While there mightn’t be much of him, Mauritian Flyer, a 27 kilograms brindle dog by Kinloch Brae out of Dee Jay’s Sniper, made every post a winner in Sunday’s Swallow Drive Meats Maiden Stake (305 m).
Having his first SA start, the former Gunnedah-based dog led all the way to defeat Crying by three-quarters of a length in 17.98 seconds. And it was a quick return on their investment for the Edenhope training team of Kerry Hawker and Cap Abbott.
“He was a $1000 purchase following three placings in NSW but after today’s win and a small wager on him at nice odds he certainly doesn’t owe us anything,” Abbott said.
Mauritian Flyer is a younger half-brother to Mauritian Rascal (by El Grand Senor) who won six races for Abbott over 400 metres at Tara Raceway in 2019-2020.
Later on Sunday, Abbott’s Another Pick collected a couple of valuable points in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award when running second to Midnight Blast in the Commercial Hotel Grade 5 final (512 m).
With 11 wins, eight seconds and five thirds, Another Pick is currently 12 points clear of Sianna Magic. The daughter of Unlawful Entry and Proud Fantasy will now be extremely hard to catch as the season enters its final two months.
Midnight Blast was the middle leg of a treble for Allendale East trainer David Peckham who failed to take any ground off leading trainer Tracie Price.
Price, who scored a good 22.84 seconds win with Urana Meat Loaf in the Greg Martlew Autos Open Stake (400 m), maintained his nine points lead over Peckham in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award.