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19-09-2018 by admin


TAMWORTH Greyhound Racing Club officials are hopeful they might pick up 13 TAB races next year.

Chosen Origin Powers home for the second week in a row at Tamworth on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 140516GGC03

TGRC president Robert Munn said his club awaited a ruling from Greyhound Racing NSW as to which New England track is going to pick up the 13 TAB races promised for next year.

Independent track reviewers gave the club and track a thorough look over two weeks ago.

Munn said they received “the thumbs up” and his club is ready to take one or all of the designated Sunday afternoon meets, which could either go to the one club or be shared between several clubs, with Tamworth and Gunnedah the frontrunners.

“I thought we would have heard by now but they haven’t decided,” Munn said.

“It should be announced in the next five to 10 days but everything has been positive so far.”

Meanwhile, Single Origin snared a second win in just five starts at Tamworth on Saturday when the two-year-old favourite lived up to expectations and blew away the Volunteers Appreciation 5th Grade (402m) field.

While the Hayden Munn trained blue dog didn’t make full use of the outside box, he did quickly eat up the metres from early leavers Watta Miss and Wise One to be leading by the start of the bend, and by the top of the straight was a few lengths in front of the chase pack.

Curlewis trainer Kevin Sills charge Typhoon Marty tried to blow home late but just came up short by half a length at the line, with Alexander Verhagen’s Watta Miss holding the rail for third.

Hayden and father Robert have had a great run over the four week Cup carnival, claiming a win in the opening week followed by a double in all three following meets, including Single Origin’s sister Chosen Origin taking out the Community Mutual Maiden two starts later on Saturday.

“We are pretty happy with how the carnival has gone,” Munn said.

“Two last week and two the week before has been good.”

While many trainers are looking to get their dogs going over the longer distances these days, Single Origin is about to come down a few metres with one goal and a big paycheck in mind.

“He is a good young fella,” Munn said.

“We are going to bring him back a few metres and aim for the $4000 Hoteliers in Gunnedah.”

“We will give him a short spell and then take him to the heats in three weeks.”

Single Origin has only missed a place once in five starts, having an unlucky run two starts ago to finish last in Tamworth over the 457m, before bouncing back last week to take out a 457m mixed grade on Cup day.

“He couldn’t get across on the corner a few starts ago,” Munn said.

“But that was a strong run today.”

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