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

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).


Cup representatives give it their best shot

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 (No. 2) runs a close third behind Stick Figure while Paraphernalia finishes fourth in last night’s SA Country Cup at Angle Park.

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 2017 UBET Adelaide Cup presentation.

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.

1943 SA Coursing Derby winner Percyton Lad.

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.

Cup contenders ‘jumping out of their skin’

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.

Colden Girl and Paraphernalia fight out the finish of the Mount Gambier SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway earlier this month. Picture: Todd’s Photographics.

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.

‘Retired’ greyhound bounces back with quick win

Thursday, October 12, 2017

After a couple of recent disappointing efforts from Lucky Holly at Ballarat and Warrnambool, Garry Elliott of Southern Cross reckoned it was probably time to retire the black bitch.

Mind you, he’d been down that path before. At the end of last year Lucky Holly had come on season and subsequently led a life of leisure for the next eight months before Elliott decided on a return to the track which resulted in six minor placings.

Lucky Holly was an impressive winner for Garry Elliott at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

But the latest “retirement” turned out to be short-lived.

“Ray (Mahony), who is also based at Southern Cross, was coming over to Tara Raceway last Sunday so I decided I would throw in a nomination and see what happened,” said Elliott, one of greyhound racing’s real gentlemen.

Lucky Holly, an August 2014 daughter of Fabregas x Mepunga Kirsty, went into the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres) with one win – 15 months ago over 400 metres at Tara Raceway – from 32 starts.

And Elliott would probably have been questioning his decision to once again pull her out of retirement when she found herself with a bit of work to do early in the race, especially with the odds-on favourite Same Scenario bowling along in front.

But Lucky Holly railed through into second spot down the back, moving out and tackling the leader turning for home before finishing strongly for a 2¼ length win in a quick 23.16 seconds.

“I’m happy to be back,” the delighted hobby owner-trainer said.

Elliott, who purchased Lucky Holly as a pup from Southern Cross breeder Peter Byrne, has high hopes for his next pup purchase from Dennington breeder Ray Drew – a five-month-old black bitch by Banjo Boy out of Maisy Mac.

A nine-race winner, Maisy Mac is a litter sister to Zambora Brockie, who won 31 races and prizemoney in excess of $530,000.

Fastest qualifiers set to fight out feature final

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Local greyhounds Swift Limes and Arolok Jax, who go into Sunday’s Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five final (400 metres) as the fastest qualifiers, look set to stage a repeat of last week’s first heat.

Steve Patzel with Swift Limes, one of the top fancies for Sunday’s Gambier Vets final.

On that occasion the Tracie Price trained Swift Limes led all the way from box one to defeat Arolok Jax by 2½ lengths with the pair running 23.07 seconds and 23.26 seconds respectively.

The ultra-consistent Swift Limes, raced by the Bouchier brothers, has now won five races and run 10 minor placings from 22 starts.

He’ll jump from box one again in Sunday’s final while Arolok Jax, trained by Connie Miller, has drawn box two after jumping from box seven in last week’s heat.

The second placing was Arolok Jax’s best effort since winning at Tara Raceway over 400 metres on August 20 in 23.32 seconds.

And success in the $1470-to-the-winner final would be a real pick-me-up for Miller who missed last week’s run when at home convalescing after a recent hip operation.

Problem Solved quickly found the front in the second heat before running out a comfortable winner for local trainer Ralph Patzel in 23.61 seconds.

Problem Solved continued her good form with a Gambier Vets heat win last Sunday.

Patzel has really turned the fortunes around of Problem Solved who has now won three of her only four starts, although Sunday’s final will be her toughest test to date as she has drawn awkwardly in box six.

Blazin’ Vicky led all the way in last week’s The Border Watch Mixed Stake (600 m) for Cap Abbott and the Edenhope trainer will be hoping for another middle-distance win on Sunday with litter brother Mo Town Roy in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake.

Cap Abbott is off to Angle Park on Friday with Blazin’ Vicky, a 600 metre winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

By Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch, the littermates have collectively won 25 races with Mo Town Roy giving plenty of cheek when a three length fourth in a feature 650 metre at Warrnambool last week.

Abbott will be at Angle Park on Friday night for the Adelaide Cup meeting with Blazin’ Vicky who has drawn box one in a grade five event over 515 metres and Emily As – a fast-finishing second behind Glenville Phil last Sunday – who has drawn box two in the final race.

Adelaide trainer lands first local winner

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morphett Vale trainer Maurie Kiley landed his first Tara Raceway winner last Sunday but not before the pint-sized Whip Lee withstood a barnstorming finish from McIvor Gordon.

Jumping from box seven in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), the 23 kilogram bitch flew the start and looked set for an easy win after opening up a big break down the back straight.

Handler Lance Simpson with Whip Lee after her win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And turning for home, Whip Lee still enjoyed a handy lead over McIvor Gordon who had put in a huge effort to run into second spot after losing many lengths at the start.

However, in the run home, McIvor Gordon displayed all the strong-finishing characteristics of the Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar litter when going down by only a nose.

But for all that, Whip Lee did well to score first-up over the tricky 400 metre distance and bring up her fifth win from 28 starts.

Purchased by Kiley prior to racing, the daughter of Brett Lee x Cawbourne Whip had previously won four races over 388 metres at Angle Park.

The winner’s breeding stacks up pretty well with Cawbourne Whip winning 18 races and $90,000 in prizemoney while a couple of Whip Lee’s littermates include Lucky Chap (16 wins, $64,000) and Rohan Hill (11, $32,000).

Involved in the sport for 25 years, Kiley raced Brute Bernard, one of the best greyhounds going around Adelaide tracks in the mid-2000s.

By Jack Junior x Lizzy’s Charm, Brute Bernard won 29 races which included a Doug Payne Memorial. He was runner-up in an Angle Park Breeders Plate as well as being a finalist in the 2005 Adelaide Cup and also in the SA Greyhound of the Year.

Currently, Kiley is also enjoying success on Adelaide tracks with Venetian Mask who has won nine races at Angle Park and two at Strathalbyn.

Meanwhile, McIvor Gordon’s kennelmate and litter sister McIvor Verna will line up from box one tomorrow night for Moyston trainer Peter Frankin in a $12,000-to-the-winner grade five final over 715 metres at Sandown Park.

Going out in a blaze of glory

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cryer’s Plugger, who left today for Buln Buln East to be trained for Tom and Margaret Cryer by Steve White, went out in a blaze of glory at Tara Raceway’s Sunday meeting.

Steward Kel Dalton and owner Margaret Cryer were all smiles after Cryer’s Plugger’s outstanding 512 metre win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Coming into the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) from box one after an outstanding 732 metre win the previous week, Cryer’s Plugger displayed amazing versatility to lead all the way and win in emphatic style by 7¾ lengths.

By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, the brindle dog clocked a brilliant 29.64 seconds – the third fastest time run at Tara Raceway this year, bettered only by former record holder Brazen Bomber (29.55) and current record holder Mojito Mayhem (29.52).

Cryer’s Plugger’s time was three-quarters of a length faster than that of the Peter Crawley trained Zuma Creek who made it consecutive wins at Tara Raceway when defeating Fiorelli Rose and Old Jock in the Stake (512 m) in 29.69 seconds.

It turned out to be a good weekend for the Cryer breed with litter brother Cryer’s Bob taking the time honours at the Friday meeting with an 11 length win in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) in 29.78 seconds.

And wrapping up Sunday’s meeting was older full brother Cryer’s Jack who led all the way from box one in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m) to defeat McIvor Neville by 1¾ lengths in another sub-30 seconds time of 29.99.

This was win number 19 at start 96 for the 4½-year-old who last won at Tara Raceway over 600 metres in May and who is currently booked into the Greyhound Adoption Program for assessment next month.

Bolting in with the bonus

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Connections of promising young greyhound Faster Bolt picked up a handy SA-bred bonus after his sensational win in the Gordon Refrigeration Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon.

Rowan Cram, Ken Gillespie, Steve Bartholomew jnr., Jack Peacock, Koby and Cameryn Bartholomew, Elysia Bartholomew and Harry Hicks with Faster Bolt after his quick maiden win at Tara Raceway on Friday.

A luckless fourth at his first race start five days earlier, Faster Bolt was slowly away from box eight in Friday’s time-graded event but into the back straight quickly railed through on Hard Call to take the lead before racing away to an eight length win.

The winning time of 22.98 seconds was the fastest ever run for a maiden 400 metre race at Tara Raceway and eclipsed the previous best 23.02 seconds recorded by Solitary Girl in June this year.

By Irish-bred sire Milldean Panther out of Galactic Rumball, a winner of three races at Tara Raceway, Faster Bolt qualified for the recently-introduced $1000 Greyhound Racing SA bonus which is for SA-bred (2016 onwards) maiden winners on SA tracks.

The January 2016 white and fawn dog was bred at Moorak by Robert Chuck who receives $500 of the bonus while the Gillespie-Chuck Syndicate will share the other half, along with the race prizemoney.

Robert Chuck and Galactic Cat.

Syndicate members are workmates – and former workmates – Ken Gillespie (also the trainer), Jack Peacock, Steve Bartholomew, Steve Bartholomew jnr., along with Chuck, who maintained a share in Faster Bolt after selling him to the syndicate at eight months of age.

This is a syndicate formed some 12 years ago when the boys put in to buy a greyhound called Modern Joy. Since then plenty of other winners have followed – Magic State, Magic Elite, Scull Magic, Cape Roxy, Sharkaris, Galactic Tsunami and now Faster Bolt ensuring they have never since had to draw on their reserves.

Chuck is also enjoying success in his own right with the litter, Galactic Panther and Galactic Cat both having won at Tara Raceway.

Meanwhile, connections have since announced that Faster Bolt would join Steve Elsum’s Camperdown kennels next week.

Trainer lands first Tara Raceway winner

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton landed his first Tara Raceway winner last Friday when Noosa Parade scored an impressive win in the time-graded JB Irrigation Stake (512 m).

Peter Fulton with Noosa Parade, his first Tara Raceway winner.

Noosa Parade, who had put the writing on the wall for a Tara Raceway win when running a 1¾ length second to Lektra Lucy on September 22, turned the tables on that greyhound on Friday when leading all the way to win by 2¼ lengths in a pretty handy 30.12 seconds.

Fulton, 24, who has been training for four years, has now won four races with Noosa Parade which he took over 12 months ago for the three-member Noosa Fishing Syndicate prior to the black dog commencing his racing career in January.

Whelped in January 2015, there’s not much wrong with his breeding as he’s by high profile sire Collision out of the unraced Miss Black Fern and boasts a couple of handy littermates in Kiwi Collision and Night King.

Miss Black Fern also has an interesting pedigree, being by the Irish bred Spiral Nikita out of another unraced bitch in Miss Yap (Brett Lee x Leprechaun Miss) with this litter including Hurunui Hitman, a winner of 20 races and $182,000 in prizemoney.

Noosa Parade, also a winner at Warrnambool and Ballarat, will now line up on Tuesday night from box five over 485 metres for what will be his first race start at Horsham.

Change of kennels for Plugger

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cryer’s Plugger, an impressive distance winner over 732 metres in 44.03 seconds at Tara Raceway last Sunday, will change kennels next week.

Apsley trainer Tom Cryer – whose wife Margaret owns the brindle dog – said Cryer’s Plugger would be transferred to the Buln Buln East kennels of highly-respected trainer Steve White who moved from NSW to Victoria in 2015.

Steve White is set to take over the training of Cryer’s Plugger.

“Steve comes highly recommended and because we’re not really in a position to travel extensively with our greyhounds the move will give Plugger the opportunity of racing regularly over more suitable longer distances,” Cryer said.

White and his family commenced the ride of a lifetime back in the mid-2000s when Paua To Burn broke five track records, won the 2005 Golden Easter Egg, Sandown Laurels, two Sapphire Crown Classics, Temlee, Rookie Rebel and was a finalist in the Melbourne, Australian and Brisbane Cups.

All told, the black and white daughter of Awesome Assassin x Alice Dooley won prizemoney of $434,705.

The Ray Fewings owned Don’t Kid Me, shortly after winning at Tara Raceway in July 2016, was transferred to White and subsequently won at The Meadows, Bendigo, Ballarat, Sale, Warragul and Traralgon. He also ran fourth in this year’s Group 2 Traralgon Cup final behind Jesaulenko and Mount Gambier Cup winner Fabregal.

And White’s wife, Kerrie, was successful earlier this year with Suffragette who won the $210,000 Sandown Park Launching Pad by 10 lengths.

Whelped in January 2015, and with a record of seven wins and 15 minor placings from 30 starts, Cryer’s Plugger is from a repeat mating by Spring Gun out of Cryer’s Midget – an 11-race winner at Tara Raceway.

Collectively, the two litters have now produced 93 winners for Tom and Margaret Cryer – another family enjoying the ride of a lifetime.

Syndicate in the money

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cranbourne-based Scott Brandon and his partner Debbie took advantage of the long week-end to catch up with Allen Unther who was racing in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Scott Brandon and Dean Fennell with Allen Unther after his 400 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The black dog is raced by the Brandon-managed MTM (Money To Money) Syndicate which also comprises Anthony Calvert, Ryan Hendy, Matt Brooks and Danny Frazer.

In Dean Fennell’s kennels since August, Allen Unther was having his fifth start at Tara Raceway for the Glencoe trainer and really made Brandon’s day when opening his SA winning account with an all the way win in 23.63 seconds.

Brandon, 42, said Allen Unther, who had previously won three races over the Traralgon short course when trained at Rosedale by Peter Borradale, had turned out to be a handy pick-up for the MTM boys.

“We actually came across him advertised for $500 in the Buy, Swap and Sell section of Facebook. And while he hadn’t raced, he was well bred and ready to go so we thought he might be worth having a crack with,” he said.

He certainly is well bred, and with a pedigree that would suggest he should be able to run a bit further, being by Magic Sprite out of the stayer Dyna Willow who won 20 races and $260,000 in prizemoney.

But for the time being, at least, Allen Unther will stick to the short course, lining up from box two in a heat of the Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five at Tara Raceway on Sunday.