Greyhounds sniff final cash
THE Border Park Raceway Galaxy tested runners in a daunting task to see who could clock the fastest time down the 420 metre course on Saturday.
The day at Border Park was punctuated by a few upsets with the best of the best pitted against one another to edge their way closer to bringing home the spoils in the $25,000 series.
The upsets may have pleased bookmakers but on the other hand, they were hurt when the favourites secured the judge's decision.
A large crowd was on hand and the club was pleased to see blue sky but also so many old faces back for another Galaxy.
The upsets started in race one with Royal Surfer winning at 5-1 over Dyna Blade at 7-1 and Amakler Girl at 3-1. Unplaced favourite was Fedex at 2-1 with Royal Surfer running 23.29s.
Claiming race two was Black Framed (23.52s) over Aye Oh Kay and Kingbrea Sam third while the unplaced favourite was Seize The Moment.
In race three, Marco Man became the first favourite to win over Iys My Life and Divine Ruler in 23.61s.
Dianne Hannon was delighted when Ima Jalapeno won race four after she was initially not going to enter the greyhound as she thought it wasn't good enough for a Galaxy. But now Ima Jalapeno has made the final while rounding out the race four places were Be Bossed in second and Not Today Son.
In race five it was Gardam Prince (23.60s) for Darren Mcdonald over Smashing Lady, who ran a great second, while third went to Brad Rail.
Big Bunga (23.42s) triumphed for Jason Mackay in race six over Sugar Man and Mudgee Man.
Over the first six races, three favourites and three non-favourites entered the winner's circle.
Elite Blue Size captured the best time of the day (23.14s) in race seven over She Rose High and Wopa.
In the last heat, it was the Lee Wylie-trained Tricky Uno (23.41s) which progressed to the final in a pleasing win for the locals.
Tricky Uno was the only greyhound to come from off the pace but this greyhound still has the best winning percentage of any contender in the final.
Securing second position was Grand Cannon and in third place was Golden Earring.
Looking forward, Elite Blue Size shapes as the winner in the final over Big Bunga and Gardam Prince but Tricky Uno cannot be discounted.