All The Way Peter Early Classic Win

For northern greyhound commentator Peter Earley on Sunday it was his 45th Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar race delivery – surely an Australasian record for the most consecutive calls of a Group 1 event.

Pic: Pete Earley presenting his trophy to David Campbell, who handled winner Lochinvar Brogue

In recognition of this achievement, the Auckland club instigated the running of the $6,000 Peter Earley Classic as an invitation 527m event a few years ago.

Sunday’s edition saw the Denis Schofield trained Lochinvar Brogue installed as the warm race favourite. He never gave his supporters any concern whatsoever by seizing the early race lead. It was a lead he was never going to hand up, cruising through his assignment to stop the clock in 30.47s holding a two-length margin over his rivals.

Using completely contrasting racing tactics was Westworld from the Ben Craik kennels. He made his usual slow start which saw him settling in the rear group from where he improved into a midfield position when approaching the home turn.

It had been the winner’s kennelmate Gold Class who led the chase after the pace-setting winner. She looked like she was going hold that position right through to the finish, however, Westworld flicked on the turbochargers to finish powerfully to nail her during the very final few bounds to secure the runners-up prize by a head.

It was the 14th career win for the Australian owned Lochinvar Brogue. He has also placed on another 14 occasions which now sees his stake earnings sitting at $36,967 from his 39 race day outings.

Lochinvar Brogue Bigtime Opal Barwon River

From left: Peter Earley Classic winner Lochinvar Brogue; there was a number of stylish wins posted during the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar support card. The Lisa Cole trained Bigtime Opal took out the opening event seen here with handler Jess Cole; Barwon River, seen here wearing the sponsoring Deli’s Sports Bar Clendon Inn cap, was the first of the Denis Schofield trained winners during the meeting

Mousey Mousey Ima Lucky Zarr Classy Impact

Mousey Mousey slipped through along the rail to nail her 318m win for visiting trainer Angela Turnwald, seen here with; handler Naomi O’Regan and co-owner Liz Whelan; Ima Lucky Zarr won the Greyhounds As Pets 318m dash pictured with co-trainer Denise Cottam and GRNZ Head of Racing Greg Kerr; The Thayne Green prepared Classy Impact took out the Happy Birthday Karen Thomson sprint seen with handler John Smith and birthday girl Karen Thomson

Jinja Bella Opawa Libby & Opawa Rocket Joe Joe

Jinja Bella was a stylish winner of the 527m Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Stakes for Wayne and Tracey Steele and kennelmates Opawa Libby and Opawa Rocket combined to quinella the following Pump & Engineering Services Sprint pictured with Tracy and daughter Melissa; Joe Joe prevailed in the Twents On Tour #State Stakes for Marcie Flipp with handler Tom McCracken surrounded by Trackside personal

Call My Name Bigtime Ellie Joey Zar Zar

Call My Name provided Ben Craik with a winner in the Stitches Upholstery Sprint pictured with owners Ray Waters, Craig Rendle, John Roberts, Sel Loader along with handler Tracy Craik; The Hifi Allegro Sprint Final was won by the Lisa Cole prepared Bigtime Ellie with kennelmate Allegro Lass finishing third with co-owner Craig Rendle & Auckland Board member Rupert Fairbrother; Ron & Naomi O’Regan produced Joey Zar Zar for an upset last race Jack’s Wholesale Meats Sprint victory

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 13/06/2017 11:18:04 AM

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