Dogs share spoils at Border Park
A RARE dead heat marked a great day of racing at Border Park Raceway on Saturday.
Perro Diablo and reserve Key Rail, which got a start from box one, could not be separated at the end of the seventh event.
The two dogs pushed each other for the entire race, crossing the line in a very smart 23.58 seconds with Fiesta Boy finishing a close third.
Earlier, the Keith Boan-trained Three More won the first event on the 10-race card, heat one of a maiden (420m), in 24.09 seconds. Vientiane finished second with Cradle Song third.
Three More's owner Paul Felgate revealed last Friday that this is one of his last greyhounds racing the circuit and that he is no longer breeding.
While Felgate will be a huge loss to the greyhound industry, at least he is finishing on a high.
Lee Wylie's dog Tyson's Hand claimed heat two of the maiden, crossing ahead of Dancing Kirra and Classic Dora in 24.15s, while in race three, a mixed maiden and fifth grade (520m), Madam Pedrille won ahead of Blue Meanie and Cynthia's Gift in 30.11s.
In the fourth, a maiden final, the Mark Johsnton-prepared Tweed Spirit blitzed the field to secure a comfortable win over Law One and Lanchoo in 23.80s.
Solid As won the fifth, a fourth and fifth grade (520m), crossing in 29.86s to beat home Anna's Intent and Dayseas Missy.
Tweed Power made it a double for Johnston when he won race six in 23.82s ahead of Major Cloud and Maja Meg.
Race eight, the best eight, was won by One in Ten who got there in the last stride to beat Ivory Spy and Aye Oh Kay which has never been out of a place at this track.
One in Ten crossed in 23.92s.
The ninth was heat two of the fifth grade (520m) and debutant Blue Dart added to his already imposing nine placings from 11 starts with a run of 23.58s and a first split of 7.19s to edge out Opera King with Commando Cloud.
It was an impressive run from a gun greyhound and it should be the one to beat next week in the final.
In the lucky last, Towtruck Boy took top honours from Ovvio Uno and Inspiration in 23.71s.
Greyhound racing will return to Border Park on Saturday.