Blue Lorian Wins 2010 National Distance Championship

On Saturday night the 2010 National Distance Championship series came to a thrilling end at Angle Park with New South Wales stayer Blue Lorian snaring victory in the Group 1 event and taking home the $50,000-to-the-winner prize for their connections.

The Peter Whye-trained Blue Lorian went out as the $5.50 third elect in the markets and after snaring the lead mid-way through the race, the son of Surf Lorian went on to defeat local champ Satanic Cash ($2.80) by four lengths with Tasmanian dog Sitka ($17) a further one and three quarter lengths back in third.

Eventual third placegetter Sitka was first out of the boxes and held a good early lead, out by three lengths heading into the turn for the first time with Blue Lorian sitting second.

Racing along the back stretch Blue Lorian stole the lead from Sitka after sweeping to the outside, dashing to front and hanging on all the way for a classy win.

Runner-up Satanic Cash pulled out a brilliant late burst to tackle second place from Sitka in the final strides after being badly checked earlier in the race, while odds-on favourite Dashing Corsair ($2.60) finished fourth nearly seven lengths back from the winner after being slow to jump from the boxes and never making up the ground.

Blue Lorian has now won 23 of their 44 career starts, winning the Distance Championship (731m) in a sharp 43.01.

Saturday’s National Distance Championship was the final run for the smart and versatile Reign Over Me.

Reign Over Me failed to fire in the final finishing seventh and has since been retired to serve as a sire.

The other highlight event on Saturday night was the final of the Group 1 National Sprint Championship won by another NSW greyhound, Smooth Fancy.

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2010 National Distance Championship Results

Place Dog Margin SP
2 SATANIC CASH 4.00 2.80
3 SITKA 5.75 17.00
5 JOANNE MONELLI 8.00 17.00
6 MICKIE KEATO 8.02 8.50
7 REIGN OVER ME 9.75 10.00
8 SOPHINA BALE 19.25 91.00