A van with three runners made the 144 round trip to Hove on Friday resulted in a 129-1 treble for Hampshire based June Harvey – though she insists that vet Daniel Doherty should get most of the credit.
Ower Boy Dazzler (Tullymurry Act-Droopys Solange, Jul 15) set the ball rolling when landing the final of the 475m maiden. Beaten in his first eleven outings, he returned at 7-1 in winning both heat and the £500 decider.
Ower Boy Joe (Droopys Scolari-Killinan Baby, Nov 15) with a 0/9 record won a heat of a 515m maiden competition in 30.78 (-10). The treble was completed with a first victory since May 2017 for Ower Girl Misty (Westmead Hawk-Kingsmill Ebony, Mar 14) who returned at 4-1 when landing the 695m open in 42.89 (-50).
June Harvey said: “It was lovely to win the final with Dazzler. I thought Joe was quite lucky because two dogs were knocked over in his race and nobody wants to win like that.
“But I think (vet) Dan Doherty deserves all the credit for Misty. She came into season but also had a tendon taken out. We have taken our time with her over the shorter distances but we always knew she wanted further and this was her first six bend race.”
Mrs Harvey is a regular visitor to Doherty’s surgery and is hoping that the Uxbridge based vet’s expertise can extend the career of the kennel’s biggest star.
She said: “Dan has just carried out stem cell surgery followed by three months laser treatment on Fizzypop Buddy. We will see how it works out. If he doesn’t come back, he doesn’t owe us a penny, but he absolutely loves his racing so he will give him a chance. It would be nice if there were a few more veteran opens around.
“On the same trip, Dan also gave us the all clear on Black Jet who has also been off for six months. I don’t know how many racing careers he has saved. We were among the first to use him with a dog called Ullid Turbo who had a badly broken hock at Poole but came back to win races.
“In fact, in 22 years, I have only ever lost one dog to euthanasia on the track.”