Ball weaves magic with Metz

Metz Magic overcame an injury scare to win the Big Dog Challenge at Albion Park on Thursday.

The Ron Ball trained galloper was having just his second run over 600m and adapted seriously well.

Metz Magic scored by a length and three-quarters over Isadel with a length and three-quarters to Mercy Rule in third.

The National Sprint Champion winner ran 35.04 for his eighth win in 20 starts and took his prizemoney to $110,000.

Ball again showed why he is one of Australia’s great greyhound trainers.

The son of Bombastic ShirazWitheren’s Girl hurt a hock, back and a hip support in the Big Dog Challenge heat a week earlier.

Owner Bill Crooks thought the dog’s career may have been over.

“It’s a miracle that Ron has got this dog right and back on the track within a week,” he said.

“He could not get off his bed and Ron and Serena had to feed the dog on his bed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.” Crooks said

Metz Magic was only able to be walked on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ball didn’t decide to run the dog until Thursday morning.

Metz Magic, suited by box eight, was in a winning position in the straight the first time.

He began third behind Isadel and Mercy Rule, stayed in the middle of the track until taking over in the final 60m metres.

“We have to see how he pulls up first obviously before seeing what can be done with the dog in the future,” said Crooks.

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