The lids fly and Zipping Abbott (Box 1) is off and running in Race 8 at Ladbrokes The Gardens on Saturday evening.

As they say in sporting terminology: ‘So near, but yet so far.’

And so it was at Ladbrokes the Gardens greyhounds on Saturday evening when gun trainer Allan Ivers, backing up a week after leading in four winners at the same venue, had to settle for one winner and no less than three second placegetters.

Not many trainers would complain after a night out like that, but still, it is a bit of a letdown seven days after his miraculous feat seven days prior.

In Race 1, the Ivers trained All Tanked Up had to settle for second place, followed by Asteroid Choice, second in Race 4 and then he struck with Zipping Abbott in Race 8, before Awesome Doll had to be content with runner-up prizemoney in Race 10.

Zipping Abbott drew the one alley, jumped out like a flash and went on to win by 1.5 lengths over the 515 metre journey from Tiza Fabio and Tralee Shadow.

One senses that the in-form Swan Bay (Near Karuah) trainer has plenty more wins around the corner with his impressive kennel of fliers.

Demelza wins by a length

Race 5 winner ‘Demelza’ with handler Chris Sloan, right hand man and nephew of trainer, Beverly Sloan, of Eraring. Starting at $5.40, Demelza beat off second placed Tiger Frost by a length, with Player running into third position.

Ross’s Gem saluted

Trainer Adam Ramage, pictured with wife Chloe and daughter Maria after favourite ‘Ross’s Gem’ (Box 6) saluted in Race 2 at Ladbrokes The Gardens on Saturday evening.