Smart Force takes Best 8
SMART Force turned the tables on Oh My Papa to score a good win in the Best 8 event at the Bundaberg meeting at Thabeban Park on Saturday.
After being beaten 4.75 lengths when second to her a week earlier, Smart Force reversed the placings, winning by one length, while Glasshouse Mountains raider Carlinford Frost suffered his first defeat in five starts on the track but picked up a handy third.
The race also marked reigning Bundaberg Greyhound of the Year Can Acker Run's return to racing after a three-month absence, but he could manage only fourth.
Smart Force continued her trainer Paul Burgess' run of success, also taking her record to eight wins and two seconds from 18 starts, which have all been in Bundaberg.
Can Acker Run's owner Walter Gordon and trainer Kevin Bryant, of Tiaro, received some consolation for that disappointment when they took out the final event on the program, the 550m Fourth and Fifth Grade, with Yes Master ($1.70).
Yes Master maintained his unbeaten record in four starts in the Rum City when he proved too strong for up-and-comer Crazy Bomb.
Crazy Bomb's trainer Ron Brook did not go home empty-handed as he had picked up a race-to-race double earlier in the afternoon with Molly Moo (Novice) and No Way Back (460m Fourth and Fifth Grade).
Molly Moo, which is by super dog Pure Octane, had cracked her maiden in Rockhampton a week earlier, while No Way Back completed a hat-trick in successive weeks after previous wins here and also in Rockhampton.
David Raines also snared a double with another daughter of Pure Octane, Octane Lassie, in the Maiden and Fifth Grade, and Charlotte's Boy in the Fifth Grade.
Octane Lassie was a hot favourite, paying $1.80, and she gave nothing else a chance, crossing the line 8.25 lengths clear of runner-up He's Got Speed, while Charlotte's Boy outgunned kennel-mate Pixie's Pride.