Sheean Chasing Puppy Championship Crown

WYNBURN Sheean is favourite for the George & Eileen Johnston Puppy Championship Final following an impressive heat win last week.

Brennan Ryan

27 October 2020

POWERHOUSE galloper Wynburn Sheean will start favourite for the George & Eileen Johnston Puppy Championship Final at Devonport on Tuesday following a sizzling heat win last week.

Actually, sizzling was an understatement,  with the Ben Englund-trained son of Aston Dee Bee using the rails draw in brilliant fashion, defeating Parkour by 6-1/4 lengths in a flying 25.30.

It was Wynburn Sheean’s fourth win on the track with six career wins overall from just nine race starts.


Trainer Ben Englund stated post-race that his talented sprinter continues to demonstrate well above average ability.

“That’s the quickest he’s (Wynburn Sheean) ever gone here,” Englund said.

“The dog has taken to Devonport extremely well and his sectionals in recent starts keep improving as well.

“He is untested over 500m but I can’t see it being a problem; there’s no need to push him yet.”

Langley Roo was another Englund runner to qualify for the final as the bolter at $26 on fixed odds.

“It was good to see the breaks finally go his way,” the trainer said.

“I’m not surprised he was well backed because he has a large group of owners, some of them connected to the Somerset Football Club. Every start he’s had he’s got in that much trouble; he’s been unlucky.

“He (Langley Roo) really wants the red but he’s got box eight in the final,” Englund said. 

Wynburn Sheean has come up with box four in the final and Ben says the draw doesn’t hold concerns.

The kennel will have three runners in the final with Wynburn Express rounding out the trio.

David Crosswell will have four runners in Tuesday’s final courtesy of Quick Joey Small, Vintage Fame, Highland Chief and Highland Wonder, all littermates to fastest heat winner Wynburn Sheean.

Parkour is the sole runner of the Puppy Championship field prepared by Ted Medhurst.