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).
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.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Mount Gambier’s SA Country Cup representatives Colden Girl and Paraphernalia gave it their best shot at Angle Park last night when finishing third and fourth respectively in the $7375 final over 515 metres.
Colden Girl, trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, gave a great sight, quickly finding the front from box two and still looking a winning chance well into the home straight.
In the end, though, it was the Strathalbyn representative Stick Figure who was successful by three-quarters of a length over Mr Arjay (Gawler) and Colden Girl – the former gaining second place by the proverbial whisker.
The Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia, who jumped a $3.80 favourite, was away cleanly from box six but had no luck on the first turn before finishing well to run fourth, beaten less than four lengths.
Racing at Angle Park for the first time, Bryant and husband Roger wrapped up what would have been a satisfying night when a couple of races later Colden Star ran a fast-finishing three-quarter length second to Lizard Spock.
Later in the night, Raw Ability, trained at Myrniong by Anthony Azzopardi for Kylee Osborne, took out the Group 1 UBET Adelaide Cup (515 m).
Whelped in March 2015, the black dog – who boasts a pedigree that traces back to a time when the SA breed was considered among the best in Australia – is by Barcia Bale out of Bugatti Flyer, a winner of 12 races in NSW and $30,000 in prizemoney.
Bugatti Flyer, a daughter of Bit Chili x Midnight Lace, goes back to Percyton Lad who won the 1943 SA Coursing Derby at Birkalla (near the Adelaide suburb of Plympton) and not all that far away from where the Angle Park track is now located.
By another SA coursing star in Quandialla out of Percyton Lass, Percyton Lad would also go on and sire the brilliant Harryed along with many other star performers while his litter sister Lassalla when mated with Silver Chief produced Tarryhere, dam of the legendary Byamee.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s SA Country Cup representatives, Colden Girl and Paraphernalia – who have drawn boxes two and six respectively – should give a great sight in tomorrow night’s $7375 final over 515 metres at Angle Park.
The pair qualified for the final when fighting out the local heat (512 m) on October 1, the Bea Bryant trained Colden Girl defeating Jeff Guy’s Paraphernalia by a head in 30.04 seconds.
Following the win, part-owner Roger Bryant had said Colden Girl would go into the final without a look at Angle Park.
However, in a change of plans and in a move he certainly doesn’t regret, Bryant made the trip from Heathmere to Adelaide last Friday in order to trial the daughter of Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur at Angle Park the following morning.
“Originally we weren’t going to worry about a look at Angle Park but upon reflection I’m certainly glad we did because now she gets the chance to give it her best shot as one of Mount Gambier’s representatives,” he said.
“She travelled well and I was really pleased with her 515 metre trial, in particular her very fast first split. Also, we’re very happy to have drawn box two with her.”
The Horsham-based Guy, unperturbed by box six, believed Mount Gambier was very well represented and probably had the best two dogs in the race.
“I don’t mind Paraphernalia out a bit wide because he generally jumps well and besides Colden Girl I don’t reckon there’s much early speed in the race,” he said.
A winner of 20 races, including the recent Tara Raceway Iron Dog, Paraphernalia’s unplaced run at Horsham over 485 metres four days after his Country Cup heat second was of no concern to Guy.
“He didn’t have much luck in that race and besides he’s a much better dog at Angle Park anyway,” he said.
Both Bryant and Guy earlier today declared their charges to be “jumping out of their skin”.
Tomorrow night’s SA Country Cup final, set down for 6.58 p.m. and run in conjunction with the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final, carries $5000 to the winner.