2017 City of Ipswich Gold Cup winner Outside Pass with trainer Tony Apap and his wife Jane.
2017 City of Ipswich Gold Cup winner Outside Pass with trainer Tony Apap and his wife Jane. www.justgreyhoundphotos.com

Emotional moments after terrific Outside Pass win

VERSATILE bitch Outside Pass finally shook a monkey off her back with a sterling win in last Saturday's group 2 City of Ipswich Gold Cup final.

The Tony Apap trained daughter of Head Bound and Tina's Show started from box eight and was pushed very wide when on the outside of a line of four runners going around the first turn.

Mid race, Outside Pass was about five lengths off the leader Outback Sunshine. She claimed that runner in the home straight to score by a length and a half in a slick 30.22 seconds.

Last year's winner Thirty Talks holds the Cup race record at 30.21.

"This was her 11th group final but her first win,'' an emotional Apap said. "She has just been luckless in so many of the big finals she has made.''

Outside Pass is four years and three months of age.

That's quite mature for a greyhound to be racing, let alone winning in top company.

It's the equivalent of an eight years old racehorse or a 10 years old trotter.

The owners of Outside Pass are listed as the That Will Do Me Syndicate.

Silkstone resident Brett Lowry is the manager of the syndicate that includes his wife Jane, father-in-law Ray Whitten, brothers-in-law Toby and Jack and sister-in- law Leanne.

Brett and Jane missed the Cup win, being away celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

Winning pride

THE new staying race on the Ipswich calendar, the Beat Breast Cancer Cup over 732 metres, proved every bit as exciting as the Gold Cup last Saturday.

Like Outside Pass, the Steve Scott trained Donny's Beach gave away a start of about six lengths mid race before storming home along the rails to score by the smallest possible margin, a nose, over Flash Rose. The time was 44.23.

Wag Tail, which was trained by Tony Apap's daughter Christina, holds the track record at 43.56, set in 2014.

Donny's Beach has now won over each race distance at Ipswich of 431, 520, 630 and 732 metres.

The 431 and 520 metres wins were in the best time of the night.

On the night that he won over 630 and 732 metres, they were the only races on the program over that distance. But Scott can rightly claim that each win was in the best time of the night.

It was the first win that Churchable based Scott has ever experienced in a race longer than 700 metres so he can be justifiably proud of that effort too.

In the other two features last Saturday, victory went to favoured runners Shot Clock and Aim.

Shot Clock for Terry Medcalf wore down leader Windy Girl to take the City of Ipswich Cup Consolation in 30.46. Terry Guymer's Aim used box one to full advantage to take the new feature shortcourse race, the Ipswich Sprint.

While the new sprint race is a good idea, giving specialist shortcourse greyhounds a chance for a feature win, perhaps a more catchy name than the Ipswich Sprint would create a little more attention.

This might sound like a steal from the gallops, but how about the Hurricane, Volcano, Tornado or even the Lickety Split?

Latest racing

YOU can't have feature racing every week and it's back to the normal routine of "bread and butter'' racing today and tomorrow at the Showgrounds.

The first race today is at 2.52pm and tomorrow it's a 4.55pm start.

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