The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30: Nominations closed. FRIDAY, MAY 5/SUNDAY, MAY 7: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, May 1/Tuesday, May 2 with GRSA. See "Racing Calendar" for full details. WINNING POST SUPPLIES: Due to stock shortage from major supplier WPS will now be in attendance at Tara Raceway on Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7 instead of Sunday, April 30 meeting. Apologies to those awaiting products. Call Peter (03) 9754 8415 to discuss or order products. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time).

Inaugural memorial success for Lektra Excess

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Ivor Dowdell Memorial, run as part of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s ANZAC meeting at Tara Raceway last Sunday, has now joined the club’s ever-growing list of annual races to be run in honour of club stalwarts.

The race will complement other memorial events run throughout the year, namely Newman McDonnell, Val and Col Sims, John Reid and Eric Lewis.

Monty Wilson and Terry Dowdell pictured with Lektra Excess, winner of the inaugural Ivor Dowdell Memorial at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Ivor Dowdell, who died earlier this year, was still training greyhounds when in his nineties. In fact, he had been labelled the world’s oldest greyhound trainer, a tag that he had good-heartedly embraced.

And when you are the world’s oldest greyhound trainer you are allocated your own reserved table on race days in the clubrooms.

The ANZAC meeting seemed an ideal spot for the memorial with Dowdell serving in Borneo during World War II and being born on April 25.

Bar manager Dawn Kay, who had been instrumental in organising the reserved table, arranged for a perpetual plaque for the memorial and the Monty Wilson trained Lektra Excess will go down as the inaugural winner.

It was a fitting win, really, with Wilson, like Dowdell, happy to take on a giveaway on the off chance that perhaps a change of environment could turn the greyhound’s fortunes around.

And Wilson, like Dowdell before him, takes full advantage of the Tara Raceway slipping track to gallop his greyhounds.

Lektra Excess, who joined Wilson’s Mumbannar kennels as a maiden giveaway in February last year, certainly doesn’t lack anything when it comes to breeding, being by Magic Sprite out of Lektra Special, a Sandown Park and The Meadows winner – and boasting Elektra, a winner of $255,000 in prizemoney, as her grand-dam.

Now raced by Jen Wilson, Lektra Excess drew box one in the 400 metre grade five memorial and gave the husband and wife team their third win with the black bitch when leading all the way to score by 2½ lengths in 23.47 seconds.

This was Wilson’s second feature win at Tara Raceway, Boolite Bruiser deadheating with Richard Clayfield’s Upset Boy in the 2015 Iron Dog series.

Representing the Dowdell family at Tara Raceway for the memorial was son Terry, seated of course at the table reserved for the world’s oldest greyhound trainer.

 

LAST OF THE LINE

Owners Ann and Tom Sinnott of Yambuk were rewarded for their trip over to Tara Raceway last Sunday when Shore’s Last was successful on debut in the Lone Pine Stake (512 metres).

Slowly away from box six, Shore’s Last quickly worked into second spot behind Bushman’s Wish going out of the first turn before finishing the race off strongly to grab victory by a nose in a deceptive finish.

Dale Lewis and Tom Sinnott (back) and Kev Clayfield, Ann Sinnott and Richard Clayfield with Shore’s Last after his debut win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The win continued a successful partnership between the Sinnotts and Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield who is currently putting some Dyna Tron x Time And Tide (a half-sister to Shore’s Last) youngsters through their paces.

Not that Clayfield initially had been overly convinced about this June 2015 son of Kinloch Brae and On Shore – the only one in the litter as it turned out.

“Apparently Tom had had a few issues with him so when he asked me to have a go with the dog I was a bit reluctant and told him my kennels were full – which they were,” Clayfield said.

“Anyway, not long after I ran into him at the Koroit trial track and when he noticed I had a couple of spare trailer compartments he reckoned if I had spare trailer room then I must have a spare kennel. The rest is now history!”

One thing’s for sure, Shore’s Last is well named, as he is the last of prolific producer On Shore’s progeny.

By Waterview Star x Bally Kay, On Shore was a handy race track performer, winning 12 races on SA and Victorian tracks, but it was a brood bitch that she really made her mark.

She produced countless winners from matings to Where’s Pedro (twice), Lonesome Cry, Meticulous, Velocette and Fabregas, none better though than Up And Away (by Where’s Pedro), a winner of more than $184,000 on the track.


Club donates to Legacy

Allen Williams, on behalf of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, presents a $1000 cheque to Legacy Lower South East Group representative Ron Smith

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club once again this year donated $1000 to the Legacy Lower South East Group. MGGRC Life Member and committee member Allen Williams presented a cheque to Ron Smith who represented Legacy at the club’s ANZAC meeting at Tara Raceway last Sunday. The presentation took place after the running of the ANZAC Sprint (400 metres) which was won in impressive fashion by the Nicole Stanley trained Aston Morris who ran a quick 23.19 seconds.

 

 

ANZAC feature winners to clash in AGRC Cup

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blitz And Bolt and Cryer’s Jack, after hard-fought victories in the ANZAC Gift and ANZAC 600 at Tara Raceway last Sunday, will clash in this Sunday’s main race, the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club Cup (512 metres).

The AGRC Cup, for open class greyhounds, is being sponsored by the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club which is also adding extra prizemoney to all other races on the day.

Clarissa and Connie Miller, Allen Williams, David Peckham and Ron Smith pictured with ANZAC Gift winner Blitz And Bolt.

Owned by Connie Miller, Ross Schurgott and David Peckham and trained by the latter at Allendale East, Blitz And Bolt turned in a big effort to give Peckham his third ANZAC Gift win – Thanks Tubby and Weblec Angel previously being successful.

Blitz And Bolt, although away well from box two, couldn’t match the early pace of the Barry Shepheard owned and trained Galactic Viper, back over the 512 metre journey for the first since early March after a couple of recent smart 400 metre wins.

In fact, after crossing the field from the outside box and taking the lead out of the first turn, Galactic Viper looked to be travelling like a winner as he charged down the back straight with Blitz And Bolt and Hay Miss giving chase.

But turning for home, the Peckham-trained son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally was steadily making ground and, despite moving out on the bend, was able to gain the upper hand in a slogging finish to score by a head over the early leader in 30.19 seconds.

The win took Blitz And Bolt’s race record this year to six wins and five minor placings for a tally of 32 points, four clear of second-placed Tipping Woody in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.

Margaret and Tom Cryer and Allen Williams pictured with Cryer’s Jack, winner of the ANZAC 600.

Prior to the running of the ANZAC Gift, Legacy representative Ron Smith recited the Ode of Remembrance and later gratefully accepted a $1000 donation to the Legacy Lower South East Group presented by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee member Allen Williams on behalf of the club.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Cryer’s Jack continued his good form of late to hold on and bring up win number 16 when successful in the inaugural ANZAC 600 (600 m).

Raced by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom, of Apsley, Cryer’s Jack quickly found the front from box one, ultimately holding out the consistent Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose to win by a neck in a quick 35.48 seconds.

By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, Cryer’s Jack now seems to have shaken off the injuries and illness that plagued him for much of last year.

And after drawing box one again he looks well placed in Sunday’s AGRC Cup although Blitz And Bolt hasn’t fared as well, coming up with box six in what looks to be a really good one-off race.

Galactic Viper has drawn box eight again with Shepheard no doubt hoping the four-year-old son of
Velocette x Magic Elite can once again cross the field and give them something to catch.

Leading trainer Nicole Stanley looks to hold a strong hand in the race with box seven runner Hay Miss not losing too many friends with her strong-finishing 2½ length third from the same box behind Blitz And Bolt at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Stanley also has the 112-start 4½-year-old veteran Old Jock engaged in box three. A recent Masters 400 metre winner in quick time, he went out first course at the Benalla coursing meeting last weekend but could well be re-invigorated by a run behind the drag lure.

 

QUALITY MAKES UP FOR LACK OF QUANTITY

Sunday’s ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) might have only six runners but it looks like being a keenly-contested affair.

Tracie Price pictured with grandchildren Harper (left) and Brooklyn after Lyon Rose had won at Tara Raceway last week.

Nicole Stanley’s Stylish Pursuit, who has run a quick 35.35 seconds over the distance, stormed home to be beaten just over a length by Cryer’s Jack and Lyon Rose last Sunday and looks the testing material from box one.

Berry Bling, also trained by Stanley, was a recent 600 metre winner at the track. She comes into the race from box five on the back of a Benalla coursing stake win last Sunday.

The Cap Abbott trained Mo Town Roy, to jump from box four, returns to Tara Raceway with winning Angle Park form after recently leading all the way over 600 metres at the city track.

Tracie Price’s Lyon Rose, after a 512 metre win at last week’s Friday meeting, had no trouble backing up two days later when running Cryer’s Jack to a neck over 600 metres. Not badly drawn in box seven, the nine-race winner rarely runs a bad race.

And Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne will be hoping Arabella Figg, drawn in box eight, can recapture some of the form that saw her score an easy Tara Raceway 600 metre win at the end of March.


A few good yarns to spin

Monday, April 24, 2017

By the time race 12 was run and won at Friday’s first-ever time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway it was pretty obvious that by and large this was a day where an opportunity had been provided for greyhounds of varying abilities.

Fiona Jones and John Burow with Good Yarn.

In other words, greyhounds were placed in races according to their true ability from a speed or time point of view and raced in non-penalty events carrying prizemoney in the vicinity of $410, $165, $125, $100 through to $70 for the fifth to eighth runners.

Good Yarn, a daughter of Cosmic Chief and former Tara Raceway 400 metre record holder Spin A Yarn, lined up from box three in the final race, the ClassicBet Stake (400 m), after not having won a race since last October.

Owned and trained at Penshurst by John Burow, the fawn bitch, who hadn’t run a place at her past eight starts, led all the way and despite using plenty of the track in the home straight equalled her personal best time of 23.47 seconds at what was her fiftieth start.

Earlier in the day, Good Yarn’s lightly-raced litter brother What A Buzz, also owned and trained by Burow, got among the placings for the first time in his six-start career when running third in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 m).

Angela, Allen and David Williams with Proud Eagle after his maiden win.

So, for Burow, it was his best day at the track in six months after he picked up close to $600 – and his greyhounds a bit of much-needed form.

Proud Eagle went into the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m) on the back of five pretty ordinary down-the-line finishes for Tarpeena trainer David Williams who had readily admitted that he didn’t really know what to expect from the 36 kilogram son of El Grand Senor x Chilly Patch.

“I changed his training regime and virtually did nothing with him this week,” Williams said. “So it’s going to be interesting to see how he goes.”

Well, he looks like the sort of dog that would appreciate simply having his food bowl slid under the kennel door – and doing nothing else!

The change of tactics obviously worked. Proud Eagle quickly put paid to early leader – litter brother and kennelmate Grand Eagle – before running away to a 5¾ length win in 24.02 seconds.

Williams was off to a flying start and, with another eight runners to come, by the time the day was over he needed a calculator to work out his greyhounds’ earnings.

It had virtually been 12 months to the day that Cheetah Bay won his maiden at Tara Raceway over 400 metres.

And with only five minor placings since the win, Gerald McKenna, a retired dairy farmer from Koroit, was hoping for a change of luck in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) with the son of Billy The Sid x Troublemaker Bay.

A change of box made no difference to Brian Weis’ Baurna Sal.

Raced by McKenna’s wife Carolyn, Cheetah Bay, after settling on the pace, railed through on the home turn before holding out Kappow to win by a head in 23.88 seconds.

In the race prior, the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 m), Cheetah Bay’s litter brother Bin Bon Bay finally broke into the placings at start number nine when chasing Summer Raine home in second spot.

Once again, it was a case of the McKenna pair able to find some form via the time-graded format and at the same time reward connections for their effort.

Races four and five were re-drawn earlier in the week after a grading glitch with the result being Portland owner-trainer Brian Weis’s Baurna Sal not only switched races but also went from box one to box eight.

Not that it mattered. Another one looking to regain winning form after an impressive maiden win six months ago, Baurna Sal showed she had finally overcome some tendon issues and easily won the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) in a smart 23.48 seconds.

Such was Westlake Nez’s form that the son of Cosmic Chief and White Butterfly had all but been booked to be relocated to Broken Hill where non-TAB meetings are conducted.

But he may have gained a reprieve after his all-the-way win in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) in the handy time of 23.65 seconds.

Veronica Talbot and Cap Abbott with Westlake Nez.

Trained since January at Edenhope by Cap Abbott, Westlake Nez’s win was his second in 31 starts, his maiden win coming back in October.

Abbott, who is well known for the distances he clocks up when taking his greyhounds to a variety of tracks, said he drew the line at travelling 700 kilometres to Broken Hill.

So popular was the win of Julaine in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m) that she was greeted with applause from the Tara Raceway finish line faithful upon returning after the race.

It’s not that the faithful would have backed her, although the $9 would have been nice, it’s just that owner Shane Flink and Hamilton trainer Tony Harding are a couple of the sport’s real “battlers” and rarely miss a meeting at Tara Raceway.

Harding, whose last winner had been Delcorn Potts at Tara Raceway in December, took over the training of Julaine last month after Flink had purchased her from Hamilton owner Bluey Forsyth for half of her next win – her last win coming back in May of last year.

Tony Harding (left) and Shane Flink were all smiles after Julaine’s win.

And Flink would have been cheering a long way from home after the daughter of Texas Gold x Swift Blaze always looked to be travelling comfortably out in front.

“That was my first outright win,” the ecstatic owner told the faithful still hanging over the finish line fence.

Harding, in his usual dry style, reckoned Forsyth’s half share would have to come out of Flink’s half of the prizemoney.

But Bluey’s a good bloke. Maybe he can cut a deal seeing this was a time-graded meeting.


Billy’s no longer warming the bench

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It didn’t take Born Billy long to fall out of favour.

He’s the greyhound who not all that long ago was running 29.84 seconds around the Sandown Park 515 metre circuit and 24.11 seconds at Bendigo over 425 metres.

But by the time Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne took him over for Warrnambool breeder-owner Noel Mugavin the son of Velocette x Molly Grace had lost form and found himself on occasions warming the bench as a reserve.

Tessa, Connor and Talor Byrne pictured with their dad Peter’s dog Born Billy after an easy 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

However, things finally turned around late last month when Born Billy won his first race in nine months, defeating Miss Pineapple in a 400 metre event at Tara Raceway before following up again at the next meeting with an impressive 512 metre win over Spring’s Over in 30.21 seconds.

Joining Byrne at last Sunday’s meeting was his wife Narelle – over for a day out with the “Byrne Bunch” – Connor, Talor and Tessa.

This was the first time she’d attended a greyhound meeting at Tara Raceway and as it turned out she picked a good day.

Born Billy had raced at Sandown Park over 515 metres the previous Sunday and despite being beaten by 11 lengths Byrne hadn’t been all that disappointed with the effort although last Sunday’s ClassicBet Stake was going to be the first time he’d ever been over the 600 metre journey.

A win here, though, would see him join a relatively small group of greyhounds to have won over the three current distances run at Tara Raceway.

Byrne, who had previously trained the former 600 metre record holder Unsub Andy (35.04 seconds) was confident Born Billy would give his rivals something to chase early but wasn’t too sure how he would handle the extra distance even though his litter brother Silverali (also owned by Mugavin) is a winner at The Meadows over 725 metres.

But those who took the short odds never had any cause for concern, Born Billy ultimately running out a 7¾ length winner in 35.64 seconds.

The win was Byrne’s sixth at Tara Raceway this year which so far has been highlighted by Arabella Figg’s Mount Gambier Cup heat win and subsequent second to Fabregal in the final.

Heavily involved in greyhound racing through his Koroit trial track and breaking-in establishment, Byrne confirmed on Sunday that he would once again sponsor a feature event at Tara Raceway in June with the winner receiving a four-week breaking-in package.

And he’ll be back for Sunday’s ANZAC meeting with Arabella Figg and Born Billy set to clash in an interesting ANZAC 600 Mixed Stake (600 m).

This will be the fourth year the ANZAC meeting – gate takings are donated to Legacy – has been run at Tara Raceway but the first time that a middle-distance feature has been conducted.

Cryer’s Jack, narrowly beaten earlier this month over 600 metres by McIvor Verna, is racing with renewed vigour for Apsley trainer Tom Cryer and with a personal best of 35.40 seconds looks well placed in box one.

The Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose and Nicole Stanley’s Stylish Pursuit also have fast personal best times to their credit while John Cameron’s Fascinated showed plenty of early pace over 650 metres at Warrnambool on Wednesday night.

 

TRAINER CHASES THIRD ANZAC FEATURE

Allendale East trainer David Peckham will be chasing his third ANZAC 512 metre feature when Blitz And Bolt and Thanks Captain line up in Sunday’s ANZAC Gift.

David Peckham and Clarissa Miller with Raz’s Girl who will contest the ANZAC Sprint at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Blitz And Bolt, currently sharing the Greyhound of the Year lead with Tipping Woody on 28 points, looks well drawn in box two while the enigmatic Thanks Captain – equal second in the GOTY with Stylish Pursuit on 24 points – ran Mojito Mayhem to two lengths when finishing third at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Peckham won the inaugural ANZAC feature in 2014 with Thanks Tubby while the following year saw Nathan Wilson’s Sunday Shoes successful.

And then last year Ponting’s Nail was first past the post but was later disqualified with the Peckham-trained second placed Weblec Angel subsequently awarded the race.

Peckham also looks to hold a strong hand in the ANZAC Sprint (400 m) with Cosmic Lacey and Raz’s Girl, both drawn awkwardly but racing in good form.

Richard Clayfield’s former 400 metre record holder Slippers Might won the inaugural Sprint prior to Allen Williams’ Bluey Benz and Tracie Price’s Marlow Moment last year.

A new race at this year’s ANZAC meeting is the Ivor Dowdell Memorial, a 400 metre sprint for grade five greyhounds.

Dowdell, still training greyhounds in his nineties, died earlier this year. Born on April 25, 1922, he served in Borneo during World War II.


Firing up at Tara Raceway

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The win of Fire Eyes in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday continued Coleraine owner-trainer Bob Wombwell’s long and successful involvement in greyhound racing at Mount Gambier.

In fact, his first local winner came back in November 1980 when Dynamic Tarmel was successful in a 289 metre maiden at the original Tara Raceway out at Glenburnie.

Bob Wombwell with Fire Eyes after his maiden win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Having only his third race start after two previous unplaced efforts, Fire Eyes quickly put himself into Sunday’s race from box seven, running into second spot behind Bushman’s Mate down the back before finishing powerfully in the home straight to defeat the early leader by three-quarters of a length in 30.93 seconds.

Whelped in November 2014, Fire Eyes is by Spring Gun out of Coleraine Flame who won at Horsham for Wombwell prior to him breeding the litter.

And this is a line that goes back to 1991 for Wombwell who in July of that year won a 480 metre maiden at Horsham with a bitch called Silver Daisy in 28.91 seconds.

Silver Daisy, when later mated with Fozrok, produced Silly Heart whose subsequent litter from a mating by Nifti Fire included Swift As Fire.

Swift As Fire, a 33 kilogram bitch, proved to be a handy performer for Wombwell, winning eight races at Horsham, Warrnambool and Mount Gambier before he mated her with Paddy’s Flame – Coleraine Flame being one of the offspring.

Last Sunday’s win was Wombwell’s second this year at Tara Raceway, Red River Rufus previously successful in a Masters event in February.

And he’ll now be hoping the winning run continues into this weekend with Fire Eyes once again drawing box seven when he steps up in grade to contest the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) at Friday’s meeting. Earlier in the day, litter brother and kennelmate Outlaw Dave will attempt to open his winning account when jumping from box six in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).

 

LEADING TRAINER OFF TO BENALLA

Nicole Stanley, currently Tara Raceway’s leading trainer, will make the six-hour trip from Portland to Benalla for this Sunday’s coursing meeting at the racecourse.

At what will be an all-maiden meeting, 12 eight-dog stakes will be run with greyhounds who have not won a coursing stake classed as maidens.

Greyhounds run off in pairs behind a drag lure with each winner advancing to the next round. This means that the finalists in each stake will run three times on the day for prizemoney of $500 and $140.

Speaking earlier this week, Stanley said she was unsure as to what dogs she would nominate although she believed 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Old Jock and 2016 SA Country Cup winner Berry Bling would benefit from a freshen-up behind the drag lure.

Stanley has previously enjoyed plenty of success at coursing meetings, winning the Victorian Leading Coursing Trainer award in 2009 and 2010.

 

TIME-GRADED MEETING HOLDS UP WELL

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s first time-graded meeting, to be run at Tara Raceway on Friday, attracted healthy nominations and 12 races were able to be framed.

For maiden, grade six and grade five greyhounds, all races will be non-penalty and pay Pathway prizemoney which means, for example, the breakdown of a grade five 512 metre event is $415, $170, $130, $105, while the remaining four runners all receive $75.

Not bad prizemoney considering the non-penalty status and the fact that trainers also receive a $60 rebate.

Winners might be a bit tough to come up with although the Peter Franklin trained Chuck McIvor should find the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) a little easier than some of his recent assignments.

At his most recent start, on April 9 at Tara Raceway, the fawn dog had no luck early in the race won by Chilly Kiss but ran home well to grab third spot. Friday’s grade six affair looks a good race for him.

And the Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose, after a strong-finishing fourth behind Blitz And Bolt earlier this month, should appreciate the drop back to grade five company when jumping from box two in the Berringa Park Stake (512 m).


Mojito Mayhem gets the chocolates

Monday, April 17, 2017

Moyston greyhound Mojito Mayhem once again displayed his liking for Tara Raceway when defeating a top-class field in the Easter Gift (512 metres) on Sunday afternoon.

John Gale and Mount Gambier committee member Allen Williams with Mojito Mayhem after his Easter Gift win on Sunday.

Coming into the race on the back of a fourth placing behind Invictus Rapid over 450 metres in a best of night 25.24 seconds at Warrnambool last Tuesday, the Peter Franklin trained chaser was a $2.40 favourite from box seven but looked to be in all sorts of trouble coming into the first turn.

However, by the time the field approached the back straight, Mojito Mayhem had worked to the front and from then on was always going to be hard to run down.

Chasing him home was the Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Jack who at the previous Tara Raceway meeting had had a great duel with Mojito Mayhem’s kennelmate McIvor Verna in a 600 metre event when also finishing second.

In the end, though, it was Mojito Mayhem who had a length to spare in a time of 30.31 seconds, while Thanks Captain, prominent throughout for trainer David Peckham, was a further 1¾ lengths back in third spot.

By Fear Zafonic x Graceful Amy, the winner is the Tara Raceway cups king with two Anniversary Cups and a Mount Gambier Cup among his 19 wins at the track where he has won much of his $36,000 prizemoney.

John Gale draws young Alex’s ticket in the Easter Raffle.

Standing in for Franklin – who was working on Sunday – was regular travelling companion John Gale who made the day for Portland nine-year-old Alexandra Filliponi when drawing out her ticket in the Easter raffle.

Young Alexandra, the granddaughter of Brian and Sally Weis of Portland, has been a regular at the track for a number of years.

In fact, it was her persistence that saw the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club source and later install a playground at the complex – now known as “Alexandra’s Playground”.

The forerunner to the Easter Gift was the South Eastern Hotel Feature Grade Five final (512 m) and this was always going to be an interesting race after last week’s two heat winners – Lektra Ash and Ponting’s Nail – appeared to have drawn on the wrong side of the track in boxes two and three respectively.

Alexandra and her five-year-old sister Zoe were all smiles after the Easter Raffle.

Once again the pair did use plenty of the track and it was left to the Tracie Price trained Goldie’s Run to work into a forward spot from box eight, then take over the running from Tony Harding’s Saint Elite before finishing well for a 2¾ length win over Maximum Bella while Saint Elite held on for third in 30.60 seconds.

A litter brother to Blitz And Bolt, currently sharing the lead in the local Greyhound of the Year, Goldie’s Run was purchased by young owner Will Kelly – a grandson of local greyhound breeder Bernie Bouchier – late last year.

And, according to Price, he had been more than happy with the son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally’s third behind Ponting’s Nail in a heat last week but not so happy with box eight in the $2100 final.

“I thought his heat run was really good but because he’s basically a railer I reckoned he would probably struggle from out wide.

“However, when he ranged up alongside the leader down the back straight I was always pretty confident that he would then be able to go on with the job and that’s how it turned out.”

 

Will Kelly (left) and Ben Price with SE Hotel feature winner Goldie’s Run.

 

 

TRAINER LANDS DOUBLE WITH LITTER BROTHERS

Winners at Tara Raceway on Sunday didn’t come any more impressive than Zuma Creek, trained at Mortlake by Peter Crawley for Purnim dairy farmer Danny Kelly who also bred the son of Fabregas and Skye Creek.

Having his first start at the local track after a win and four minor placings at Warrnambool, the black dog was away only fairly from box two before working to the the lead down the back straight.

And from then on Zuma Creek simply powered away, eventually running out an eight length winner of the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) over kennelmate Seabrook Noisey and Summer Sprite in a best of day 30.18 seconds.

For Crawley it was the continuation of a successful 15 year association with Kelly.

Peter Crawley enjoyed a successful Easter Sunday at Tara Raceway after litter brothers Zuma Creek (pictured) and Zorro Creek were successful.

“I actually trained Skye Creek for Danny,” he said. “She’s by High Earner out of Bogie Skye and was more than handy so when he offered me Zuma Creek and his brother Zorro Creek after breaking-in I was pretty keen to have a go.”

Skye Creek – who has a 16-month-old litter by Magic Sprite to follow – was a winner at Geelong, Warrnambool and Horsham while Bogie Skye was from the same litter as Bogie Dawn, the dam of the Brian Weis trained Big Rough, a winner of two Tara Raceway races and through to a Mixed 6/7 (525 m) $6260-to-the-winner final at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Jumping from box four in the Berringa Park Stake (512 m), Zorro Creek, a winner of two races at Warrnambool, took over the running going into the back straight and never looked like being beaten after that, giving Kelly and Crawley a running double when defeating Bekim Lucy’s by 2¼ lengths in 30.46 seconds.


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