Thursday, August 22, 2019
Monarto South greyhound Balboa Fury wrapped up his preparation for this Sunday’s Winter Classic final (512 m) at Tara Raceway with a big effort up the straight at Murray Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.
Owned and trained by his breeder, Tony Hinrichsen, the November 2017 son of My Bro Fabio and Lethal Fury brought up his first straight track win when finishing strongly over the 350 metre journey.
The win came on the back of an outstanding Winter Classic heat win last Sunday when he overcame a slow start from box seven before running out a 3¼ length winner over Close Your Eyes in 29.83 seconds.
It was also a case of Hinrichsen’s winning run continuing, the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club president having led in a treble with Degas, Stiff Upper Lip and Breemelia Swift at last week’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.
As far as this year’s Winter Classic is concerned, Balboa Fury looks to have a bit on his rivals in terms of experience and ability, Hinrichsen saying after last week’s best-of-day win that he was hopeful the black dog would later develop into a top stayer.
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley – second in the 2016 Winter Classic with Hay Miss – was more than satisfied with the run of her maiden greyhound Close Your Eyes and also well pleased after drawing box two in Sunday’s $2220-to-the-winner final.
“I believe she’s some chance of leading from the two and then hopefully give them something to catch,” Stanley said. “She’s raced on only two occasions with her appearing to be very nervous when at the race track for the first time the previous week but a lot better last Sunday.”
Whelped in July 2017, Close Your Eyes is by Taylors Sky out of Lady Jasmin and raced by long-time Adelaide owner Barry Stewart who, Stanley said, had been very happy with the blue bitch’s run.
The second of the classic heats was a messy sort of affair as suggested by the race time – 30.90 seconds and something like 16 lengths slower than Balboa Fury’s heat.
Coming out on top was Cruising By, trained at Allendale East by David Peckham. Having her fourth race start, the August 2017 daughter of Kinloch Brae and Midnight News broke through for her first win after three minor placings.
Second-placed Little Queeny, after making a real mess of the start from box six, pleased her Penshurst owner-trainer John Cameron when going down by only a neck at what was her third race start, the September 2017 daughter of KC And All and Lektra Kelly sure to be improved by the run.