Legacy of Gary's dynasty
CHURCHABLE dog Slippy's Texada revived memories of his champion forebears with a stunning victory in the rich RQL Maiden 1000 final at Thabeban Park on Saturday.
Paying $2.70, the Alan Dargusch-owned and trained dog, from Churchable outside Esk, improved on his heat win to give his rivals a running lesson, winning by 7.25 lengths from Hood ($2.35) which he had beaten into second in the heat.
He picked up the lucrative $923 winner's cheque.
Another heat runner-up Em's Cody ($7.50) was a neck away third.
By Trewly Special out of Shining Class, Slippy's Texada was sixth on debut at Ipswich before running two handy fourths there before his heat victory.
But it is not surprising he can run because his grand-dam Shining Raider, great-grand-dam Gary's Raider, and great-great-grand-dam Gary's Hope were all champions for Bundaberg owner-trainer Gary Hick during the late 80s and the 90s.
In a stellar career, Gary's Hope ran a track record in winning the 1988 Gabba Gold Cup when that famous ground also incorporated Queensland's premier greyhound track.
Shining Raider's magnificent deeds included holding the 460m track record in both Bundaberg and Mackay.
Slippy's Texada's time was very good in the final, clocking 26.80sec for the 460m and, with expected continued improvement, he looks capable of going on to bigger and better things.
Other heat winners Enterprise, Passionate Eyes and Cheeky Bit placed fourth, sixth and eighth respectively, but Passionate Eyes' handler Sharon Gear said her performance could be excused after her 11.25-length heat victory.
"She missed the kick and was never in it but the box draw (eight) did her no favours and she's only young, but the winner won well," Gear said.
Earlier in the day, Passionate Eyes' litter sister Illusion Eyes, which is trained by Gear's husband David and owned by their son Chris and missed the final after placing third on debut in the heats, made amends with a dashing victory in the second maiden.
A short-priced favourite, paying $1.30, Illusion Eyes won by seven lengths from the improving Rapid Oak, while last-start Tweed Heads runner-up Perfect Gal was a big winner in the other maiden.
Wurtulla trainer Cynthia Elson claimed a double for the afternoon for the second week in a row with litter sisters Cold Vengeance and Icy Relic in the third and fourth grade and Corey Pearce Photos Fifth Grade respectively.