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Group 3 glory for Heilbronn in Townsville Cup

By Brennan Ryan

Youthful trainer Matt Heilbronn claimed the first Group race of his career with a captivating performance by Dulceria in the Group 3 WESEAL Townsville Cup at Townsville on Friday night.

In lead up to the $40,000 Final, the Raceview-based trainer was bullish about his chances.

Dulceria made her way into the Group 3 Final after winning a heat last week, beating Mitchell Street convincingly and went into the event as one of the youngster runners in the field.

At just her 10th career start, Dulceria lined up from box three in the event as an $11 chance.

The daughter of Zambora Brockie and Cindy Rumble jumped well in settling into second spot behind the early race leader Flying Jet, who was mapped out as the genuine pacemaker of the Cup field.

Dulceria overtook Flying Jet in the straight, scoring by a length with Excuse Me Jack third in 28.89 seconds.

Heilbronn was elated with the effort of his home-bred chaser, taking on the elite in just his 10th start.

“It was a big ask to step up in this company, but she couldn’t have gone any better,” Heilbronn said.

“There have been a few runs early in Dulceria’s career that indicated she could run; I was concerned more that Flying Jet (box five) would lead but with a clear run I knew she could run the race to win.”



Townsville | Townsville Greyhound Racing Club | 9:40 PM

WESEAL Townsville Cup (G3) F

Dulceria, Spanish for ‘candy shop’, has now won six races, taking her career earnings to $59,390.

Matt has been involved in greyhound racing, all his life following in the footsteps of his father Des.

“Winning a major race is a great thrill and having dad there on the night was great,” said Matt.

Dulceria will now take aim towards the Ipswich Futurity series with the heats staged this Saturday night.

“That will be her next target, then we plan to go through the grades at Albion Park,” the trainer said.

Heilbronn hinted the Group 2 Queensland Futurity series is also on the cards, coming up later in December.

South East-based trainers were successful on Townsville Cup night with Brett Hazelgrove taking out the Taylor Family Colour Run Final with See Daddy, a son of Aston Dee Bee, clocking 21.85 seconds.

Local trainer Heath Ardle secured the Binks & Marlene Walker Sprint Final with Bye Clown Town.