THURSDAY 5-12-19:: at NEWCASTLE GREYHOUND STADIUM....
LEVANTE BEACH showed just why he was such a short price outright favourite with an emphatic victory in heat five of the Alconex Northern Puppy Derby over 480m at Newcastle on Thursday, writes Jonathan Kay of the Racing Post......
Angela Harrison’s dog catapulted from trap four (4.52sec sectional) and although Nadurra Cushla chased hard for much of the journey, the winner came home six and a half lengths to the good in 28.85sec.
However, that was not the fastest time of the round after Julie Bateson’s Trafalgar Cup finalist Tasty Treat turned the opening heat into a procession.
In front soon after leaving traps, he pulled further and further away, aided by a little trouble behind, until the third bend when he just started to come back slightly.
However, slightly was the operative word and he still scored by fully nine lengths from outsider Liosgarbh Prince in 28.76sec.
Heat two saw Carol Weatherall’s Fight The Power make light of the jump from A7 grade at Henlow.
Outspeeding fast-starting Kilquarry Kay to the turn, he led round and had just enough in hand to hold favourite Twins Azzaro by a neck in 28.98sec.
And Weatherall took training honours for the round when her Slide Away, despite being very uneasy in the market, came with a withering run to take heat six in 29.11sec.
Look Like Power suffered a real scare before landing the odds in heat three for Jimmy Fenwick.
Moderately away and crowded early, he had plenty to do as outsider Optimism took the field along and he was forced to check at the second.
However, his class kicked in along the back and he powered through to lead off the last, going on to beat Jaguar Nidge by just over two lengths in a predictably modest victory 29.33sec.
There was a turn-up in heat four when Paul Rutherford’s home-bred Canny Wilma used her local knowledge to shade favourite Glenvale Brin in 29.16sec.