Cup and track record to Xylia Allen

LEADING Victorian trainer Graeme Bate had warned that few greyhounds in Australia could beat Xylia Allen when she got a clear run and she proved that in devastating fashion in last night's $57,000 Launceston Cup final.

Xylia Allen blitzed a quality field to score a runaway win and smash her own track record set in last week's heats.

Recording a sensational 29.09 seconds, she proved far too good for her kennel- mates Fully Advanced and Schroder Bale to give Bate the trifecta.

Bate had five finalists, matching the feat of leading Tasmanian trainer Ted Medhurst, who had five runners in 2007 and also filled the trifecta with Capriccio, Winsome Lonesome and Punk Atron.

Bate said after Xylia Allen's 29.35 heat win that she was an "awesome" greyhound.

"She is one of the fastest I've ever trained and that's a big statement," he said.

"However, she is very big for a bitch at 31 kilograms so she takes time to get going and always needs a bit of luck getting a clear run."

There was no such problem last night, as Xylia Allen jumped quickly and settled a clear second.

She chased Fully Advanced down the back straight before taking an inside run on the home turn and zooming clear.

Punters gambled against Xylia Allen because of an awkward draw in box 5 and her starting price of $4.30 was generous given her heat win.

Bate has now won three Launceston cups after previous success with Wongawillicath in 2006 and Radley Bale last year.

Earlier in the night, the Debbie Cannan-trained Parisette made amends for an unlucky second in the heats with a runaway win in the Launceston Cup Consolation.

But dual greyhound of the year Rewind's unlucky run in big races continued when he was badly checked in the early stages before recovering to finish fourth.

Parisette began only fairly from box 2 but railed through to be second entering the back straight then went inside the leader Cointreau Cap to hit the front on the home turn.

Cointreau Cap held on to finish a distant second, just in front of Tadmore Dunoon.

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