Unbeaten greyhound Just Posh more than recouped the cost of a failed trip to Queensland when she won the prestigious George & Eileen Johnston Puppy Championship at Devonport on Tuesday.
The Patrick Ryan-owned and trained bitch found the lead shortly after the start of the $6000-to-the-winner feature and went on to score by a length from Ted Medhurst-trained kennel-mates Rip Away and Not So Cashless.
Although she had won her heat from a poor draw and had the red box for the final, Just Posh opened at the generous odds of $6.00 before being crunched into $3.00 favourite.
Ryan bought Just Posh and her sister Self Control from breeders Bill and Anne Witherden when they were three months old.
They cost $3000 each and it's now looking a good investment.
Assistant trainer Brennan Ryan said Just Posh had shown "a lot of ability early days" and was actually meant to start her racing career interstate.
"There was nothing for her here at the time so Dad sent her to Queensland but she had a few minor problems and came home without racing," Ryan explained.
"It was an expensive trip."
Ryan said Just Posh may eventually find her way back to the mainland but not in the short term.
"She'll stay here and get through the summer," he said.
"Her next target will be the Breeders Classic at Devonport in December.
"Her long-term purpose will be for breeding."
Just Posh is by Aston Dee Bee out of Hoity Toity who won 19 races.
It's fair to say that seven-year-old mare Anacreon arrived in Tasmania with a very modest record.
She had a national rating of 44 and they don't get much lower.
If she won a race, any race, her owners probably would have been happy.
She achieved that goal at only her second local start and at Mowbray tonight looks well placed to make it two wins in a row.
She will have only four rivals in the Rating 62 Handicap over 1600m and is $1.95 in the early market.
Spreyton trainer Adam Trinder said he only agreed to take Anacreon as a favour to his friend Matty Young, a part-owner.
"He sent her down (from NSW) but I hadn't really paid her much attention," Trinder said.
"She was working up well and I was really happy with her so I went to enter her for a race and realised she was only a 44-rater.
"So we had to be very selective in how we placed her."
Trinder said Anacreon needed to win her last start to guarantee her place in future events and to avoid the ballot.
"I was really pleased to see her do the job," he said.
"She does have quite good stamina but doesn't have a scintillating turn of foot."
Race 1: Our Sonny Boy and Bell Ringer Boy both finished off strongly at their last start. Opened $5.50 and $6.00 respectively with Bet365 and both look good each way chances.
Race 2: Tavisplash had no luck first-up when beaten favourite. Inconvenienced early by horse whose rider lost irons. Opened $3.50 which looks about right on her best form.
Race 3: Alfie All Talent was runner-up to talented Coronation Keith when resuming and they spaced the rest. Opened $4.00. For value, Military Law ($12) had good form last time in and goes well first-up.
Race 4: Rebel Factor is first-starter out of former top mare Rebel Bride. Trial 2nd to Coronation Keith was good enough to suggest he'll run a nice race despite outside gate. (Opened $6.00).
Race 5: Freelancer has been runner-up at his past three starts and appears to be screaming out for the 2100m. Early punters got $2.30 but may be wary now he's into odds-on.
Race 6: The Risk Factor raced on speed first-up over 1400m and battled on okay. All his form is over 2100m but 1600m looks suitable second-up in shallow race. Opened $2.60 which looks good price.
Race 7: Coronation Keith has been labelled by Siggy Carr as smartest horse she's trained and everything he's done, including brilliant trial win eight days ago, suggests she's right. (Opened $1.90).
Race 8: Anacreon has done little wrong in races and trials since coming from NSW and comes up against very modest field. Opened $2.40 and, not surprisingly, quickly into $1.95.
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