Cindeen Shelby Wins Macro Meats Crown Classic

Superstar Cindeen Shelby has proven once again to be the superior sprinter taking home the $50 000 to-the-winner Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic on Thursday night at Sandown Park.

Trained by Kel Greenough, Cindeen Shelby blasted from the box one, running the 515m event in a sensational 29.72 seconds, two-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Flash Of Light with Bora Bale a further three-quarters-of-a length back for third.

The win comes on the back of an impressive two successive Group One victories as Cindeen Shelby took out the Sky Racing Topgun and Paws of Thunder and now boasts three consecutive Group 1 successes inside a month.

The daughter of Triple Crown victor Bombastic Shiraz, Cindeen Shelby has now won five Group 1 races and 25 of her 42 career starts boosting her earnings to over $368 000.

In the lead-up to the premier female dog race in Australia, Queen Lauryn was the favourite after taking home the title last year with Cindeen Shelby considered her only major threat and many expecting a head to head battle between the two for the win. Queen Lauryn, however, failed to fire after a troubled start on the night and only managed to place fourth some seven-and-three-quarter lengths back from the winner.

It was Cindeen Shelby all the way holding an uncontested lead on the pack and she now joins an elite list of bitches to have claimed victory in the most lucrative race for females. Great greyhounds on the Macro Meats winners’ list include Australian Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame inductees Paua To Burn and Bogie Leigh.

Keen to achieve more, Cindeen Shelby will now be aimed at Australia’s premier greyhound race, the $250 000 Solo Melbourne Cup. A win in the November 26 event would raise her to a new prizemoney record in Australia. Heats for the highly anticipated Melbourne Cup will be run on Thursday November 19.

Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic Results:

Place     Greyhound                         Trainer                  Box        Weight                 Margin (from winner)

1              CINDEEN SHELBY              KG Greenough  1              28.2

2              FLASH OF LIGHT                                MA Delbridge    8              26.7                        2.25

3              BORA BALE                         GJ Bate                 3              27.0                        3.00

4              QUEEN LAURYN                                TW Brett              5              28.7                        7.75

5              AINT WORKIN’                  L Delbridge         4              25.6                        7.85

6              OCTARE                                JS Ennis                                6              28.2                        9.00

7              BOOZEROO                         VA Cotton           7              25.2                        15.25

8              ARVO’S CHILL                    T Womann          2              28.4                        24.50