True Kihael Wins 2010 NSW Country Challenge Beating Bellbird Park & Tadmore Buckshot

Kim Hyde’s classy sprinter True Kihael took out the biggest prize in Country NSW greyhound racing on Friday night when they won the $20,000-to-the-winner K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Final (520m) at Wentworth Park.

True Kihael went out as the hot $1.50 favourite and came from behind to score a one and three-quarter length win ahead of Bellbird Park ($15.30), with the ultra consistent Tadmore Buckshot ($7.40), who was the leading point scorer throughout the series, a well beaten third finishing a further four lengths away.

Devine Ruler found the front by the second sectional and looked the winner until the home turn where he tiered on the straight, allowing True Kihael to make their move on the inside, and eventually dropped off to finish last in the seven dog race.

Runner-up Bellbird Park began well from box eight and enjoyed a good run on the outside, sitting as one of the top three dogs the whole race.

True Kihael (Trewly Special x Tell Tall Tails) has now won 25 of their 45 career starts for over $80,000 in prizemoney.

Following the earlier scratching of Devine Rush, last year’s winner Future Fund was a late scratching from the Country Challenge final leaving just seven dogs to contest the title.

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2010 K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Results

Place

Dog

Trainer

Time

Margin

SP

1 TRUE KIHAEL Kim Hyde 30.56 $1.50F
2 BELLBIRD PARK Matthew Reid 30.69 1 3/4 $15.30
3 TADMORE BUCKSHOT Simon Ma 30.97 4 $7.40
4 AYE OH KAY Carolyn Hore 31.05 1 1/4 $26.80
5 PRINCE ERAGON Troy Callaghan 31.27 3 $13.20
6 ETTALONG 31.27 1/2 Head $19.20
7 DEVINE RULER Patrick Parrelli 31.31 1/2 $6.50
Scratched FUTURE FUND John Lawson