Ardera Fernando’s early pace leads him to A2 victory at Hall Green

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Ardera Fernando’s early pace leads him to A2 victory at Hall Green

The Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in Birmingham is a place where champions are made on a daily basis. Every dog has a legitimate shot of claiming the elusive top spot in each 480m race, and the latest dog to do so is Ardera Fernando, the winner of the A2 race held on Monday 29 November.

Starting from trap six, Ardera Fernando, the 9-4 favourite, held an early pace, went wide, and led at the second bend. He crossed the finish line in 29.28, which gave him the win. Supreme Jet (3-1) began with a wide start, and led the pack to second. She placed second in 29.72, which was 5½ lengths behind the winner.

Third-place finisher Abbeyvale Sarah (7-1) moved slowly away and badly crowded second. She lost 2¾ lengths as a result, finishing in 29.94. Westmead Pal (5-1) took fourth place after moving slowly away and bumping second. His time of 30.24 was 3¾ lengths out of the top three.

Swift Octane, the 14-1 long shot, experienced a great deal of difficulty in this race. He lost a big 11½ lengths after he was forced to check and bump at the quarter mark. He went on to complete the race in 31.16. Dainty Billy also had some problems on the track, as he bumped and fell at the second bend. He did not finish the race as a result.

Crannaghbeg Tico (4-1) was the champion of the A3 race that followed. Coming out of trap three, he held an early pace. He went on to crowd and lead at the quarter mark, which was enough to propel him to victory in 29.71. Finishing a single length behind him was Westmead Clint (6-1). His early pace allowed him to lead until the quarter mark, where he experienced some crowding. He finished second with a time of 29.79.

Dukes Jester (11-4) took third place. He began the race by moving slowly away and crowding second, but he ran on to finish ¾ lengths out of second place in 29.85. Piercestown Top (4-1) failed to crack the top three, as he finished fourth. He moved slowly away, went wide, crowded second, and ran on to a 30.01 finish that was 2 lengths behind fourth place.

Glencarra Leader (7-1) finished fifth despite having had a clear run. He checked in with a time of 30.13, which was 1½ lengths behind Piercestown Top. Bringing up the rear was 5-2 favourite Home Sandra, who went home with a sixth-place finish. She moved slowly away, bumped, and forced very wide, losing 2¾ lengths to finish in 30.35.

The next race meeting at Hall Green Greyhound Stadium will be held on Tuesday 30 November. The first race will begin at 19:25.


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