BOX 1 GETS OFF TO A FLYING START
Box 1 in greyhound racing can be an advantage to any runner, and it certainly was in the first three races at Gawler on Tuesday.
Kicking off the winning sequence for box 1 in race 1, a Maiden over 400m, was Victa Louise, which began well to lead the whole journey, winning in a fast time of 22.87 secs. Having its first race start, Victa Louise won in convincing style to win by over 6 lengths for trainer Robyn Mackellar of Lewiston. Second was Emerley Mine (4) for Judi Hurley of Two Wells, with Bereluke (5) third for Troy Murray of Lewiston.
Race 2 was also a 400m Maiden and here the box 1 winner was Flying Ellen, which also made full use of the box to kick away despite an early challenge, and win by 1 ¾ lengths in 23.34 secs. Flying Ellen was also having its first race start, and is trained by Troy Murray. In second placing was Blewett Minnie (2) for Graeme Stirling, while Zipping Toto (8) was third for Kim Johnstone, both trainers being from Two Wells.
The third winner in the sequence came in the Grade 6 event over 400m distance, with Trademark Bella winning. Jumping third from the start, Trademark Bella sat behind Just Annie (2) and got to the front as they approached the back turn, going on to win by 2 ½ lengths in 23.33 secs. Just Annie finished second for Mike Wittholz of Lewiston, with Assertive Fury (6) running third for Tony Hinrichsen of Callington.
Surprisingly after the three winners on the trot from box 1, not one other runner from that box saluted in the remaining 8 races. However, Lewiston trainer Troy Murray who had won with Flying Ellen, went home with three winners, after Aston Hinkley and Aston Sloan also won.
The racing schedule alters this week, with an additional afternoon meeting being held on Friday 24th, to replace the meeting on Sunday 26th that has been transferred to Strathalbyn. Racing then reverts to the normal Tuesday afternoon and Sunday night program.