Confident trainer's Ipswich success
DARREN Russell had three runners in the Ipswich Young Guns final last Saturday night.
Never short of confidence, Russell declared one of his runners, Go Lassie Go, the almost certain leader despite drawing box four.
A little tongue in cheek, Russell said he "hoped she can lead by 10 lengths''.
Go Lassie Go did spear out to the lead and set up a quick first split of 5.35.
The record is 5.22 held jointly by Tranquil Shiraz and Spindle.
It may not have quite been a 10 lengths lead mid-race but Go Lassie Go was about eight lengths in front at that point.
Another Russell runner, Fab Dooley, was second and eventually would claw the margin back to one and a half lengths in a Russell quinella.
The trainer's other runner, Scipio Africanus, struck first turn trouble and finished seventh.
Go Lassie Go ran 30.86, beating Fab Dooley.
Alpha Chaos, for Jim Heddles, steamed home for a close third.
First prize of $10,220 took Go Lassie Go to $51,375 in prizemoney. She has won 17 of 35 starts.
Her wins have been on six different tracks - Albion Park, Ipswich, Capalaba, Casino, Grafton and Maitland. Her best winning time at Albion Park is 30.20.
Russell trains Go Lassie Go for Casino octogenarian Margaret Dwyer who watches her chasers at home on Sky Racing.
Russell said Go Lassie Go is his first Ipswich Young Guns winner.
"I won the Albion Park Young Guns last year for Margaret with Tripum and he went on to win the Lismore Cup,'' Russell said.
"I recall that Albion Park Young Guns being a really strong field.''
It was strong indeed.
Tripum beat Bubble Guppy with Zabdon Ferrari third. A then rising star Thirty Talks ran fourth.
Go Lassie Go is by El Grand Señor out of Margaret Dwyer's proven producer Surin's Sal.
She is a classic example of that old saying in greyhound racing: "Early pace wins the race''.
Thirty Talks back
THE 2016 Queensland greyhound of the year Thirty Talks has been off the racing scene since January this year.
The dog sustained a dropped back muscle while leading in the group 1 Silver Chief final at the Meadows in Melbourne.
Tony Brett has Thirty Talks back in work.
The son of Where's Pedro trialled over 431 metres at Ipswich last Tuesday, clocking a smart 24.91 seconds. The track surface had been turned over the previous day and would have been around one tenth of a second off being in firm condition.
Thirty Talks resumes racing at Albion Park on Monday night where he has box four in a "Best Eight" race. All being well it will then be on to the Queensland heats of the National Sprint Champion- ship at Albion Park on Thursday, August 10.
Owner Len Antonio can't wait for Thirty Talks to race again.
"We just hope the dog holds together,'' Antonio said.
"He is bigger and stronger now. All his recent trials have been pleasing.''
NOMINATIONS close on Monday for this year's Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction, which is on Sunday, September 17 at the Showgrounds.
The auction is for pups born between October 1 last year and May 1 this year.
There is a nomination fee of $100 per pup. The winner of the auction related race in April 2019 collects $40,000.
The Ipswich club advises there will be no extension of the nomination deadline.
THERE is a good quality field of middle distance performers in the main race at the Showgrounds tomorrow night. It's the annual running of the Col Harris Gold Sovereign race over 630 metres.
Gary Keep has Say Good Day engaged. The trainer has nominated Say Good Day for the upcoming heats of the National Distance Championship at Albion Park. You would think the Col Harris might be a nice stepping stone towards those greater heights.
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