FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, October 24 with GRSA. See “Racing Calendar” for full details. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Sunday, November 26 at Tara Raceway following the race meeting. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time).
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Distance racing is back at Tara Raceway again on Sunday afternoon with long-time participants Michael Robinson, of Mount Gambier, and Mil Lel’s Willie Vossen eagerly anticipating the 732 metre debut of their greyhound Bekim Lucy’s in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake.
By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, she was purchased by the pair as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price who took over the training of the black bitch at the end of August after Vossen had trained her for two wins at Tara Raceway.
“We figured she would have more opportunities with Tracie as he is in a much better position to travel with her,” Robinson said this week.
Bekim Lucy’s has now had four 600 metre runs at Angle Park for a third placing while on Tuesday she looked a little lost at her first run at Gawler over 643 metres.
But a win in a 600 metre heat of the Metal Worx Iron Dog last month when she finished over the top of a couple of pretty handy chasers in Hit The Highway and Paraphernalia (the eventual series winner) suggested that Bekim Lucy’s was perhaps looking for even more ground.
The non-penalty mixed event should be an interesting affair with box one runner Blazin’ Vicky – a recent 600 metre winner over Big Rough from box one – likely to lead for a long way for Cap Abbott while John Little’s Gee She Roks was placed over the distance on October 1.
Distance racing was re-introduced at Tara Raceway at the end of August with McIvor Verna winning a heat and the final of the Back To Distance Racing and Cryer’s Plugger so impressive on October 1 that he promptly found his way to the Victorian kennels of Steve White.
The next 732 metre event is set down for Sunday, November 5 while on Sunday, November 19 an added money distance race has been programmed.
Meanwhile, Vossen and Robinson – a regular out at the kennels to lend a hand – had an empty kennel to fill but Price quickly remedied this with a lightly-raced give away called Rose Limes who had won on debut 12 months prior.
Rose Limes opened her winning account for her new owners a couple of weeks ago over 400 metres and then followed up with a handy second behind Jan’s Star at last Sunday’s meeting.
Robinson, who rarely misses a Tara Raceway meeting, officiated for more than 25 years as a steward for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club at Glenburnie and the current track. Also a former committee member, he was awarded life membership in 1995.
And Vossen, an owner-trainer with close to 20 years’ experience, has also served on the MGGRC committee.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Youngsters out of a former Tara Raceway long-time record holder and others from an Iron Dog winner are among the 60 lots to go under the hammer at the Angle Park Puppy Auction on Sunday, October 29.
Allendale East breeder David Peckham has a dog and two bitches – whelped in March 2017 – listed by leading sire Barcia Bale out of Thanks Tubby, who held the 512 metre record at 29.60 seconds from June 2014 until June this year.
By Superman out of Irish Fantasy, Thanks Tubby raced on 64 occasions for 21 wins and 23 minor placings, with other best winning times at Tara Raceway being 23.03 seconds (400 m) and 35.56 seconds (600 m).
Plenty of the work has already been done with the Cap Abbott-bred two dogs and three bitches, whelped in January 2017, by Cosmic Rumble x Manila Express (Bekim Bale x Flossy).
Winner of the 2014 Iron Dog series at Tara Raceway, Manila Express won 18 races with best winning times at Angle Park being 29.81 seconds (515 m), 34.98 seconds (600 m) and 43.34 seconds (731 m). At Tara Raceway her best winning times were 29.94 seconds (512 m) and 35.59 seconds (600 m).
Sires represented at the auction are Banjo Boy, Barcia Bale, Collision, Cosmic Rumble, Dyna Double One, El Grand Senor, Fabregas, Glen Gallon, Hallucinate, Jagger Swagger, Kalden Komoto, Kinloch Brae, Magic Sprite, My Bro Fabio, Surf Lorian and Taylors Sky.
A major race series from the 2017 Puppy Auction will be conducted in June 2019. The prizemoney for the major series heats will be as per the normal Thursday night Special Event levels while prizemoney for the final winner will be $16,000.
The auction will commence at noon with Ray Fewings as the auctioneer. Inspection of lots will be from 10.30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
For the sake of the headline, we’ll assume that Mo Town Roy’s owners, the Micallef brothers, named their greyhound after the dynamic singer Roy G. Hemmings and the legendary Motown sound.
Anyway, whatever the origin, Mo Town Roy was certainly on song at Tara Raceway last Sunday when leading all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 metres) for Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott.
Coming into the race from box five on the back of a close-up fourth over 650 metres at Warrnambool 10 days earlier, Mo Town Roy carved out a quick 35.02 seconds when defeating Stylish Moment by 5¾ lengths.
The winning time was actually one of the quickest recorded at Tara Raceway this year, bettered only by track record holder McIvor Verna (34.84 sec.) and Paraphernalia (34.97 sec.).
The win continued Abbott’s good year at Tara Raceway, 23 wins and 54 minor placings seeing him currently placed in sixth spot in the Mount Gambier Leading Trainer list.
By the Irish-bred Razldazl Jayfkay, Mo Town Roy is out of New Year’s Punch, a winner of 12 races including middle-distance success at Sandown Park and The Meadows and also the dam – from an earlier litter by Cosmic Rumble – of Bruce Tycoon, a winner of 33 races and more than $256,000 in prizemoney.
Abbott, who has had last Sunday’s grade 4/5 winner in his kennels since July last year, has now won 12 races with the 35 kilogram brindle dog, including four over 600 metres at Angle Park.
And the city track is where the widely-travelled trainer is heading tomorrow with Mo Town Roy who has drawn box one in the $2640-to-the-winner Sky Racing Mixed Stake (600 m).
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Blonde Caviar, after a successful litter to the US sire Bella Infrared, this week was mated with high-profile Australian sire Barcia Bale.
By Where’s Pedro x Lemon Cruiser, Blonde Caviar’s first litter has so far produced five individual winners with the stand-out at the moment being McIvor Verna who has gone around on 24 occasions for nine wins, six minor placings and close to $30,000 in prizemoney.
Blonde Caviar, a winner of nine races including city success at The Meadows over 600 metres and a 570 metres win at Horsham, has passed on plenty of strength to her offspring, in particular McIvor Verna.
The Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder has also won twice over 732 metres at the local track as well as winning middle-distance and staying races at The Meadows and Sandown Park in Victoria.
Meanwhile, Lektra Kelly, by Bobby Boucheau x Dohtmann and bred to run all day, has whelped her first litter – two dogs and five bitches by the US sire KC And All.
A son of Gable Dodge x KC Did It Best, KC And All raced on 113 occasions for 80 wins and is a proven sire in the US.
Lektra Kelly, who raced on 63 occasions for 11 wins, 25 minor placings and $30,000 in prizemoney, was successful at Sandown Park as well as winning over 600 metres and 731 metres at Angle Park and 660 metres at Ballarat.
The 23 kilogram black bitch also won five races over the 600 metre journey at Tara Raceway with the highlight being a terrific win in the 2016 Fireball on Mount Gambier Cup day when she came from a long way back to grab Danyo’s Tom.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price capped off another big day at Tara Raceway when Swift Limes led all the way to win the Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five (400 metres) on Sunday afternoon.
In what was a virtual re-run of last week’s first heat, Arolok Jax once again did the chasing in the final, eventually going down by 1½ lengths when running second for Allendale East trainer Connie Miller.
Raced by the Bouchier brothers, Swift Limes is by Swift Fancy out of Which Class who is well clear on this year’s local Leading Dams list.
A half-sister to leading sire Cosmic Chief, Which Class whelped only two litters – her first one to Superman – before being placed in the Greyhound Adoption Program.
And in the following race, The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m), Which Class took her 2017 tally to 35 wins after Scorpion – from the Superman litter – made it three wins in succession for Worrolong trainer Lee Bartholomew.
Earlier in the day, Price was successful with the Fabregas x Who’s Doing What youngster Same Scenario who brought up her second win from five starts when leading all the way in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
Bringing up the second leg of his treble in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (512 m) was Goldie’s Run who broke a four-month drought when chasing Marcling for much of the race before finishing the stronger in the run home to win by a half length in 30.39 seconds.
The treble was the seventh this year for Price who is currently sitting in second spot on the Leading Trainers list. Leading trainer Nicole Stanley also landed her seventh treble this year on Sunday after Jan’s Star, Tiger Bite Turbo and Osanna were successful.
All three displayed plenty of early speed to lead all the way in their respective 400 metre races and take Stanley’s tally of winners at Tara Raceway for this year to 92.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Wagga owner Matt Morris and Portland trainer Brian Weis combined for yet another win at Tara Raceway when Xtreme Move scored a good win in the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (512 m) on Sunday afternoon.
The fawn bitch, having her first race start at Tara Raceway, looked to be in a bit of trouble early but gained a rails run down the back straight before taking the lead off the back and storming home to score by 7¼ lengths in 30.75 seconds, although the time certainly didn’t tell the story.
The win came on the back of success last Thursday night for the owner-trainer combination when litter brother Xtreme Carnage – runner-up to Solitary Lad in the recent Tara Raceway Winter Classic – scored at Warrnambool over 450 metres.
By high profile sire Barcia Bale, the littermates are out of the US-bred and seven-race winner Xtreme Gretel who is by Stan’s Boy Flyer, an outstanding chaser who later sired a pair of two-time All Americans in Ozzie The Man in 2005 and 2006 and Penny Candy in 2008 and 2009.
The short-course maiden – the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m) – saw Bushman’s Bro run right up to his recent good trial form when winning on debut.
The black dog quickly found the front from box eight before holding out race favourite Banjo Bonito to score by 1½ lengths in 23.54 seconds for Jen and Monty Wilson of Mumbannar.
They picked up the son of Fabregas and Gut Wrenching, a winner of three races at Wentworth Park, via WA owner John Turner after the September 2015 whelping had been broken-in and pre-trained but judged not to be up to city standard.
The win was trainer Monty Wilson’s fourteenth this year with the highlight so far being Lektra Excess’s success in the Ivor Dowdell Memorial in April.
Bushman’s Bro is a litter brother to Lid Pinger, who has won seven races from 12 starts, mainly at Maitland and the Gardens in NSW.