RECIPROCAL proved to be a wet track wonder for Kelso trainer Barry Conwell during Monday’s Kennerson Park meeting.
The Shifty Sticka greyhound hit the lead before the turn in the Ladbrokes Cash In Stakes (307 metres) and left his opponents with no chance of catching him in a 17.82 second time.
Reciprocal ($6.70) had been racing well with little luck in recent times – placing in four of his six starts without a victory – but found his breakthrough moment on Monday from the widest box.
Conwell’s contender had to battle through a closely-fought start to find the front.
Inside starter Jazz Up Tron was a poor starter from the inside box ($8.30) but the remainder of the field came out virtually even.
One of the race’s outside hopes, Angelica Cargo, got out best from box five while the runners to her outside – Dyna Sairi, Subzero Cell and Reciprocal – all got away cleanly.
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Reciprocal squeezed Subzero Cell out of the contest and raced past Angelica Cargo before the field hit the bend.
Race favourite Diva Rose Cargo ($2.40) battled through from the squeeze box to put herself within reach of Reciprocal but could only reel back two of the three lengths between her and the leader before the winning post.
“He’s a very honest little dog,” Conwell said.
“I’m very happy with his performances. He was a giveaway and I’ve had him since his first race.”
The win pushes Reciprocal’s prizemoney past the $5,000 mark, which is admirable for a giveaway dog.