2010 is already going to the dogs
THEY say the hair of the dog is the ideal hangover remedy, and all present at Border Park Raceway on Saturday would agree – particularly trainer Rob Andrews.
While owners, trainers and punters alike continued to nurse New Year’s headaches, there was no such lethargy on track, with perfect weather providing ideal greyhound racing conditions.
With Rhythm and Grace and Quick State flying home in the fourth and seventh, trainer Ian Hogan kicked off the new year with an impressive double.
However his feat was soon eclipsed by the ever-competitive Andrews, whose dogs took out the eighth (Within Radar) and ninth (With Interest) late in the day, to complement Nigel’s victory in the fifth and cement a dream hat-trick start to the 2010 campaign.
Brisbane-based Hara’s Trick had got the day off to a great start for Mike Stephenson, winning over Agent Ava and Where’s Chyna.
In the second, the Glenda Dart-trained Gordo crossed first ahead of Mooball Priest and Magic India, while the third, heat one of the Benny Toll Novice, was won by Bond’s Mission, who got a great start out of box five and raced home to beat Ocean in Motion and Steal A March.
Race four was the Maiden Final, and it was Hogan’s Rhythm and Grace who came up trumps over Cash Me Up and London Uno, while in race five, heat two of the Benny’s, it was Andrews’ Nigel who won from Hara’s Cougar and Life Raft.
In the sixth, it was the Charles Northfield-trained Rapid Puzzle who flew home in a smart 23.42sec to beat Aye Oh Kay and Gambler’s Gold, while the seventh, the Fifth Grade Final, was well taken out by Hogan’s Quick State with Armidello second and Highland Dancer third.
Andrews’ Within Radar was too good in race eight, winning from Karanne Star and Honey Bunny, before kennel-mate With Interest triumphed in race nine over Carly Bale and Kee.
In the tenth and final race it was Suzie Be good over Amazing Attitude and Hallucinator.
The ‘Pick the Winners’ jackpot stands at $2050 and punters must be trackside to win, with the next meeting set down for this Saturday, January 9.