Successful Victory Chase

David Braithwaite

VICTORY Chase won the 520 metre grade five final at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday night.
The $31 chance at the tote, trained by Adrian Smit at Longford, won by five lengths from Demolition, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok. Annie Rose came third for Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale.
Zachary, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, and Chatterbox Tilly collided approaching the second turn when in front, allowing the other dogs to catch up. Victory Chase avoided the trouble to race clear.
The win capped off a successful weekend in Sale for Smit, who also trained two winners at the track on Friday night.
The night began with Up The Dale, trained by John Lindrea at Stratford, winning the first heat of the 440m maiden series.
Up The Dale just claimed a maiden victory in her 12th start ahead of favourite Dundee Hornet. Desley, trained by Jenny Gill at Darriman, wasn’t far behind the pair, placing third, enough to advance to next Sunday night’s final.
Dogs trained by Geoff Scott-Smith at Pakenham South, Dundee Reactor and Dundee Cotton, won the other two heats. Crossfire, for Gill, and Bomber’s Power, trained by Geoff Green at Woodside, qualified for the final after finishing second and third respectively in the second heat.
Aussie Legend, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard, won race four, a 440m grade seven, by two lengths from Scooter Boots, trained by Cheryl Morris at Briagolong.
Race eight, a 440m free for all, was a two-dog battle between Omega Dodge, trained by Barry Harper at Seaspray, and Suspense Rules, trained in Yarram by Brian Alford. The former got away in the home straight to win by three lengths.
Claydon finished third for McMahon.
Enabler continued his good form by winning race nine, a 440m restricted win event. The dog, trained by Robert Bean at Tinamba, has two wins and a second placing from his previous three starts.
Queen Kathleen finished second for Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, while Madalia Pixie, trained by Kathleen Fogarty at Heyfield, came third.
Mac Rooster, trained by Ronald Winter at Denison, was in the race 11 440m grade five too, finishing two lengths clear of Four Aces, trained by Hughes. Dr Luna came third for McMahon.
The race 12 440m grade five was won by Bomber’s Wonder, trained by Green. In second place was favourite Patience Pays, trained by Smit, who was coming off a win in Sale on Friday night.
King Of All, trained by Greg Doyle at Mulgrave, won race five, a 520m restricted race, a length ahead of Dr Neeki, trained by McMahon.
Another McMahon runner, Dr Lysandra was leading, but was forced wide by Aztec Blaze, who was later suspended from racing in Sale for 28 days for marring.
SMIT had two winners during Friday night’s Sale meeting.
Double On Ice brought up her first win in her 10th start, taking out the race two 440m maiden by seven lengths.
Smit’s night ended on a high, with Patience Pays, coming off back-to-back third placings, winning the final event, a 440m grade five.
Earn The Answers, trained by Smith, won a 520m heat of the Sale to Sandown Series by seven lengths following a quick start.
The other heats were won by Zero Cool, trained by Michelle Nolan at Devon Meadows, and Made Me Blind, who claimed a fifth consecutive victory for John Paraskevas at Pearcedale.
The final will be held at Sandown Park on Saturday night.
Following a win in Cranbourne last start, Grayden, trained by Gill, won race three, a 440m mixed grade six and seven.
In race eight, a 440m mixed grade four and five, Zipping Sense, trained by Alford, backed up victory at the same track the Sunday prior by sprinting clear early to win by two lengths.
Omega Sierra, trained by Harper, led all the way to win race nine, a 440m restricted win event, by two lengths from Nathan Ryder, trained by Johnston.
GREYHOUND racing will continue in Sale on Wednesday.
KURO Kismet won during Thursday night’s metro greyhound meeting at Sandown Park.
Following victory at The Meadows the previous weekend, the dog, trained by Matt Clark at Briagolong, won a 595m mixed grade four and five by a length.
On the same program, Demolition, trained by Smith, won a 515m grade five.
Retro Rocket finished second in a 515m mixed grade six and seven for Leanne Burke at Alberton West. Retro Rocket has two second placings and two thirds from his previous four city starts.
After winning in Sale the Sunday prior, Jeda’s Girl won a 400m grade five in Warragul on Friday night by seven lengths for Jenny Gieschen at Valencia Creek.