THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27: Nominations closed. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, October 28 with GRSA. FREE TRIALS (for members/$10 non-members): Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track. BORDER CHALLENGE: Mount Gambier v. Warrnambool. $4000 to the winner final at Warrnambool (450 m) on Thursday, December 5. Mount Gambier conditions: Trainer must be financial member of club. Greyhound must have been in the trainer’s kennel for the past three months and have raced at least twice in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Trainer must have raced on at least 15 occasions in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Maximum of two heats (512 m) with the first two from each heat to represent Mount Gambier. First four to represent the club if only one heat.
PLEASE NOTE: NO TRIALS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 DUE TO TRACK MAINTENANCE.
Mt G Greyhounds
Friday, October 4, 2019
Once Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. members had voted overwhelmingly to allocate the majority of its funds – $75,000 – to supplement the Greyhound Racing SA kennel house project at Tara Raceway it didn’t take long for the wheels to be set in motion.
With Tara Raceway race track manager Tim Manterfield assuming control as the kennel house project supervisor, a large marquee was soon erected and the new stainless steel kennels positioned under the “big top”.
The marquee would act as the temporary kennel house for greyhounds racing on Thursdays and Sundays from August 22 through to September 29, ensuring no meetings were lost while the kennel house upgrade was taking place.
Throughout the whole process, Manterfield said only one trial morning had been lost and that had been on Tuesday, August 20.
“That was the day the demolishing of the concrete kennels, which had served the track so well since 1997, commenced. And from then on it was all systems go,” he said.
“The next month or so saw outside concreting, internal kennel house carpentry, vinyl on the walls, epoxy flooring, internal cladding and the internal fencing erected to separate each race.”
With the marquee required elsewhere, the kennel house needed to be available for yesterday’s time-graded race meeting. At 7 o’clock on the Wednesday night, Manterfield declared the $250,000 kennel house “ready for racing”.
Matt Corby, CEO of GRSA, said the development of a new kennel house at Mount Gambier demonstrated the commitment GRSA had to supporting greyhound racing in its key regional areas.
“Mount Gambier’s greyhound racing industry is very strong with excellent participation numbers,” he said.
“The investment in the new kennel house reflects the commitment that we have to continuing to improve our regional TAB racing venues.
“GRSA continues to invest in priority infrastructure works on the back of the newly-constructed Murray Bridge facility in the past year at a cost of $8.6 million.”
Manterfield, enjoying a can after the last race yesterday, pulled out his phone. “I’ve just received an email from Matt Corby.”
It read: “Thumbs up. A highly successful project overall. Great credit to all involved.”
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s SA Country Cup representatives, Springvale Alysa and Galactic Titan, will go into next Friday night’s $7500 final over 515 metres at Angle Park without another run.
Following their Tara Raceway heat wins on Sunday, September 22, the pair both raced over the cup distance last Monday night at the city track in readiness for SA greyhound racing’s biggest night of the year, highlighted by the Group 1 Adelaide Cup (515 m).
Trained by John Little at Kongorong, Springvale Alysa gave plenty of cheek in a grade five bitches-only race over 515 metres, leading everywhere but on the line when going down by neck, finishing second to Minnie Mac in 30.09 seconds.
“For sure, I was happy enough with the run although a win certainly would have been better,” Little said. “She won’t run again until next Friday night so now it will simply be a matter of keeping her fresh and hoping for an inside draw in the final.”
Galactic Titan, a $2 favourite from box one in a Mixed Stake, found trouble on the first turn before finishing unplaced, Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew reporting later in the week that the brindle dog appeared to have pulled up well.
“Looking at him in our long run he appears fine,” he said. “He’ll be checked out for any injury concerns this week and then go into the final without another race. Ideally, both Chuckie (owner Robert Chuck) and I would like to see him draw out wide.”
Meanwhile, Spring Taylor and Conner Peruzzi will represent Murray Bridge in the Country Cup final, the former clocking a best of night 25.64 seconds (455 metres) in the first heat for Murray Bridge trainer Greg Board.
Conner Peruzzi, owned and trained by Yvonne Maxwell of Whyalla Norrie, held out odds-on favourite Cawbourne Clint to win the second heat by a neck in 25.84 seconds.
And Better Dream and Victa Nash make up the field for the G-SIX final after fighting out Gawler’s single heat at the northern club’s Friday, September 27 meeting.
Better Dream, trained at Lewiston by Ben Rawlings, clocked 30.94 seconds when leading all the way over the 531 metre journey to defeat the Two Wells-based Victa Nash who is trained by long-time participant Michael Giniotis.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, working in conjunction with Greyhound Racing SA Strategic Projects Manager, Scott Wuchatsch, is hoping to soon be able to upgrade its trial day timing information to participants.
Currently, greyhounds’ times recorded at trial day sessions on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at Tara Raceway are hand-written, photo-copied and then distributed to participants.
A recent approach to GRSA by the MGGRC committee has seen Wuchatsch, at Tara Raceway this week to oversee the completion of the kennel house upgrade, make contact with racing technical equipment supplier The Brook Group.
“I have asked The Brook Group to provide me with a proposal to install a trial computer and the same system used at Angle Park and Murray Bridge.
“This system broadcasts trial times onto on-course television sets in the kennel house, patron building and starting box televisions. It also allows a printout of each trial session which can then be put onto the GRSA website.”
Wuchatsch said that once he had received this proposal he would move quickly to have the necessary infrastructure installed.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Following the running of heats over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday, November 24, four greyhounds will represent the Mount Gambier club in a Border Challenge with the Warrnambool club.
The concept came to fruition after members of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee recently met with Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club manager Craig Monigatti and his assistant Fiona Umbers.
It is hoped that the Border Challenge, in the pipeline for several years, will become an annual event and alternate between the two tracks.
This year’s inaugural $4000-to-the-winner series will be run at Warrnambool over 450 metres on Thursday, December 5, the host club’s heats being run on the Thursday prior.
Conditions will apply to the series with Mount Gambier’s similar to those in place for the SA Country Cup.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Cryer’s Harper broke a five month run of outs when bringing up win number 12 at Tara Raceway last Sunday in The Border Watch Stake (400 metres).
And while the daughter of Spud Regis x Cryer’s Midget had been showing plenty of early dash in her recent races she had been struggling to run out the 400 metre journey for Tom and Margaret Cryer of Apsley.
Not so last Sunday though, the black bitch always in control when running out a 2½ length winner over the consistent Bowled Harro in 23.12 seconds.
Cryer’s Harper is out of the third and final litter of Cryer’s Midget who currently sits in second spot behind Lektra Scarlett on the local leading dams’ list with 21 wins.
Her first two litters were by Spring Gun, both highly successful, with Cryer’s Plugger (from the second mating) the first leg of a double for the Cryers last Sunday and sitting second to one of Lektra Scarlett’s offspring in Black Spring in the Greyhound of the Year award.
But it was Cryer’s Ricky, from the first Spring Gun mating, that ultimately brought about the mating of Cryer’s Midget with the Group 1-winning Spud Regis.
Still the Tara Raceway 400 metre record-holder at 22.78 seconds after 3½ years, Cryer’s Ricky also won the inaugural Summer Classic (512 m) back in 2015, the brindle dog gaining a start in the final as a reserve after Mojito Mayhem was scratched.
Ironically, Cryer’s Ricky defeated Mojito Mayhem’s kennelmate Future Past in the final in a quick 29.96 seconds and in winning also picked up a service to Spud Regis which had been donated by Brian Treloar.
Earlier at last Sunday’s meeting, It’s Poppy brought up her second win from four starts when defeating Causing Drama by three-quarters of a length in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) in 23.38 seconds.
Owned and trained at Portland by Robert Halliday, It’s Poppy is by General Destini out of Guru Doll, the mating to the winner of 23 races and $270,000 in stakemoney coming about after the running of the 2017 Summer Classic.
Halliday had the promising Hutch engaged in the final, the black dog defeating Blitz And Bolt and also winning a service to General Destini, donated by Norm and Janis Rinaldi.
An earlier Guru Doll litter (by Cosmic Rumble) resulted in Halliday enjoying plenty of success with Odd Boots. Already, he has also won with two other members of the General Destini litter in Local Brew and Rotate.
Meanwhile, the Adelaide-based Nineofus (plus two) Syndicate, managed by Ross Schurgott, will be down for Sunday’s meeting and no doubt hoping for another forward showing from Silent Jacko.
The son of Kinloch Brae and Bonnie’s Secret was an impressive winner last Sunday at Tara Raceway when clocking a quick 22.92 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.
He looks to be a good pick-up for the syndicate, having now won three races from 10 starts and clashing with another of their dogs in Tara Trackstar winner Flash Jackie in Sunday’s Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
Silent Jacko was purchased in July virtually ready to race from Clergate breeder David Pringle who had told the syndicate that he believed the brindle dog would be well placed at Mount Gambier.
“So far his assessment of Silent Jacko has been pretty well spot on,” Schurgott said. “Mind you, he wasn’t a cheap buy.”
The syndicate will also be able to check out their latest purchase, the Peckham-trained Squishy Peas, who will make his Tara Raceway debut in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m).
A winner of 10 races in Victoria, the beautifully-bred Squishy Peas is by Fernando Bale out of Secret Spell, a winner of 23 races and $276,000 in stakemoney.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Thursday’s time-graded meetings at Tara Raceway continue to acknowledge the need that exists within greyhound racing to accommodate all levels of dogs with the opportunity to continue to compete.
Case in point – Mr. Agro, Noosa Parade and Ace Gone Wild – all ranging in age between 4½ and 5¾, all with more than 100 starts to their name, and all winners at last Thursday’s meeting.
Mr. Agro and Shadrack pretty well went stride for stride in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 metres), the former getting in the bob of the head on the line for Charlton owner-trainer Kevin Ashton when running 24.16 seconds.
For the January 2014 son of Bobby Boucheau and 10-race winner Lacey Underall, Mr. Agro’s win was only his fourth in a 101-start career and a real drought-breaker given that it was his first success in more than two years.
“He certainly doesn’t win out of turn,” Ashton said. “But as far as this year has been concerned, he did miss six months of racing while the syndicate that previously raced him sorted out their ownership issues before ultimately signing him over to me.
“But as his winning time suggests, the time-graded and six-dog format give him the opportunity to remain in the system and hopefully win another race or two.”
Noosa Parade, a January 2015 son of Collision x Miss Black Fern, brought up his tenth win – his past seven being at Tara Raceway – at start number 121 when leading all the way in the Gambier Vets Stake (600 m), defeating Rooster by 3¾ lengths in 35.50 seconds.
Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton’s last win with Noosa Parade had been back in early June when the black dog had defeated Cryer’s Plugger over 732 metres prior to turning in some recent solid performances behind Black Spring and Saint David.
With a time-graded rating of 5.75, Noosa Parade, after gaining a start in the middle-distance event, appreciated a fair drop in class and as such would have derived plenty from the confidence-boosting win.
Mount Moriac owner-trainer Kevin Ward, one of the Thursday regulars at Tara Raceway, brought up his 16th winner at the track this year when Ace Gone Wild defeated Slipaway Bolt and the early leader Penny La Moment in a time of 23.60 seconds in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m).
Ward also bred Ace Gone Wild, a son of Cosmic Chief and boasting strong US ties through his dam, Sandown Park winner Princess Douglas who is by US sire Craigie Whistler out of Bo Douglas (a daughter of EJ’s Douglas).
The five-year-old Ace Gone Wild has now raced on 115 occasions for Ward for 17 wins, 26 minor placings and more than $20,000 in stakemoney.
More often than not, greyhounds by the time they have raced on more than 100 occasions have done the rounds and seen a few different trainers. Not this trio, though – all still with their first trainers.
Rockbank-based Wade Green, another Thursday regular, trained his 26th winner for the year at Tara Raceway when Everlasting Love, having her first start at the track, led all the way in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) to defeat kennelmate Yeppy Allen by 2½ lengths in 23.59 seconds.
The fifth trainer for the former NSW-based daughter of Barcia Bale x High Class Love, Green picked up the black bitch earlier this month after she had been advertised on an internet site as a giveaway with early speed.
The win was Everlasting Love’s second, her first coming 12 months ago when she had been successful at the Gardens over 400 metres.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Scott Weston, in charge of Sky Racing Broadcast Operations, was at Tara Raceway on Thursday to oversee the first trial of remote race calling for the time-graded meeting.
With 100 greyhound meetings conducted annually at Tara Raceway, cost implications are obviously significant when it comes to race calling, Mount Gambier one of the most difficult areas to access in a convenient and affordable manner.
Tabcorp’s trial yesterday saw Jim Jacques call the first five races at the track before Matt Jackson took over the calling from Sky Racing headquarters at Frenchs Forest in NSW.
For Weston, who will be back at Tara Raceway for Sunday’s meeting, as will a back-up caller from Adelaide, it was a busy day.
“This is our first venture into remote race calling and there is still more testing to do. But the remote call sounded pretty good on Sky,” he said.
And from an on-course perspective, by the time race 12 came around those in attendance could have been excused for thinking that Jackson had been calling at Tara Raceway and not 1200 kilometres away at Frenchs Forest.