By TERRY WILSON
A NUMBER of successful ventures from previous border crossings are set to sway the leading Victorian training combination of Jeff Britton and Angela Langton to try their luck again in a couple of big South Australian classics.
The Britton-Langton partnership has been considering another raid over the border with the South Australian Oaks, the South Australian Derby and perhaps the Adelaide Cup on the hit list.
Despite significant decreases in prizemoney Team Britton-Langton are still keen to add to their hauls from over the border because of the prestige attached to the events.
Adelaide and Angle Park have been a happy hunting ground for the Lara-based combination.
Langton has previously won the SA Oaks with Que Sera Sera (2007) and Hoo Gur Affair (2017) and Britton won the event with Mepunga Nicky in 2011 and Oakvale Destiny in 2014.
It was also in 2011 that Mepunga Nicky, the mother of kennel star Mepunga Blazer, won the Adelaide Cup.
Britton won the SA Derby last year with Mepunga Pegasus and also had the 2002 winner in Wizard’s Chess while Langton rugged up Yowyeh for a Derby win in 2011.
But, like almost every greyhound trainer around the nation, the coronavirus has presented major problems with border restrictions forcing a rethink of any travel plans.
“We probably will have a go at the Adelaide races because we definitely have some good young dogs good enough to win an Oaks or a Derby,” said Langton.
“But now it’s not a matter of just putting them in a car and driving them over there.
“But, for sure, we’ll have a good look at it.”
If the pair decide to put runners in the bigger Adelaide races they would have to transfer the dogs to a South Australian-based trainer.
The SA Derby and SA Oaks are both Group 3 events to be run at Angle Park on September 10 (heats) and September 17 (finals).
First prizemoney in both classics is $17,500, down from the $25,000 money last year.