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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, December 24 with GRSA. SUNDAY, JANUARY 6: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, December 31 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track. No trials December 25, January 1.

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A social time at Tara Raceway

Monday, December 10, 2018

The South Eastern Hotel Social Club struck a top day, weather-wise, and a top 11-race card of greyhound racing when venturing out to Tara Raceway on Sunday for its annual Christmas function.

Members of the South Eastern Hotel Social Club pictured with owner Margaret Cryer and Cryer’s Plugger.

The fully catered day included TAB and bar facilities while a playground, face painting and Father Christmas kept the younger brigade amused at the complex which, with its magnificent grassed surroundings, has never looked in better order.

In fact, so successful was the day that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club would probably be well-advised to consider making an effort to attract other social clubs out to its Lake Terrace East venue for a Sunday afternoon function.

The grade five final over 512 metres took the name of the South Eastern Hotel Social Club Stake, many social club members happy to join owner Margaret Cryer and Cryer’s Plugger for a presentation photograph after the brindle dog’s virtual all the way win in a best of day 29.88 seconds.

Cryer’s Plugger was the middle leg of a treble for Apsley trainer Tom Cryer and his wife Margaret – Cryer’s Bob successful earlier in the day over 600 metres and Cryer’s Harper, a 400 metre winner – the couple’s second successive treble after the same greyhounds had also been successful at last week’s meeting.

Mick Walsh with Lena Lake, winner of the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake.

Cryer’s Bob, by Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget and a litter brother to Cryer’s Plugger, turned in a brilliant performance to lead all the way in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake, eventually running out a nine length winner over a more than handy performer in Noosa Parade in a personal best 35.15 seconds.

And Cryer’s Harper, by Spud Regis and a younger half-sister to the two previous winners, also led all the way in the Gambier Vets Stake, eventually defeating Chilly Kiss – back after a three-month break – by 3¾ lengths in a quick 23.04 seconds.

Bushfield trainer Gary Lane returned to Tara Raceway on Sunday with one of his own breed in Lena Lake – his last winner at the track being Jersey Miss in a maiden 400 metre event on May 22, 2016.

But he has enjoyed his fair share of success over the years at the local track, not the least being with Miss Jacovella, who ran a record 35.08 seconds over 600 metres on August 14, 2015, and with her litter sister Dee Tee who now has pups 10 months old by Dyna Double One.

Resuming after a three-month injury break, Lena Lake is by Pure Octane out of Miss Jacovella, and a winner at Warrnambool and also at The Meadows where she won two races over 600 metres, prior to Lane recently taking over her training for Koroit owner Mick Walsh who purchased her as a four-month-old pup before rearing her.

Lining up from box eight in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (400 m), the fawn bitch chased Shady Whip until the home turn before finishing strongly for a 2¼ length win in a smart 23.17 seconds.

Miss Jacovella and Dee Tee, a winner of 16 races, are by El Grand Senor out of Mantra Miss, who in 2010 at Tara Raceway ran a 512 metre track record of 29.80 seconds and a record 44.20 seconds over 732 metres for Lane.

Nicole Stanley scored a good win at Warrnambool on Thursday night with Wanchai Express who, after a slow start, took the shortest way home from box two to score in 25.49 seconds for the 450 metre journey.

Nicole Stanley with Dyna Quota after her win in the Produce Store Stake.

And then on Sunday at Tara Raceway she followed up with Dyna Quota, a daughter of Dyna Double One x Jayney Bale, which was having her first start for the Portland trainer.

Jumping from box one in the Produce Store Stake (512 m), the black bitch settled in second spot behind tearaway leader Dad’s Nitro before finishing the stronger in the run to the line, winning by a length in 30.13 seconds.

Dyna Quota, previously a winner at Healesville, Cranbourne and Warragul, is now owned in Victoria by Glen Burns who, according to Stanley, is always on the lookout for a greyhound with ability but one that has fallen foul of stewards due to a racetrack indiscretion.

“In the case of Dyna Quota, in early November she was suspended at Cranbourne for marring,” she said. “Another of his dogs is Sanjiro who went for marring at Nowra in April but last month won at Horsham in 27.16 seconds and more recently was runner-up in a heat of the Ballarat Cup.”

Racing returns to Tara Raceway on Wednesday for a 12-race time-graded meeting prior to the running of the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup heats (512 m) and supporting events on Sunday.

Back to where it all began

Thursday, December 6, 2018

When Faster Bolt lined up for the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 metres) at last Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway it had been for the first time at that track in 14 months.

Back in early October last year, Faster Bolt, raced by Robert Chuck, Jack Peacock, Steve Bartholomew jr. and Ken Gillespie, and trained by the latter, had impressed at only his second start with a 400 metre win in 22.98 seconds – at the time the fastest maiden win recorded at the track.

Faster Bolt . . . in winning form at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

In fact, so impressive was the win that Gillespie and his cohorts quickly got the fawn and white son of Milldean Panther and Galactic Rumball over to Steve Elsum’s Camperdown kennels, hoping to cash in on some of the bigger stakemoney on offer in Victoria.

All told, Faster Bolt won seven races on Victorian provincial tracks, his last win being in February at Warrnambool, before finding his way back to Gillespie’s Mount Gambier kennels in September.

“He just seemed to lose all form and confidence,” Gillespie said. “So we decided to bring him home, give him a good freshen-up and then see how he went at Tara Raceway.”

Faster Bolt was originally a reserve for the Friday meeting but as luck would have it he gained a start from box two – his luck running out, though, in the short-course event when he found early trouble and eventually ran third.

Ken Gillespie (back left), Jack Peacock and Robert Chuck, together with Jackson Saunders, Rowan Cram and Elysia Bartholomew pictured with Faster Bolt.

However, it was a different story a couple of days’ later when he jumped fairly from box one in Sunday’s JB Irrigation Stake (400 m) before railing through on Fairground down the back and running away to a 4¾ length win in 23.19 seconds.

And it was a delighted trainer who, after the win, recalled how the long-time group of owners came to purchase Faster Bolt, a litter brother to Galactic Panther, this year’s Peter Rocket Summer Classic winner and third placegetter in the Mount Gambier Cup.

“Chucky had bred the dog but by eight months of age he was sorely testing his owner-breeder’s patience – refusing to walk on a lead, refusing to have his nails cut – you know, all the things that some young greyhounds get up to.

“Chucky was really struggling with him so in the end we offered to buy the dog and take him off his hands. Fair enough, he did let him go pretty cheaply but he did also hedge his bets a bit by retaining a share in the pup that would later race as Faster Bolt.”

Galactic Rumball’s second – and final – litter was whelped in August 2017 and is by Paddy Whacker.

Two-dog battle continues in GOTY

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Paraphernalia finally found the outright lead in this year’s Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award when leading all the way to defeat Hutch by 1¾ lengths in 29.84 seconds in last Sunday’s Open Stake (512 m).

Paraphernalia defeats Hutch at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Coming into the meeting the Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia and Nicole Stanley’s Oh No Beta were level on 56 points, the former picking up another four points when posting his 13th win for the year at Tara Raceway.

But the lead was short-lived when four races later Oh No Beta, after finishing unplaced the previous week, bounced back with an all-the-way win over Lektra Guiseppe in the Open Stake (400 m) in 23.21 seconds.

Both greyhounds now go into Sunday’s meeting on 60 points – Paraphernalia 13 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and Oh No Beta 9, 10, 4.

Stanley is looking well-placed to land her third successive Mount Gambier GOTY title after Old Jock – a similar type of greyhound to Paraphernalia – was successful in 2016 with 71 points and Fiorelli Rose last year with 67.

Oh No Beta, pictured winning at Tara Raceway last Sunday, and drawing level with Paraphernalia in the Greyhound of the Year award.

There are three Category 3 meetings remaining this year at Tara Raceway – December 9, 16 and 21 – for the pair to pick up points. In what has been a terrific battle, surely the best result would be a dead-heat for the two veterans, both with more than 100 starts to their names and a collective win tally of 64.

Paraphernalia’s re-match with Hutch in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 m) on Sunday will be interesting after the pair’s clash last Sunday when the latter was resuming after a two-month injury break.

Hutch should be better for the run, Portland trainer Robert Halliday saying later that he had been very happy with the effort and that the dog appeared to have pulled up well.

The $500 pup that turned around a trainer’s fortunes

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A decision back in early 2009 by Apsley trainer Tom Cryer and his wife Margaret to take a trip to Bendigo and check out a litter of pups with a view to purchasing one has turned out to be the best move he’s made in a 50-year involvement in greyhound racing.

Shady Grove Fox, the dam of Cryer’s Midget.

The litter of 12, bred by Dean Crocker, was by Texas Gold, a winner of 21 races, most over 700 metres or further, and a son of the successful US sire Flying Penske, while the dam Shady Grove Fox, a winner of three races, was a granddaughter of another US sire in Derryfoyle.

And Tom Cryer still remembers the day they picked out a black bitch which he said was certainly a bit on the small side but at $500 probably worth taking a punt on.

“As it turned out, she never grew to any great size, hence her subsequent racing name of Cryer’s Midget. In fact, by the time she commenced racing in August 2010 she was less than 23 kilograms although later in her career she added another kilogram.”

In a racing career spanning a little over two years, Cryer’s Midget, the 2011 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, raced on 51 occasions for 11 wins and 15 minor placings at Tara Raceway.

Upon the black bitch’s retirement, Cryer then opted to breed a litter, something that he had not done for a number of years.

“At the time, greyhound racing was undergoing a significant change in Mount Gambier with the club preparing to run weekly TAB meetings at Tara Raceway so I figured it could be a good time to breed another litter,” he said.

Cryer settled on Spring Gun, a relative newcomer to the stud dog ranks but one that had already shown plenty of promise as a sire after having won 18 races from 27 starts on the track.

Margaret and Tom Cryer with last Sunday’s treble . . . Cryer’s Harper, Cryer’s Bob and Cryer’s Plugger.

Three brindle dogs, whelped in February 2013, and later to be named Cryer’s Fred, Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack, duly found their way to the track, collectively going around 297 times for 78 wins – Cryer’s Ricky’s 22.78 seconds run at Tara Raceway on February 19, 2016 still standing as the 400 metre record.

Cryer’s Midget was mated again with Spring Gun, subsequent January 2015 whelpings Cryer’s Bob, Cryer’s Jed, Cryer’s Plugger and Cryer’s Sid having so far raced on 277 occasions for 48 wins.

Back in February 2015, Cryer’s Ricky, after gaining a run off the reserve bench in the Summer Classic final (512 metres) when Mojito Mayhem was scratched, won the inaugural classic in what is still a race record time of 29.96 seconds.

The Cryers also collected a service to Spud Regis as part of the prize, Cryer’s Midget later mated to the Group 1 winner for her third and final litter – Cryer’s Harper having now won five races from 28 starts.

And at Tara Raceway’s meeting on Sunday, Cryer landed his first-ever treble.

Cryer’s Bob led all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m), Cryer’s Plugger overcame early crowding to take the lead down the back and run out an easy winner in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) while Cryer’s Harper led all the way in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m).

Cryer’s Midget’s treble takes her tally to 28 wins this year and gives her the lead by one win over Who’s Doing What on the Leading Dam list – an award that next year will be officially recognised by the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.

By High Earner x No Recall, Who’s Doing What, after winning 16 races at Cannington, Geelong, Angle Park, Warrnambool, Strathalbyn, Gawler and Mount Gambier, has two litters on the track – by Fabregas and Knocka Norris.

And Tracie Price, the record-breaking trainer with 134 Tara Raceway wins this year, reports this week that the Compton-based Who’s Doing What has whelped a litter of five to the boom sire Fernando Bale.

Who’s Doing What with her latest litter by Fernando Bale.

Another Scenario and Same Scenario, from the Fabregas litter, have both won five races from 24 starts while the Knocka Norris litter includes Smart Knocka (seven wins from 13 starts including the Adelaide Cup Consolation and the Peter Rocket Winter Classic), Smart Marty (six from 21) and Whatta Knocka (five from 20).

Meanwhile, next week’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway has been switched from Friday back to Wednesday (December 12). Heats of the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m) and supporting events will follow on Sunday, December 16.

Finals of all events will be run at the Christmas meeting on Friday, December 21 while a time-graded fixture on Sunday, December 30 wraps up a busy year of greyhound racing in Mount Gambier.

Commencing in January, all time-graded meetings will be run on alternate Wednesdays in conjunction with Murray Bridge – the change of days allowing for more time between runs and possibly helping with the nomination flow.

The grass is Green(er) at Tara Raceway

Monday, December 3, 2018

Rockbank trainer Wade Green’s day at Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway kicked off with a quinella in the first race – and just kept getting better from then on.

Wade Green with Tron’s Empire, his fifth winner at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting last Friday.

Racing in Mount Gambier for the first time, Green had litter brothers Janray Mazel Tov and Janray Wild One – giveaways after a handful of starts – engaged in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres).

By Blue Lorian out of Path To Hope, Janray Wild One led his brother down the back straight but in the run home Janray Mazel Tov finished slightly the stronger to grab victory by a half head in 23.93 seconds.

Buzz Off Mumma led all the way from box one in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) in 23.85 seconds, holding off Serendipity Love, trained at Dunolly by Richard Boehm who had won the previous race (Trackside Meats Stake) with Avatar Blaze, and Shaun Baulch’s Big Tilly who wasn’t far away from winning her second race at her 112th start.

This was Green’s second winner of the day, the 44-year-old trainer purchasing the daughter of Bit Chili and Candy Spice from NSW back in April after she had won a maiden, although quick to point out that there has been a few problems with her.

“She does possess plenty of early speed but she’s very injury-prone so it’s been something of a long road with her,” he said.

Conde, purchased from SA by Green and Paul Cusack – who would enjoy success in his own right later in the day – after winning at Port Augusta and Gawler, gave Green his first treble on any track when successful in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).

Dee Jakit and Banana Honeybear ran the quinella in the second race for Lew Green and Lisa Barrett.

Always on the pace, Conde, who according to his trainer had been knocking on the door, took the lead on the home turn, eventually defeating Triceps Brachi by three-quarters of a length in 30.61 seconds to give connections their first win with the son of Magic Sprite x Miss Kiss.

But Green – back in the game for 14 months after a lengthy break – wasn’t finished yet. Nitro Heroine, another SA purchase that had last won at Wagga back in March, led all the way in The Border Watch Stake (400 m), defeating Serendipity Man by 1½ lengths in 23.41 seconds.

From a 2018 time-graded meeting point of view, Green’s four winners for the day equalled Kath Brooks’ effort of February 23 when she was successful with Iroquois Sharman, Call Me Crazy, Stella Story and Annie Bell.

Cristina Gason and Kevin Quinn with Latissimus Dorsi.

And coming into the last race, the Stake (400 m), he was still a chance of making it five winners, Tron’s Empire and Big Kenny Bobo jumping from boxes four and six respectively.

Tron’s Empire, in Green’s kennels since September 2017 after a couple of short-course wins at Angle Park, led all the way to defeat Allen Robbie by two lengths in 23.44 seconds – the trainer’s fifth win for the day and the best effort by a trainer at a time-graded meeting this year.

Other trainers to land their first Tara Raceway winners on Friday were Lew Green (Wade’s cousin), Cristina Gason and Cusack.

Also based at Rockbank, Green landed the quinella in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m) when giveaway greyhound Dee Jakit defeated Banana Honeybear by a length in 24.09 seconds.

Paul Cusack (right) won his first race with Gin Lee’s Pride. Also pictured is Shaun Baulch.

Involved in greyhound racing for 12 years, Gason, of Cundare North, didn’t have to wait long for a return with Latissimus Dorsi, a giveaway which she took over last month after previous wins at Shepparton, Healesville and Ballarat.

Last early, the daughter of the former top chaser Paw Licking and Batwoman, chased keenly and eventually ran out a 1¼ length winner over Shadrack in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) for the Windy Plains Syndicate which comprises Gason and Kevin Quinn, second earlier in the day with Triceps Brachii.

Cusack owned and trained greyhounds Gin Lee’s Pride and Covfefe ran the quinella in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), the former having 3¾ lengths to spare over his kennelmate when bringing up his first win in 18 months.

This was the Mount Cottrell-based Cusack’s first win with the giveaway son of Cosmic Rumble x Gin Lee’s Gem that joined his kennels in February this year.

Meanwhile, Cee Me Snoop, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, turned in a big run at Warrnambool the previous night, the son of Cosmic Rumble x Cee Me Burst winning a 1-4 wins final over 390 metres.

Gaining a run as a reserve, the black dog was slowly away from box eight but appreciated the draw when finishing strongly out wide to win at $11.50 by 1½ lengths in 22.42 seconds.

Cee Me Snoop, a Warrnambool winner on Thursday night, backs up with another win at Tara Raceway on Sunday when defeating Lady Pippa, a winner at Friday’s meeting.

Cee Me Snoop then followed up at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon with another win, leading all the way to defeat Lady Pippa by 3¼ lengths in 30.23 seconds in The Border Watch Stake (512 m) – the first heat of a grade five series.

The win was the first leg of a treble for Price, Cilla Brown leading all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) while Smart Marty brought up the trainer’s third winner when much too good in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (400 m), winning by five lengths in 23.16 seconds.

By Knocka Norris x Who’s Doing What, Smart Marty is a litter brother to Price’s Smart Knocka who was drawn to contest a Ballarat Cup heat on Saturday night but was scratched after sustaining a foot injury.

The wheel keeps on turning for Rusty Sprocket

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

In the space of 14 months Rusty Sprocket has come a fair way for Cape Bridgewater trainer Scott Blacksell who celebrated his 55th birthday on Wednesday.

And he still remembers the day back in late September last year when he fronted at Tara Raceway with the 17-month-old black bitch for her first race start in a maiden 400 metre event at a Friday afternoon time-graded meeting.

Rusty Sprocket in full flight at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

“Originally she was a reserve but gained a start from box eight,” recalled Blacksell. “She made a real mess of the start, though, and I thought from there on that she would be no hope of even running a place.

“However, down the back she took over the running, eventually going on to an easy win in 24.05 seconds. Even though the time was nothing flash, I was pretty happy with the effort especially considering she came off the track favouring a toe.”

It would be another nine months before Rusty Sprocket won her second race, this time over 400 metres in 23.47 seconds in June – two more 512 metres wins following the next month, the second one in a more than handy 30.00 seconds.

Blacksell conceded there had been some fair efforts in the interim, but last Sunday’s win in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m), when she never really looked like losing after finding the front going out of the first turn, had been her first win – again in a smart 30.01 seconds – since July.

Scott Blacksell received an early 55th birthday present when Rusty Sprocket won at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

“I thought her runs leading up to last Sunday had been pretty handy,” he said. “Really, though, I think she’s just needed time to mature. Also, she is now racing three kilograms lighter than when she won her maiden.”

Purchased by Blacksell as a four-month-old pup from Portland breeder Robert Halliday, Rusty Sprocket is by Fabregas out of Guru Doll, an Angle Park and Sandown Park winner, and a litter sister to SA Oaks winner Kokoda Spirit, the dam of last Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) winner Midnight Rage, trained by Halliday.

Meanwhile, Rusty Sprocket will face her toughest test to date when she jumps from box four in this Sunday’s Stake (512 m), an Open event that includes Jeff Guy’s Paraphernalia, fresh from a 29.66 seconds run last Sunday.

The race also sees the return of the Halliday-trained Hutch – back from an injury break – who, along with Paraphernalia, represented the Mount Gambier club in last month’s SA Country Cup final at Angle Park.

And the introduction of $50 for unplaced runners at Category 3 meetings appears to have given Sunday’s meeting a much-needed boost with several Victorian trainers who have greyhounds engaged at Friday’s time-graded meeting back for the club’s main fixture.

Tilly looking to break year-long drought

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Big Tilly crosses the border for the first time on Friday afternoon to contest the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded 12-race meeting.

Not that she’s short on race experience, the 3½-year-old black bitch lining up on Friday for her 112th start for Grovedale (a suburb of Geelong) owner-trainer Shaun Baulch.

By Phenomenal, the dog that ran a track record of 24.83 seconds in a heat of the 2014 Warrnambool Classic (450 m), she’s out of five-race winner Enduro Miss.

Big Tilly made her race debut in March 2017 at Geelong but it would be nine months and 50 starts later before she opened her winning account up the straight at Healesville over 300 metres.

Now, 12 months later, Baulch is still chasing an elusive second win, although not through lack of trying with the durable 29 kilogram bitch since going around a further 60-odd times.

All told, Big Tilly has a race record of one win, 6 seconds and 12 thirds and certainly speaks volumes for her trainer’s perseverance.

Baulch also has Kimura engaged in the same race from box seven. The daughter of Djays Octane and Annabelle won on debut at Shepparton in March this year but has yet to win again in 42 starts.

‘Captain Kilometre’ hits the highway

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It was just another typical week for Edenhope greyhound trainer Captain Abbott.

Last Thursday off to Angle Park, to Mount Gambier and Tara Raceway’s trials on Saturday morning before returning again the following day for the local race meeting and then back to Angle Park for Monday night’s fixture. All told, more than 2000 kilometres in the space of five days.

Cap Abbott with Dodge Coupe, the first leg of a winning double at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Things didn’t go too badly for Abbott at the Thursday night Angle Park main meeting, litter brothers Spinning Jakit and Black Spring both finishing strongly to run third over 515 metres and 600 metres respectively.

Then, Sunday’s meeting saw the veteran trainer land his ninth double for the year at Tara Raceway, this time with his well-bred pair of Dodge Coupe in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and Blonde Barbados in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m).

A $10 chance, Dodge Coupe, by Kinloch Brae out of Secret Spell (a winner more than $275,000), took the lead down the back straight before holding out Dad’s Nitro to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.40 seconds.

Later in the day, the well-fancied Blonde Barbados chased rank outsider Cosmic Ann until the home turn where she railed through to find the front and ultimately held on to win by a neck in 23.21 seconds.

By Cosmic Rumble out of New Year’s Punch, Blonde Barbados – a winner of five races since being taken over by Abbott late last year – is from a repeat mating, the first litter including Bruce Typhoon ($270,000) and Sweet Barbados ($60,000).

Blonde Barbados defeats Cosmic Ann in last Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m).

Complementing the double was a third placing from Luca Flyer while Spinning Jakit backed up for his first attempt over 600 metres, showing promise of better things to come when going down by a half length to Goldie’s Run.

Black Spring went one better the next night at Angle Park, though, turning in a terrific effort in a grade six 600 metre event to run down odds-on favourite Spring Kudu in the shadows of the post while kennelmates Pool Hall and Big Casey – having his first SA start – paid their way with third placings.

In Abbott’s kennels for only a week, the appropriately-named Big Casey, who has raced as heavy as 41 kilograms, was always on the pace on Monday night and the Bulli and Goulburn winner looks well-placed in Friday’s Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.

And at this Sunday’s meeting, Spinning Jakit will take on a fair sort of mixed field that includes Noosa Parade and Cryer’s Bob when he jumps from box four in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m).

All told, Abbott has six runners engaged at the Friday and Sunday meetings and already with 41 wins, 37 seconds and 44 thirds will be looking to improve upon what has already been his best year ever at Tara Raceway.

Club signs youngest member

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s youngest member, six-and-a-half week old Connor Holmes pictured at Tara Raceway with his father Tim and grandfather Allan.

Proud parents Tim Holmes and Amy Widdicombe have been showing off their new arrival, Connor James Francis, at the past couple of Tara Raceway meetings.

And hasn’t the 6½-week-old pocket rocket been a hit!

Also keeping a watchful eye on Connor have been the Holmes grandparents – a doting Fran and Allan, a Life Member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club, and a big softie at heart who’s probably done more than his share of doting as well over Tim and Amy’s first child.

After last Sunday, Connor now has the distinction of being the club’s youngest-ever member – No. 95 on this year’s list.

Not only does he now have a membership card and pen, we’re sure he’ll be pleased to know that he is also eligible for the weekly meat tray draw along with the Dawn and David Kay cash draw. Only if he’s at the track, though!

Big day out for 100+ chasers

Monday, November 26, 2018

At 4½ years of age, Horsham greyhound Paraphernalia looked to be anything but in the twilight of his 135-start career when carving out a best of day 6½-length win over Springvale Alysa in Sunday’s Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.

Todd Nicholson’s terrific shot of Paraphernalia crossing the line in a personal best 29.66 seconds at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Leading all the way from box one, the Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia also clocked a personal best time of 29.66 seconds, his previous best being 29.71 seconds, run in a heat of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup.

The fawn dog has now won 12 races from 21 starts this year at Tara Raceway, Sunday’s win keeping him in the hunt for Greyhound of the Year honours.

As the season enters its final month, and with only four regular meetings remaining, the GOTY now looks to be developing into a two-dog race with Paraphernalia and the Nicole Stanley trained Oh No Beta – who failed to run a place in Sunday’s last race – sharing the lead on 56 points.

Dean Fennell with Goldie’s Run, a winner at start number 101.

A finalist in the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s two previous cup events this year – the Mount Gambier Cup and the Anniversary Cup – Paraphernalia is likely to line up in a heat of the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m) on Sunday, December 16.

Earlier on Sunday in the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (600 m), 101-start veteran Goldie’s Run outstayed Spinning Jakit, who was having his first run over the middle-distance, when railing through on the home turn and finishing slightly the stronger to win by a half length in 35.60 seconds.

A son of Cosmic Rumble and Moonshine Sally, Goldie’s Run has been trained at Glencoe for his past 28 starts by Dean Fennell who last won with the black dog back in August.

And come the last race, the Williams Crane Hire Open Stake (400 m), the litter went close to a double when the David Peckham trained Blitz And Bolt came from a fair way back to dead-heat for second with Tracie Price’s Baz’s Moment, the pair beaten only a head by another of Price’s runners in Same Scenario.