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Impact extends winning run in Capalaba Cup

vVnmHHTw.jpegBy Jordan Gerrans

Capalaba Cup champion for 2021 – Impact – is not quite at the level of former kennel star Velocity Bettina, but he is getting there in experienced trainer Kevin Ellis’ eyes.

The son of Fabregas strengthened his record down the straight track of Capalaba on Sunday afternoon, claiming the Group 3 feature to remain perfect at the club – unbeaten in eight attempts.

Impact was only fairly away from box seven in the 366-metre Final but he showed his class in the concluding stages, winning by a length to justify his $1.60 quote.

The Burpengary-based Ellis noted before the running of the $35,500 Cup Final that Impact was working his way up to surpassing a former kennel star, Velocity Bettina, as the best dog he had ever trained across his extensive career. 

Velocity Bettina – also raced by the Velocity Lodge and Steve Williams ownership team, as is Impact – won two Group 3 races and was placed at Group 1 level, before finishing her career in the middle of last year. 

With Impact being 16 wins from 24 starts – including Sunday’s Group 3 Cup – he is slowly creeping up on Velocity Bettina.

“A little bitch named Velocity Bettina, a good little stayer,” Ellis said pre-race when asked if Impact was the best dog he had ever trained.

“He is not there yet, but I am hoping he will get there.”



Capalaba | Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club | 2:24 PM

TAB CON SCIACCA Capalaba Cup (L) F

vPLBQE5Q.jpegImpact is about half way towards Velocity Bettina’s $162,990 in prizemoney earned across her career.

The Darren Russell-trained Deck Fifty Two ensured Impact did not have it all his way in the Final, running a mighty race as one of the $26 outsiders in the field, but could only get within a length of the in-form Ellis dog on the winning post.

Impact’s winning time in the final - 19.57 seconds – was just shy of his speediest time down the straight, which was 19.45 seconds.

Wearing the black rug did not concern Ellis at all going into the feature event.

“Box draw wise, it would not worry him,” Ellis said.

“He is like an old straight track dog, it does not matter what box he comes from, they come out and work their way into position.

“It did not matter what box he drew; he would work his way into the race.

“The first 50 metres usually determines a race like this.”

Impact’s kennel mate – Kaminari – also went around at Capalaba on Sunday and was beaten a nose in the Bob Vernon Maiden Memorial for 2021 by Clifford Houston’s Burnt Briar.

In the other feature races from Capalaba on Sunday, the Capalaba Cup Consolation race was won by Reformer, trained by Lee Wylie.



Capalaba | Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club | 2:03 PM

TAB CON SCIACCA Capalaba Cup (L) C