'Sires on Ice' Black Top winner, Caitlyn Keeping (Box 9) holds off the fast finishing Zipping Tayla (Box 1) in the final at Ladbrokes The Gardens last night. Picture: ‘Track Photographers’ E: doggypix@bigpond.com

‘Sires on Ice’ Black Top winner, Caitlyn Keeping, is shooting for the stars after running her rivals ragged in the biggest race on Ladbrokes The Gardens annual calendar last night, in the process bagging a cool $40,000.

It was a delighted owner and trainer, Charmaine Roberts, of Dubbo, who announced that her two-year-old bitch would start her campaign on Monday at Bathurst to qualify for the Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park in October.

Charmaine and her entourage were ecstatic at the victory ceremony, and why wouldn’t they, after Caitlyn Keeping, beaten a nose in the previous week’s Black Top qualifiers, coincidentally by last night’s second placegetter Zipping Tayla, only got a run after Black Forge withdrew from the race.

Caitlyn Keeping ($5.20) showed that anything is possible after flying out of Box 8, quickly overtaking Jason Mackay’s favourite, Zipping Tayla ($2.70 favourite), and leading the field a merry dance over the 515-metre journey, clocking 29.35 seconds for the trip. In third place, a length and a half back, was the Thomas Roche trained Kiarni Velvet ($21.70).

Zipping Tayla was also in great form, making up ground on the leader down the straight, but the Dubbo stayer held on strongly to win by half a length and take her win tally to 10 from 19 starts, with 6 seconds, and now total prizemoney of over $53,000.

Charmaine told LakeMac Today that the car trip home last night would take many hours and they expected to arrive back in Dubbo at around 5am this morning, much wiser and much richer with a wad of $40,000 in their kick.

The ‘Sires on Ice’ meeting was a fantastic spectacle and a credit to the organisers at The Gardens, who left no stone unturned in their quest to make the event special for greyhound supporters.