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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Punters brave enough to take the $1.75 on offer about Glenville Anna in Friday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) for maiden greyhounds had to endure a few anxious moments before lining up in the pay-out queue at Tara Raceway.
Owned and trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, Glenville Anna went into the race – the first heat of a maiden series – on the back of five consecutive minor placings at the local track.
Having her eleventh start, this did look to be her race, especially when she stepped well from box two, but by the time the field headed out of the first turn Monty Wilson’s first-starter, Bushman’s Wish, was serving it up to the odds-on favourite.
In fact, heading down the back straight, Glenville Anna looked an odds-on chance to once again run second as Bushman’s Wish opened up a handy break.
However, the favourite rallied again in the home straight, eventually running out a three-quarter length winner over the Wilson-trained youngster in 30.99 seconds. Also through to Sunday week’s final are My Dad’s Dream and Bekim Lucy’s.
And while the winning time was nothing flash, Clayfield was more than happy to take the win – his fourth this season – and quick to point out that there is track record form in Glenville Anna’s pedigree.
She’s by the little-known sire Fully Advanced out of the Sinnott-bred All At Sea (Lonesome Cry x On Shore) who is a litter sister to Dub Me In, one-time Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder at 29.62 seconds.
Clayfield won four races at Tara Raceway with All At Sea who was then acquired by well-known Lara greyhound identity Ron McCullagh who had been looking for a bitch for Fully Advanced.
McCullagh had bred and owned the black son of Collision and Okay Supreme and enjoyed tremendous success with him – 73 starts for 22 wins, 27 minor placings and almost $170,000 in prizemoney.
Another well-known Lara greyhound man in Dennis Trewin then took over All At Sea for a second litter, this time using Okay Supreme’s litter brother Velocette, a winner of 26 races and almost $380,000 in prizemoney.
Gee She Roks had been trying even longer than Glenville Anna to win a race with eight minor placings coming from her 16 starts at Tara Raceway.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham had even resorted to a couple of 600 metre runs but switched the black bitch back to 512 metres for the Rock’s Retreat Stake, the second heat of Friday’s maiden series.
As it turns out, it was a good move. Gee She Roks went straight to the front from box three, eventually running out a 10 length winner over Summer Lad with a further 5¾ lengths back to odds-on favourite Shaniqua in a more than handy 30.48 seconds.
It was an effort that belied her race record with Peckham, who has trained 16 winners this year, claiming her tendency to run wide had cost her races in the past.
Gee She Roks is by Cape Hawke out of Freestyle Lass and is the first winner that has been bred by Ross Schurgott and the Viking Syndicate.
A daughter of Premier Fantasy x Mrs Trickett, Freestyle Lass – now a pet – was obtained on a loan basis for breeding after racing on only seven occasions for a minor placing.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will move to ensure that next year’s Mount Gambier Cup is not run on the same weekend as the Mount Gambier Pacing Gold Cup as was the case earlier this month.
The greyhound club will also ensure that its Cup Calcutta does not clash with the pacing cup which was the case last year when both were run on the same night.
MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that the club was still keen to run the greyhound cup in March but would look to move it to later in the month.
“Our committee felt that with the pacing cup on the Saturday night and the greyhound cup on Sunday afternoon it made for a pretty hectic weekend so we’ll be looking at moving ours forward a couple of weeks if possible.
“Not that we were disappointed with our day, with record gate takings and on-course turnover up considerably on last year it was probably one of the best Mount Gambier Cup days that I have attended.
“And, of course, Greyhound Racing SA chairman, Michael Fabbro, really capped off a magnificent day for us.”
Shepheard was referring to Fabbro’s announcement at the cup presentation to Fabregal’s trainer Robyn Mackellar that next year’s cup would be a Listed race and carry $20,000 in prizemoney with the winner receiving $15,000.
This will be the richest race ever run at Tara Raceway and is sure to attract some outstanding greyhounds.
Fabregal, incidentally, stamped the form of this year’s cup when running second in a heat of the Top Cat Video Traralgon Cup (525 m) and qualifying for Saturday night’s $67,000 Group 2 final.
Meanwhile, work has already commenced on the painting of the outside of the Tara Raceway clubrooms. Inside refurbishment, including a memorabilia area to highlight Mount Gambier’s rich greyhound racing history, is also planned.
Also planned are outdoor covered tables and seats in the playground area of the complex.
DOUBLE-HEADER CATERS FOR MOST
As is generally the case, nominations for the Sunday meeting of this weekend’s double-header have come up a bit thin with nine races and reserves for only one of those.
But with strong nominations for tomorrow’s 12-race lower-grade meeting at Tara Raceway it means 21 races will still be run with few greyhounds missing out on a start – something that does occur when the club runs only one meeting for the weekend.
And with greyhound racing scheduled for every Sunday and alternate Fridays during April, May and June once again there shouldn’t be too many missing out.
The three-month trial period will be interesting with Greyhound Racing SA able to have a good look at the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s nomination flow in regard to extra meetings as it prepares to frame the 2017-2018 racing season.
Sunday’s main race, the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m), sees Portland trainer Nicole Stanley once again holding a strong hand with four runners – Fiorelli Rose looking well drawn in box two for her while kennelmate Hit The Runway finished well to run third behind Fear The Rascal at last Sunday’s meeting.
Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch looks well placed in box eight – the same box he defeated Blitz And Bolt from in the Summer Classic final – for Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and should make amends for an unlucky fourth last Sunday.
Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell, after a quiet start to the year, will be hoping Whatta Moment can continue on his winning way in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake, the main 400 metre race of the day.
The son of Bit Chili x Devil Moon will be chasing his third win this month and looking to break a box eight hoodoo after previously racing from the outside box on five occasions for no wins or placings.
Whatta Moment held out class performer Future Past last week and faces another tough assignment on Sunday with Aston Morris, back after a six-week break but well drawn in box one, looking to win his fourth consecutive 400 metre event at Tara Raceway for Stanley.
A 400 metre feature grade five will also be run with Allendale East trainer David Peckham looking to hold a strong hand in each of the three heats with Thanks Captain, Maximum Bella and Raz’s Girl.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Horsham greyhound trainer Jeff Guy, after a quiet start to the year at Tara Raceway, will be hoping to turn things around at Friday’s meeting with a couple of well-bred young litter brothers.
In fact, they don’t come much better bred than Imperial Fox and Revel with the pair being by high profile sire Cosmic Rumble out of Proven Impala.
Cosmic Rumble’s winners are spread far and wide, with the Golden Easter Egg winner currently sharing the lead with Fabregas for sires’ honours at Tara Raceway while Proven Impala raced on 82 occasions for 31 wins and 21 minor placings with prizemoney totalling in excess of $360,000.
Whelped in March 2015, the brothers are owned by Nick Darragh, whose wife Larissa is heavily involved with the GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) at Seymour in Victoria.
Darragh also owns Proven Impala and bred the litter, later entrusting Guy with the rearing of the nine pups.
And both owner and trainer will be hoping for better luck with the former champion’s second litter after her first, to Where’s Pedro, produced five bitches including Frac Geek who has won six races for Guy and Backflip Kitty who raced only once due to injury but from all accounts could have been anything.
“She had been running phenomenal trial times prior to racing so when she suffered the career-ending injury we ended up spending something like $6000 in veterinary bills in order to save her with a view to breeding,” Guy said.
Imperial Fox has drawn box eight in the second heat of Friday’s maiden series, the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 metres), and comes into the race on the back of three minor placings at Ballarat and Bendigo after having run a good second behind Ruby’s Willow at Tara Raceway.
Revel will be racing at Tara Raceway for the first time but looks well placed in box one in the first heat of the grade six series, the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
According to Guy, the black dog, who recently won his maiden over 425 metres at Bendigo in a smart 24.15 seconds, is probably capable of running sub-30 seconds if he can find the front.
“Look, at this stage they’re no superstars and have a lot to learn but they’re getting better with each run and what I like about them is that they’ll run through the proverbial brick wall.”
The litter has already enjoyed success this week with Black Impala, who at his second start won a 450 metre maiden heat at Shepparton on Monday night in a best of night 25.34 seconds for owner Joe Borg (Proven Impala’s trainer) and Cosgrove trainer Glenn Dainton.
ARABELLA FIGG STEPS UP IN DISTANCE
Arabella Figg, a terrific second behind Fabregal in the recent ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), returns to Tara Raceway on Friday and will step up to middle-distance for the first time when jumping from box six in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m).
Owned by Ian Cockerell of Buckley and trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Arabella Figg has since run seventh at The Meadows (525 m) and third over the 450 metre journey at her home track of Warrnambool.
But the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Finlandia is a litter sister to Sandown Park 595 metre winners Igor Karkaroff and Polijuice Potion, who collectively have amassed something like $250,000 in prizemoney, and gives the impression that the distance shouldn’t worry her.
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley has also stepped up Berry Bling in distance and she’ll jump from box seven in the same race at what will be only her second attempt over the middle-distance after a second to Jen Shen in average time last October.
Berry Bling was the fastest cup qualifier but two subsequent unplaced runs over 512 metres has seen Stanley perhaps looking for a race with less early speed for the predominantly on-pace chaser who has won eight races from 31 starts.
And the David Peckham trained Blitz And Bolt, winner of the Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m), also takes on the middle-distance journey for the first time after finishing strongly to win a Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Allendale East greyhound Anti Dentite displayed some of the form that saw him win 22 races and more than $60,000 in prizemoney on Queensland tracks when he easily accounted for a classy field of grade five performers in the Gambier Vets Feature final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Owned and trained by David Peckham, the black dog went straight to the front from box one and was never headed, eventually running out a 6¾ length winner in 30.22 seconds over Andy Graham’s Cee Rose Black and the winner’s kennelmate Sweeney Miss.
By Turanza Bale out of Sister Ping, a winner of eight races on NSW and Queensland tracks, Anti Dentite, by the middle of last year, had found himself in Adelaide where he won a couple of races at Angle Park.
But by December, connections had been looking to move him on and when he failed to meet the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) requirements Peckham was contacted to see if he wanted a giveaway greyhound to race at Tara Raceway.
“I figured with his pretty impressive record he might be worth a try down here, especially with the finish-on-lure in operation, although his early trials were certainly nothing flash and had me wondering whether I’d made the right call,” Peckham said.
By cup time, though, he was racing quite well with a fourth behind Mojito Mayhem in a cup heat and a subsequent second to kennelmate Blitz And Bolt in the consolation looking to be a good lead-in to the grade five series.
Peckham said he had been asked on several occasions as to the origins of the name Anti Dentite and that he had been unable to shed any light on its origins.
Well, it turns out former Toowoomba owner-trainer Mark Saal, who is a huge fan of the iconic US television comedy Seinfeld, had a couple of handy greyhounds back in late 2014 and named them Yada Yada Yada and Anti Dentite, names he had taken from the show’s episode titled “The Yada Yada”.
Earlier on Sunday, Peckham was successful in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m) with recent Mount Gambier Cup Consolation winner Blitz And Bolt who finished too strongly in a busy finish for kennelmate Maximum Bella, having her first Tara Raceway start, and the ever-consistent Lyon Rose in 30.25 seconds.
Maximum Bella, a winner of nine races from 63 starts, hadn’t raced since the end of January and led pretty well everywhere but on the post, giving the impression that she should be better for the run.
Peckham finished the day with two wins, two seconds and two thirds and in what is one of the most interesting local trainers’ tussles in years stays in touch on 110 points behind Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley who share the lead with 122 points.
SYNDICATE SUCCESS CONTINUES
No one seems to be quite sure how many owners are in the syndicate that races Bluestone, winner of the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
It’s probably around the 20 mark with many of them having previously been involved with a greyhound called Spangher who won five races.
Deb Hicks and Trev Finnis, involved in both ventures, were on track to see Bluestone win his first local race at his seventh Tara Raceway start.
Also on track to witness the blue dog lead all the way and win by six lengths in a quick 23.10 seconds was fellow syndicate member Jeff Cranage who had not previously raced a greyhound but after Sunday’s impressive effort is now probably wondering why.
By 32-race winner Kalden Komoto out of WA bitch Frantic Fusion, Bluestone was selected for the syndicate by Hicks’s husband Craig who found the 32 kilogram dog advertised for sale for $3000 on Greyhound-Data after having won four races at Angle Park and Gawler.
The win was the second leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who previously had been successful with Hay Miss in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
Hay Miss had lined up from box three in a more than handy field that included Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch but was never headed after quickly finding the front, eventually running out an 8¼ length winner in a best of day 29.88 seconds – the first time she had broken the 30-second barrier at Tara Raceway.
And while she can be hard to catch at times, the daughter of Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse – a winner of 18 races and $32,000 in prizemoney – has been a handy little money spinner for connections, winning seven races from 32 starts.
A bag of five winners, two trebles and five doubles in less than three months of racing highlight Stanley’s terrific year so far at Tara Raceway.