Arsonist Wins DDC Launching Pad

Last night the brilliant Heather Collins-trained bitch Arsonist maintained her unbeaten record when she claimed an all-the-way victory in the Group 2 DDC Launching Pad (515m) at Sandown Park, securing the lucrative $25, 000 to-the-winner prize for her connections.

Arsonist began as the hot $1.90 favourite following her scintillating heat win last week – the fastest of the night – and lived up to her potential to beat home the Gary Ennis-trained Group 1 Silver Chief winner Enry Walt ($4.70) by a length with the third elect Wilde Haley ($6.60) a further 4 ½ lengths back in third.

Arsonist started superbly, flying from box one to go straight to the front of the pack. Iceman Raikkonen settled second early on followed by eventual runner-up, Enry Walt.

By the back straight Enry Walt had moved up to second position behind Arsonist and was close on her heels chasing down the leader gallantly.

The two impressive runners battled it out down the back straight, Arsonist sticking close to the rails while Enry Walt made his move on the outside.

Arsonist stayed strong and held on to her lead for the win, but Enry Walt had closed the winning margin to just a length.

A daughter of Elite State x Flickering Lady, Arsonist ran a sharp 29.88 over the 515m sprint and boasts a perfect record of four wins from her four career starts for over $32, 000 in prizemoney.

The victory gave trainer Heather Collins her first Group race victory.

2010 DDC Launching Pad Results:

Position

Greyhound

Trainer

Margin

1
ARSONIST
H L Collins
2
ENRY WALT
G S J Ennis 1.00
3
WILD HALEY
S A Holmes 5.50
4
MESSI
P A Craig 5.75
5
ICEMAN RAIKKONEN
J R Britton 9.75
6
STEPPING STONE
M J Stephens 10.50
7
SCARLETT GIRL
G Jose 11.00
8
ARVO’S COUGAR
T Womann 17.75