Shock Results in Healesville Cup Heats

There were upsets galore in last weekend’s heats of the Group 2 Lion Quality Healesville Cup, but plenty of interest remains in Sunday’s $64,000 Group 2 final.

The eight heats boasted greater quality than any card of racing ever conducted in the 26 year history of greyhound racing at Healesville, and the final promises to be a wonderful day as an old-fashioned carnival will compliment a great day of racing and the chance to win a family holiday to the Gold Coast.

Only one favourite, Size Does Matter, managed to take out a heat, while three of the eight heat winners paid in excess of $30.00.

Four greyhounds from the greater Geelong area have qualified for the $45,000 to-the-winner final, including two from Jeff Britton’s kennel and two from the Brooke Ennis team. Devon Meadows will be represented by Irish trainer Thomas O’Donovan and Peter Presutto, while Gary Hansen of Daisy Hill and Graham Whitford of Yarram complete the field of trainers.

The best time of the day belonged to former Queensland sprinter Size Does Matter from the Ennis kennel, who ran 18.942sec and was the only greyhound to break the 19 second barrier over the 350m journey. Less than four-lengths separated the other seven qualifiers for the race.

Gary Hansen’s Call Me Hank produced the biggest upset of the day, with the son of Vee Man Vane and Bullicourt State saluting at the long odds of $36.80 in a time of 19.032sec. Call Me Hank upstaged the fancied runners Azza Azza Azza (fourth), Farmor Las Vegas (fifth) and Hard Urned Burst (sixth) to claim his spot in the final.

Some of the other big names knocked out in the heats include Beckenbauer, Nockabout Aussie, Luca Neveelk, Clash Of Kings, Matt’s Entity and Walk Hard.

Group 2 Lion Quality Healesville Cup

Sunday 14 September @ 3:09pm – 350 metres

1 ACCOMPLISHED     Peter Presutto, Devon Meadows
2 CHOCO ROCCO     Thomas O’Donovan, Devon Meadows
3 CALL ME HANK     Gary Hansen, Daisy Hill
4 BEJAY THE DEJAY     Brooke Ennis, Lara
5 ZAMBORA STORM     Graham Whitford, Yarram
6 SIZE DOES MATTER     Brooke Ennis, Lara
7 EL GRAND SEAL     Jeff Britton, Anakie
8 COSMIC WISE     Jeff Britton, Anakie
9 SWAGZILLA      Darren McDonald, Devon Meadows
10 WALK HARD     Nicole McRae, Clyde

Watch: Race caller James Van de Maat has tipped punters into plenty of winners at Healesville in recent weeks, and he and Simone Fisher agree that a minor upset will take place in Sunday’s Lion Quality Healesville Cup final.
To view the full results of last Sunday’s heats: CLICK HERE
More information on the Healesville Cup: CLICK HERE
Heat Replays:

Watch: Cosmic Wise (1) wins in 19.175sec
Watch: El Grand Seal (4) wins in 19.288sec
Watch: Size Does Matter (8) wins in 18.942sec
Watch: Bejay The Dejay (4) wins in 19.099sec
Watch: Call Me Hank (1) wins in 19.032sec
Watch: Choco Rocco (6) wins in 19.067sec
Watch: Accomplished (3) wins in 19.057sec
Watch: Zambora Storm (3) wins in 19.010sec
Pictured top: Call Me Hank (1) was the longest priced heat winner in a day of upsets. Pic Clint Anderson.

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