PLAYLIST won the Vic Peters Classic on Sunday night, providing Briagolong greyhound trainer Matt Clark with his first group one victory.
A $12 chance at the tote, Playlist began well out of box one to win the 520 metre race at Sydney’s Wentworth Park in 29.96 seconds, three and three-quarter lengths clear of favourite Tommy Shelby.
The winner collected $75,000, shooting Playlist’s career prize money to $94,630. The dog has won nine of his 20 starts.
Playlist’s litter brother Catch The Thief, also trained by Clark, finished fourth.
Clark and wife Bianca had a lot to endure just to be in Sydney.
With rumblings of a border shutdown, New South Wales stewards advised Clark before the heats to make the journey north as soon as possible.
With his dogs not settling in their first night at the Potts Park track, Clark slept beside them on a stretcher. Clark even helped with the mowing at the track.
AT Sandown Park on Thursday night, Omega Gringo won a 515m grade five for Seaspray trainer Barry Harper.
The dog was slow out of the box, but worked his way to the front by the final turn before winning by 3.37 seconds in 29.62.
The son of Barcia Bale and Omega Lucy now has four wins from 10 starts.
Fine Intention, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, finished third in the 515m maiden final, almost five seconds behind second-placed Pilbara. The race was won by Weblec Jet for Anakie trainer Jeff Britton.