Delicious, home made style food is the order of the night at the Rapid Journey Bistro which is open every night we race.
The Jason Mackay prepared Mister Twister showed the benefit of having a start at the track one week prior when he speared out of the boxes before clocking the fastest times of the seven heats of the 2017 Globe Memorial Richmond Riches race series on Friday night.
Exiting from box 3, the son of Collision and Double Twist, ran a blistering 5.21 first section and was strong in the run home before stopping the clock at 30.50 and is sure to start favourite in his semi final this coming Friday night.
Queensland mentor Tony Brett, who won the inaugural Richmond Riches with Thirty Talks, returned with Opal Nera and Fast Times, with the latter mending his recent poor box manners to also score an impressive victory in the time of 30.56.
The seven heat winners were; (replays of all heats below)
Mister Twister - 30.50 Best-of-Night; Wet Gambler - 31.09; Victor Charlie - 30.89; Kong - 30.81; Good Odds Shakey - 31.49; Bold Opal - 30.85
Fast Times - 30.56
The first four place-getters and the four fastest fifth's will now take their place in the semi-finals to be held this Friday, May 19, with first and second in each of the semi's moving through to the $100,000 to the winner final to be staged on May 26
Mister Twister sets the time standard in the 2017 Richmond Riches race series
Heat 1 - Mister Twister (Box 3) - 30.50
Heat 2 - Wet Gambler (Box 2) - 31.09
Heat 3 - Victor Charlie (Box 8) - 30.89
Heat 4 - Kong (Box 8) - 30.81
Heat 5 - Good Odds Shakey (Box 8) - 31.49
Heat 6 - Bold Opal (Box 4) - 30.85
Heat 7 - Fast Times (Box 3) - 30.56
Semi 1 - Mister Twister (Box 8) - 30.80
Semi 2 - Fast Times (Box 2) - 30.74 Best of Night
Semi 3 - Bobby Rudd (Box 1) - 31.24
Semi 4 - Kong (Box 2) - 30.89
In 2016, Thirty Talks created history by becoming the first greyhound to etch his name into the history books as the inaugural winner of the Richmond Riches Puppy Classic race series.
Thirty Talks was the $30,000 sales topper at the first ever Richmond Riches Auction staged in 2014 and when we fast forward twelve months, Mister Twister is looking to emulate the deeds of Thirty Talks in the 2017 race version.
Setting the benchmark in the 2015 auction at $21,000, Mister Twister was purchased by the Tiger Seven Syndicate which also dug deep to pay $15,000 for Kong. After impressive heat and semi-final victories, Mister Twister has come up with the coveted inside draw in the $100,000 to the winner final and will be primed to win and continue the tradition of top lots winning the race series.
Can the top lot salute for the second year in succession in the Richmond Riches final?
It was deja vu at Richmond tonight when Mister Twister proved too strong to take out the G3 Richmond Riches, and the $100,000 winners cheque, when he defeated Fast Times and Kong in a new race record time of 30.66.
Prepared by Jason Mackay, Mister Twister was the $21,000 sales topper at the 2015 Auction and just like Thirty Talks did in 2016, the top lot of the auction has claimed the race series eighteen months later.
Mister Twister victorious in a thrilling
2017 Globe Memorial Richmond Riches final
Heavily backed on race day from $2.40 into a dominant $1.90 favourite at box rise, the son of Collision and Double Twist settled in second spot behind Pick It Up as they headed down the back straight with the second favourite, Fast Times, a further two lengths away. On the home turn, Mister Twister forged away and established a winning break over Fast Times with Kong running on strongly to gain the minor cheque.
Owned by the Tiger Seven Syndicate (who also paid $15,000 for Kong at the 2015 Auction), Mister Twister will now be set for the G1 Peter Mosman Classic series.
"Everything was spot on for tonight," said trainer Jason Mackay after the win.
"His blood was right, he was feeling great, he had the inside box, and I know its easy to be wise after the race, but I was very confident heading into the race."
"The Richmond Club has done a sensational job with the Puppy Auction and also the race series and it is an absolute honour to win this race," said Mackay.
Milo Vodogaz walks Mister Twister to the boxes prior to the 2017 Richmond Riches final
Trainer Jason Mackay and Milo Vodogaz celebrate Mister Twister's win
Big Black scores an emphatic win in the
2017 Richmond Riches 400m Classic final
Connections of Big Black received a $7,000 consolation when their promising chaser scored a dominant win in the 2017 Richmond Riches 400m Classic final.
Starting at the prohibitive odds of $1.30 at box rise, the Donna Campbell prepared greyhound gave punters a few minor heart palpitations when trying to secure clear running in the short run to the first turn, but as soon as he did, he was 'off and gone' with the prize.
Big Black went on to defeat Pick It Up by 5.25 lengths with Good Odds Shakey a further 2.5 lengths away in third spot in the time of 22.71.
Both Big Black and Pick It Up had made the final of the 535m Classic final before finishing unplaced behind Mister Twister and there are more wins in store for both greyhounds.
BIG BLACK (Box 2) scores a runaway victory in the $7,000 to the winner, 400m Richmond Riches final
The final leg of the 2017 Richmond Riches, the 618m race series, will kick off on August 25 with the heats to be conducted before the final is held one week later, offering $7,000 to the eventual winner.
Restricted to eligible greyhounds who went through the 2015 Richmond Riches Puppy Auction, nominations will close with the Richmond Race Club on Friday, August 18. To download the special nomination form, please dowload the form below.