Staines has slick Vision to claim Zoom Top maiden greyhound racing series

Backed as if unbeatable in a heat of the rich Zoom Top Maiden series on July 30 was Lightning Vision.

Lightning bolt: Neil Staines with Lightning Vision, aiming to win the Maiden Series. Picture: GRNSW
Lightning bolt: Neil Staines with Lightning Vision, aiming to win the Maiden Series.

The Yass-based son of Kinloch Brae (ex Seeya Sticka) gave supporters no cause for concern and it was a case of déjà vu in the $10,000 to the winner decider at Goulburn on Tuesday.

Posting a slick 24.71 secs in his heat win, Lightning Vision scooted home by a widening 6 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Neil Staines travelled the red brindle dog to Grafton last month for a tilt at the prestigious Taylor Family Maiden (407m) but Lightning Vision finished second to Chevy Rock in his heat and failed to make the final.

He bettered that mark by .03s in accounting for the Jodie Lord-prepared Conrod Straight (Crash – Cawbourne Rev) by 5 1/4 lengths while Ebby Infrared was three quarters of a length away, third.

The Zoom Top series, while only in its third year, has a rich pedigree with many quality performers progressing to win in good company at Wentworth Park but an imminent city debut is not in Staines’ short term plans.

“We will just take him through the grades,” the vastly experienced mentor said.

“[owner] Jack [Savaglia] is based in South Australia and is setting up his own greyhound property, so this is a great start.

“He bought four pups in this litter and they certainly have plenty of pedigree behind them.”

Mum (Seeya Sticka) is a litter sister to Sandown 515m track record holder Unlawful Entry and Cranbourne Puppy Classic winner Single Sticka.

In his heat win, Lightning Vision ripped through the second section at Goulburn in 10.89s – just .07s outside the record. High speed is Lightning Vision’s calling card.

“Jack has a share in Mr Quickie which won the Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm last month, so it’s been a decent winter,’ Stained added.

“We will take our time [with Lightning Vision], just place him properly on tracks and in a grade which will suit.”