Wynburn Lethal’s Classic Catch

SUPERSTAR local Wynburn Lethal continued her tantalizing form to capture the Ladbrokes Illingworth Classic at Launceston on Monday night.

Brennan Ryan

11 August 2020

SUPERSTAR Wynburn Lethal continued her tantalizing form to capture the $14,000 Ladbrokes Illingworth Classic Final (515m) with a brilliant at Launceston on Monday night.

It has been a memorable four weeks for Wynyard-based trainer Ben Englund who has guided the 15-time winning daughter of Dyna Double One to stellar wins in both the Shane Yates Memorial and Illingworth Classic.

Wynburn Lethal has a strong affinity with the Launceston track and the 515-metre trip for that matter, having won eight of her 12 starts including a string of feature events, beginning with the time-honoured Launceston Gold Collar back in November.

“A fantastic effort from such a great chaser,” trainer Ben Englund said.

“She (Wynburn Lethal) was lucky to get through the first turn unharmed, having to overcome a few challenges in the race.

“Her class prevailed once she found the front to get the job done.”

Wynburn Lethal set a cracking pace in the qualifying round last week, stopping the clock in a red-hot 29.70 off box two.

It was a performance that saw the fawn chaser start a $1.50 favourite from box eight for Monday night’s decider, confirming to connections she was on target to claim the Illingworth Classic.

Beaten for speed in the early stages by Winklee Hugo, Wynburn Lethal received a charmed run across by Inner Circle which saw her take the lead with a handy break heading into the first turn.

Down the back straight it was nothing but a galloping exhibition, with Wynburn Lethal extending away with absolute ease, crossing the line to score by 1 ¾ lengths from a courageous Winklee Hugo in 29.83.

Highland Wonder came home to grab third.

Wynburn Lethal has now won 15 of her 29 starts, boasting prizemoney of $61,305 for first time owners Leah Englund and her partner Matt Carrolan.

“It’s a pretty special feeling to win the fourth biggest race we have in Tasmania,” the trainer said.

“Everyone wants to win these types of races especially for Tasbred greyhounds.”

Wynburn Lethal will look to complete a successful three-day turnaround at Hobart this Thursday night in the Tasmanian Sprint Championship (461m).

She has drawn box seven in the 461-metre event where the winner receives a semi-final place in the TAB Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park on October 9.