Horsham Greyhounds Racing Club’s campaign to raise funds #Livin, and their mental health education programs, is really ramping up with another three local greyhounds adding to the tally last Tuesday to bring the Club’s commitment to $1200.
Early on in the meeting it looked a case of almost but no cigar as several Wimmera dogs ran placings, including Bruce and Heather Baxter with Callinish Hana and Callinish Sprite both running second in the two heats of the 485m Maiden event and in tomorrow’s final have drawn boxes one and two respectively to give them a chance of turning the tables on their heat victors.
The Baxter’s fortunes turned around though in race seven, a heat of the Cardross Memorial over 410m, when Shield of Dreams made it two wins in a row.
Beginning well from box one, the well bred dog out of champion chaser Fernando Bale, needed all of his strength and determination to narrowly defeat the place getters, whom he’ll meet in the final tomorrow.
Joining Shield of Dreams in the final is the Pat Smith trained Ominous Warning after finishing third in heat.
In race three over the 410m father and son training duo, Doug and Paul Hammerstein, were less than a length from winning with Jacobite Hammer in finishing third.
But like the Baxter’s Jacobite Joseph saluted in race ten to give the Hammersteins a win.
The Ararat based trainers and their greyhounds have been in a rich vein of form lately and the win was Jacobite Joseph’s third from his last four starts.
Rounding out the card in the last race was Cleary Allen for Nhill based trainer, Andrea Gurry.
Being sent out as the punters elect at a $3.20 favourite, the recent addition to Gurry’s kennel made every post a winner with a slick first split a gave nothing else a chance winning by a comfortable two lengths.
The three wins has the Club ideally placed to get to a total fundraising target of $5,000 for #Livin by Cup night on the March 9.
To help boost efforts entry to the great family night just before the Horsham Fishing Comp is by gold coin donation.
With the Cup in mind it is great to see some great trainers and super dogs making their way up the Western Highway to familiarise themselves with the track.
Tomorrow these include Nervous An Weird in race nine for Andrew Paraskevas and from box one over the 410m and he is a genuine chance at giving the track record a tilt.
Anthony Azzopardi has also been a regular in recent weeks and he lines up Uno Fabio in race 8 in what shapes as a fabulous event.