SLICK Paws came from last place to win the final race of the night at the Sale greyhounds on Sunday.
Trained by Susan Northway at Heyfield, Slick Paws won race 11, the 440 metre grade five, in 25.09 seconds.
The dog was coming off a third placing at Sale on Thursday night following a win at Warragul last month.
The unlucky Suspense Rules, trained by Brian Alford at Yarram, was leading into the home straight, but was forced wide by Evi Bale. The rest of the field followed them, except for Slick Paws, who was already improving her position along the rail.
Suspense Rules recovered from the setback to finish second.
Third-placegetter Evi Bale, trained by Shane Jack at Dalmore, was suspended for 12 months for not pursuing the lure with due commitment.
Tinamba trainer Robert Bean produced the quinella in race three, the 440m mixed grade six and seven, with Got The Torque (25.19s) winning ahead of Harper’s Girl.
Shot Gun Pistol (25.07s) recorded back-to-back wins for Nambrok trainer Lyn Smith, claiming race seven, the 440m mixed grade four and five, a length ahead of Lemonade Kid, trained by Jennifer Gieschen at Valencia Creek.
The night’s feature race, the 440m grade five final, was won by Rilynn Bale, trained by Mark Delbridge at Balliang, in 24.74s.
Completing a hat-trick of victories, Rilynn Bale (27.74s) took the lead by the bend and never looked beaten, winning by five lengths from Frankie Fever, trained by Justin Bowman at Toorloo Arm, and Lyn Smith’s Earn The Magic.
Jeeralang Junction trainer Ben Joske had the winners of both heats of the 440m maiden series to begin the program.
The first heat was won by Whistling Bullet (25.31s) ahead of Dr Santiago, trained by Judith McMahon at Darriman, and El Rey Leon, trained at Rosedale by Carolyn Jones.
Scorching Sun (24.96s) won the second heat by more than seven lengths. Dr Francisco finished third for Judith McMahon to advance to Sunday’s final.
Race four, a 520m event restricted to dogs with one to three wins, was taken out by Trance (29.47s), trained by Reg Boyce at Korumburra, more than nine seconds clear of Barrabooka, trained by Des Douch at Maffra, and Incognito, trained at Nambrok by Lyn Smith.
Race five over 440m, restricted to dogs with one to three wins, was won by Block Star (25.18s), trained by Garry Barnsley at Morwell. Patience Pays finished second for Adrian Smit at Longford and End Game, trained by Kate Gorman at Tanjil South, third, with just 0.59s separating the first three.
Dissociative (29.91s), trained by Deb Coleman at Lara, won race six, the 520m grade five. Charango, trained by William Majoor at Tanjil South, finished second with Whodat Dare third for Heyfield trainer Davide Fasoli.
Get It Gizmo, trained by Harry Manolitsis at Lysterfield South won race nine, the 520m mixed grade four and five, in 29.22s.
Race 10, the 520m grade five, was won by Judge Hook (29.7s) for Charlie Galea at Hazelwood North, with She Wiggles, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, finishing third.
Racing continues at Sale on Friday night.
MIDNIGHT Monarch continued his good form on the straight track at Healesville, winning the Castle of Mey Consolation on Sunday.
The dog, trained at Sale by Chris Tilley, has won his 10th race from 15 starts, claiming the 350 metre event in 19.05 seconds. The $5000 winner’s cheque takes Midnight Monarch’s career earnings to $28,845.
Also at Healesville, Electric Mick came second in a heat of the GRV Vic Bred grade five series for Heyfield trainer Donald Rhodes. The 350m final will be staged this Sunday.
At Cranbourne on Sunday, Remy’s Girl won a third consecutive race for Tinamba trainer Robert Bean, claiming the 311m grade five Damsels Dash 311m.
Cosmic Vigilante finished third in a 520m grade five for Nambrok trainer Andrew Wood. The dog has two thirds and a second from his previous three runs.
LOCALLY-TRAINED dogs had narrow victories at Warragul on Friday night.
Boolavogue, trained by Mark Busuttil at Kilmany, won a 400m grade seven by a nose, with Collinda Dodge finishing third for Boisdale trainer Sam Tyler.
Tyler’s Shaded Disguise needed a big finish to win the 460m grade five, again by a nose.
Fallen Petal, trained by Kaylah Thorburn at Gormandale, had a slow start to the 400m grade seven, but trouble ahead opened the way for the dog, who sprinted strongly to win narrowly. Ricky Racoon, trained by Robert Whitford at Yarram, finished third.
Following back-to-back second placings, Avenger Spolly, trained by Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany, was a clear winner in the 400m grade six, finishing more than six seconds ahead of Esther Bale, trained at Heyfield by Susan Northway.
Petey Baqui, trained by Whitford, won the 400m grade five, ahead of Samp De Keats, trained by Ray Floyd at Cobains.
Earlier in the day at Healesville, Go Nera, trained by Leanne Burke at Alberton West, finished second in a 350m grade seven.
DISORIENTED, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, advanced to the final of the GRV Vic Bred maiden series at Warrnambool after winning his heat on Thursday night.
The dog won his debut race, leading the 450m heat from the start and winning by almost three lengths.
The final will be raced this Thursday night.