GREYHOUND Catch The Thief was at his elusive best in a heat of the group three Cranbourne Classic on Friday afternoon.
Trained at Briagolong by Matt Clark, Catch The Thief will now chase his third age-restricted group race final this Friday.
He won the group two WA Derby in Perth in May and the group three Warragul St Leger earlier this month.
Engaged in the first heat for the 520 metre event, Catch The Thief, the $1.30 favourite, jumped smartly from box six and quickly turned the race into a procession, leading all the way to win in 29.87 seconds, defeating Fire Legend by three and a half lengths, with Mepunga Katie a further half-length away.
Catch The Thief notched his 16th win from 26 starts – a 10th win from his past 13 starts.
The winner of Friday’s final will receive $25,000.
Clark’s Dani Thrills was a clear winner in her heat of the Nestor-Schofield Memorial grade five event over 525m on Saturday at The Meadows.
The dog recorded a third win from her previous starts – sixth win from 24 careers starts – in 30.03s to advance to the $12,000-to-the-winner final.
ROSEDALE couple Jeff and Sharon-Lee Chignell trained three winners at Warragul on Friday night.
Jenny Kay Rose won the 400m grade seven, notching a second win from three starts.
Stuart Lee Rose led out of the boxes on his way to winning the 460m race restricted to dogs with one to three wins.
In the next race, Nicholas Rose won the 460m grade five.
Also on Friday night at Warragul, Pine Gem finished second in the 400m race for dogs with one to three wins for Sale trainer Lesley Russell, while Maffra trainer Des Douch’s Brickman and Barrabooka finished third and fourth respectively in the 460m grade seven.