Locals again in the winners’ circle

David Braithwaite

LOCALLY-trained dogs again made their mark during Thursday’s Sale greyhounds meeting.

The day began with Heart Of Rio winning the first race, a 440 metre maiden, for Seaspray trainer John Boreland.

Pine Gem, trained by Lesley Russell at Sale, led, but went wide on the home bend, with Heart of Rio maintaining an inside line to win in 25.59 seconds and claim a first win from two starts.

Heyfield trainer Kathleen Fogarty won the race three 440m maiden with Madalia Brodie.

The dog brought up its first win in 18 starts, with the tote paying $16.30.

The race became a three-way contest between Madalia Brodie, Dr Zayd (for Judith McMahon at Darriman) and Ranger Rose (Jeff Chignell, Rosedale), who collided on the home turn.

Dr Zayd and Ranger Rose collided in the straight, with Madalia Brodie avoiding the trouble to win in 25.9s.

Race four, a 440m grade seven, was won by Wee Gem, trained in Sale by Bruce Russell.

Wee Gem started well from box one, with trouble behind allowed her to jet away and record a second win from four starts in 25.36s.

Nearly seven seconds behind was Dr Madelyn, prepared by Bill McMahon at Darriman, and Shaded Disguise for Sam Tyler at Boisdale.

Fonzarelli won race seven, a 440m grade five, for Matthew Clark at Briagolong.

Fonzarelli won a seventh race from 35 starts in 25.47s, just ahead of Scorching Ember, trained by Stephanie Tyler at Boisdale, and Dr Rayna, trained by Judith McMahon.

Venue Allen, prepared at Rosedale by Paul Galea, won race eight, the 520m grade five.

Mahi Indian, for Rebecca Romyn at Moe, set the pace, but Venus Allen kicked in the straight to win in 28.8s.

Old Town Road for Matthew Clark, finishing third, recording a third consecutive placing.

Soda King finished strongly to win race 11, another 440m grade five, for Heyfield trainer Susan Northway in 25.16s. In second place was Ocean Star, trained by Aaron Farley at Churchill, which set the pace.

Farley prepared the winner of race 10, a 440m grade five, in Gypsy Hook, which kept the inside line to claim victory in 25.48s ahead of Princess America for Malcolm Carr at Devon Meadows.

Race 12, another 440m grade five, was taken out by Meehan Louie, prepared by Greg Kerr at Bairnsdale, which made a move on the home hand, went wide in the straight, but recovered to win in 25.38s. Lucky Luna was second for Aaron Farley.

Run To You, for Tom Currie at Drouin, led the race two 440m maiden from the start to win in 25.4s, one and a half body lengths clear of Our Katie Rose, trained Jeff Chignell. Agent Piper came third for Leslie Hughes at Giffard.

Race five, a 520m mixed grade six and seven, was won by Maximum Refusal, trained by Robert Camilleri at Lara, in 30.08s, ahead of a group of three dogs.

Trained by Margaret Read at Woodside, Speed Demon led for most of the race, but was passed in the straight by Maximum Refusal. Big Boy Macka came third for Camilleri, with Panda Rose fourth for Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale.

Race six, a 440m grade five, was a tight race, with So Much Mojo winning in 25.5s for Kerry Houlahan at Lang Lang.

Inuka, trained by Bill McMahon, led but went wide into the home straight to finish second. My Lucky Mia came third for John Boreland.

All Good Senor, trained by Dalton Templeton at Trafalgar, won race nine, the 440m grade six, in 29.89s.

Coming off back-to-back wins, Airly Blueboy finished second for Gayle Elston at Sale, just ahead of La Quinta Rocks, trained by Stephen Kyriacopoulos at Yarragon.

Greyhound racing continues at Sale this Sunday, beginning at 1.29pm.