She's A Pearl Races Into Super Stardom

SHE'S A Pearl has raced her way into rarefied air with a slashing victory in the TAB Million Dollar Chase (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday.

Adam Dobbin

8 May 2022

SHE’S A Pearl has raced her way into rarefied air with a slashing victory in the TAB Million Dollar Chase (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The Jodie Lord-trained daughter of Aston Dee Bee was ushered into greyhound racing’s exclusive million dollar club in the best possible fashion, landing the sport’s biggest prize of $1 million in front of a jam-packed Wentworth Park crowd.

Claiming the lucrative purse and a 12th straight victory, She’s Pearl’s stake money soared to an eye-watering $1.35 million, a figure just $12,000 shy of Fanta Bale’s world record tally of $1.36 million.

It was only earlier this year that syndicate Greyhounds HQ shelled out a tidy five-figure sum for the hugely talented sprinter and it’s a decision that has returned the ultimate of dividends, with Saturday night’s MDC triumph following her recent Golden Easter Egg blitz.

“What is there left to say about her,” co-trainer Jodie Lord said post race.

“She’s just amazing. Week in week out she turns up and gets the job done with next to no fuss.

“It’s an amazing feeling to share this night with the family it just means so much, all the hard work. And to run the quinella with Coast Model. Wow.”

Now a winner at 22 of her 32 race starts, She’s A Pearl is the undisputed queen of Australian greyhound racing with her standing as the sport’s greatest earner now all but a formality.

In a remarkable display of sustained speed, She’s A Pearl ran a scintillating 29.32 to defeat kennelmate Coast Model with Ritza Donna in third.

Meanwhile, on a champagne card of racing the Million Dollar Chase consolation went the way of Zipping Maserati for premier trainer Jason Mackay in dashing style.

The Gold Cup for the stayers was annexed by top Victorian stayer Hank The Hustler while the $100,000-to-the-winner Masters Meteor was won by Angry Blizzard for Kempsey trainer Nathan Goodwin.

In a driving finish, the evergreen sprinter outlasted Crazy Old Goat which went down by a narrow margin at odds of $51.