Go Mini Mouse has taken the lead of the Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Country Challenge after a dominant win in the Taree final on Sunday.
Starting a short-priced favourite, Go Mini Mouse did everything right in the 537 metre final, winning by a length over Marvicki with Dozen Matter a further half-length away in third.
The result meant Kurrajong trainer Norm Becroft quinellaed the Taree final and continued his domination of this year’s GRNSW Country Challenge series.
Go Mini Mouse now leads the series by one point over her kennelmate Go Jessie’s Girl, who has not raced since finishing seventh in a heat of the Kempsey GRNSW Country Challenge in August. Sam’s Conquest, also trained by Becroft, currently sits in third.
One round of the GRNSW Country Challenge remains, with Muswellbrook to host the final leg starting with heats on Sunday, September 23 before the final on September 30.
Points will be at a premium at Muswellbrook with a number of greyhounds sitting just outside the top eight on the GRNSW Country Challenge leaderboard. The top eight greyhounds at the end of the series qualify for the K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Showdown at Wentworth Park on October 13, where they will compete for $25,000 in prizemoney.
The 2012 GRNSW Country Challenge is held at 20 Non-TAB tracks throughout regional and rural NSW with each venue hosting heats and a final.
Greyhounds accumulate points according to their place in each individual final with connections of the highest-scoring greyhound at the end of the series proper to collect $12,500.
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