Out of the box: Locals salute at Horsham

On the pace: Locally trained greyhounds were in impressive form at Horsham Greyhounds on Saturday night.
On the pace: Locally trained greyhounds were in impressive form at Horsham Greyhounds on Saturday night.

Saturday night started with a bang at Horsham Greyhounds. 

Club employee, and owner of Horsham Boarding Kennels, Judy O’Neill was cheering loudly after the greyhound she owns and bred, Lily An’ Page saluted in the first event.

Lily An’ Page has been in a rich vein of form of late, and has gone five consecutive runs without finishing out of the placings.

Saturday’s impressive win was her second triumph to go along with her six placings from 14 starts. 

She might be really putting it all together now after spearing the lids and leading all the way to win by seven lengths in a quick time of 23.38 seconds for the 410 metres.

The cheering and celebrations continued in race two when locally trained greyhounds filled the first four places over the line. 

Honours went to the Cliff Smith-trained Atlantic Rose, who also finished second last Tuesday. 

Runner up was Xerox Letter for Andrea Gurry (Nhill) and third place went to Avatar Vixen (Helen Hartigan) who again showed her early speed, but just didn’t have the legs to hold off the other two. 

El Grand Richo finished fourth for Shayne Fisher (Warracknabeal) putting value into the first four, which paid $207 for a $1 investment.

Reigning Greyhound of the Year at Horsham, Starbright Vic showed a return to form with a second placing in race 7. 

Gaining a start as a reserve, Starbright Vic looked the winner halfway down the straight only to be run down and go under by half a length.

He seems to be enjoying a change of scenery having transferred from Vic Millington’s Great Western kennels to those of Jeff Guy at Horsham in the past few weeks.

Tuesday looks like the early races will also provide the greatest chance for more success for local trainers with Ian Bibby stepping Crymelon You Cro up to the 485m in race 1 in an attempt to break his maiden status.

He hasn’t been far away over the 410m at his first three starts and gets his chance here.

Race 2 over 410m will see Bibby line up Crymelon Turbine and Crymelon Quinn, but they may find it hard to beat Shayne Fisher’s Deacon Downs who has been smartly placed at his last two starts over this course and distance and looks ideally drawn in box 2.

Andrea Gurry backs up Xerox Letter in race 3 after his second on Saturday night, and may be able to go one better.

Against him will be jumping from box 4, the same starting gate as Saturday and requires speed and field sense to avoid tangling up with other runners.