Bellata greyhound Lagoon Dark Eyes finished the 2021 racing season on a huge high when he charged home to another victory last Thursday.
The two-year-old white and brindle dog went into the 10th of 12 races, which was a 340-metre grade four/five race, as the $1.10 favourite at the Gunnedah track. He showed exactly why he was best backed as he charged to his eighth victory in style in what was just his 11th start.
The Kevin Campbell-trained sensation lined up from box four for just the second time in his short career.
The Troy Luke-trained Sir Eskin jumped best from box two and raced to an early lead as Lagoon Dark Eyes settled in the middle of the pack of eight.
However, the Bellata bullet quickly overtook Sir Eskin to join the William Marmara-trained Gunnedah Girl (box eight) and the Kevin Sills-trained Typhoon Nellie (box seven) as the race’s three front-runners.
Lagoon Dark Eyes raced into the turn in an ideal position, closest to the rail on the inside, and took full advantage of that as he entered the final straight with a narrow lead from closest rival Typhoon Nellie and then the Cherie Rosier-trained Fun Fact (box five), which had charged past Gunnedah Girl.
Lagoon Dark Eyes finished fastest to secure the victory as he passed the winner’s post three-quarters of a length ahead of the second-placed Typhoon Nellie and a length ahead of the third-placed Fun Fact.
The Bellata greyhound earned $1600 in prizemoney for that victory to take his career earnings to an impressive $12,850 after just 11 starts. He has raced to a top-two position in all 11 of those, including eight wins and three second-place finishes.
After finishing his 2021 season on a high, the Bellata bullet will go in search of 2022 success today when he returns to action at the Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club 5.54pm. In the ninth race of the day at the Gunnedah track, Lagoon Dark Eyes will jump from box three in what is a 431-metre grade four/five event.To order photos from this page click here