FRANK Sannotti, who turns 90 next month, enjoyed an early birthday celebration when his consistent front-runner Sunny Village opened her Wentworth Park account yesterday week.
Sunny Village had been placed in six of nine previous WP starts, mostly after making the pace and being run down.
But last week she was headed in the middle stages by the Chris Arletos-trained Mandrake Mae before coming again to hit the front at the top of the straight.
Sunny Village won by two lengths from Mandrake Mae in the “steady” time of 30.64sec for the 520m.
Sannotti, who reckons he has been training greyhounds for “at least 60 years” prepares Sunny Village for his son Brian.
Formerly at Wyee, Sannotti now trains at Werombi, between The Oaks and Silverdale.
“We are on the property which was once the site of Terry Orriss’ trial track,” Sannotti said.
“I was training Sunny Village for a mate of mine, John Clout, but when we moved to Werombi two months back he decided to make a gift of her to me.
“Sunny Village was $26 last week but I didn’t have a ‘zac’ on her, I expected her to run a place at best.
“I’d heard that Jason Mackay’s bitch Zipping Katelyn had slipped fast post-to-post and thought the field was too strong for Sunny Village.
“I believed her only hope was for her to get away with a big break and for a mix-up to occur behind her.
“There was a bit of bumping and jostling back in the field so that helped her get home.
“But when she finished third at her previous WP start on February 21 she recorded 30.45sec getting beaten, and that was her fastest time at the track.
“So I knew she was going well enough to run a place, but the win was a bonus.”