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Vets Medley series a wide open affair

08 / 05 / 2011 Article by: Editor

THE Hobart club’s Vets Medley Series Looks set to be a wide open affair if the first rounds of heats is any indication.

The series comprises three rounds of heats with the first and third run over 599 metres and the middle leg over 461m.

Points are allocated for each placing through to seventh with last in each heat earning no points.

Only one hundredth of a second separated three of the five heat winners last Thursday night and another was close to that mark.

ThevNic Howard-trained Pure Port registered the best time of the five heat winners of 35.54 seconds over the 599-metre trip.

The son of Pure Octane made full use of the inside box but he had to shrug off buffeting and checks to the top turn on his way to an impressive 5-3/4-length win over Lovely Banks Lad and Ming Dynasty.

The dog has come into his own now that Howard has stepped him up in distance and he looms as a big chance to take out the series.

The Robert Grubb-trained Pippi’s Gold also was impressive in winning his heat in a time of 34.56.

Pippi’s Gold flew the lids from box seven and stretched his lead at every turn, going on to score by over six lengths from Arrow On Fire with Arnhem Mecca a neck astern.

Pippi’s Gold has notched two wins and as many placings from his only four starts on the Hobart track with his career win record now four from 11.

His time of 34.55s shows his worth at middle distance chasing and his consistency over the 461-metre trip makes him one of the favourites to win the series.

Valley Twist made quite an impression in winning his heat in a time of 34.56s.

It was Valley Twist’s Tasmanian debut but he showed no sign of first-night jitters to fly the lids from box five and then lead his rivals a merry chase.

He hit the line 3-1/2 lengths clear of Capetown Gem with Classy Kenny a similar margin away third.

Valley Twist began his career inVictoriaand opened his account with two wins and as many minor placings at Shepparton and Ballarat about this time last year.

The dog had a break in August and resumed in December that produced a near last at Warrnambool after which he was again spelled.

He returned to racing with a win at Ballarat in March and other than a near last effort at The Meadows he has not missed a place this preparation.

Deadly Ernest was the remaining heat winner and while his time of 35.03s was pedestrian compared to the other four heat winners, he is a keen chaser with room for improvement.

The Susan Gittus-trained dog began brilliantly from box eight and once he was on the fence he sped clear and went on to defeat Winklee Brooke by four lengths with Arnhem Mecca only a next astern.

The next round of heats will be run over 461 metres in Hobart this week with the best eight point scorers to line up in the final over 599 metres a week later.