LANGWARRIN-trained greyhound Full Of Grace burned her rivals off early en route to winning a feature event of the Warrnambool Seaside Carnival.
The El Grand Senor-Catch Up Sunday bitch was a convincing winner in the Flying Star Sprint (one-two wins) over 390 metres at Wannon Park last night.
Full Of Grace, trained by Peter Craig and weighing in at 33 kilograms, was out of box five and took the lead at the first turn, winning in 21.93 seconds.
The time was 0.19 seconds outside of the track record. Outsider Miss Harmony was almost four lengths behind in second, while Suki Suki was third.
Connections picked up $5000 for the win, plus a $1000 bonus as part of the Greyhound Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme.
Craig said the win took her record to 3-1-0 from four starts. She also won a coursing race at Longwood in September when she was 17 months old.
“From the minute we started doing things with her, she was something different. She was special, she was flying,” Craig said post-race last night.
“She’s entered for the Warrnambool Classic in a few months’ time. We have to make sure she goes there at full speed.”
The win ensured back-to-back four-hour trips from Langwarrin to Warrnambool proved worthwhile.
Full Of Grace clocked 22.01 seconds in winning her series heat by eight lengths last week, but went quicker at her second visit to the track last night.
Craig said every race in the coming months would be used as preparation for the $75,000-to-win Warrnambool Classic, over 450m, in April.
“She’ll certainly get to 450 (metres). Everything is aimed at the Warrnambool Classic, so I’m not going to bust her gut to get to 500 (metres),” he said.
The carnival continues tonight, with the Warrnambool Fencing Specialists final over 450m the feature.
The first race is at 4.04pm.