Fever breaks out in WA sprint championship

Handler Molly Haines with Zelemar Fever.
Handler Molly Haines with Zelemar Fever.

The Linda Britton-trained ace was already assured a place in the $100,000 final as a wildcard, but stamped herself as a strong contender with a long overdue victory.

Taking full benefit of box one, Zelemar Fever was able to track the fast-starting Jump The Queue into the first turn before overpowering the leader in the back straight.

Once she established the ascendancy, Zelemar Fever didn’t look like being headed and surged to the finish line more than two lengths in front of kennel mate Star Recall.

It was Zelemar Fever’s first win for 2½ months, a lean spell for a greyhound that has been a dominant force at Cannington for the better part of a year.

Zelemar Fever and Star Recall will now take on the likes of exciting Queensland youngster Flash Reality and classy New South Wales bitch Chica Destacada in the national sprint final.

Though not racing at her peak, Zelemar Fever has the home ground advantage and will jump from an inside draw, so she’ll be a big threat.

In the stayer’s division, Bingle Monelli and Ash Flash will represent WA in the $100,000 national distance final.

Bingle Monelli turned the tables on nemesis Ash Flash to take out the WA Distance Championship (715m) in 42.12sec.