Cosmic Easter gift
Tuesday, 29th March, 2016
By Michael Murphy
Cosmic Glare had a dream run to win the Vines Furniture One Easter Gift at the Newmarket Raceway on Saturday night, her second win from two starts this season.
The three-year-old may be small in stature but she makes up for it in speed, and once she cleared the pack the Gift was hers for the taking.
It was the fifth win of Cosmic Glare’s stellar career, bolting home in 22.24 seconds over the 375m in front of Yarramundi Jax (Peter Slater) and Aintree (Sharon Gray).
Trainer Kaylene Hatzi said she was confident of her dog’s chances in the big race, especially when she drew box number 7.
“We didn’t like her if she got an inside box,” Kaylene said after the race.
“Because she is so little she likes to stay out wide and muster around, usually if she can get a clear run they can’t run her down.
“If she’s on the inside bigger dogs push her around and jar her, but being out wide she can get that clear run and go.”
Cosmic Glare joined the Hatzi kennel two years ago after a stint in Adelaide, and some “young owners” have just jumped on board the Cosmic Glare train.
“We’re hoping that she will come on very well for the young people just getting into it,” Kaylene said.
“They had to go to Packsaddle tonight, so they haven’t been here to watch her ... I’ve just sent them a message telling them that she’s won.
“It will be their first rug and the first feature race that their dog has won.”
The Hatzis are no strangers to the local track with four generations involved in the local industry.
Kaylene said her father passed away last year, but her mother was still involved, putting in many hours, and her daughter Sharlie was now flying the flag for the family.
Sharlie must have learnt a thing or two, she won the local greyhound, trainer and owner of the year last year.
“We’ve won a lot of feature races over the years, but the daughter is into it more now,” Kaylene said.
“She’s just going on 21, and she has been on the track since the day she was born.”
In race one, the Globe Timber and Hardware Maiden, the Clint Trengove trained Itz El Guapo notched up his first win from three outings, just pipping Golden Ruff (Sharon Gray) by a half head on the line. Susan Gray’s Iceni Outlaw completed the placings. The time was 22.29 over 375m.
Sharyn Gray’s Kasai Goose finally broke into the winner’s circle on Saturday night, picking up the second race, the Adrian Eyre Appreciation Sprint over 375m. The Goose broke his duck after 27 starts, previously picking up five seconds and four thirds. Five-and-a-half metres behind was Heart Stealer (Tegan Gray), while Hillbilly Whiz came third by a neck. The time was 22.75.
Race three, the Adkins Hardware Sprint Stakes, belonged to Lady Mobster, a classy win for the bitch who turns two years old next month.
The Tegan Gray trained dog won her second race from two starts in 22.36 seconds over 375m. Second past the post was Bullbar Rheen (Robert Dannatt) while Oaks Boy (Sharyn Gray) came third.
The Gray kennel scored another win in race five, the Carbine Chemicals Sprint Stakes, with Iceni Arrow (Tegan Gray) cruising home in front of Grey Mater (Susan Gray) and Lektra Titan (Peter Hatzi).
The win was the second for the two-year-old from nine starts. Iceni Arrow clocked a quickfire 21.92 over the 375m to take the honors. His previous win was in October last year.
Race six, the Dann’s Of Broken Hill Sprint, belonged to Deecee Comics (Sharyn Gray), his fourth win from 43 starts. Iceni Tango (Susan Gray) came second while Shay Fontain (Clayton Trengove) came third. The time was 22.35 over the 375m.