After a tough Melbourne Cup week for punters, those seeking solace in a $2.90 pop at the Gawler dogs were left sorely disappointed on Sunday when the favourite in Race 10 struck a duck when challenging for the lead.
Overcoming a slow start, Loceryl was making a move on the leaders at the home turn when a bird appeared on the track. Despite the duck making last-minute plans for a quick departure, the greyhound struck him at full speed and tumbled to the track.
The immediate reports were that Loceryl was unharmed. An update on the condition of the duck was not forthcoming, but it did appear to come off the worse from the collision.
Despite the incident, the race result was allowed to stand with Son of Helga, who was the leader at the time of the incident, prevailing at odds of $7.
It meant that those who had backed Loceryl, who was made the best bet of the night by Greyhound Racing SA’s twitter account, did their money cold.
The stewards report reads:
GUSTOW BALE and APRIL’S PEARLAH began slowly. On the first turn CONNIE BALE moved down checking ORACLE OF OMAHA and APRIL’S PEARLAH. On the turn off the back straight CONNIE BALE moved down checking RALOO BARTZY. On the turn into the home straight LOCERYL made contact with a duck causing LOCERYL to fall. LOCERYL was vetted after the race with NO INJURY DETECTED