Monday, April 9, 2018
Chilly Kiss, trained at Allendale East by Connie Miller, continued her good run this year with a keenly contested win over Odd Boots in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
Away fairly from box eight, the brindle daughter of Spring Gun x Chilly Babe worked into second spot down the back, chasing Cryer’s Sid until the home turn where she railed through to take the lead before holding off a determined bid from Odd Boots to win by a half head in 30.20 seconds.
All told, Chilly Kiss, who is owned by Miller’s granddaughter Clarissa, has now won three races this year, including The Tankman 600 at cup time, as well as running five seconds and three thirds to give her a total of 25 points and the lead in this year’s Greyhound of the Year award.
A couple of races later, give away greyhound Miss Zorro led all the way for Monty Wilson to defeat Luca Flyer by a half length with Run Razor Run flying home for third in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) in a time of 23.57 seconds.
Miss Zorro’s win was her third overall but her first for Wilson and his wife Jen who took over the black bitch in September last year. The win also broke a run of outs for the Mumbannar trainer who had last been successful back on November 5 last year with Bushman’s Wish.
Chilly Kiss and Miss Zorro are bred on similar lines, both being by Spring Gun and both granddaughters of Miss Chilli, a winner of 14 races and $43,000 in prizemoney.
And while Wilson certainly wasn’t knocking Sunday’s win with Miss Zorro it does now mean that she will be ineligible for next Sunday’s Ivor Dowdell Memorial heats, a grade five series over 400 metres.
Wilson, who won last year’s inaugural Dowdell Memorial with Lektra Excess, said he was hopeful of having last year’s winner once again lining up in the heats.
The memorial final will be run at the club’s ANZAC meeting on Wednesday, April 25 with racing then ceasing until Sunday, May 13 while the race track undergoes a major upgrade.