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.

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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.