Dog’s good form provides plenty to talk about

David Braithwaite

CAN’T Say That backed up from a win at Sandown Park on Thursday night with a win at Sale on Sunday.

The dog defied the odds to claim victory in Melbourne for Bundalaguah trainer Corey Fulford.

With the tote offering $34, the dog led race four, a 515 metre grade four, all the way to win in 29.88 seconds.

It was the Can’t Say That’s fifth win from 26 starts, with the $5600 winner’s cheque taking his career prize money to $21,022.

Coming off two second placings at Sale, Can’t Say That began well, avoiding trouble on the first turn.

Kingfisher Rose, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, sat behind Can’t Say That for much of the race and made a charge on the home straight, only to finish a head short of the winner.

On Sunday at Sale, Can’t Say That won race five, a 520m grade five.

The $1.80 favourite had a good start and opened up a gap on the back straight on his way to winning in 29.47s, almost five seconds ahead of Speedy Bella, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard.

Another dog to win at Sale was Dr Mumma, trained at Darriman by Bill McMahon, after finishing third at Sandown Park on Thursday in a 515m mixed grade six and seven.

The dog started well and was leading before being passed on the back straight by eventual winner Rockstar Ruby.

California Gold got on Dr Mumma’s inside on the home turn to claim second place.

On Sunday at Sale, Dr Mumma won race nine, the 440m mixed grade six and seven, in 24.79s. In her four starts, Dr Mumma has two wins and two second placings.

Finishing second was West Of Westeros, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, with Got Girl third for Terr Proctor at Alberton West.

McMahon left Sunday’s meeting with three winners.

Dr Lynch was an all the way winner in race two, a 440m maiden, stopping the clock at 25.31s.

General Rose finished second for Rosedale trainer Sharon-Lee Chignell, while Victory Raja, trained by Adrian Smit at Longford, came third.

McMahon’s Inuka won the thrilling first heat of the 440m series for dogs with three to six wins.

Inuka shot out of the box and led the whole race, winning in 25.1s, but had to hold off a late challenge from Old Town Road, trained by Matt Clark at Briagolong.

William Rose came third for Sharon-Lee Chignell, with only 0.17s separating the first three.

The second heat was won by Zipping Samara, trained by Carolyn Jones at Rosedale, in 24.9s.

Dr Knuckles came second for McMahon, with Leo Rose third for Sharon-Lee Chignell.

The final will be this Sunday at Sale.

Sharon-Lee Chignell also recorded three winners on Sunday.

The first winner came in the opening race, a 440m maiden, with Stuart Lee Rose claiming victory almost a second ahead of Mystery Rules, trained by Brian Alford at Yarram.

Mystery Rules led early, but was out-sprinted in the home straight by the favourite, who won in 25.11s. Dr Collette finished third for McMahon.

In race four, a 440m grade seven, Bobby Bean Rose won by almost five seconds from All To Lucky, trained by David Kerr at Warragul South.

Sandy Gem, trained by John Connor at Rosedale, finished third.

Bobby Bean Rose notched a second win from his three starts in 25.16s.

Panda Rose won race 10, a 440m event restricted to dogs with one to three wins, in 24.76s.

A good start served her well, finishing 6.5s ahead of Madalia Daisy, trained by Susan Northway at Heyfield, while Our Katie Rose came third for Jeff Chignell at Rosedale.

Madalia Champ, trained by Connor, won race eight, 520m mixed grade four and five.

The $1.60 favourite took the lead on the back straight and won in 29.23s, 6.1s ahead of Bricabrac, trained by Greg Minne at Moe South.

In third place was Whodat Dare for Heyfield trainer Davide Fasoli, with She Wiggles third for Dawn Johnston.

Race three, the 440m maiden final, was won by Reality Lad, trained by David Condon at Devon Meadows.

The $14.90 chance claimed a maiden victory in 25.18s, four seconds clear of McMahon’s Dr Ted.

Untold Soldier won race seven, the 440m grade five final, for Lara trainer David Geall.

The $2.30 favourite recorded a third win from his previous four starts in 24.02s.

In second place was $31 chance Adonis Sands for Leslie Hughes. Tin Shed Fred had a big win in race six, a 440m mixed grade four and five, for David Kerr.

The dog won in 24.58s, 7.8 clear of Macalister Tiger, a $40.90 chance trained at Briagolong by Cheryl Morris.

Greyhound racing continues at Sale on Friday night.

PLAYLIST will be aiming for a second group one victory in three weeks on Saturday night.

After winning the Vic Peters Classic in Sydney on July 11, Playlist on Saturday night qualified for the final of the 525 metre Maturity Classic at The Meadows in Melbourne.

Trained at Briagolong by Matt Clark, the dog won the first heat by almost 6.5 seconds in 30.04s.

Playlist drew box five for Saturday night’s final. Ellias Bale finished fourth in the heat for Darriman trainer Bill McMahon.

Clark’s hopes of a second finalist were dashed when star sprinter Catch The Thief was narrowly relegated to second by $92.50 outsider Summer Lights in the second heat. Only the heat winners progressed to the final.

Among the heat winners was Christo Bale (29.73s), Simon Told Helen (29.68s) and Hard Style Rico (29.66s).

In race two at Sandown Park on Thursday night, a 515m event restricted to dogs with two or three wins, Bromley finished second for Woodside trainer Jennifer Gill, while Red Light Rico, trained by Ken Bailey at Maffra, finished third.

Both entered the race in form, with Bromley coming off a second placing at Sale the previous Sunday, and Red Light Rico coming third in his previous start.

Race favourite Weblec Jet was a clear winner, continuing his unbeaten run of three wins from as many starts for Anakie trainer Jeff Britton.

Annie Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale, finished second in race 11, a 515m grade five, after being a $20 chance at the tote.