It was fitting at a time when everyone is talking about State of Origin that a greyhound named Klemmer stole the show at Dawson Park on Thursday.
In a performance as powerful as his namesake, Canterbury Bulldogs and NSW Blues forward David, Klemmer charged up to the front of the field and cruised to a four length win.
“My boys at home go for the Bulldogs. I’m not a fan of the name, I’m a Broncos supporter, trainer Amanda Ginn laughed.
“But he always shows a bit of heart like Klemmer does on the footy field but he does his job and is a good boy.”
In an extremely open Welcome Hogs Breath Cafe Stakes (318m) Klemmer jumped as a $7.20 chance but there was some interest in him due to his ability to perform when running on the outside.
Dana Piper ($9.30), one of two chances in the race for Cowra’s Rodney McDonald, was best out but Klemmer quickly pinged around the field and into the lead.
It was as good as over from there as Klemmer set about putting more space between himself and the rest of the field.
Dana Piper hung on for second, ahead of kennelmate Dan Makin ($10.70) while pre-race favourite Carlo Run ($4) was fourth.
“He’s only little but he’s got a big heart,” Ginn said.
“He always tries and we love him out of the even boxes and out wide and today he was going to be no trouble if he could fly around the outside and hit the front and that’s what he did.
“He’s the littlest dog I’ve ever had and his owner has ever had but he tries every time. He’s beautiful.”
Klemmer’s victory was followed by a win to $14.20 outsider All A Miss in the Ladbrokes Live Play Stakes (318m).
Despite the odds, the win didn’t surprise a lot at the track and racecaller Dan Russ had labelled her one to watch after being the standout winner at a Moree meeting on Monday.
All A Miss was the best out from box six while Queen Taro ($3.50 favourite) and Myrniong Rocket ($4.50) jostling for position behind.
The Merle Clarke trained All A Miss moved further in front and went on to win by two lengths, making it career win number 13 from 40 starts.
“I’m very pleased with the result. It was a good field and she’s been a good dog in the past who went off a bit but I think she’c coming back now,” Clarke said after the win, adding she was always confident about the bitch’s chances.
Queen Taro and Myrniong Rocket remained towards the front and finished second and third while Super Boot ($6.10) was fourth.