Wynburn Sheean All Class In Devonport Chase Decider

WYNBURN Sheean has launched himself into G1 Hobart Thousand contention with a dazzling victory in Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Devonport Chase Final.

Brennan Ryan

25 November 2020

STAR local Wynburn Sheean has launched himself into Group 1 Hobart Thousand contention with a dazzling victory in Tuesday’s Group 3 Ladbrokes Devonport Chase Final (452m).

In a brilliant front running display, Wynburn Sheean, a son of Aston Dee Bee and She’s All Class, simply blew his rivals away from his box eight draw scoring by 5 ¼ lengths over Victorian sprinter Aston Pilsner in a slick 25.41.

The hometrack win returned the Englund family to the honour roll of the prestigious event with trainer Ben joining his father Tom as a winner of the event.

Back in 1982 Tom Englund guided Hall of Fame greyhound Wynlee Wonder to victory in the race in then track record time.

“I remember Wynlee Wonder winning the race like it was yesterday,” Tom Englund said.

“We are so rapt to have a dog the caliber of Wynburn Sheean in our kennel. The name comes from Teddy Sheean (World War II veteran) and we hoped he would pick up the tenacity and courage of his namesake.

“He has gone from strength to strength though the series – he’s a tough dog that aims up every start.”

Victory for Wynburn Sheean on Tuesday took the son of Aston Dee Bee’s record to nine wins from 12 starts and $4,700 in stake earnings.

And as Tom Englund explained, winning this race with the prodigious talent had been on the whiteboard for some time.

“After Kintyre beat him in the last stride of the St. Leger at Hobart we decided the Devonport Chase was the race for him,” Englund said.

Tom also heaped praise on son Ben for his outstanding work in guiding his charge to the winner’s podium on Tuesday.

“Ben has shown great maturity as a trainer; he loves all aspects of training greyhounds,” Englund said.

“The passion Ben has for the industry is right up there, he really wants to see the sport grow.”

Ben Englund has declared that Wynburn Sheean will be targeted towards the fast approaching Group 1 Hobart Thousand with the heats set down for December 10.

“The plan at this stage would be to nominate Wynburn Sheean for Hobart next Thursday and give him another look at the Hobart track,” Ben offered.