The Cowra greyhound fraternity is still represented in the Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase series which kicked off in Bathurst this week.
Cowra trainer Paul Braddon had three representatives in the four heat series at Bathurst, led by Bathurst track record holder Falcon’s Fury.
His other representatives were Double Up Dee and Metallic Flash.
Drawn in different heats Falcon’s Fury looked the most likely on paper, sent out a $2.90 second favourite but it was Double Up Dee ($14.80) who would ultimately move through to the next round in the series after finishing second in her heat.
Miss Splendamiro kicked off the Ladbrokes Million Dollar Chase series with a bang by bolting to a comfortable victory in the opening heat at Kennerson Park.
The opening heats of the Million Dollar Chase drew trainers from across the state to Bathurst, including Berkshire Park trainer George Borg and his star Miss Splendamiro.
Current Bathurst Gold Cup champion Miss Splendamiro ($1.20) was backed by punters to take her opponents apart.
Once the Barcia Bale x Splendourous bitch reached the first turn in the lead she soon showed why she deserved such short odds.
Miss Splendamiro blasted away to a seven length victory in a time of 29.68 seconds.
Rohan Hill ($28.30) was a surprise second place finisher to book the remaining spot in next week’s regional finals.
Miss Splendamiro now boasts a perfect four from four record at Bathurst.
Miss Splendamiro did herself plenty of favours thanks to a quick start in Monday’s heat out of box three.
Rohan Hill also got away strongly from the six to pass the winning post for the first time level with Miss Splendamiro.
Once the pack reached the bend Miss Splendamiro put distance between herself and everyone else.
At that stage most eyes would have turned their focus towards the furious battle for the coveted second spot.
Outsider Nangar Kash ($40.30) had avoided an early tangle up to draw level on the inside of Rohan Hill.
Nangar Kash faded on the final bend but Rohan Hill faced a new challenger in Splinters.
Splinters ($19.60) was producing a remarkable rescue effort after taking an early knock but fell a length shy of catching Rohan Hill.
There were some surprising results across the night’s other three heats.
Heavy favourite Sky Wave ($1.10) didn’t have everything her way in a tough heat two victory, seeing off the Paul Braddon trained Double Up Dee ($14.80) by just over two lengths.
Braddon’s Kennerson Park 520 metre track record holder Falcon’s Fury failed to make the crucial top two after being held up during the third heat.
His struggles allowed favourite Caitlyn Keeping ($2) to dash clear by six lengths. Emission Control ($20.70) managed to stay a half length clear of Falcon’s Fury.
Modus Operandi ($2.80 favourite) beat out Midnight Treat ($3.30) in the hardest-fought of the heats.
Regional finals take place this Monday.