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Vince Curry Memorial series action hots up

DESPITE the recent disruption to greyhound racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds, it's full steam ahead now with the running of the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden series.

Eighty-eight greyhounds contested 23 qualifying heats last Saturday night.

Sixty-four of those 88 runners line up today in eight heats at the TAB twilight meeting.

Vicki Wisener from Postman's Ridge not only produced the fastest heat winner but also had the only three winners to break 31 seconds all night.

Steel Fixer ran 30.54s, Set Her Again clocked 30.95 and It's Gone won in 30.97.

And just for good measure, Wisener won a heat with Allez Brigette in 31.10.

Those four winners are from the same litter.

They are by the dog I believe to be Australia's top sire, Collision, out of River Seine, who won a Bundaberg Oaks.

Wisener's four runners are in different heats this afternoon and they haven't been afforded any favours in the box draw.

Steel Fixer has five, Allez Brigette box three while And She's Gone and Set Her Again have both drawn box six.

Even though Allez Brigette was the slowest of Wisener's four heat winners, the run was an eye catcher.

She gave the leader, Charter, about five lengths start mid-race and finished powerfully to score in runaway fashion.

What's often tricky about the Vince Curry series is greyhounds compete in fields of three or four on the opening night, then step up to a full field of eight for the second round.

For most, running in a full field is a new thing.

There is a margin for error, though.

Of today's 64 runners, 32 will make it through next Friday's four semi-finals.

So if a runner strikes bad luck today but still finishes in the first four, it moves onto the semi-finals.

Last year's winner Brook Lee for Christine Apap went through the four rounds of the series undefeated, but that's a rarity.

The previous greyhound to do so was Sarah Pringle's Vizcaya back in 2005.

The Vince Curry has been run over 520m since 2002.

Previously, the distance was 512m.

The race record for 520m is held by 2009 winner High Earner at 30.56.

So the 30.54 run by Steel Fixer last week was a fabulous time.

But can the dog do it in a full field today from box five?

It won't be an easy task.

 

Dates set

THERE will be racing at the Ipswich Showgrounds tomorrow night with another non-TAB card from 6.30pm.

A starting date has been set for the six consecutive weeks of Saturday night TAB racing - March 9.

These will be race meetings with a late start and finish to gauge how popular the timeslot is with TAB punters.

The first race will be at 8.15pm with the last of 10 about 11pm.

Obviously the greyhound club hopes local people will come along and turn the nights into vibrant social occasions.

 

Gallon favourite

TOP Queensland sprinter Glen Gallon is the $2.75 favourite to win tomorrow night's $140, 000 to-the-winner Perth Cup.

The Tony Brett-trained dog was the fastest of eight heat winners last Saturday, running 30.01.

It's a case of a second attempt to win the Perth Cup for Glen Gallon.

Last year he was the fastest heat winner before finishing sixth from box four to Sydney dog Oaks Road in the final.

Tomorrow night Glen Gallon is boxed favourably in two.

The race is set for 11.22pm Queensland time.

CONSIDER THIS: Everyone smiles in the same language.

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