WHEN Tornado Tears edged out Little Digger in the Phil Donato Super Maiden Final at Wentworth Park last month the owners of Little Digger were not too disappointed.
Tornado Tears, owned and trained by Michael Ivers, and Little Digger, trainer by “Jack” Smith for Lyndall McIntyre, went stride for stride to the post with Ivers’ greyhound prevailing in a tight finish.
Meanwhile Little Digger’s litter sister Zagati, also trained by Ray “Jack” Smith at Forbes for McIntyre, staged another powerhouse finish to win at WP yesterday week.
After being last away Zagati railed into fourth spot at the half-way mark and after sitting just behind pacemaker Coopolly Beach on the home bend, roared away to win by nearly four lengths.
Zagati covered the 520m in a slick 30.06sec, taking her record to five wins from 11 starts.
Zagati’s owner Lyndall McIntyre’s father Lindsay Niccol said later: “The best greyhound we raced was Quick Eddie in 1992 and 1993.
“Quick Eddie was by Brother Fox from Houston Star and I had bought him from Michael Ivers for $10,000.
“But Quick Eddie more than repaid his purchase price, winning 14 from 40 starts and becoming a top grader in Sydney.
“So it was ironic that Michael’s dog Tornado Tears should tip out my daughter’s greyhound Little Digger in the Wenty final.
“Little Digger gets to the line strongly in sprints but I doubt he will develop into a true stayer.
“But Zagati is a different matter and the more I see of her racing the more she seems to be running like a long distance bitch of the future.
“I bought Zagati and Little Digger from their breeder Barry Ward, after his bitch Solar Pak whelped a litter to Fernando Bale in November, 2015.
“Solar Pak is proving an outstanding producer and I have bought pups from a subsequent litter of hers.”
Paddy’s Pearl Produces In Town
A confidence boosting win over a middle distance put the Jodie Lagogiane-trained Paddy’s Pearl on song for yesterday week’s 520m fifth grade at Wentworth Park and she led throughout to win by six lengths.
Paddy’s Pearl, who had been runner-up in one of three previous starts at headquarters, carved out the 520m in a sizzling 29.96.
She recorded quick splits of 5.49, 13.88 and 18.07 before running home in a slick 11.89.
Paddy’s Pearl’s overall time was bettered during the meeting only by Black Hole Sun, who clocked 29.92 in a top grade event.
And it was .03 quicker than the 29.99 recorded by the Simon Rhodes-trained Dyna Orenthal, a noted strong finisher who surprised all and sundry by jumping in front.
Paddy’s Pearl was sent out an $8 chance on fixed odds, a price which surprised Jodie Lagogiane’s husband Peter.
“We took her to Richmond for a 618m race on November 17 because we were confident she could run the distance and thought she would probably be able to get on the bunny and make the pace.
“We figured that would do Paddy’s Pearl’s confidence the world of good before a return to Wenty Park and while she took 36.07 to win at Richmond, her sectional times were outstanding.
“That wonderful dog Lochinvar Hugo won over the same trip on that night in a near record 35.18 and while he led all the way, Paddy’s Pearl’s splits were on a par with Hugo’s.
“Paddy’s Pearl had a good draw in box three tonight so I was pleasantly surprised she was sent out at such good odds.”