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Hodgetts has faith in Whispering Ash

08 / 08 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
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GREYHOUND trainer Wanda Hodgetts is confident her handy sprinter Whispering Ash can register a few more wins in graded races before she takes a break from racing.

Whispering Ash gave her rivals a galloping lesson at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Thursday night to register her second win for Hodgetts and her third career victory.

The well bred bitch flew the lids wearing the check vest and quickly established a two length break on her rivals and in the home straight she powered home to score by 2-1/2 lengths from Real Impact with Mason Pines closing fast a length away.

Whispering Ash stopped the clock at 26.47 with splits of 5.24 and 11.48.

“I was very pleased with this win because she did everything right from box to post,” Hodgetts said.

“She has good ability and I’m sure there is still improvement in her so she should be able to win more races,” she said.

Hodgetts has been training for 56 years and along the way she has had her share of decent dogs through the kennel.

“I haven’t trained any real stars but we’ve (her and husband Wally) managed to get some good ones that have won a lot of races.”

Hodgetts acquired Whispering Ash from her friend and fellow trainer Eileen Thomas.

“Eileen had a lot of pups coming into her kennel so she said she would like me to take Whispering Ash but the Monday night before the dog was to come to me she won in Launceston so I though that would be the end of that arrangement.”

“But when I asked Eileen if she would keep Whispering Ash she said no and that the dog would be in our kennel two days later and I’ve had her ever since,” she said.

Whispering Ash is engaged in a grade four event in Launceston (race 9) on Monday night.