Fri, Jun 5, 3:02pm by Kevin Pitstock
Australia’s Queen of greyhound racing Queen Lauryn proved her status as Australia’s champion stayer last night winning the Group One Cartwright Property Group Gold Cup at Albion Park.
The Tony Brett-trained bitch showed her class from box eight in an all-star field taking the lead on the first turn and stretching out as far as three lengths in front on the first straight.
She kept a two-length lead for the rest of the race before Mantra Lad made a last dash at her, but it was too late.
Graham Jose’s Group One Sandown Cup winner, Mantra Lad, ran second with outside chance, and another Queensland stayer, Lady Moscato running third.
Queen Lauryn is owned by Sky race-caller and Gold Coast Turf Club director Steve Hawkins and his family. Hawkins said the win was literally a dream come true.
“I had a dream three weeks ago the Queen Lauryn won her heat out of box eight and then her final out of box eight,” he said.
“And that’s what happened.”
Trainer Tony Brett said he couldn’t ask for a better night.
“Everything just fell into place tonight, I’m just ecstatic. We couldn’t have asked for a better heat, and then to draw eight in the final and win was just fantastic.”
Plans for Queen Lauryn are still undecided but would be one of the frontrunners for an invite for Hawkins-sponsored SuperStayers invitational on July 2 at Albion Park. She is then expected to campaign for the Sydney Cup.
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