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Wes eyes National Sprint Championship

16 / 07 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Buckle Up Wes winning a semi-final of the Group 1 Easter Egg in April icon Click to enlarge

TASMANIA’S Group 1 winning greyhound Buckle Up Wes will focus on representing the state in the upcoming National Sprint Championship series that begins with state heats early next month.

State heats of both the sprint and distance championship will be run in Launceston on August 4 with the finals a week later.

Buckle Up Wes tuned up for the state heats with an impressive win in a division one heat of the J G Nelson Cup in Launceston on Monday night.

It was an outstanding win as he had to deal with plenty of interference and challenges but overcame all obstacles to go on and win his heat by almost five lengths from Hellyeah Bolt that also overcame difficulties with Ultra White this just in advance of race leader Nooee’s Lad.

Buckle Up Wes is trained by Ted Medhurst and owned and raced in partnership by the dog’s breeder Robyn Johnson and Sharon Sutton.

Sutton said the dog has thrived since his Australian Cup victory in March.

“I am on the ride of my life with Wes. He has dione such an amazing job at Group 1 level,” Sutton said.

“I am rapt for Robyn (Johnson) because she works so hard at breeding them and to finally get one that is able to compete at the highest level and do so well is just reward for all the work she puts into greyhounds,” she said.

Buckle Up Wes will start next in the J G Nelson Cup final over 515 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston next Monday night.