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GREYHOUNDS: Zsa Zsa races to cracking Easter title triumph

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By Toby McKend
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BORDERS hot shot Zsa Zsa charged out of the traps to take an early lead in the final of the Gretna Easter Sprint Handicap at the weekend.

The home-bred three-year-old black bitch, owned and trained by Rob Hyslop of Hawick, powered across the line to win the coveted silver trophy by a length.

It was the latest in a series of successes on the border track for the 2/1 shot, which has already been runner-up in two other Halcrow Stadium finals and won all her Easter heats.

Hyslop, who has been training Gretna runners for three decades, said: “Zsa Zsa really hit the lids passing the two front runners as she left the traps.

“She’s from a fantastic litter with the other pups also proving good runners and notching up their fair share of wins.”

Runner-up in the big final was Unlock, a three-year-old dog, owned and trained by Maurice Lawman of Workington.

Earlier, border fancy Robber, a two-year-old white and brindle dog from veteran Carlisle trainer Michael Pearson, proved a popular runaway seven-lengths winner in the 7.45 sprint trip.

Finally, Scots dog Danny’s Dan, owned and trained by Davie Dunbar, lived up to expectations winning the middle distance race as 1/2 favourite.

He crossed the line 3.5 lengths in front of four-year-old Cumbrian-based bitch Macca Mini.

Check out the recent form of Gretna runners in the DnG24 racing archive at https://www.dng24.co.uk/?s=greyhounds

 

RESULTS and STARTING PRICES

First race (7.30) – 1, Flash the Cash, trap 1, price 5-2; 2, Fatman, 4, 5/2; distance 2.25 lengths; winning time 17.59 seconds.

Second (7.45) – 1, Robber, 4, 1-3 fav.; 2, Bet’s Pet, 6, 2-1; 7.25; 17.53.

Third (8.00) – 1, Hiawatha, 1, 5/4; 2, Lochar Jet, 2, 5/4; 3.75; 17.47.

Fourth (8.15) – 1, Envoy, 5, 2/1; 2, Clifton Lodge, 2, 5/2; short head; 17.66.

Fifth (8.30) – 1, Bellfield, 5, 2/1; 2, Extra Time 4, 2/1; 1; 17.85.

Sixth (8.45) – 1, Cliff, 6, 2/1; 2, Flaming Rosie, 1, 5/2; 1.5; 17.88.

Seventh (9.00) – Easter final – 1, Zsa Zsa, 3, 2/1; 2, Unlock, 2, 3/1; 1; 17.49.

Eighth (9.15) – 1, Danny’s Dan, 1, 1-2 fav.; 2, Macca Mini, 2, 4/1; 3.5; 29.41.

 

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EASTER CRACKER . . . owner trainer Rob Hyslop and connection John Mckechnie with Zsa Zsa and the Gretna Easter Handicap Cup              

PICTURE: CRAIG NORMAN, HALCROW STADIUM

 

 

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