McDonald trio race in Bathurst feature semi-finals

Hippo Clan, pictured racing at Cowra's Sid Kallas Oval, is one of three Dana Lodge greyhounds which race in semi-finals at Bathurst on Monday evening.
Hippo Clan, pictured racing at Cowra's Sid Kallas Oval, is one of three Dana Lodge greyhounds which race in semi-finals at Bathurst on Monday evening.

Dana Lodge has a strong presence in Monday evening’s Soldiers Saddle semi-finals at Bathurst’s Kennerson Park.

Trainer Rodney McDonald qualified a trio of runners following heats the previous Monday.

Hippo Clan, Dana Kadi and Dana Ali will feature in separate semi-finals on Monday evening, with hope of securing a place in the $10,000 final next week.

Hippo Clan was McDonald’s most impressive heat winner.

The Take The Kitty and Dana Moo dog stopped the clock at 30 seconds, less than one second outside the fastest qualifier. 

Hippo Clan is expected to find a tough challenge from Pride Of Charlie and Sky Wave on Monday night.

“That second semi-final will be worth the price of admission alone,” Kennerson Park racing manager Jason Lyne said of Monday evening’s second semi-final.

“Pride Of Charlie did the quickest time here over the distance that we’ve seen in the last 12 months. It’s around the top five to six times we’ve ever seen at the track over the distance. In his first sectional of that race he was flying.

“Sky Wave did a great job in her first ever crack at the distance last week. I think she’ll improve after her first look at the track too.

“Hippo Clan won well last week but goes out from the one box to the seven this time. I think Pursayis from the eight is a great each way hope.”

Meanwhile Cowra’s second night race meeting was abandoned on Saturday night due to the wet weather.

A number of sports suffered as a result of the rain including cricket and triathlon’s inter-club series event.