KILMANY greyhound trainer Cheryle Ragen had a good weekend, with three of her dogs winning races in Sale.
Following two winners on Friday night, Ragen had success on Sunday, when Wigram Road took out the 520 metre restricted win final.
Coming off a win and a second placing, Wigram Road worked his way to the lead after the start, before breaking away, with Rufiano, trained by Rod Ashworth at Cowwarr, not far behind. Rufiano made a late charge, but Wigram Rod held on to win by half a length.
Boisdale trainer Dawn Johnston had a winning double on Sunday night.
Bigsy won the race 10 440m grade five by three and a half lengths from Slick Paws, trained by Susan Northway at Heyfield. Locked In finished third for Yvonne Andrews at Kilmany.
Johnston’s first win came in race two, a heat of the 440m mixed grade six and seven series, with Nathan Ryder finishing five lengths clear of Aussie Legend, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard, who will also contest next Sunday’s final.
The winners of the other two heats, Hendrick Bale and Gracie Bale, are trained by Daniel Gibbons at Avalon.
Reimagine, trained by Terry Proctor at Alberton West, won by six lengths on debut in the opening 440m maiden.
Following back-to-back second placings, California Blond, trained by Northway, finished well to win the race five 440m grade five by two lengths.
Diamond Cartel, trained by Lindsay Fulford at Maffra, stormed home to win the race 11 440m grade five by two lengths.
Race six, the 520m mixed grade four and five, was won by Aston Glow, trained by Tanya Sincock at Catani, ahead of Victory Chase for Adrian Smit at Longford. Madalia Mick, trained by Ray Floyd at Cobains, secured third place at the post.
Crowdza Dazzled, trained by Joyce Condon at Devon Meadows, was a start to finish winner in the race seven 440m grade five.
Race nine, a 440m free for all, was won by short-priced favourite Lots Of Chatter, trained by Graeme Jose at Catani. Zachary finished second for Bill McMahon at Darriman.
LOCALLY-OWNED group race winner Catch The Thief returned to Sale to win on Friday night.
The dog, trained at Pearcedale by Jason Thompson, won race nine, a 520m mixed grade three and four.
Catch The Thief raced out to a big lead, and was never challenged, winning by five lengths from Kuro Kismet, who was coming off back-to-back wins for Briagolong-based Matt Clark, Catch The Thief’s former trainer.
The success was Thompson’s third for the night.
The first came in race four, a 650m grade five, which was taken out by Collinda Beast. Madalia Champ finished third for John Connor at Rosedale.
Thompson’s Aussie Secret claimed hat-trick of victories in race eight, a 440m free for all. Finishing three lengths behind was Soda Prince, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, while last start Sale winner Suspense Rules, trained by Brian Alford at Yarram, came third.
The first of Ragen’s two winners for the night was Rev Up Freddy, who took out race three, a 440m mixed grade six and seven, at the post head of Little Kit. Dr Wade came third for Emily McMahon at Darriman.
State The Facts won the race 11 440m grade five for Ragen by six lengths, with Reinforced finished third for Smith.
The race two 440m maiden was won by Lacie Rose, trained in Rosedale by Jeff Chignell.
Another Rosedale-trained winner came in the night’s final race, a 650m grade five.
Rose’s Honey, trained by Carolyn Jones, took the lead at the top of the home straight before holding off a fast-finishing Flying Fox. West Of Westeros, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, led most of the way, but was passed in the straight to finish third.
Tempting Fate, trained by Joy Reinke at Johnsonville, won the race one 440 maiden.
Race five, a 520m restricted win event, was taken out by Pineapple Turtle, trained by Aaron Campbell at Drouin. Patience Pays, trained by Smit, led until half-way up the home straight to finished third.
Minter Zoom led race six, a 520m grade five, all the way to win for Robert Reinke at Johnsonville. In third place was Prime Time, trained by Corey Fulford at Bundalaguah.
The race seven 440m grade five was won by Weeona Pete, trained by Michael Whyte at Bunyip, with Tarlee third for Jenny Gill at Darriman.
Rizzo, trained by Stephen Whyte at Bunyip the race 10 440m grade five by six lengths. In third place was Prize Diamond for Northway.