Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge – Lithgow Heat Results

This Saturday’s GRNSW Country Challenge Lithgow Cup Final is set to be a beauty after the heats produced a top quality field of dogs ready to fight for the final prize.

The fastest qualifying dogs were both local speedsters, Strong Drop and Full Blast suggesting the Cup may stay in town, and will be fighting for favouritism in the days leading up to the big event.

The first of the three heats saw the Anthony Medina-trained Full Blast shoot around the 506m track in a sharp 29.75 seconds defeating Diamond Frenzy (30.08s) by four-and-three-quarter lengths with Go Go Tashy (30.91s) in third. It was a notable victory considering it was Full Blast’s first start in over three months following an injury to his pin muscle at Wentworth Park back in July.

Heat two was won by Tatts and Jack in 30.33seconds just a half-length ahead of runner-up We Three Kings (30.37s) and a length and three quarters in front of third placegetter Daddy’s Echo (30.49s).

The final heat of the night was a real show stopper, with Strong Drop claiming an emphatic victory an incredible nine-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of his rivals in a sizzling 29.54 seconds.

The John Bain-trained Strong Drop defeated a very strong field that included Mighty Albert, currently second in the series overall and third-placegetter in the heat with 30.22 seconds, Direct Jolie runner up in the heat with 30.18 seconds, Jose Luis and Banjo Hotty.

Other great races held on the night included the Blue Paws Final (414m) won by Blossom Wren in 25.04 seconds; the Grade 5 Lithgow Workmens Club Stakes (506m) where Action Impact (30.25s) claimed victory; and the Grade 5 Wang Village Meats Stakes (414m) easily won by Gordo’s Fatboy (25.02s) by five-and-a-half lengths.

GRNSW Country Challenge – Lithgow Cup Final Qualifiers & Times:

  1. Strong Drop – 29.54s
  2. Full Blast – 29.75s
  3. Diamond Frenzy – 30.08s
  4. Direct Jolie – 30.18s
  5. Mighty Albert – 30.22s
  6. Tatts And Jack – 30.33s
  7. We Three Kings – 30.37s
  8. Daddy’s Echo – 30.49s