STAR Tasmanian greyhound Damek extended his impressive record on the Hobart track last week when he outgunned a quality field in the Easter Cup final over 461 metres.
Damek went into the race with 15 wins from 16 starts on the Hobart layout and as expected he didn’t have it all his own way.
Sultan’s Swing was expected to give the champ a run for his money and that’s how it panned out.
Sultan’s Swing flew the lids from box three and held a length break approaching the 340-metre boxes but that’s when Damek put in the big strides and crossed to the rail wearing the pink vest.
Damek, prepared at Copping by his owner-breeder Peter Phillips, slipped two lengths clear and looked set to score by a decent margin but Sultan’s Swing was not done and raised another effort in the home straight.
Damek defeated Sultan’s Swing by three-quarters of a length with Ariel 5-1/2 lengths away third.
Sultan’s Swing lost no admirers and the Ted Medhurst-trained bitch has plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Damek has career stats of 32 wins from 34 starts in Tasmania with his only losses coming in the state final of the National Sprint Championship and in the final of the Hobart Thousand in December last year.
He has raced interstate without winning from five starts but each time he travelled poorly and failed to settle in a strange environment, unlike his litter brother Decembrist that has performed well in three states.
Decembrist won the Richmond Derby (NSW) and made it to the semi-finals of the Easter Egg at Wentworth Park two weeks ago.