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).


Club secures ‘million dollar litter’ stud services

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In 2008 well known Victorian greyhound identities Norm and Janis Rinaldi, of Lethbridge, travelled via a motorhome throughout the US.

During that year they visited many tracks and became acquainted with the American greyhound industry, meeting a host of genuine and helpful people in their travels.

What did hit home to the Rinaldi’s was the strength of the US greyhound (particularly the bitches), the length of their racing careers and track surfaces.


Destini Fireball

In fact, they were so impressed that they later imported two US bitches, Greys Destiny and Greys Lemon Ice, to mate with Australian sires in the hope of breeding some strong competitors.

Ultimately, the Where’s Pedro x Greys Destiny litter would become one of the highest-earning in Australia ($A1.3m). Eleven from the litter of 12 won at city tracks. Three – Destini Fireball, General Destini and Five Paws – won Group races.

Destini Fireball, which won five Group races over distances ranging from 650 metres to 725 metres, retired having amassed just short of $643,000 in prizemoney.

“He could sprint the 500 but moved to another level when stepped up in distance,” said Norm Rinaldi.

Race times of 29.39 sec. (515 m), 33.98 sec. (595 m) and 42.39 sec. (725 m) only confirm Destini Fireball’s versatility.

General Destini retired to stud having won $270,600 in prizemoney. Included in his wins were the Group 2 Harrison Dawson (515 m) in race record time and the 2013 Group 3 Perth Cup (530 m).

Fifteen of his 23 wins were in best of night times while 29.18 sec. (515 m), 29.72 sec. (525 m) and 34.15 sec. (595 m) demonstrate his powerful sprinting ability.


General Destini

And in a boost for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, the Rinaldi’s this week donated services to Destini Fireball and General Destini. These will be added to forthcoming feature events to be run at Tara Raceway.

In making the announcement, MGGRC secretary/treasurer, Barry Shepheard, said the services would further add to what promises to be an exciting 2016 season at Tara Raceway.

“This is really good news that Norm and Janis have got behind the club with services to two beautifully bred and outstandingly performed greyhounds. It goes without saying that the club is most grateful for their support.”

Meanwhile, the Milla Laddrak-sponsored Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet will carry a service to the imported Westmead Osprey, donated by Dennis and Nina Uhrhane of Queensland.

Heats of the Ladies Bracelet, for grade five bitches, will be run over 400 metres on Friday, December 11 with the $2025 final on Sunday, December 20.



Financial Bonus, owned and trained at Lake Bolac by Kevin Breen, continued her love affair with Tara Raceway last Friday afternoon in the Free For All (400 m).


Giveaway greyhound Financial Bonus which has now won six races at Tara Raceway.

Jumping from box one, the daughter of Nitro Burst and Lankan Flash held the opposition out early and was never headed when defeating a fast-finishing Cerrone by three-quarters of a length in 23.42 seconds.

Financial Bonus is the bitch that Breen picked up as a give-away at a breaking-in establishment after she had shown no inclination to chase the lure.

She’s now won six races and run three minor placings from only 14 starts.

However, Financial Bonus appears reluctant to run anywhere but Tara Raceway, hence the five-hour round trip regularly undertaken by Breen and his wife Leanne.

“I’ve trialled her at other tracks but Mount Gambier is the only track where she’ll go,” he said. “Still, that’s better than not going around at all.

“She’s certainly a good advertisement for the finish-on-lure because that seems to be the key to her chasing pattern.”

As it turns out, Financial Bonus is not the only member of the litter currently winning races. The big black Ugo Flash, which is racing in NZ, is a winner of 13 races and $32,000 in prizemoney.

Change of trainer for local Country Cup contender

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thanks Tubby, which along with Future Past, will represent Mount Gambier in next month’s SA Country Cup final at Gawler, has changed trainers.


Thanks Tubby pictured at Tara Raceway last Friday after qualifying for the SA Country Cup final.

Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham, who has guided Thanks Tubby to 19 wins at Tara Raceway, announced this week that the four-year-old was currently in Adelaide in the care of veteran trainer Laurie Cahalan.

Cahalan trains a small team in the beachside suburb of Grange.

Peckham said the change had been made in order to give Thanks Tubby, which represented Mount Gambier in last year’s Country Cup at Strathalbyn, every chance in the $7375 final over 531 metres on Sunday, November 1.

“She’s now had 52 starts for me and raced only twice away from Tara Raceway at Warrnambool and Strathalbyn,” he said.


Laurie Cahalan has taken over the training of Thanks Tubby.

“A change of environment shouldn’t do her any harm as Laurie will be able to give her some beach work.

“Also he will be in a position to give Thanks Tubby a run at Gawler leading into the final. This is certainly something she will need in view of her limited experience outside of Tara Raceway.”



Portland couple Callan Ward and Rebecca Smith will be hoping the good times continue to roll at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Following a double at last Friday’s meeting with Misty Oak and Happy Scarlett, the couple has now collectively won nine races this year at the local track with their small team.


Rebecca Smith and Callan Ward with Misty Oak, a smart 400 metre maiden winner at Tara Raceway last Friday.

And winners didn’t come much more impressive than the Smith-owned, Ward-trained Misty Oak in the Laser Electrical Open Maiden Stake (400 m).

The daughter of Oaks Road and former handy Victorian provincial chaser Uno The Drill came out running from box six, eventually winning by 10 lengths in a best of day 23.25 seconds.

The couple generally deals in “$500 purchases” but this time it was even better as Misty Oak was a give away.

“About six weeks ago I spotted an advertisement on Facebook for a two-year-old give away greyhound that was in Melbourne,” Ward said.

“The post was actually a couple of weeks old by the time I saw it so I figured she was probably gone. But when I made contact it turned out she was still there.

“Misty Oak had three unplaced runs to her name at Sandown Park and The Meadows but we figured we might be able to place her in something easier.”

And when she trialled 23.39 seconds over 400 metres at Tara Raceway Ward really fancied his chances when she lined up for her first local start early this month.

“To be honest, I was really disappointed with her effort when she finished fifth in moderate time. I was even more disappointed when she didn’t gain a start the next time I nominated her.”

But maybe missing out was a blessing in disguise. Ward brought Misty Oak to the next meeting with a view to trialling her after the last race.

Instead, he trialled her prior to the first race when making up the number for a satisfactory trial.

“The trial turned out to be a real confidence-booster for her when she won easily in a really quick 23.18 seconds before going on with the job at last Friday’s meeting.”

Ward intends to step Misty Oak up in distance although she’s drawn box four in the 400 metre Bartholomew Stake on Sunday.

She’s up in grade but this still looks a good race for her as Callan Ward and Rebecca Smith look to build on their already impressive year.

Trainer leaving no stone unturned in bid for Country Cup success

Monday, October 17, 2015

Moyston greyhound trainer Peter Franklin is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to Future Past and the SA Country Cup.

The Barry Priest owned Future Past will represent Mount Gambier in the $7375 final at Gawler on Sunday, November 1 after a brilliant 30.28 seconds win from box four in the local heat over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon.

A son of Fear Zafonic and Graceful Amy, the black dog had three-quarters of a length to spare over the luckless Thanks Tubby which has now run close-up seconds at her past three Tara Raceway starts for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.


Peter Franklin . . . proud to representing Mount Gambier in the SA Country Cup with Future Past.

In order to familiarise Future Past with the Gawler track, Franklin has nominated him for this Friday’s meeting.

“As it’s turned out, he’s drawn box one in a grade five event over 531 metres,” he said. “So this will give him a good look at a new track.”

Franklin said Future Past’s litter brother, Mojito Mayhem, winner of this year’s Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup, would race tomorrow night at Horsham.

“It’s then my plan to run him in a heat of the Gawler Cup over 531 metres tomorrow week,” he said.

In what will be a big night of greyhound racing, the $36,000 Gawler Cup final will be run on the same programme as the SA Country Cup final.

Speaking to on-course presenter Allen Williams after the race, Franklin said he wanted to make sure Future Past was given every chance.

“Both Barry and I have nothing but praise for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club and we’ll certainly give the Country Cup our best shot as we’re proud to be representing the club.”

Thanks Tubby will be Mount Gambier’s other representative in the Country Cup. The daughter of Superman and Irish Fantasy also ran in last year’s cup final which was conducted at Strathalbyn.

Meanwhile, Coleraine trainer Bob Wombwell landed another terrific win when Fear Helvetia scored by six lengths in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.24 seconds.

Wombwell, who took over the dog on July 15, had nominated for the Country Cup but with greyhounds having to be domiciled in the trainer’s kennel for at least three months prior to the race it turned out Fear Helvetia failed to meet the criteria by two days.

And on Sunday night, My Excuse, trained at Lewiston by Karen Wittholz, raced to Country Cup favouritism when leading all the way to win the Gawler heat by 6.75 lengths over Wayne’s Error in a brilliant 30.54 seconds for the 531 metre journey.

By Dyna Tron out of Snow Excuse, My Excuse is a litter brother to the Peckham-trained Weblec Angel which last Friday broke back into the winner’s circle at Tara Raceway in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).



Litter brothers Winter Is Coming and Direwolf Ghost landed an unlikely double at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Unlikely insomuch that Winter Is Coming had raced on nine previous occasions without running a place while Direwolf Ghost faced a tough task with odds-on favourite Full Effect drawn in box one.

An $8.60 chance in The Border Watch Open Maiden Stake (512 m), Winter Is Coming, owned by Nicole Stanley and trained by Scott Blacksell, overcame a tardy start from box one and did the job well to defeat Devil’s Moment by 4¾ lengths in 30.76 seconds.


Nicole Stanley and Scott Blacksell with Direwolf Ghost, the second leg of a winning double for the Cash Express x Stylish Return litter.

Jumping from box two at the generous odds of $6.40 in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (512 m), Direwolf Ghost displayed his customary early pace and in a desperately tight finish held out Full Effect to win by a nose in 30.41 seconds.

The win was the black dog’s sixth, all at Tara Raceway, for owner-trainer Stanley who not all that long ago had wondered whether he would ever win a race.

But things turned around at start number 15 when he opened his winning account before going on to make it three wins in succession.

And it was the fact that Direwolf Ghost had taken a while to win his first race that prompted Stanley and Blacksell to actually bring Winter Is Coming out of retirement.

“After his first six starts had been pretty ordinary he was retired as a pet,” Stanley said. “He was off the scene for about six months but when Direwolf Ghost came good after 14 runs we decided to give him another go on the track.”

The litter brothers, which were bred at Portland by Stanley, are by Cash Express, a winner of 22 races and $144,000 in stakemoney, out of Stylish Return, a daughter of Return The King and Dr Daisy.

Stylish Return was retired – perhaps prematurely judging by a couple of her progeny – after running five minor placings from 11 starts on Victorian tracks.



Tara Raceway regular Paul Herry, of Mortlake, was rewarded for his support of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club when Cairnlea Bill defeated the odds-on chance Glenville Jester in the Produce Store Mixed Stake over 600 metres.


600 metre winner Cairnlea Bill pictured with owner-trainer Paul Herry of Mortlake.

A $6 chance in the four-dog field, Cairnlea Bill defied the opposition to run him down, eventually winning by a length in 36.20 seconds.

This was the second win for the October 2013 son of Velocette and Candylicious after he had won at Geelong in August.

Herry has only two in work – the other one being Cairnlea Flash, which was successful at Tara Raceway over 600 metres almost 12 months ago.

And Cairnlea Bill comes from the same source, that of well-known Grassmere greyhound identity Peter Hubbard, with Herry purchasing the black dog after breaking-in.

According to his trainer, Cairnlea Bill was unlucky at his last start at Tara Raceway in late September when his muzzle became caught in his mouth.

“The dog has an undershot jaw and I found I had to remodel his muzzle in order that it didn’t become an obstruction while he was racing,” Herry said.

Herry is now looking to keep the continuity going with two pups currently being broken-in. They are by El Grand Senor out of the well-bred Chilly Patch (Bit Chili x Keep Token) which won four races at Tara Raceway over 512 metres and 732 metres.

Boost for local greyhound breeders

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Things have just got better for local greyhound breeders who until now have been required to transport their bitches to either Adelaide or Victorian veterinary clinics for the purpose of mating – usually via frozen semen insemination (FSI).

But Gambier Vets, which services the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club weekly meetings at Tara Raceway, has recently become only the fourth veterinary clinic in South Australia to receive frozen semen accreditation.


FSI accredited greyhound veterinarian Rebel Skirving of Gambier Vets.

This has come about through the efforts of Dr Rebel Skirving, who runs Gambier Vets in partnership with husband and fellow veterinarian Stuart.

And according to Rebel, greyhound breeding has one of the most stringent accreditation processes.

“I had to undergo a really thorough process which took almost 12 months of training and examination,” she said. “In addition, Greyhounds Australasia sent stewards over from Victoria to inspect our FSI facilities.

“We now have all the facilities to carry out surgical insemination, along with tanks for indefinite storage and access to the data base. We are ready to go.”

From a greyhound racing point of view, Rebel Skirving has come a long way since graduating back in 2001.

She spent four years working at Kingston before spending 12 months in the UK and then finding her way to Mount Gambier where she worked at the Clarke and Goulding veterinary practice for four years.

Five years ago the Skirvings purchased Clarke and Goulding and re-badged it as Gambier Vets. With the sale also came the on-track contract at Tara Raceway. And it was the regular visits to the track that saw Rebel’s interest in the greyhound really grow.

“I really love going to the track and talking to the participants. A lot of the people have been involved in the sport for years and have fascinating tales to tell.”

In a bid to further improve her knowledge of the breed, Rebel also sought out the expertise of leading Victorian veterinarian Michael Bell and the legendary Chris Doyle from Adelaide.

“They have been wonderful mentors,” she said.

She is also a member of the Veterinary Special Interest Group.

“This is a group of approximately 30 predominantly greyhound veterinarians from around Australia and overseas who get together via video link to throw around problems they encounter.

“This is a really fantastic resource, especially as the group is really supportive of young veterinarians.”

MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard, who is also a breeder and trainer of greyhounds, is full of praise for Rebel and Gambier Vets.

“Rebel’s efforts in getting FSI up and running in Mount Gambier will be a real boost for greyhound breeding in the region,” he said.

“In addition, her willingness to associate with the best greyhound veterinarians in the country and continue to learn more about the breed can only be of benefit to local participants.”

Breeders with any enquiries can ring Dr Rebel Skirving, the only FSI accredited greyhound veterinarian in the South East, at Gambier Vets on (08) 8725 8333.

Strong line-up for Country Cup heat

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is assured of strong representation in this year’s $7375 SA Country Cup final which will be run at Gawler on Sunday, November 1.

This follows the framing of Friday’s 512 metre qualifying heat at Tara Raceway which includes seven smart Victorian-trained greyhounds along with the track record holder Thanks Tubby, trained at Allendale East by David Peckham.

Tom Cryer, of Apsley, has Cryer’s Fred, Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack engaged while Moyston trainer Peter Franklin returns with Future Past and Vector. Dee Tee and Miss Jacovella are trained by Gary Lane of Bushfield.

The three trainers are Tara Raceway regulars and as such easily meet the SA Country Cup requirement of having raced at the Mount Gambier track on at least 15 occasions over the past 12 months.


John Gale with Future Past which looks a top chance in Friday’s SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway.

Cryer’s Fred, beautifully drawn in box eight, has won his past three 512 metre starts at Tara Raceway – all at the expense of Thanks Tubby which has been beaten only a length, 1.75 lengths and a head in the ClassicBet Free For All last Sunday.

Their most recent clash was a terrific race with Cryer’s Fred looking to have the race well in his keeping when turning for home before having to pull out all stops to hold out the fast finishing Thanks Tubby.

Cryer’s Ricky was an impressive feature grade five heat winner over 400 metres a fortnight ago when returning from injury before having no luck from box five in last Sunday’s final won by Rumbling Rick.

With little between Cryer’s Fred and Cryer’s Ricky, which is well drawn in the two on Friday, Cryer looks a fair sort of chance of having to make the trip north to race at Gawler – and that will be his first in almost 40 years.

Future Past turned in a terrific run to win the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (400 m) last Sunday.

Last early from box two, the black dog quickly found the front before running away to an easy three length win over Marlow Moment in a best of day 23.26 seconds.

Future Past, which has drawn box four in the heat, should be improved by last Sunday’s run and looks one of the hardest to beat.

Franklin opted to by-pass the Country Cup with litter brother Mojito Mayhem, winner of the Anniversary Cup in July, to concentrate on a Ballarat 545 metre series tonight.

Vector blew the start from box one in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (400 m) last Sunday and never really got into the race.

Better suited over 512 metres, he’s in box one again on Friday and if able to take advantage of the draw the son of former top stayer Symmetry should be very hard to hold out in view of the fact that he boasts a personal best of 29.81 seconds.

Lane has had the Country Cup earmarked for a while with litter sisters Dee Tee (box six) and Miss Jacovella (box three).

While they’ve both failed at their past two starts, they do have impressive records at Tara Raceway with Miss Jacovella the 600 metre record holder at 35.08 seconds while Dee Tee has won five races from 12 starts over 512 metres.

Thanks Tubby, which represented Mount Gambier in last year’s SA Country Cup at Strathalbyn, is the interesting runner.

As late as last Sunday Peckham had intimated that Thanks Tubby would not be nominated for the Country Cup as he believed she didn’t race well away from Mount Gambier.

But she’s in the field. And racing well enough to earn a trip to Gawler.

Meanwhile, due to a lack of nominations, Strathalbyn’s representatives – Nit Noi and Everlasting Gaze – were chosen by the Greyhound Racing SA grader.

Nit Noi has won her past three starts and has a sub-30 second win at Angle Park over 515 metres to her credit while Everlasting Gaze last won in March when running a best of night 29.82 seconds at Angle Park.

Gawler will run its heat on Sunday night over 531 metres. The field includes Almost Quoted, a winner of his past five starts, and My Excuse which early in the month ran a quick 29.74 seconds at Angle Park.

The final qualifying heat is set down to be run at Port Augusta over 503 metres on Saturday, October 24.



Greyhound Racing SA senior management is currently facilitating consultation sessions with industry participants via a series of track visits.

GRSA racing manager, Shaun Mathieson, will be in attendance at Tara Raceway on Friday between 12 noon and 2 p.m. to seek participants’ views on industry matters.

The consultation sessions will be part of the process of formulating an agenda for the next Grading Review Panel which will be held on Friday, November 6.

Mathieson said discussion would primarily include, but not be limited to, matters such as weekly meeting schedule, race programming, feature events, stakemoney schedule, racing department communication and general grading.

Tara Raceway win was no fluke

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mortlake-trained greyhound Fluke Of Fantasy further enhanced his box one record with an emphatic win in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.


Mortlake trainer Peter Crawley with Fluke Of Fantasy after his impressive 512 metre win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Away fairly from the inside, the black dog railed up on early leader Tejano Lady down the back straight and strode away to an eventual 5.75 length win over that greyhound in a time of 30.35 seconds.

This was Fluke Of Fantasy’s first win at Tara Raceway following a couple of recent eye-catching runs and in fact broke a five-month run of outs.

The 3½-year-old son of Premier Fantasy and Lady Juma (which raced only once) has now won 11 races and recorded 20 minor placings from 77 starts, with six of the wins coming from box one.

And trainer Peter Crawley, who delivers the Mortlake mail, rates Fluke Of Fantasy as one of his better performers in a 40-year involvement in the longtails.

“I took over his training after breaking-in for the Terang-based Kings Choice Syndicate which is managed by Frank Kenna,” Crawley said.

“Fluke Of Fantasy has certainly given us plenty of enjoyment, perhaps none more so than last year when he kicked off a five-race winning spree at Horsham in July which ended the following month with a win at Sandown Park.”



Leading trainer Tracie Price’s amazing run continued when he led in yet another treble – Reel Them In, Rumbling Rick and Sakanon Moment.


Chris Klaassens (left), Ben and Tracie Price, Karen Van Der Laan and Bradleigh Klaassens with Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade 5 winner Rumbling Rick.

At the past four Tara Raceway meetings Price has trained a bag of six (September 20) and then followed up with three consecutive trebles.

Reel Them In, on the back of a maiden win at the previous meeting, had no trouble in taking the step up in grade in the Bartholomew Stake (400 m).

Away well from box seven, the son of Fabregas and Lemon Cruiser quickly found the front and on the line had 5.25 lengths to spare over Lektra Connie in a handy 23.52 seconds.

Veteran chaser Rumbling Rick made full use of box one in the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five final (400 m) when leading all the way to defeat the consistent Evening In Paris by 5.5 lengths in 23.42 seconds.

Owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, Rumbling Rick’s win was his first at Tara Raceway but his twenty-third overall from 93 starts for prizemoney of $85,000.

Price said he would now look at setting the 4½-year-old son of Cosmic Rumble and Ricky’s Angel for next month’s Gawler and Strathalbyn Cups.

Price also said that former WA chaser Full Effect was also likely to be set for the cups after an impressive local debut behind Fluke Of Fantasy.

A winner of four races from 23 starts, the son of Bekim Bale and Sober worked home well after being a long way back early to be beaten 6.25 lengths in third spot.

In what has been a terrific career, Sakanon Moment brought up his sixteenth win when virtually leading all the way from box six in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (400 m).

Sunday’s win kept the son of Spring Gun and Nicky’s Moment’s Greyhound of the Year hopes alive with 52 points seeing him comfortably placed in third spot behind Cryer’s Fred (68) and Cryer’s Ricky (56).



Penshurst trainer John Cameron knocked up a few kilometres over the weekend.

Saturday saw him travelling to The Meadows in Melbourne with his stayer Jasmine Lilly which was taking on a hot field over 725 metres.


John Cameron, of Penshurst, rounded off a busy weekend when Saint Oaks was successful at Tara Raceway.

A winner of $6,800, she was up against a field that included Sweet It Is, which has won close to $1m in stakes.

Cameron’s Jasmine Lilly, a $38 chance, gave plenty of cheek early when leading the way before eventually finishing a 15 length fifth to the million dollar dog.

However, he didn’t return home completely empty-handed as he had also taken Brian Weis’ Karagiozis to contest a 600 metre final.

Karagiozis, which had recently won over 600 metres at Tara Raceway, settled in second spot before eventually finishing a close-up third and collecting $1025 in prizemoney.

Come Sunday morning and Cameron made the trip from Penshurst to Mount Gambier with Saint Oaks, a litter brother to Jasmine Lilly.

The son of Oaks Road and Saint Dellsy had yet to win over 512 metres at Tara Raceway but did look well placed from box two in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake.

And that’s the way it turned out with the black dog jumping straight to the front and holding the lead, despite running wide on the first turn, to score by four lengths in a near best of the day 30.30 seconds.

Cameron is now looking at next month’s McDonnell Memorial with Saint Oaks. The memorial is a race that he has fond memories of, having won the event in 2012 with Camo’s Lucky which narrowly defeated Little Wing.




Westlake Rose opened her winning account when finishing strongly in the Williams Crane Hire Open Maiden. She is pictured with Alistair Billington.

The win of Westlake Rose in the Williams Crane Hire Open Maiden (512 m) was a pleasing result for Portland trainer Cassandra Billington.

By Hutmaker, Westlake Rose is out of the former top race bitch Spellbound which Billington had so much success with.

Billington kept only two from the litter – Westlake Blue and Westlake Rose – but injury has hampered their progress while littermates Stan’s Choice, Fireball Jack and Houdini Spell have been winning races.

Having only her second run in three months, Westlake Rose was always on the pace and despite running wide finished too strongly to defeat Smirnoff Lass by a head.

Speaking after the race, Billington’s husband, Alistair, said Westlake Blue, off the scene for four months after showing early promise, was progressing well and should be back on the track in two or three weeks.



Friday racing returns to Tara Raceway this week following two Sunday meetings.

The highlight of Friday’s meeting will be the running of the SA Country Cup heats over 512 metres.

Mount Gambier will have two representatives in the $7375 final at Gawler over 531 metres on Sunday, November 1.

Litter brothers battling it out for GOTY honours

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Either Cryer’s Fred or Cryer’s Ricky now look a fair chance of giving Margaret and Tom Cryer of Apsley their first Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.

The award is based on performances at Tara Raceway between January and December with statistician Connie Miller allocating points on a 4, 2, 1 basis for wins and placings.


Owner Margaret Cryer with Cryer’s Fred which is currently leading in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award.

Currently Cryer’s Fred leads the GOTY contenders with 64 points (12 wins) from Cryer’s Ricky (56, 11) and the Tracie Price trained Sakanon Moment (48, 9).

And all three cemented their positions at the top of the leader board with outstanding wins at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Last year’s Greyhound of the Year was Rouse Flyer which accumulated 86 points from 41 starts for owner Jack Casey and trainer Barry Shepheard.

For octogenarian trainer Tom Cryer this year has been his most successful in a 50-year involvement in the sport.

The Cryers could only have dreamed of the success that has come their way since their former handy race bitch Cryer’s Midget was mated with Spring Gun and subsequently whelped in February 2013.

Cryer’s Midget, which on occasions failed to make 23 kilograms at weigh-in time, raced on 51 occasions for 11 wins over 400 metres and 512 metres at Tara Raceway.

The plan is for the winners to keep coming with the pint-sized daughter of Texas Gold and Shady Grove Fox whelping another litter to Spring Gun in January this year.

Quite remarkably, Cryer, with his three-dog team of Cryer’s Fred, Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack, is second only to Price when it comes to the number of winners trained at Tara Raceway this year.

At the beginning of October, Price had trained 63 local winners from 349 runners for an impressive strike rate of 18.05%.

With considerably less runners – 101 – and 29 winners, Cryer’s training strike rate stood at 28.71%.

Making up the top six trainers who have had 100 runners or more are David Peckham (190 runners, 24 winners, 12.63% strike rate), Steve Bartholomew (111, 22, 19.81%), Richard Clayfield (154, 18, 11.68%) and Barry Shepheard (111, 13, 11.71%).



Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield, fresh from a double at Tara Raceway last Sunday with Glenville Boof and Glenville Abbey, reports that Time And Tide has whelped five dogs and four bitches to Dyna Tron.

A winner of three races at Tara Raceway, Time And Tide has a previous litter, by Cosmic Chief, now at breaking-in stage.

By Meticulous out of On Shore, she was the start of Clayfield’s association with successful Yambuk breeder Tom Sinnott.

Time And Tide is a half-sister to former Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Dub Me In and also Up And Away, a winner of 19 races and $185,000 in prizemoney.

Up And Away is the dam of Upset Boy which recently dead-heated for first in the Iron Dog series for Clayfield and owner Ann Sinnott.




Three-time track record holder Addis Boy.

Pelican Point trainer John Little, currently enjoying some success with his “Bungaloo” bitches, has had 2013 Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup winner Camo’s Prinny mated.

By Regal Thyme out of Camo’s Dollars, Camo’s Prinny, trained by Bernie Rogers, defeated Our Testa Talken in what was at the time a near race-record of 30.19 seconds for the 512 metre event.

Never frightened to “think outside the box” Little came up with Addis Boy as his choice of sire.

A son of Token Prince and 14-time Wentworth Park winner Fantasy Fortune, Addis Boy’s damline goes back to the great National Lass and Shy Julie.

All told, he raced on 41 occasions for 19 wins and 13 minor placings with his progeny having made Group finals Australia-wide.

Rick and Ricky set to fight out feature final

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Well performed veteran chaser Rumbling Rick, after drawing box one, gets the chance to open his Tara Raceway winning account in the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five final (400 metres) on Sunday afternoon.

The 4½-year-old son of Cosmic Rumble and Ricky’s Angel is a winner of 22 races and almost $85,000 in prizemoney but is yet to win in three starts at the local track.

Trained at Compton by Tracie Price, Rumbling Rick was a well-fancied $2 favourite from box five in the first heat of the Klaassens feature last Sunday.


Cryer’s Ricky defeats Lots Of Yap and Norman Benz in the second heat of the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five (400 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Picture: Todd’s Photographics.

However, the fawn dog found plenty of trouble early, then checked off heels down the back straight before finishing the race off well to grab a close-up fourth place behind Evening In Paris and a spot in the $2025 final.

Cryer’s Ricky, trained at Apsley by Tom Cryer, is obviously the one to beat after his brilliant all-the-way win in the second heat.

Returning from injury, the brindle dog was simply too good when winning his first 400 metre race in a swift 23.18 seconds which was considerably quicker than the first heat which recorded 23.84 seconds.

In fact, the three other qualifiers from Cryer’s Ricky’s heat – Lots Of Yap, Norman Benz and Bungaloo Sunset – all ran faster than the first heat.

Cryer’s Ricky will jump from box five again and while it didn’t trouble him last Sunday the final does possess plenty of speedy on-pace runners.


Nicole Stanley’s Evening In Paris will jump from box six in Sunday’s final after leading all the way to win her heat last Sunday.

The Nicole Stanley trained Evening In Paris showed plenty of early pace last week from box seven and took her 400 metre winning tally at Tara Raceway to three.

By Collision, Evening In Paris is out of the former smart bitch Sassy Sprite which won 20 races and more than $43,000 in prizemoney.

The brindle bitch will go around Warrnambool tomorrow night over 390 metres prior to Sunday’s final in which she will jump from box six.

In what promises to be an entertaining grade five final, Rumbling Rick and Cryer’s Ricky look the main chances with Norman Benz, now with Allendale East trainer David Williams, likely to find plenty on his first-up heat run.

Next month’s $2025 feature grade five heats and final series will be run on November 6 and 15 over 512 metres and incorporate the N. F. McDonnell Memorial.

Four-trainer domination at Tara Raceway

Monday, October 5, 2015

A training treble to Tracie Price, and doubles to Richard Clayfield, Tom Cryer and Brian Weis, highlighted Sunday’s 11-race greyhound meeting at Tara Raceway.

Following 10 winners at the local track during September, the Compton-based Price kicked off October with a win in the Trackside Meats Open Maiden Stake (400 metres) with former Victorian chaser Reel Them In.


Sakanon Moment, the third leg of a winning treble for Tracie Price. Also pictured are Ashley Bartlett, Ken Feltus and Karen Van Der Laan.

Raced by the Scott Brandon-managed MTM Syndicate, the black son of Fabregas and Lemon Cruiser  was having his first start at Tara Raceway following runs at Warragul and Ballarat.

Jumping from box six, Reel Them In quickly put himself into the race and never looked like losing when running out a four length winner over Fabless in a handy 23.64 seconds.

Price followed up in the next race, the Produce Store Stake (400 m), with the Mary Nunn-owned Secret Fear, a litter brother to smart types Shannah’s Might and Fear The Rascal.

By Fear Zafonic out of Shannah’s Star, Secret Fear was having his third run back from a spell and was much too good for Saint Oaks and Dwayne’s Shout when clocking a smart 23.24 seconds.

Sakanon Moment brought up the treble with an all the way win from box one in the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (400 m).

This was his first win since late August when he defeated Rowchester King, which also ran second to him in Sunday’s final event.

A son of Spring Gun and Nicky’s Moment, Sakanon Moment has now won seven races over the 400 metre journey and 15 overall in a 55-start career.

Sunday’s treble saw Price push further ahead in this year’s Mount Gambier Trainer of the Year. He has now trained a record 66 winners at Tara Raceway since the beginning of January.

Last year’s leading trainer, David Peckham, trained 58 winners when winning the award.



The lightly raced Glenville Boof gave Clayfield, of Glenroy, the first leg of a winning double when successful in The Border Watch Open Maiden Stake (512 m).


Richard Clayfield with Glenville Boof after he had opened his winning account at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

The well-named 35 kilogram son of Mogambo and Honey Bird had found trouble in his only two races but on Sunday looked quite impressive when finishing powerfully to defeat Smirnoff Lass by 4.5 lengths in 30.62 seconds.

There was a time when Clayfield had actually wondered whether Glenville Boof, a February 2013 whelping, would ever hit the race track.

“Earlier this year his condition fell right away,” he said. “So I turned him out for several months.

“He eventually picked up and had been trialling quite well leading into his first two starts which saw him find all sorts of trouble.

“He’s a real handful at the best of times but he did walk to the boxes a little more relaxed on Sunday so perhaps the penny could be starting to drop for him in regard to race day procedures.”

Later in the day, litter sister Glenville Abbey, which dead-heated for first at her last start with Red River Rufus at Tara Raceway over 400 metres, comfortably took outright honours in the ClassicBet Stake over 512 metres.

Quickly finding the front from box four, the fawn bitch defied the opposition to run her down when clocking 30.52 seconds and bring up her fifth win.


Margaret Cryer with Cryer’s Ricky after his brilliant win in a heat of the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade 5 (400 m).

The litter has turned out to be quite successful with Glenville Jaz, Glenville Min and Glenville Paul also winning locally. Another member of the litter, Beau Mambo, sold to Victorian interests as a pup, has won nine races and more than $30,000 in prizemoney.

But Clayfield is adamant that the best one in the litter is Glenville James, which is yet to win a race.

“We had him in Victoria being trained but after only four runs he was returned to Glenroy after succumbing to injury.

“Hopefully he’ll return to the track because I believe he has the potential to be the best of the litter.”

Cryer’s Fred continued his amazing run at Tara Raceway this year for the Apsley-based Cryer when bringing up his twelfth win in a strong Metal Worx Free For All (512 m).

Taking over the running down the back, the brindle son of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget was never headed, eventually holding out a fast finishing Thanks Tubby to win by 1.5 lengths in a best of day 29.95 seconds.

Litter brother Cryer’s Ricky, which hadn’t raced since August 23, looked well placed in a heat of the Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five (400 m) even though he had yet to win in seven starts over the short course.

But Cryer’s Ricky was simply too good for this field, having 2.5 lengths to spare over this year’s Mount Gambier Cup winner Lots Of Yap when running a quick 23.18 seconds.



Portland trainer Brian Weis landed his first double this year when Karagiozis and $18.70 chance Banger Regis were successful.

Karagiozis, which had run third in a grade five 600 metre heat last Wednesday at The Meadows, went right on with the job on Sunday when turning in a strong effort to win the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (600 m).


Karagiozis staged a thrilling win over 600 metres as a lead-up to this Saturday night’s grade 5 final at The Meadows. He’s pictured with Sally Weis and Alexandra (left) and Melody.

Away well from box one, the son of Premier Fantasy and Seminole was always handy before finishing powerfully in the home straight to defeat Paranoia by a neck in 35.68 seconds.

Owned by the Nick Tzaferis-managed Gaga Syndicate, Karagiozis, which has won 11 races and more than $22,000 in prizemoney, will return to The Meadows on Saturday night to contest the $7000 to the winner grade five final over 600 metres.

Banger Regis, having his first run over 512 metres, caused a real boilover in the South Eastern Hotel Stake with a strong win over Sweeney Miss in a more than handy 30.24 seconds.

By Magic Sprite out of Joan Bale, Banger Regis wasn’t considered to be up to Melbourne standard and as such found his way over to local couple Noel and Heather Perry who engaged the services of Weis to train the December 2013 whelping.

Weis has now won three races with the black dog – two at Tara Raceway (400 m, 512 m) and one at Horsham over 410 metres.

Edna’s on the right track

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Galactic Redeye’s win in the Williams Crane Hire Open Maiden (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Friday rounded off a good month for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell.


Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell rounded off a good month when Galactic Redeye won at Tara Raceway last Friday.

Previously he’d been successful on two occasions with Small Spring and also with Cerrone.

But Fennell was quick to attribute Galactic Redeye’s success to his wife Edna.

“She won’t claim any credit, but she’s put a lot work into him since he joined the kennels a month ago.

“Every day Edna and Galactic Redeye take off on a brisk – and I mean brisk – six kilometre walk on tracks outside of Glencoe.”

And it was a passing comment from Edna Fennell that actually led to Galactic Redeye finding himself out at Glencoe.

“She happened to remark to Chucky (Robert Chuck) one day at Tara Raceway how nice Galactic Redeye looked,” Fennell said.

“With plenty of young pups to sort out, Chucky said he was going to give Redeye only a couple of more starts and she could then have him if she wanted.”

By Velocette out of Magic Elite, Galactic Redeye is a litter brother to Chuck’s Group 3 Howard Ashton winner Galactic Viper, a winner of almost $35,000 in prizemoney.



There are some changes to race days at Tara Raceway during October.

With the running of the $107,500 Triple M Adelaide Cup final at Angle Park on Friday, October 9, Mount Gambier will race on consecutive Sundays (October 4 and October 11).

The SA Country Cup heats over 512 metres will highlight racing on Friday, October 16.

Tara Raceway will then race on Sunday, October 25 before a busy five-meeting month concludes on Friday, October 30.

Racing, featuring heats of the N. F. McDonnell Memorial, will then be conducted a week later on Friday, November 6.