SUNDAY, JANUARY 22: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, JANUARY 29: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, January 23 with GRSA. See "Racing Calendar" for full details. STATISTICS: For final stats. for 2016 Leading Trainer and Greyhound of the Year see "Statistics". TUESDAY AND SATURDAY TRIALS: 9 a.m. (SA time).
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Suspicious Col is another one of those greyhounds who has taken a fair while to open his winning account.
In fact, it was back on December 11, 2015 that the 27.5 kilogram black dog (relatively small for a male) made his debut at Tara Raceway over 400 metres.
Not that he hadn’t been in the money since then, running 10 minor placings from 18 starts at Tara Raceway before relocating to Ballarat with former Portland couple Rebecca Smith and Callan Ward after a 1¾ length second to Dimora Bekim in early October.
Actually, Suspicious Col had run four consecutive seconds over 400 metres and had been having his first run since October 2 when jumping from box eight in a Laser Electrical maiden heat (400 m) at last Friday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
Smith and Ward, hard-pressed to train from their Ballarat location, had advertised the dog for sale for $500 but had been unable to find anyone interested.
And it was here that Portland couple Ben and Lizzie Boers stepped in about a month ago, forming a syndicate to include the two couples, with Lizzie assigned the task of training Suspicious Col.
Despite the long lay-off, he was well in commission on Friday, jumping a $4.40 second favourite and chasing former Allansford greyhound Joey Moetis – having his first local start for David Williams – for much of the journey before grabbing a head victory in 23.70 seconds.
By Dyna Tron out of Suspicious Tina, a winner of nine races at Angle Park and Gawler for former leading Broken Hill trainer Des Hockley, Suspicious Col was Lizzie Boers’s first winner since Sookie’s Fantasy had won at Tara Raceway in March 2016.
Meanwhile, rising five-year-old Abbey’s Hand, trained at Portland by Robert Duncan, broke a long run of outs when successful in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
The daughter of Cosmic Rumble x Perfect Hand was a $12 chance when jumping from box three and the renowned strong finisher was always going to be hard to hold out after settling a reasonably close third down the back straight behind Another Rouse and Saint Flynn.
And that’s how the race panned out with Abbey’s Hand, at start number 96, swooping down the home straight to score a half length win in 30.32 seconds over the improving Another Rouse and Gassy’s Pride who dead-heated for second.
For Abbey’s Hand, who appreciated the drop back to grade five company, the win was her first since March 6, 2016 in a Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m) when she defeated Fear The Rascal by two lengths in a quick 29.87 seconds.
Friday’s win was Duncan’s first since September after Monty Express had defeated Evening In Paris over 400 metres.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott is taking a serious look at the forthcoming Summer Classic at Tara Raceway after Irka Jakit’s impressive Juvenile win at Angle Park on Monday night.
The daughter of Fabregas and Albion Park 600 metre winner Another Request led early before settling in second spot and then running home strongly to edge out Cairnlea Kenny by three-quarters of a length in 30.02 seconds for the 515 metre journey.
The win was the John Dihm-owned Irka Jakit’s second this year after scoring by 9¼ lengths at Tara Raceway over 512 metres in a handy 30.29 seconds on January 1.
Heats of the Summer Classic, a non-penalty event for all dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2015, will be run on Friday, February 3 with the $3000 final on Sunday, February 12.
“She’s only now starting to put it altogether,” Abbott said. “And being a February 2015 whelping she’s the ideal age for the classic so at this stage I’m hopeful that she’ll take her place in the line-up.”
The win completed a couple of good days for Abbott who on the Sunday at the local track had been successful with Blazin’ Vicky, an all the way winner of the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake (512 m) in 30.31 seconds.
The third running of the Summer Classic looks like attracting a fair sort of line-up with Moyston trainer Peter Franklin back at Tara Raceway tomorrow with several of his May 2015 McIvor dogs.
Also attracting some interest at Tara Raceway tomorrow, from a classic point of view, will be Robert Halliday’s April 2015 Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie whelpings Haggle and Hutch who are litter brothers to Cairnlea Kenny.
And Koroit trainer Robert Walsh has Ruby’s Willow, I’m A Princess and Ruby’s Cheekstar – from an April 2015 litter of 12 by Cape Hawke x Jamaican Ruby – engaged in heats of a maiden 512 metre series.
Perfect age for the classic is the Nicole Stanley trained Miss Pineapple, whelped in January 2015 and another one of the “Bling” breed, being by Bit Chili x Classy Bling.
Miss Pineapple, who won her first two starts at Warrnambool, will have her first run at Tara Raceway tomorrow when she jumps from box five in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m), the first heat of a grade six series.
LONG WAIT IS OVER
David Peckham reports that Thanks Tubby, now retired from racing for more than 12 months, has finally come on season and is currently in Adelaide to be mated with high profile sire Barcia Bale.
By Superman x Irish Fantasy, Thanks Tubby is the longest-standing record holder of the three distances currently run at Tara Raceway (400 m, 512 m, 600 m).
Her 512 metre record of 29.60 seconds was established on June 1, 2014 when she defeated Rouse Flyer by 8½ lengths.
Thanks Tubby joined Peckham’s Allendale East kennels in March 2014 after having won her maiden at Ipswich in the September prior. All told she raced on 64 occasions for 21 wins and 23 minor placings.
A winner of numerous feature races at Tara Raceway, the black bitch on two occasions strung together four consecutive wins.
Peckham already has pups of the same line on his property with Thanks Tubby’s litter sister Striking Viking, a former 600 metre record holder at Tara Raceway, having whelped three dogs and five bitches to Barcia Bale in May last year.
And the wait is almost over for Cap Abbott as far as his former top staying bitch Manila Express is concerned.
Manila Express, who won 18 races and recorded 24 minor placings for stakemoney close to $34,000, last raced in October 2015 with Abbott reporting this week that the black bitch is heavy in pup to another high profile sire in Cosmic Rumble.
She’s also a nicely-bred bitch, being by Bekim Bale out of Flossy, a lightly-raced sister to the iron dog Stagger.
AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED
The 2016 awards for Leading Trainer and Greyhound of the Year will be presented at Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
Leading Trainer for the second consecutive year is Tracie Price of Compton while Old Jock, trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley for the Jocks Lot Syndicate, won the Greyhound of the Year.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley continued on her winning way at Tara Raceway last Sunday with Hay Miss scoring a surprise win in the Laser Electrical Feature Grade Five (512 metres) and Stylish Pursuit successful in a best of day 30.18 seconds in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m).
Hay Miss, who “scraped” into the final on the strength of a fourth placing in a heat the previous week behind Colden Girl, went straight to the front from box seven in Sunday’s $2100 final, eventually holding out Flying Flutter to win by a head in 30.53 seconds.
For Hay Miss, a daughter of Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse, the win – at the nice odds of $20 – was her second feature at Tara Raceway after success in the John Reid Memorial last year prior to running second to Lektra Munster in the Winter Classic.
Stylish Pursuit, a litter sister to the Tracie Price trained Flying Flutter, was an odds-on favourite from box one in what looked to be a handy grade five event.
Fresh from a third placing over 515 metres at Sandown Park the week prior, Stylish Pursuit settled in second spot behind Thanks Captain who by the middle stages of the race had opened a fair sort of break and looked some chance of winning his first race in more than three months for trainer David Peckham.
But turning for home, the daughter of Mogambo x Butterfly Bling railed through on Thanks Captain, finishing the better to win by a length, bringing up her third 512 metre win from four starts at Tara Raceway.
With Leading Trainer points compiled on a 4, 2, 1 basis, Stanley has already opened up a commanding break after only three meetings with eight wins and two thirds for a total of 34 points – a lead of 18 over second placed Peter Franklin.
Stylish Pursuit and kennelmate Old Jock will now go around in grade five events tomorrow night over 515 metres at Sandown Park from boxes four and six respectively with the races carrying $5000 in prizemoney to the winner. Nice work if you can get it.
ANOTHER WIN FOR ANOTHER ROUSE
It’s been well documented how Glencoe greyhound Another Rouse took 12 months to win his first race and how his long-suffering owner Jack Casey of Penshurst had, for some inexplicable reason, chosen that day not to attend the Tara Raceway meeting.
In fact, he nearly missed out again when the Barry Shepheard trained son of Cape Hawke x Kirkstall Jane led everywhere but on the post at the previous meeting before going down to Brinza.
That must have been enough for the popular owner who made sure he was on track last Sunday to watch Another Rouse go around in the Trackside Meats Stake for grade six greyhounds.
Handled by Amanda Darmanin, who seemed to be in the thick of things last Sunday, the big black dog once again found the front from box eight, as he had done for her 23 days previously when winning his first race.
And from then on he never really looked like being beaten, finishing two lengths clear of Dustin Drew’s pretty handy type Black Fields in 30.28 seconds, the second fastest time of the day.
Following the win, and in between the congratulatory handshakes and the like – and the rush onto the track for that long awaited photograph – Casey had been heard mentioning the Mount Gambier Cup.
“That’s the race we’ve been setting him for,” he joked. Or was he?
Anyway, Casey will get the chance to further assess Another Rouse on Friday when he once again steps up in grade to take on a smart field of grade five greyhounds from box four in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
And speaking of being in the thick of things last Sunday.
In between winning The Border Watch Stake (400 m) with Gemma Eagle, Allen Williams handled the Val and Col Sims Memorial presentation with aplomb and also flogged off the popular daily double raffle tickets in record time.
Gemma Eagle hadn’t taken anywhere near as long as Another Rouse to win what was a maiden heat – she finished down the line in the final behind Hay Miss.
But that had been back in July of last year and she hadn’t won since when lining up from box four in last Sunday’s grade six event.
On the back of a handy third behind Stout And Story at the previous meeting, the black and white bitch turned in a tidy effort to defeat Cryer’s Sid by 2¾ lengths in 23.45 seconds.
There’s certainly not much wrong with Gemma Eagle’s breeding – her sire, Glen Gallon a former superstar while her dam Keep Looking won 11 races.
In fact, Keep Looking, at the time trained by Williams, defeated Casey’s Rouse Flyer in a heat of the 2012 Mount Gambier Cup before running fifth in the final behind Rich Shiraz.
Gemma Eagle will now line up from box two in a heat of the feature grade five series (400 m) at Sunday’s meeting.