Ronray Spirit (pictured) will be racing for a near-provincial record $97,000 in prize money in Sunday’s All 4 Paws & Claws Group 2 Healesville Cup (350m) after he snuck his way into the final with a last gasp performance.
The massive prize would incorporate a $47,000 winner’s cheque plus a $50,000 Country Cups Bonus – making it the second most money a greyhound has ever collected in a single race on the Victorian provincial circuit.
The $50,000 Country Cups Bonus was introduced by Greyhound Racing Victoria in 2011, and goes to any greyhound that wins three of Victoria’s 11 country cups in a calendar year.
Two greyhounds have won the bonus before, El Grand Senor (2011) and Ronan Izmir (2013), with the latter holding the prize money record for a Victorian provincial race ($100,000) when claiming the bonus along with the $50,000 first prize in the 2013 Ballarat Cup.
Ronray Spirit has won the 2015 Warragul and Warrnambool Cups, and while he is one of the main fancies in Sunday’s Healesville Cup final, he will need to be at his best as he is drawn in box 5 in a field that is simply outstanding.
2015 ALL 4 PAWS AND CLAWS HEALESVILLE CUP
Sunday 13 September – 350m – First prize $47,000
1. LA GRAND LOGIE (Jeffrey Eaton, Jilliby) won heat in 18.998 Replay
2. SHARED BONUS (Jeffrey Britton, Anakie) won heat in 18.897 Replay
3. SENOR GRUMPY (Aaron Ware, Doveton) won heat in 18.881 Replay
4. BILLO’S PICK (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale) won heat in 18.903 Replay
5. RONRAY SPIRIT (Terry Reid, Yuroke) won heat in 19.180 Replay
6. PUD (Jose Desaubin, Langwarrin) won heat in 19.206 Replay
7. ALLKEL TO EXCEL (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale) won heat in 18.997 Replay
8. KAYDA SHAE (Kelly Bravo, Lovely Banks) won heat in 19.080 Replay
9. DANYO’S SLAPPY (Neil Ryan, Devon Meadows)
10. AZZA AZZA AZZA (Wayne Vassallo, Devon Meadows)
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