All Hands Off Returns In Winged Runner Trophy

ALBION Park will be the centre of attention on Thursday night when one of the strongest fields of bitches about takes on the Winged Runner Trophy.

David Brasch

20 April 2021

ALBION Park will be the centre of attention on Thursday night when one of the strongest fields of bitches about takes on the Winged Runner Trophy (520m).

The line-up is as good as could be expected with every one of the eight a sub-30 seconds Albion Park winner. The slowest of the eight is More Than Magic at a fast 29.83.

Quickest of them is Sequana at 29.48 while Northern Rivers bitch All Hands Off is next quickest at 29.49.

FIELDS AND FORM FOR ALBION PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

“Wow,” said Fred Swain who bred, owns and trains All Hands Off, of the Winged Runner line-up.

“What a good field,” he said.

“Every one of those eight bitches can win the race.”

All Hands Off is on the comeback trail after tearing webbing on a back foot three weeks ago.

“I didn’t think I would get her right for this race, but fortunately she is right,” said Fred.

“I’d put her at 95 percent. She will go into the race with our fingers crossed for her.”

Swain said the eight box is ideal for All Hands Off.

The Barcia Bale-Fay’s Magic bitch was scratched from the recent Golden Easter Egg series when flooding at Taree forced Swain to abandon a trip to Sydney for the heats.

“I left here for Sydney at 5.30am and by lunchtime I was told the races were still on,” he said.

“But by that time I was stuck at Taree with nowhere to go. I turned around and that 13-hour round trip was not in her best interests. I made the decision not to go back when the fields were re-drawn for the Egg.

“You can’t take on that class of dog with the trouble we encountered and the fact she is not a good traveler anyway.”

Swain said All Hands Off is “nice and fresh” to take on the Winged Runner the race named in honour of the John Reimer-trained former Queensland greyhound of the year and prolific Albion Park winner.