Thursday’s races at Shepparton greyhounds were highlighted by the Matchmakers Classic and Shepparton Classic heats, which are age race for females and males.
Zoom Out won the first heat of the Matchmakers in brilliant fashion and showed just why she has been group placed.
Another impressive run was from second placed Bad Apple, who posted a sensational first split which should see her competitive in the $10000 final.
The second heat was a terrific race between Madam Butterfly and Lisa Marie, with Madam Butterfly a shade too strong on the line.
In what is an exceptional final, Zoom Out looks the testing material after a brilliant display from box eight in the heat and then again drawing box eight in the final.
Barwell Boy was successful in the first heat of the Shepparton Classic.
After leading from the outset, early speed will hold this chaser in good stead for the final.
The run of second-placed Master Riot was super and, if this chaser can get the start right, he is capable of running incredible times.
The run of the night was Chiefs Empire in 25.01. His first two splits were almost unbelievable and if he starts like this next week he will be almost unbeatable.
Running a gallant second was Burnout. The chaser was the second quickest runner for the day and will play a big part in next week’s final.
The greyhound who received the biggest cheers was Cavatron.
The youngster overcame the dreaded box five in his heat to run a brilliant 25.29 and, although not well drawn in box six, he was having his first start back over the 450m since a slight injury and will get stronger and quicker next week.
Cavatron is the only local in the rich Shepparton Classic final and it’s a real rags to riches story for the Baker family from Wunghnu.
Dean and Andrea Baker have had a few greyhounds with moderate success.
The most successful greyhound was a female called Shes Our Caviar, which won 10 races. In what has been a terrific turn of events, after her first litter had moderate success, the Bakers mated her with Dyna Tron and no-one could have predicated what would happen next.
The family kept three dogs — Cavatron, who has had seven starts for four wins, Startron has had four starts for four wins and Panadero King, who has had one start for a win — and all have shown above average ability.
Racing is as normal Monday, starting at 7pm, but there are no races Thursday, as Thursday’s meeting is on Saturday night.
So come out and watch these exciting youngsters compete in their respective finals.