holder BURN ONE DOWN, have either broken the record or run just outside of it.
The winning margin of 27.5 lengths, as great as it was going to be anyway, was exacerbated by an ‘incident’ on the home turn. You can almost excuse the dogs chasing in this instance because the winner was so far in front that they had clearly forgotten what they were chasing.
The question is … Where to now for the winner?
In the short term, she will return for the final of this event on Thursday, and you would expect her to be a very short-priced favourite to take that out.
Beyond that, and given her pedigree, it will be interesting to see how long she can hang on to her early pace. She ran a scorching 5.00 split on Sunday, which could lead the Melbourne Cup!
But you don’t have to look too far on ‘her page’ to see evidence that suggests a future over much further.
My Bro Fabio is an outstanding source of strength, and his stock are primarily seen to excel at distances exceeding 500m.
This girls’ dam is from the famed ‘Portrait-line’ and stayed 700m.
But for now, we will enjoy her as she is.
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SILVER – ZAC’S ENTITY
41.55 debut 715m winners are a rare breed and this guy has long been touted as a future staying star.
It was so obvious that we made the prediction here in Boxing Clever after his very first start.
On that occasion, much like his kennelmate who took the ‘Gold Medal’ Wow Shes Fast, he created a massive impression at a Sunday afternoon meeting by breaking the unofficial ‘run-home’ time.
He had been winless since that debut victory, but other than when he was ‘turned over’ at $1.10 over the 680m in a five-dog field, he had still been maintaining a very high level of form.
His 10.5 length demolition of ARBY’S LUCY on Sunday was one of the most auspicious 700m debut wins since the legendary TORNADO TEARS.
A notable mention should go to the Paul Abela-trained FIVE STAR who roared back into the staying picture with a blistering 41.32 win over the same course and distance on Thursday Night.
One wonders what time he may have run had he recorded the same performance in the daytime conditions that ‘Zac’ performed in.
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BRONZE – McCOOLEYS LAD
THE fairytale comeback of McCooleys Lad continued at Sandown with his 29.11 win on Thursday.
The beautifully-bred son of FERNANDO BALE was one of the hottest youngsters in the country when he badly fractured his hock late last year.
His racing days seemed over, and it was only through the hard work of Anthony Azzopardi and his family, and owners Darren and Michael Puleo that the dog has been able to come back and race at all.
The fact that he has returned to previous form is nothing short of a ‘racing miracle’, and the TAB Melbourne Cup is now very much on the radar for this medical marvel.
“The Melbourne Cup is the main aim, but I’m still going to take my time. We’ve got a plan for him, we’ll probably come back in a fortnight, but he’ll be racing sparingly. When we get to the Melbourne Cup it’s obviously full bore from there.”
MIDWEEK BEST BET
Taree Wednesday: R12 No.3 Fabio Lass
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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.