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Boxing Clever with Jason Lincoln

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.


OUTSTANDING bitch QWARA BALE has been installed as the favourite by TAB for Saturday nights G1 Maturity Classic (525m) at The Meadows, on the back of her hollow 30.18 sec heat win, but by no means was she the most impressive heat winner.

Only two greyhounds went under the 30 second mark for the 10 x 525m races that were conducted (eight Maturity Heats), and it was those two performances that took star billing.

First cab off the rank was HANDSOME RHINO for Paul Galea in Heat 1.

His performance to dispose of the outstanding JEPARA in 29.85 was a realisation of the potential he has been showing in the lower grades.

His lack of ‘race sense’ has cost him having an even better record than 15 starts (7-1-3). Only six starts ago at The Meadows and from Box 1, he was beaten as a $1.10 fav after completely ‘losing’ the first turn.

He has drawn pretty well for the Final in Box 6, and importantly for his chances, he has drawn inside of the ‘star performer’ on the night ASTON FASTNET.

‘Karter’, as he is known around the kennels, was a most impressive winner, running identical time to ‘The Rhino’, and lowering the colours of boom sprinter KOBLENZ who was attempting his twelfth straight win.

The Jason Thompson-trained youngster has often lived in the shadow of his litter-brother ASTON RUPEE; indeed that chaser went into this series as the TAB All-In favourite. But with him being beaten as a $1.45 favourite later in the night, it was Aston Fastnet’s time to shine.

Meadows track specialists, FERNANDO MICK and MR FIX IT, will make their presence felt in the G1 showpiece on the back of gutsy wins in the qualifiers.

Mr Fix It in particular has the early speed to lead just about any field and although Box 5 looks awkward on paper, I believe it is a perfect draw for him given the room he should get from the dogs either side.

He would be my idea of a bet in the race should we be able to snare double figure odds.

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THERE were some exciting youngsters stepping out at Ballarat last Wednesday for a typically strong GRV Vicbred Maiden Series (450m).

This particular series at Ballarat has thrown up some outstanding chasers in recent times, none more so than in 2019, when Andrea Daily took the wrapping off a ‘very special present’.

SHIMA SHINE took out his heat (25.25secs) and final (25.02secs) in best of the night times, at starts one and two, in the style of a budding superstar.

In fact, it was only ten starts later that as a ‘toddler’ he ran second in the TAB Million Dollar Chase to GOOD ODDS HARADA. His subsequent deeds see him regarded as one of the fastest greyhounds this country has ever produced.

In running 25.26secs, REVOLUTION recorded a time only 0.01secs slower than Shima’s debut win two years ago, albeit not in best of the night figures.

The time wasn’t the only similarity in the wins, with the royally bred daughter of FERNANDO BALE and ELEVATED being hesitant at box-rise before showing dazzling acceleration to rip the field apart in a matter of strides.

That’s the ‘Shima’ way.

She won’t have it all her own way as BOSTON GARDEN created a very good impression with his six length 25.35 demolition in Heat 3.

He is a divinely bred son of HIGH EARNER, out of an American-Bred daughter of KC AND ALL, and is raced by leading breeder George Farrugia who put the mating together. His turn-of-foot was there for all to see, and it sets up an exciting clash in the Final.

The win of ASTON MARVEL, albeit in the slowest time, was a nice touch for the Thompson family.

He is a son of the recently deceased ASTON KIMETTO, whose demise was as sudden as it was heart-felt. He was a greyhound known for his paralysing-finishing-burst and it was sad to lose him just as his stud career was about to take shape.


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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.