SUNDAY’S Sale greyhound race meeting featured some close finishes.
The first of the close races came in the opening event, the 440 metre maiden, which Zardora, trained by Jenny Gill at Darriman, won by a neck from Flywheel Cracker, trained by Sam Bye at Gormandale. Up The Dale (John Lindrea, Stratford) and Double On Ice (Adrian Smit, Longford) were both within 0.8 of a second behind the winner in third and fourth place respectively.
Despite a small field, race seven, the 440m free for all, was eventful.
One of only five starters, Jet Lee Rose, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, collided with Omega Dodge and fell. Jet Lee Rose was later found to have injuries to his right front wrist and left back muscle as well as concussion, and was stood down from racing for three weeks.
The four dogs which finished were separated by only 1.5 seconds.
Suspense Rules, trained by Brian Alford at Yarram, won from Inuka, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, while favourite Omega Dodge, trained at Seaspray by Barry Harper, recovered from the earlier collision to place third.
Coco’s Hot, trained at Kilmany by Yvonne Andrews, won the 440m maiden final. Taking the lead at the end of the back straight, Coco’s Hot maintained speed to win by two and a half lengths from Fat Cracker, trained by Terri-Maree Morris at Traralgon, with Shot Fossil third for Ray Floyd at Cobains.
The race 10 440m grade five was a three-way battle, with Flywheel Dolly winning for Sam Bye. Omega Sierra, trained by Harper, finished third.
Cosmic Roy, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, won a heat of the 520m restricted win series.
Having won at Sale a week earlier, Cosmic Roy raced out to a big lead to win by a length from a closing in Rufiano, trained by Rod Ashworth at Cowwarr. They will be joined in next Sunday’s final by Tarlee, trained by Gill, which came fourth.
The other heat was won by Aces Are Trumps, trained by Rebecca Gibbons at Avalon, with Wigram Road (Cheryle Ragen, Kilmany), Variation (Matt Clark, Briagolong) and General Collinda (Steph Tyler, Boisdale) also advanced to the final.
The night ended with Victory Chase, trained by Smit, winning the race 12 440m grade five, seven lengths clear of Locked In, trained at Kilmany by Yvonne Andrews.
Race three, a 440m grade seven, was won by Hendrik Bale, trained by Daniel Gibbons at Avalon, with All Ford second for Allford and Dr Perry, trained by Emily McMahon at Darriman, third.
Lakeview Bonnie, trained at Metung by Luke Whelan, claimed a hat-trick of wins at Sale by taking out the race four 440m restricted win event, ahead of Dr Wade for Emily McMahon.
Race eight, a 520m mixed grade four and five, became a head-to-head battle between Aston Rosa, trained by Kerry Houlahan at Lang Lang, and Chignell’s Nicholas Rose. With the inside run, Aston Rosa won by half a length, with Rose’s Honey finishing third for Carolyn Jones at Rosedale.
Gibbons claimed his second win of the night with Zimmer Bale, who was too good in race nine, a 440m mixed grade four and five.
In second place was Sovereign Wind, trained by Des Douch at Maffra, with Courting, trained Valencia Creek by Jenny Gieschen, third.
Lyrical Lad was a clear winner in the race 11 440m grade five for Dallan Klemke at Avalon. Prize Diamond, trained by Susan Northway at Heyfield, was second.
The next meeting in Sale will be this Friday night.
Four in a row for Dr Tucker
DR Tucker recorded a fourth consecutive victory during the metro greyhound meeting at Sandown Park on Thursday night.
Four days after winning the Winter Cup at Healesville, the dog, trained by Bill McMahon, won a 515 metre mixed grade four and five.
Dr Tucker was one of the slowest to leave the boxes, but showed a blinding turn-of-foot to open up a big lead. The nine-length margin was the second biggest at the track this year.
Dr Tucker will return to Healesville for The Arrow match-racing event in late August, then take aim at the Healesville Cup the following week, before racing at Sandown Park again in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup.
Zachary finished second in an earlier race for McMahon.
In a good night for Darriman-based trainers, Carrie won a 515m grade five for Jenny Gill, who also had Ridge and Tarlee place third in other races.
Demolition finished second in another 515m grade five for Lyn Smith at Nambrok.
SMITH had a winner at Warragul on Friday night, with Miers taking out a 460m grade five.
On the same program, Sandy Gem, trained by John Connor at Rosedale, won the 400m free for all ahead of Smith’s Throw Caution and Disorientated.
Following a win at Sale the previous Sunday, Dr Archer, trained by Judy McMahon at Darriman, won the 460m mixed grade four and five.
DURING Saturday night’s metro meet at The Meadows on Saturday, Blue Tiger won a 525m mixed grade four and five for Gavin Burke at Alberton West. Blue Tiger had the race under his control after opening a big lead on the back straight on his way to claiming a 12th win from 31 starts.
ON Sunday at Sandown Park, Kuro Kismet, trained by Matt Clark at Briagolong, won a 515m mixed grade four and five by five lengths, a week after another victory at the track.
Earlier at Healesville, Concrete Fever won the 350m grade five final for Carolyn Cook at Munro.