Step-up pays off

David Braithwaite

A STEP-UP in distance paid dividends for Madalia Champ, winning at The Meadows in Melbourne on Thursday night.

The greyhound, trained at Rosedale by John Connor, won a 600 metre mixed grade four and five.

Madalia Champ’s 12th win from 44 starts came in his longest race. From his past five starts, Madalia Champ has won three, plus finished second and third.

The $6400 winner’s purse took Madalia Champ’s career earnings to $16,227.

At Warragul that night, Boisdale trainer Dawn Johnson had the quinella in the 400m restricted win race, with Lika Lottie winning from Velocity Sunrise.

American Spy, trained by Rachael Busuttil at Kilmany, won the 460m restricted win race. American Spy went away from three other dogs in the straight, winning by two lengths from Go Nera, trained by Leanne Burke at Alberton West.

Campanita, trained at Rosedale by Carolyn Jones, won a 460m maiden.

Dream Gem, a $26.30 chance, won a 460m grade five for Kym Russell at Sale, ahead of Shaded Disguise, trained by Sam Tyler at Boisdale, and Samp De Keats, trained by Ray Floyd at Cobains.

Dream Gem’s half-sister Wee Gem, trained by Bruce Russell at Sale, finished third in a 460m restricted win race.

Josie’s Entity, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, finished second in the 400m grade five, pipped at the post by Aston Rum.

Smith also had success at Warrnambool on Thursday night.

Earn The Answers won a 450m mixed grade six and seven finishing half a length ahead of a fast-finishing Skibo Rebel. From three career starts, all at Warrnambool this month, Earn The Answers has two wins.

Following a third placing at Sale four day’s earlier, Pearl’s Entity came second in a 450m maiden, while Shot Gun Pistol, coming off a hat-trick of victories, finished third in the 450m grade five final.

NAMBROK trainer Gary McMillan had two dogs – Jonah Alcatraz and Ray’s Boy – finished second in 300m maiden races at Healesville on Friday.

BRICKMAN, trained by Des Douch at Maffra, again impressed in winning a 525m grade five race at the The Meadows on Saturday night.

Brickman took lead on the back straight and never looked back, claiming a fourth win from seven starts, by almost eight seconds.

Earlier in the day at Bendigo, two dogs trained at Seaspray finished third. Rio Hustler, trained by Tyllah Cornell, finished third in a 425m grade five, while Purify Virtuoso claimed a third in a 425m grade six for John Boreland.

ELECTRIC Mick, trained by Donald Rhodes at Heyfield, advanced to the final of the 300m restricted win series at Healesville after winning his heat on Sunday. Rocks God Talent won a 311m maiden at Cranbourne for Briagolong trainer Matt Clark.