Rosedale-trained greyhound Seve Rose goes the distance at Warragul

Gerrie OKeefe, Mark Johnson, Warragul Greyhound Club president Bob Iredale, Marg Thomas, AFL premiership player and special guest Jack Riewoldt, Sharon and Jeff Chignell and Julie Belsham after Seve Roses win in the Warragul Distance Cup. Photo: Clint Anderson
Gerrie OKeefe, Mark Johnson, Warragul Greyhound Club president Bob Iredale, Marg Thomas, AFL premiership player and special guest Jack Riewoldt, Sharon and Jeff Chignell and Julie Belsham after Seve Roses win in the Warragul Distance Cup. Photo: Clint Anderson

ROSEDALE greyhound trainer Sharon-Lee Chignell tasted success on Warragul Cup night on Saturday.

Seve Rose stormed home to collect the $10,000 winner's purse for victory in the 680 metre Warragul Distance Cup.

The $19.50 outsider grabbed Sandown Cup winner Rajasthan ($2.60) in the final bounds to win in 39.13 seconds.

It was a case of second time lucky in a country cup for lightly-raced New South Wales speedster La Grand Quality when he careered away with the group two Warragul Cup final.

It was an emotion-charged triumph for trainer Darryl Thomas and owner/breeder Kellie Fogarty, with La Grand Quality surviving two serious car accidents along the path to emulating his superstar sire El Grand Senor, which won the Warragul Cup in 2011.

After breaking the Maitland 450m record in late October at just his ninth start, La Grand Quality made a huge impression during the Ballarat Cup series, breaking the 390m track record in a trial, winning his heat and running a close fourth to Western Envoy in the final.

La Grand Quality made his next appearance in the Warragul Cup heats and earned a second crack at a Victorian provincial feature with a near-record 25.4s victory over 460m, the second fastest qualifying time behind Hooked On Scotch's 25.34s.

The cup final then changed complexion dramatically with the scratching of Hooked On Scotch, which resulted in Melbourne Cup hero Whiskey Riot, La Grand Quality and Bendigo Cup winner Crimson Vixen disputing favouritism.

La Grand Quality came out running from box six and after settling second behind Crimson Vixen he had the leader in his crosshairs turning for home.

La Grand Quality put paid to Crimson Vixen, drawing clear to score by two lengths in 25.63s, improving his impressive record to nine from 14, with Thomas praising his Victorian host Anthony Azzopardi, trainer of beaten favourite Whiskey Riot, which ran fourth.

"We needed to beat Whiskey Riot out of the boxes because last time he barrelled us but tonight he didn't," Thomas said.

"It's been really good. I've got to learn a few different things off Anthony and it's been good for the dog. The dog didn't settle for Ballarat too well but this time he was much better.

"It's not just Anthony. The whole team there took this dog on like one of their own and made it so much easier for me."

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