Catch The Thief unlucky in final of Cranny Classic

David Braithwaite

CATCH The Thief finished an unlucky seventh in the final of the group three Cranbourne Classic on Friday.

The greyhound, trained at Briagolong by Matt Clark, was vying for the lead in the 520 metre race, but collided with leader Fire Legend on the home turn, checking his run.

He finished almost six lengths behind Taken, trained by Jason Thompson at Pearcedale, who collected the $25,000 winners’ cheque.

Catch The Thief entered the race a favourite, having won 10 of his previous 13 starts, including the group two WA Derby and group three Warragul St Leger.

Earlier, Remy’s Girl, trained by Robert Bean at Tinamba, won the 311m maiden. She began quickly to set up a 5.67-second win, her first in seven starts.

Swift Intention, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, brought up back-to-back wins in the inaugural Karen Leek Memorial.

The 520m race for dogs with female trainers was named in honour of local trainer Karen Leek, who died this year.

Crackerjack Suni led nearly all the race, but was passed approaching the post by Swift Intention.

Diamond Lady finished third in a 311m grade seven for Heyfield trainer Susan Northway.

ON Saturday at The Meadows, Dani Thrills, trained by Clark, finished second in the final of the Nestor Schofield Memorial over 524m, finishing a length behind the winner Javi.

BOISDALE trainer Sam Tyler had two winners at Healesville on Friday.

Collinda Dodge won a 350m maiden, before Mad McEnroe won a 350m grade six, with Avenger Spolly second for Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany.

After back-to-back third placings, Crouching Tiger, trained at Maffra by Corey Fulford, broke her maiden status, winning over 300m.

Ricky Racoon, trained by Robert Whitford at Yarram, finished second in a 300m maiden, ahead of Light On Tackle, trained by Fulford.

AT Warragul on Thursday night, Esther Bale finished second in the 400m grade six for Heyfield trainer Susan Northway. Akina Archer, trained by Samantha McKay at Denison, won a tight race for third.

In the final race of the night, a 400m grade five, Fab Creates, trained by Kaylah Thorburn at Gormandale, finished second.

Earlier, Double Eclipse, trained by Justin Booker at Kilmany, came third in a 400m grade seven, just ahead of Airly Liberty, trained by Jennifer Holden at Longford.

Mad Eye Madam finished third in a 460m grade five for Ray Floyd at Cobains, with Airly Spence, trained by Kym Russell at Sale, fourth.

In another 460 grade five, Shaded Disguise, trained by Sam Tyler at Boisdale, finished third.

Grab That Earn, trained at Stratford by Georga Gray, came third in a 400m grade seven. In fourth place was Wow Anna, trained by Donald Rhodes at Heyfield.