Aston Toto too good in final

David Braithwaite

ASTON Toto won the 440 metre mixed grade six and seven final at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday night.

Trained by Graeme Jose at Catani, Aston Toto and Omega Cimarron were in a two-dog race before the west Gippsland dog drew away in the straight to win in 25 seconds.

In third place was Portelli Punk, trained by Ray Floyd at Cobains.

There was some success for Maffra trainers, beginning with Donald Hay’s Dynamic Swan (24.63s) winning the opening race, a 440m maiden, by 8.5s.

There was a Maffra trifecta in race five, a 520m event restricted to dogs with two or three wins.

Brickman (29.3s), trained by Des Douch, claimed back-to-back wins, and a third from five starts, by more than 10 seconds from Louranda, trained by Darren Watts. Financial Tarra finished third for Lindsay Fulford.

Yarram trainer Brian Alford produced two winners.

Mystery Rules won race two, the 440m mixed grade six and seven, in 25.11s, with Jenny Kay Rose second for Jeff Chignell at Rosedale and Pine Gem third for Lesley Russell at Sale.

Sacred Path advanced to next Sunday’s 440m grade five final after winning the first heat in 25.06s. In second place was Ikaruga Bale, trained by Mark Delbridge at Balliang, with Sunshine Spolly, trained at Kilmany by Steve Spoljaric, third.

The second heat was won by Earn The Magic (24.93s), trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, who made the most of his inside run. Delbridge dogs Fegusta Bale and Neo Bale came second and third respectively.

Rilynn Bale (24.96s) won the third and final heat, capping off a big night for Delbridge, who trained four winners.

Delbridge’s Cruising Ruby won race four, over 440m restricted to dogs with one to three wins, in 25.01s. Akina Archer, trained by Samantha McKay at Denison, finished third.

In race eight, a 520m grade five, Bartholomew Bale, trained by Delbridge, shot out of the box to win in 29.78s. Incognito, trained by Lyn Smith, finished strongly to place second.

Army Bale won race nine, another 440m event restricted to dogs with one to three wins, for Delbridge in 25.45s.

Army Bale and Patience Pays, trained by Adrian Smit at Longford, avoided trouble on the back straight, with the former too strong in the home straight, winning by 3.21s. In third place was Thunder Spolly for Spoljaric.

Ballymac Vicar, trained by Des McPhie at Kilmany, produced a second consecutive win in race six, a 520m mixed grade four and five. After a slow start, the dog worked his way to the front to claim a sixth win from 10 starts in 29.47s.

Sticker Stinger (29.56s), trained by Paul Anderton at Devon Meadows, was an all the way winner in race seven, the 520m grade five, with Whodat Dare finishing third for Davide Fasoli at Heyfield.

The next Sale greyhound race meeting will be this Thursday night.