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Price chasing third successive Anniversary Cup win

Following the running of two Exchange Printers Anniversary Cup heats (512 metres) at the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s annual South-East Clubs Challenge meeting yesterday, leading local trainer Tracie Price looks well placed to land his third successive Anniversary Cup.

Giant’s Flash winning the first heat of the Exchange Printers Anniversary Cup.

He was successful in 2020 with Spring Cuervo and last year with Tandiki who in April whelped a litter of two dogs and two bitches to Aussie Infrared.

And in yesterday’s first heat, the Price-trained Giant’s Flash – well boxed in the eight – found the front going out of the first turn before racing away to an 8½ length win over Midnight Blast in a time of 29.53 seconds.

By Banjo Boy out of Navada Flame, Giant’s Flash, the Mount Gambier 512 metre and 600 metre track record holder, has now won 11 races this year at Mount Gambier and four at Angle Park.

In the second heat, a quick first split resulted in Departure Gate, trained at Moorak by Jason Newman, quickly assuming the lead from box two over odds-on favourite Captain Larry, chasing his fifth consecutive win.

Departure Gate defeats Captain Larry in the second heat of the Exchange Printers Anniversary Cup.

Off the back, though, and Captain Larry probably had his nose in front for Allendale East trainer David Peckham. But Departure Gate kept finding in the run home and on the line actually had 1¼ lengths to spare when winning in 29.62 seconds.

And Departure Gate’s breeding boasts a piece of Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup history. He is by Fernando Bale out of Tarks Nemesis whose half-sister Tarks Jewel produced Fiorelli Rose and Ben Nevis, 2017 and 2018 winners for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley.

A sensational winner of this year’s Group 3 Carlin & Gazzard MG Mount Gambier Cup, Departure Gate will now be attempting to become the first greyhound since Mojito Mayhem in 2016 to win the club’s two major cups in the same year.

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