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Damek sufffers first defeat

02 / 05 / 2010 Article by: Editor

STAR Tasmanian greyhound Damek suffered his first defeat when run down in the last few strides in a heat of a Grade Five series at SandownPark in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Damek led but was run down by Philby in the shadows of the post.

However, there were excuses for the Eileen Thomas-trained dog as he hit the running rail on the first turn and pulled up proppy, as confirmed by a vet’s report.

“He hit the running rail and never fully stretched out after that but no excuses because he was beaten on the night by a good dog and that’s going to happen – it’s racing,” said Damek’s breeder and part-owner June Phillips.

“We have had him to the vet and if everything is Ok he’ll be back in Melbourne next week for a race at The Meadows next Saturday night.”

“He also travelled to Melbourne on the day of the race and that probably was not the best option but plane delays and so forth forced out hand but in hindsight it was probably not the way to go.”

“I future if we can’t get to our destination when we want to we simply won’t go,” she said.

Damek is unbeaten from seven starts in Tasmania with his latest effort a track record–breaking win in the lllingworth Classic final in Launceston in which he broke his own track record that he set in wining his Illingworth Classic heat, clocking 29.40 for the 515 metre trip.