Angel set to spread wings for Ponting
Angel set to spread wings for Ponting

Ricky Ponting's sprinter Strapper's Angel will race in her first WA feature in tomorrow night's $37,500 Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup (405m).

Half of her racing life has been spent in Tasmania, where she raced 39 times for trainer Dale Hammersley before joining trainer Linda Britton's team at Nambeelup last February.

Strapper's Angel has the potential to be a valuable broodbitch for Ponting.

Strapper's Angel is from Ricky's Angel, who was Tasmania's No.1 broodbitch, producing 57 winners during 2011.

The 2011 Tasmanian greyhound of the year, Rewind (by Collide), is a brother of Ponting's charge.

Strapper's Angel won a heat of the Group 2 All Stars, before finishing fourth in the final at Cannington last October.

Her time of 22.55sec. in a Birthday Cup heat win was the second fastest of the eight heats last week.

Kennel mate Easy Peasy produced the fastest time, 22.53sec.

"He (Ponting) is pretty happy to have her in another final," Britton said. "She was racing in Tasmania and was going to my brother Jeff (Victoria), who has trained quite a few dogs for Ricky over the years.

"Jeff suggested maybe the dog should come to Perth.

"Dale (Hammersley) sent her across to us and he will be here on Friday night to watch her run."

Easy Peasy recovered from a torn back leg muscle which looked to have ended his career.

Britton and her partner Chris Halse were considering buying the dog from WA owner Tony Forte when he broke down in Victoria.

"Tony was looking at selling him to us when he broke down," Britton said. "He gave him away to us, which was kind of him to do.

"We stretched the muscle by making him use it. He would have a short gallop and a rest then repeat it again."

Britton has Bad Company, owned by Racing Radio's David Shortte, and Rousay up against Miata in the $18,045 WA Distance Gift (715m) at Cannington on Saturday.

The West Australian

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