Ladbrokes Peter Mosman Opal

Gatt's Guelph Headed To Peter Mosman

By Jeff Collerson
Guelph recorded her fifth Wentworth Park win in eight appearances on Saturday night and will now target the heats of the group one Peter Mosman Opal there on July 2.

On Saturday Guelph trailed pacemaker Winlock Brad until near the home turn where she took over and burst away to win by nearly five lengths in 30.22.

Guelph has clocked 29.78 at Wentworth Park and some were surprised she did not contest Friday night's heats of the Ladbrokes Richmond Oaks.

But after her Wentworth Park win Daniel Gatt, co-trainer of the greyhound with his brother Mark, said: "We didn't really think she was ready to take on bitches of all ages in the Richmond Oaks so decided to save her for the Peter Mosman Opal.

"It is a better race for her as it is restricted to bitches whelped on or after March 1, 2020, and the July 9 final is worth $75,000 to the winner.''

Unluckiest beaten runner at Wentworth Park on Saturday was, once again, the Peter Rodgers-trained Simply Limelight.

Simply Limelight, desperate for an inside box, drew eight and after being slowly away was carried off the track when caught outside a wide runner at the first turn.

After being a distant fifth on the back straight Simply Limelight flashed home to beat all but the tearaway leader Browse Them Tail, going under by less than three lengths.

"Simply Limelight has copped plenty of interference from all the wide draws he has had but it has not diminished his keenness one iota,'' trainer Peter Rodgers said.

"That's because he is such a tough dog and he is the perfect age for the group one Vic Peters Classic, which gets under way with heats at Wentworth Park on July 2.

"The Vic Peters has been his goal all along and I can only hope his box draw luck changes soon.''

Bandit Ned set a race record of 29.47 winning last year's Vic Peters when the corresponding race for bitches, the Peter Mosman Opal, was taken out by John Little's Light And Lilly in 29.89.

Browse Them Tail, who wasn't headed in his defeat of Simply Limelight, could be a surprise Vic Peters entry despite having had just four starts for two wins.

Browse Them Tail is trained by Kim Mulrine, and on Saturday her son Patrick said: "We only got this dog from Perth six weeks ago.

"My dad Andrew has a good friend in WA and although Browse Them Tail only finished fourth at his first start, over 520m at Cannington in March, he recommended that we try and buy the dog.

"He is a good judge and believed Browse Them Tail would be smart enough to win at Wentworth Park and we were quietly confident on Saturday night because the dog trialled very well there.

"Browse Them Tail likes an outside draw and he had box seven on Saturday, but while he has terrific early pace we hope he gets a bit stronger with a couple more races.''

John Mellon's Mellcat Big Boy won five races straight before a gallant second to Coast Model in Saturday night's Wentworth Park Free-For-All and the Southern Highlands trainer is predicting similar success with his youngster Mellcat Coral.

A daughter of Feral Franky, Mellcat Coral scored over 324m up the straight at Richmond on Saturday, taking her recent tally to four wins and a second from five starts.

"I'm really excited about Mellcat Coral's potential and I'm confident she will be a Wentworth Park winner,'' Mellon said.