A storm warning was issued for the northern region on Thursday. That storm hit the Cambridge Raceway at precisely 8.25:25.49pm.

The 25.49s portion was the time that it took the classy greyhound Storm Warning to breeze to victory in the $40,000 NZ Derby.

The Lisa Cole-prepared chaser stalked Vikings into the straight from where he extended powerfully to annex his group one title by 1.25 lengths over a gallant Vikings from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels.

Constant rain throughout the evening failed to dampen the high-class chasing action. Thrilling Flo strongly prevailed over a brave Shandell to claim the $15,000 Theresa McDonald Memorial Cup at group two level over the gruelling 747m trip for local conditioner Karen Walsh.


There was nothing plain about the stylish freewheeling gallop that the Ben Craik-trained Simple And Plain delivered when she won the group two $15,000 Lois Henley Memorial trophy. She scampered clear to nail her 457m win in 25.82s.

Included in the potent chasing action during the evening was the Fahey-mentored American Warrior. The NZ Cup winner produced a scintillating last-to-first victory in the $5000 Jack Hannon Memorial feature 457m event, clocking 25.50s.