Middle Distance Title Success For Whoomph

MANGALORE chaser Whoomph has come along way since winning his maiden at Geelong in April.

Brennan Ryan

18 October 2018

MANGALORE chaser Whoomph has come along way since winning his maiden at Geelong in April.

The well-bred greyhound had several starts before transferring to Tasmania, a decision vindicated on Monday when producing a stellar performance to land the final of the Colonial Hotel Middle Distance Championship Final (600m) at Launceston.

Whoomph, trained by Debbie Cannan, jumped a $4.50 second favourite and after finding the front down the back straight railing underneath Willie Win, he kicked away from the opposition coming around the home turn.

Leading comfortably in the straight, the son of Magic Sprite and Lochinvar Vogue ended up with a four and a quarter length margin to spare over Willie Win, with Stylish Russell working home well to finish third holding out Wynburn Cutie for the minors in a time of 34.97.

Owned in Victoria by Leslie Kenyon, Whoomph came across the bass strait in solid form winning three races before landing his first Apple Isle victory at Hobart last month.

Victory on Monday delivered Whoomph his sixth win from 23 career-starts for Kenyon and $9,875 in prizemoney.

“The dog has been a work in progress,” said trainer Debbie Cannan.

“He did have some hock trouble but it’s almost right now, he is a promising pup and to win two in a row over 600 metres first up is a great effort.”

Whoomph’s win continued some great success for Debbie Cannan bringing up her 40th win in 2018.

“I thought he was unlucky not to win at his first start at Launceston over 515m when he drew box seven in his first run over 600-metres for the heats, I was quietly confident though as he did have to work from a wide draw knowing he loves to be on the rail,” Debbie explained.

“When he drew box four I thought it was better then five or six and once he got to fourth along the rail going through the home straight, I knew then he was going to be a real good chance and that’s how it played out.”

Leslie Kenyon made his first endeavour into Tasmania, sending Double Explosion over to Cannan earlier in the year.

“Leslie contacted me a few months ago and asked me if I’d take on Double Explosion. I agreed and from there we had some success and since then he has continued to send more chasers across and they are a pretty good group of dogs,” she told.

The Kenyon/Cannan combination looks set to continue this Thursday night at Hobart with classy bitch Headspace engaged in the opening heat of the Big Moose Laurels from box eight and is expected to start a warm favourite.