VERSATILE bitch Crimea Tear produced a powerful finish over an unsuitable distance when she came from well back to narrowly win the 302m Moree Broadcasting Free-For-All at Moree on Saturday.
Crimea Tear, trained at Grafton by husband-and-wife team Bob and Christine Huntington, made a lightning move just after straightening to score a rails-hugging win in 17.31 seconds.
Crimea Tear (5-4fav) snatched a nose win from Shane Robinson’s kennelmates Miss Noodles (3-1) and Lyrical Genius (4-1).
Christine Huntington said Crimea Tear had defied the norm by winning over the shorter trip.
“The 302m is not her distance,” she said.
“She’s usually a longer distance dog but we didn’t have the race for her today so we took the chance and put her in the shorter race and she’s come home like a champion – it was great.”
Crimea Tear, with 11 wins from just 38 starts, is the only greyhound in the Huntingtons’ kennels – and Christine says the lightly-raced daughter of Bit Chilli was treated like one of the family.
“She’s been a good little dog and it’s so nice to buy a pup and have so much good luck – and fun,” she said.
“She gets very spoiled at home – steak from the butcher – and we’ll keep her as a pet when she’s finished.
“That will be a nice way for her to retire.
“She’s been pretty lightly-raced and has only got about another six months’ racing left, I suppose.
“She’s just a great little dog – we’re very happy with her,” she said.
Meanwhile, Peter Thompson’s Songar Tornado eclipsed its previous best time at Moree with a blistering win in the 302m Zannes Bros Moree 5th Grade in 17.24 seconds – fractionally faster than Crimea Tear’s free-for-all win later in the day.
Songar Tornado (4-1), a winner at Moree two starts ago in 17.46, raced away from box eight to score by more than three lengths from Big Cherry (3-1) and Ultimate Reign (11-8fav).
“He loves the outside so box eight is always good for him,” Thompson said.
“He’s going really well at the moment – we’ve just got to keep him sound – and I’ll bring him back for the carnival next week, plus a couple more,” he said.