Adonis Sands grabs a win for Giffard trainer

David Braithwaite

ADONIS Sands claimed his fourth victory from 20 starts, claiming a final at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday.

Adonis Sands, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard, won race nine, the final of 440m series for dogs with one to four wins.

For much of the race, Adonis Sands was vying for the win with Shot Gun Pistol, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, with the former claiming victory by half a length in 25.01 seconds.

Fenway Lights, trained by Kate Gorman at Tanjil South, followed the first two dogs throughout to finish third.

Gorman’s Miss Demonica won the 440m maiden final, race two on the card, with a strong finish.

A $16.60 chance, Miss Demonica (24.44s) broke her maiden status in her third start, pipping Georgia Rose, trained by Jason Thompson at Pearcedale, at the post.

Another Gorman runner, End Game, finished third.

Graeme Jose runners Aston Saigo and Aston Rabane failed to finished after incidents on the back straight took them out of the event.

Briagolong trainer Matt Clark had two winners, beginning in the opening race, the 440m maiden. First starter Formidable won in 25.06s, half a length ahead of Dynamic Swan, trained by Donald Hay in Maffra.

Clark’s second winner was Impending, which claimed race 11, the 440m mixed grade four and five, in 25.18s.

In race three, the 440m mixed grade six and seven, Purify Virtuoso (25.15s) claimed back-to-back wins for Seaspray trainer John Boreland.

The dog finished just over a length clear of Trickster Cabang, trained by Greg Berry at Toolleen, with Mayhem’s Quest finishing third for another Seaspray trainer, Tyllah Cornell.

Swift Intention, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, won race six, the 520m grade five, in 29.87s.

Swift Intention drifted wide in the home straight, but finished strongly to win by less than a length from early leader Seven Enemies, trained by Berry.

Akina Harley, trained by Phillip Rowley at Denison, came third.

Following a hat-trick of second placings, Zipping Hamish, trained by Carolyn Jones at Rosedale, won race eight, the 520m mixed grade four and five. The dog took the lead approaching the final bend and never looked back, winning in 29.5s, 4.5s clear of Ballymac Vicar, trained at Kilmany by Des McPhie.

In race 12, the 440m grade five, Soda King (25.16s) claimed back-to-back wins following two consecutive third placings.

Trained at Heyfield by Susan Northway, Soda King held his line in the home straight after leader and eventual second place-getter Euchre John, trained by Jason Sharp at Avalon, went wide.

Duke Of Airly finished third for Sale trainer Bruce Russell.

Both heats of the 440m series for dogs with three to six wins were won by Jason Thompson.

Aston Silk won the first heat in 24.8s, with Leo Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale, qualified for Sunday’s final after finishing fourth.

In the second heat, Aussie Secret (24.95s) recorded a fifth victory from seven starts, finishing more than five seconds clear of William Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell. General Collinda, trained by Stephanie Tyler at Boisdale, and Aston Kenji, trained at Nambrok by Gary McMillan, also advanced to the final.

Two races were also held over the Sale Cup distance, 650m, with the winner of each collecting $3020. Both were restricted to dogs with up to four wins.

Race four was won by Lump Sum (37.91s) for Chris Johannsen at Devon Meadows.

Short-priced favourite It’s A Blaze, trained by Kelvyn Greenough at Pearcedale, won race five in 37.85s, a length ahead of a group of three dogs.

It’s A Blaze has won three of his four races.

Panda Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell, finished second and She Wiggles, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, third. Bounce Back, trained by David Geal at Lara, challenged It’s A Blaze for the lead on the final bend, but was passed in the straight to finish fourth.

Greyhound racing will continue in Sale on Friday night.