Hobart Thousand Guineas Heat Results

Thursday night the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club held the heats for the historic Wrest Point Casino Hobart Thousand (461m), the final Group 1 race left for 2009.

Seven quality heats were run to determine the top sprinters that will move on to the final and it proved a rewarding night for favourite-backs as four of the seven favourites got to the winning post first.

And this year the current Hobart Thousand champion, Little Spaniard will miss out on his chance to defend the title after being scratched from heat five due to injury.

Heat 1

New South Wales runner, Ruth Matic’s Hurricane Luke proved too strong for his rivals, the $1.50 favourite defeating the consistent Pedro Pronto ($15) by three-quarters-of-a-length with Paragon Patch ($8.70) the same margin back for a fast finishing third. Hurricane Luke ran 26.47 after jumping from box one while Pedro Pronto ran a gallant second, enjoying the wide run from box seven.

Heat 2

Victorian trainer Graeme Bate, who has had a shocking series of upsets recently, took out the second heat with his speedy dog Gripen Bale. The $1.40 favourite claimed an easy win, five-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Darren McDonald’s Octane Show ($4.30) finishing off the Victorian quinella, with outsider Pneumonia Alley ($51) a further two lengths back as the surprise third placegetter. Gripen Bale clocked a very sharp 26.14 over the 461m.

Heat 3

The third heat of the night saw the Darren McDonald-trained Silent Guardian claim an easy victory, the $1.70 favourite finishing a lazy eight and a half lengths ahead of Cradoc Park ($7.80) with Mark Gatt’s young sprinter Winsome Joe ($6.90) just half a length back in third. Silent Guardian finished in a scintillating 26.04 seconds for the fastest win of the night after a first sectional time of 5.06. It was a poor run from the highly fancied Eagle Eye, who only managed to finish sixth.

Heat 4

Again the odds-on favourite reigned supreme as another of Darren McDonald’s runners, Ultra Rumble ($1.70) took out the fourth heat a solid three and a three quarter lengths ahead of Lettuce Leaf Lad ($9.70) with another outsider finishing off the placings, Pure Thirst ($22.00) just a head back. It was Ultra Rumbles first start at the track.

Heat 5

Bells Place ($4.50) got to the line first in the fifth heat, four lengths ahead of Akka Boy ($14) with Where’s Ned ($30) just half a length behind. Darren McDonald missed out on this one, his runner Gardam Prince started as the $1.30 favourite but only beat home one runner to finish sixth in the seven-dog field following the scratching of Little Spaniard.

Heat 6

In the sixth heat of the night another Victorian trained dog pulled up trumps ahead of the locals as Prankster ($2.70) managed to defeat the Tasmanian Gold Cup winner and favourite at $2.00 Disintergrate by three quarters of a length with One Wheel ($21) a distant third some five and a quarter lengths back from the winner. A Melbourne Cup finalist, Prankster did well to overcome his draw in box six.

Heat 7

The last heat of the night was taken out by Remo Rubik ($2.60) by two and a half lengths with the long-priced runner Hellbound ($28) in second while Graeme Bate’s odds-on favourite Turanza Bale ($2) finished a further length and a half back in third. Remo Rubik drew awkwardly in box six but managed to find the room he needed to take the lead early.

The $75 000 to-the-winner final of the Hobart Thousand will be held next Thursday night December 17 at Tattersall’s Park.