Sunset Spitfire soars in young stars

\"\"Caption: The wet conditions didn’t stop Sunset Spitfire from posting a quick time in the Young Stars Classic. The greyhound is pictured here with trainer David Hobby.

Spotlight on WA with JAMES BROADHURST

Sunset Spitfire confirmed his status as the most exciting greyhound in WA, if not the nation, after an exhilarating performance to take out the Group 3 Young Stars Classic (520m) at Cannington in mid- November.

The emerging champion from David Hobby’s kennels lived up to the pre-race hype when he trounced a talented field of up-and-coming chasers to score by more than eight lengths.

Any doubts about Sunset Spitfire’s ability to find the front, after he had ‘stuck’ in the boxes momentarily in his previous two attempts, were quickly dispelled.

Sunset Spitfire sealed the race early when he zapped his rivals with a superb launch out of the traps to catapult into the lead.

His first section of 5.33 was the second quickest ever recorded at the track and while the wintery conditions didn’t suit fast times that didn’t stop Sunset Spitfire from scorching over the Cannington circuit to clock a new race record time of 29.56.

The ridiculous ease of his victory made his winning price of $2.10 paid by the TAB seem like an early Christmas bonus for punters.

The result maintained Sunset Spitfire’s unbeaten record and in his nine wins to date no greyhound has gotten within four lengths of him at the finish line.

Sunset Spitfire is out of a bumper Mepunga Blazer – Sunset Jessie litter bred by Hobby.

His prodigious talent was on display early and he drew attention to himself even before he commenced racing.

Sunset Spitfire was broken in over in Victoria and turned heads with his super quick trial times.

The whole litter has shown ability and all nine greyhounds have won races, although a few have had time on the sidelines due to their ‘concentration issues’.

Sunset Nuclear, a second stringer of the litter, achieved the biggest success of any of them so far when he took out the Group 2 All Stars in late October.

Sunset Toxic was runner-up in the Young Stars and looks to be very handy.

The star of the show, however, is Sunset Spitfire.

Hobby, a man of few words at the best of times, refused to speculate on Sunset Spitfire’s potential but did concede the greyhound has got ‘a bit of speed’.

“When he gets his own way out in front he can certainly put his foot down,” the veteran trainer deadpanned at the Young Stars trophy presentation.

It seems that Hobby is prepared to let his greyhound do the talking.

No doubt we’ll be hearing lot more from Sunset Spitfire in the future.

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