TRAINER Sharon Grey “broke her golden rule” but still managed to land a heat of yesterday week’s thedogs.com.au 2 Wins Stakes at Wentworth Park with her nippy front runner Opulence.
Raced by Jason Bolwell, for whom Grey trained the former outstanding stayer Ada Mary, Opulence bounced in front from box two and led throughout to win by a length from the Jenny Brown-trained Fabrelass in 30.40sec.
Opulence went into the race with two wins and two placings from six starts at Richmond and Ladbrokes Gardens, but without having seen Wentworth Park.
Grey, who trains at Killabakh, near Taree, said later: “Normally there is no way I would bring a greyhound to Wentworth Park without coming down and trialling them there first.
“But this heat and final series suddenly came up and I did not have time to give Opulence a look at the track.
“I thought that in her favour was the fact that Opulence is a good little railer and a smart beginner with early speed. So I figured that if she was out in front chasing the lure not knowing her way around the course would not be such a disadvantage.
“But I noticed Opulence seemed to get a bit lost going around the first turn and she appeared to go close to hitting the running rail at that point.
“So she should definitely be improved by the experience of that run.”
Opulence was Grey’s first WP starter since Ada Mary last raced at headquarters on January 9, 2016. Ada Mary was a bonny front running stayer who scored 18 wins and 11 placings from 52 starts, earning over $142,000 prizemoney.
Her first litter, to Barcia Bale, are just beginning their racing careers.