DYNA Patty created history last night when she became the first female chaser to win the Bill Collins Speed Star.
Drawn against series favourite Poke The Bear, Dyna Patty jumped on even terms and accelerated to the lead past the post the first time. Poke The Bear took advantage of its inside draw to retake the lead through the turn, however Dyna Patty powered down the back straight to again assume control into the final turn.
In a thrilling run to the line, Poke The Bear rallied along the rail but couldn’t catch Dyna Patty, stopping the clock at 29.411 and claiming the Bill Collins Speed Star crown. Connections picked up $20,000 for running the fastest time in the series, on top of the $5000 for winning her head to head match.
Robert Britton had a night to remember, claiming the night’s other two features with littermates Tornado Tears claiming the Racecallers (595m) and Rippin’s Sam the Lizrene (715m). The RSN Sandown Cup bound duo were brilliant in the wintry conditions, stopping the clock in 33.780 and 41.475 respectively. In fact, Britton trifectaed the Lizrene with Barcali and Back On Lava filling the minor placings.
He also claimed on the night’s the opening event with Not Available winning his second match race series and collecting $10,000, and when Slingshot Gypsy won a match in the final series it took Britton’s prize money tally for the evening to $92,000 – almost half of the $190,000 up for grabs across the night.
The Speed Star is a match race series bringing the fastest greyhounds in the country together for a series of two-dog head to head races. It’s the first week of a massive three weeks at Sandown Park, culminating in the group 1 triple header on Thursday 24 May featuring the Harrison-Dawson, Sapphire Crown and the world’s richest race for stayers, the $250,000 RSN Sandown Cup.