Out of the Box | Wimmera stars dominate

CLEAN GET AWAY: Andrea Gurry with Ark Lightning after winning race 10 last week.
CLEAN GET AWAY: Andrea Gurry with Ark Lightning after winning race 10 last week.

Wimmera based greyhounds again shone brightly on a gloomy night last Tuesday, winning five of the 12 races contested.

The night got underway in great fashion, with Ian Bibby training the quinella in race 1 over 410 metres when Crymelon Phantom Led home Crymelon Victory. 

The kennel mates dominated the maiden event, and then cleared out on the rest of the field and it wasn’t until late that Phantom put the result beyond doubt. 

Heather Baxter’s (Murtoa) Absolute Dream tried hard for third, but was seven lengths adrift of the leading pair.

Garry George’s (Beulah) turn was next in race 3 when Gemilly came from deep back in the field on the turn and took advantage of a split about 50 metres from the line to burst through to break her maiden status at just her third start.

Cliff Smith (Wonwondah) and his team continued on their merry way when Sparkling Jewel took advantage of a number of scratchings to win race 9. 

Smith, and his wife Pat, have rarely gone a Horsham meeting without a win in the last couple of months and this is a testament to their training skills.

Honours for the night however went to Andrea Gurry (Nhill) who trained a double with Chile Allen taking out race 8 and Ark Lightning winning race 10. 

In addition to a busy schedule running her business in Nhill, Gurry is renowned as a leading breeder in Victoria and trainer in her own right. 

Chile Allen, a recent winner in Adelaide, began well from the 485 metre start, but found a bit of trouble on the turn to drop back to fourth before using local knowledge to hold her line upon straightening to split the leaders for a one-length win. 

It was her fourth win from 15 starts.

In a pleasing turn around, Ark Lightning showed the benefit of a clean get away from box 4 from the 410 metre to find the rail and put paid to the race by the time the field straightened for the run home. 

Al’s Luck for Bill Hartigan showed his customary finishing burst to claim second place.

Another trainer having regular success is Judy O’Neill, who has won successive weeks in Adelaide with Vectis Seyarda. Last Monday O’Neill was hoping to make it a three-peat. 

However, Vectis Seyarda could manage only third, but Lily an’ Page claimed a win to make sure O’Neill came home a winner. 

Emerley Indigo also ran second to give the owner of Horsham Boarding Kennels another successful trip.

Locals will be looking to continue the winning run tomorrow with another 12 race card beginning at 3.16pm.