Dr Knuckles punches through for victory

David Braithwaite

DR Knuckles won the 440 metre mixed grade six and seven final at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday.

The dog, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, now has four wins from nine starts.

Dr Knuckles took the lead early, followed by Omega Cimarron, trained at Seapsray by Barry Harper.

Airly Clearer, for Sale trainer Kym Russell, was challenging for third place on the back straight, but collided with race favourite Omega Dodge on the first turn.

After that the placings were settled.

Dr Knuckles won in 24.76s, 3.33s ahead of Omega Cimarron, with Omega Dodge, trained by Heather Harper at Seaspray, finishing third.

The heats of the 440m grade five series were held, with the final this Sunday.

The first heat was won by Ivoria Bale, who claimed a third victory from her previous four starts for Balliang trainer Mark Delbridge

Ivoria Bale broke clear of the pack early and won in 24.96s, with Duke Of Airly finishing second for Sale trainer Bruce Russell, and Tezzalenko, trained by Bev Proctor at Alberton West, third.

In heat two, Kipling, won its fourth consecutive race for Lara trainer Robert Camilleri.

The dog won in 24.55s, more than six seconds clear of Rocket Boy, trained by Lisa Delbridge at Balliang. Lisa’s husband Mark prepared Zambora Bear, which came third.

The chances of Wee Gem, trained by Bruce Russell, and Destini Trucker, for Denison trainer Ronald Winter, were hindered by a collision approaching the first turn.

Lisa Delbridge’s Zipping Walter won a fourth straight race in the third heat, claiming victory in 24.82s, ahead of Eye Catcher, trained by Jessica Hopkins at Junction Village.

The 12-race program began with Claydon wining the 520m maiden for Bill McMahon following a hat-trick of top three placings.

The dog won in 29.5s, 7.3s clear of Bromley, trained at Woodside by Jennifer Gill.

The race three 440m maiden was won by Patience Pays, for Longford trainer Adrian Smit, in 25.44s. In second place was Dr Edward for John Boreland at Seaspray, with Aston Frigate, trained by Gary McMillan at Nambrok, third.

Madalia Ken, trained by John Connor at Rosedale, blitzed the field to win race eight, the 520m mixed grade four and five, in 29.45s, 8.61s clear of second-placed Keenando, trained by Deb Coleman at Lara.

Akina Ivy, trained by Phillip Rowley at Denison, won race nine, a 440m grade seven, in 25.45s after coming into the event as a reserve and starting as a $21.80 chance.

Akina Ivy and Shot Gun Pistol, for Nambrok trainer Lyn Smith, broke away after a collision. Shot Gun Pistol and

Trubelle collided on the first turn, severely checking Trubelle, Dr Brissa and Akina Bear, checking Hayley Hook and Meat Murphy.

Race 10, a 440m grade six, was won by Airly Pablo for Sale trainer Lesley Russell.

After opening a gap on the bend, the dog won his third race from eight starts in 25.2s. Adonis Sands, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard, finished fourth, just outside the placings.

Sizzle Fly, trained by Dominic Crisafi at Tooradin, lived up to his name in winning the race two 440m maiden in 24.89s, 7.5s ahead of Dr Santiago, trained by Judith McMahon at Darriman. Rose Of Airy finished third for Longford trainer Jennifer Holden.

Race six, a 440m free for all, was won by Woolybully Keats, trained by Shane Keating at Aspendale Gardens, in 25.13s.

Race favourite Marcello, trained by Bill McMahon, finished second, just ahead of Soda King for Heyfield trainer Susan Northway.

Greyhound racing will resume at Sale on Friday night.

BRIAGOLONG dog Catch The Thief capped off a faultless Western Australian campaign with a brilliant victory in the group listed Winter Cup in Perth on Saturday night.

The Matthew Clark-trained flyer was undefeated in a five-start foray in Perth, which included a $32,000 first prize from the group two WA Derby.

Because of COVID-19 protocols, Clark couldn’t be at the Cannington track to see the run of wins, with caretaker duties handed to friend Steven Shinners, who is based in WA.

Jumping smartly from box three in the $19,950-to-the- winner 520 metre final, Catch The Thief notched his seventh successive win defeating local Tommy Shelby by three lengths in 29.63 seconds. It was his 13th win from 20 starts.

Catch The Thief also provided owner Louie Cardillo with an early 50th birthday present.

His next mission will be the group two Bob Payne Winter Stake in Sydney later this month.

Catch The Thief is a $8 pre-nomination favourite on the tote for the group one Melbourne Cup, to be held in November.