Tasmanian Flying Star, Damek twinkles in the Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic at the Devonport Raceway

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  • Tasmanian Flying Star, Damek twinkles in the Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic at the Devonport Raceway

Tasmanian Flying Star, Damek twinkles in the Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic at the Devonport Raceway

Peter Phillip owned and trained Damek, an astonishing and astounding Tasmanian flying star once again displayed his class and talent in Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic. It was a colossal fight between two of the finest greyhounds from Tasmania, Damek and I’m A Fencer.

The two chasers battled tooth and nail to win the race but in the end it was the flying star, Damek who exhibited extreme enthusiasm and passion in a nail biting finish. The flying star maintained his track record at that circuit and remained unbeaten for his seven trips north to the Devonport Raceway. The chaser scored his victory in the 452 metres trip in a very fast and magnificent time of 25.36 seconds winning by a margin of only a length. He was only 0.23 seconds behind the record time at the track, set up by the immensely talented Lilli Pilli Lad back in 2000.

Damek, the son of Big Daddy Cool and World’s Finest has now conquered 29 out of his 36 total lifetime starts and has total stake earnings in surplus of $71,000.

Although I’m A Fencer has lost the fight but it was really an admirable and heroic effort by the Tasmanian runner. If the chaser, I’m A Fencer had drawn inside Damek the result may have been different. The son of Go Wild Teddy and Wooreddy, I’m A Fencer has rejoiced 14 successes out of his 23 total lifetime starts and has current stake earnings about $24,000. The chaser is looking to be commendable challenger to the flying star Damek in the future.

Gary Sutton, Chairman of the NWGRC (North West Greyhound Racing Club) praised both the chasers at the presentation ceremony. He was also thankful to the associates for racing their two finest chasers in the race to entertain the people.

Peter Phillip acknowledged his star chaser as “a freak” and announced that the champion will carry on his running in Tasmania in the future.

“He does not like travelling, refuses to settle and becomes very anxious away from home. He just does not handle racing interstate, but who cares - he is doing the job here in Tasmania and we just love him,” the trainer stated.

Peter Phillip was also very excited with the victory of Damek in the Reg and Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic and viewed it as a very significant landmark in his life.

“It is a big thrill for me ­­- Reg and Aileen were legends here on the North West Coast, in fact they were legends all over Tasmania,” he further added.

Although Damek has not recorded even a single win in interstate competitions yet his little brother Decembrist presented a major upset by winning in the $25,000 Richmond Derby in a luminous style.

Meanwhile the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Flick the Switch, the terrific undefeated young chaser, Rybenbrook won at NWGRC meeting for sixth time in a sparkling 25.60 seconds and maintained his winning form as well. Mick Stinger trained chaser made mammoth impression since his debut victory in January, winning by a massive average of eight lengths on every event.


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