Narrabri trainer Robert Hobson, Wee Waa greyhound trainer Colin Anderson and Gwabegar trainer Eric Butler all oversaw one of their dogs run a place at a Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club TAB meeting last Wednesday.
The Gunnedah track hosted 10 races at the twilight meeting and it was not until the sixth that a Narrabri Shire greyhound ran to a top-three finish.
That was the Butler-trained Sunshine Rose which jumped from box three in the 340-metre grade five race.
Despite boasting two wins early in her career, Sunshine Rose entered that race as a $41 outsider, but she jumped best and got away to an early lead which she held onto as she entered the home straight.
However, she was overtaken by the race’s $1.25 favourite Five Mile Gem (box four) and Lucy’s Bear (box six) and placed third to earn $350 in prizemoney.
In race seven, which was a 340-metre grade four/five race, Hobson’s Bazza’s Babe also placed third.
She jumped from box five and quickly established herself as a contender behind leader Disco Chook (box three) and second-placed Defier (box one). However, none of those three dogs were overtaken and a fast-finishing Bazza’s Babe had to settle with the $390 prizemoney for third.
The two-year-old red fawn bitch has now raced to 12 top-three finishes in 34 starts, which includes four wins.
In the ninth race of the evening the Anderson-trained Chance Amelia went the closest to a win of all Narrabri Shire greyhounds in action at the meeting.
Chance Amelia jumped from box six in the 340-metre grade five race and established an early lead.
However, she was quickly overtaken by the race’s $1.90 favourite It’s Our Time (box five) which went on to claim victory.
Chance Amelia held onto second place, finishing about three lengths behind the winner to claim the $460 runner-up prizemoney.
The second-placed run was Chance Amelia’s 18th top-three finish in 32 starts. She currently boasts a 25 per cent win rate having won eight times.
Tomorrow there will be more Narrabri Shire greyhounds in action at Gunnedah at a meeting where more prizemoney will be on offer. The additional prizemoney is being allocated from the budgets normally used for Wednesday meetings at Wentworth Park, for races 421m and over, and sees NG race for $3,000 to the winner, fourth grade $2,800 to the winner, and fifth grade $2,500 to the winner.To order photos from this page click here