Lover's Fury fastest in heats of Autumn Chase at Maitland greyhounds

WINNER: Maitland Supporters Club members Margaret Enright, Barbara Rees and Margaret Bright present the trophy and necklace to Mother's Day Necklace winner Ben Sweetman with Squizzy Buzzard.

WINNER: Maitland Supporters Club members Margaret Enright, Barbara Rees and Margaret Bright present the trophy and necklace to Mother's Day Necklace winner Ben Sweetman with Squizzy Buzzard.

The $2000 first prize is there for the taking if Lover’s Fury can make it a hat-trick of wins for Sawyers Gully trainer Shayne Webb at Maitland on Thursday afternoon.

Lover’s Fury is the fastest of three heat winners in the PRD Nationwide Autumn Chase over 450 metres and the likely early favourite if he draws an inside box.

The son of Magic Sprite and Lovers Tiff set the benchmark for the final with an impressive 25.14s performance in his first attempt at the 450m.

Webb had started Lover’s Fury 19 times over the 400m for three wins, two seconds and two thirds and the longer journey appears to be to his liking.

Improved box manners have also helped Lover’s Fury strike a purple patch of form with last Thursday’s success making it two wins on the trot after a 22.67s win at The Gardens a week earlier.

Lover’s Fury pinged the lids from box three and held off a strong challenge from the Nancy Mcintosh-trained Zippet Zipper (25.28s) to win by two lengths with Digger Muldoon (25.36s) third for Julie Laurantus.

Lover's Fury winning his heat of the PRD Nationwide Autumn Chase.

Melissa’s Charm strong winner

Ellalong trainer Michelle Shambler will return for the PRD Nationwide Autumn Chase Final after Melissa’s Charm scored a strong win in her first attempt at the 450m at Maitland.

The impeccably-bred daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Sweet As Shelby carved out a respectable 25.39s in the first heat to run down and beat early leader Westside (25.48s) from the Betty Keene kennels. Tom Halley’s Dugan’s Gun (25.52s) was third.

Here Comes Harry won the third heat for Beresfield trainer Warren Slade after leading throughout to beat the Gary Ernst-trained Shakes (25.61s) and the Jill Harper-trained Tough Times (25.95s).

Good luck and a safe journey to all runners in Thursday’s final.

Squizzy delivers a necklace

The ever-consistent Squizzy Buzzard produced a brilliant all-the-way win to take home the spoils in the Maitland Supporter’s Club Mother’s Day Necklace Final over 400m on Thursday.

The son of Spring Gun and Rose Buzzard made good use of box one to hold out race favourite Black Jack Opal going into the first turn and powered home to win in 22.57s and claim the $1500 first prize, glass trophy and a necklace.

Ninja Thommo tried hard from box six and finished two and a half lengths second for Barry Evans while Bundah finished third for Susan Smith.

Mcfadyen’s hard work pays off

Congratulations to Kitchener trainer Joe Mcfadyen on the great job he has done with the ageless Valaskan Gold.

The four-year-old daughter of Fabregas and Us Five has overcome a series of injuries to bring up her first hat-trick of wins in 36 starts.

Joe’s partner, Kat Ernst, said Valaskan Gold just loves to race and this was evident on Thursday when she made it three wins in a row in the Kankool Pet Food Stakes for masters grade over 400m.

It followed her success in the heat and final of the 457m Tamworth Cup.

Next meeting

Thursday’s races include the Autumn Chase final and the Ladbrokes Monthly Medal Jackpot Maiden heats.

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