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Mt G Greyhounds
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Smart Knocka, locally-bred and part-owned at Compton by Tracie Price, opened his Victorian winning account at Ballarat over 450 metres last night.
Having his first start for the powerful Thompson kennel, Smart Knocka quickly found the front from box six and was never headed when running a smart time of 25.20 seconds.
By Knocka Norris out of Who’s Doing What, the blue dog switched kennels earlier this month after a big 2018 with Price which saw him run second in the SA Derby, win the Adelaide Cup Consolation – both at Angle Park – and also win the Peter Rocket Winter Classic at Tara Raceway.
Whelped in September 2016, the lightly-raced Smart Knocka has now won eight races and run three minor placings from 17 starts for stakemoney of more than $25,000.
Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Record-breaking Mount Gambier trainer Tracie Price will be presented with the inaugural Ian Badger Trainer of the Year award at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Badger was the South East Greyhound Racing Club’s first leading trainer in 1979-80 – the trophy on display at Tara Raceway in the club’s memorabilia section – when racing was conducted at Glenburnie.
One of the driving forces behind the sport in the early days of mechanical hare racing, in 1996 he was awarded posthumous life membership of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club after having died on March 31, 1995 at the age of 46.
During 2018, Price trained 137 winners , 124½ seconds and 102 thirds, a couple of the highlights being Rockoon’s 29.28 seconds 512 metres track record on July 1 and the home-grown Smart Knocka’s Peter Rocket Winter Classic win.
MGGRC president John Woodland said this week that the club was delighted that Ian Badger’s wife Judy Sellen was making the trip down from Adelaide for Sunday’s presentation.
The Greyhound of the Year award will also be presented on Sunday – to Paraphernalia who, in a stirring battle, defeated Oh No Beta by two points when registering 13 wins, four seconds and three thirds.
Owned by Chris Johnson and trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, the son of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco won the Metal Worx Iron Dog series, was a finalist in the Mount Gambier Cup and Anniversary Cup as well as representing Mount Gambier in the SA Country Cup at Angle Park.
A rising five-year-old, Paraphernalia has enjoyed a wonderful career, so far racing on 142 occasions for 37 wins, 23 seconds and 13 thirds for stakemoney close to $83,000.
Now set to see out his career at Tara Raceway in the care of Cape Bridgewater trainer Scott Blacksell, Paraphernalia has raced four times this year at the local track for a win and two close seconds – all in top company.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
For Penshurst greyhound Jimary Siesta, last Sunday’s win at Tara Raceway in the Produce Store Stake (512 metres) was her first since July 4, 2018 when she had been successful at Wentworth Park over the staying journey of 720 metres.
And for her trainer, Brendan Bunworth, it had been his first win back after a break from the sport of 4½ years – his last winner at Tara Raceway being with the more than handy chaser Sir Lenny who defeated Striking Viking on September 26, 2014.
Jimary Siesta’s three length win over the consistent Lone Star in 30.33 seconds was her first in SA after previous successes at Ipswich, Lismore, Grafton and Sydney’s city track.
Unfortunately for Bunworth – a one-time Tara Raceway regular who enjoyed plenty of success with his then Casterton-based team – work commitments prevented him from being on-course last Sunday, Tony Harding of Hamilton handling the blue bitch.
A rising four-year-old, Jimary Siesta is by Cosmic Rumble out of Harpo Lady, unraced but well-bred, being by Bond x Al Fresco (a city-winning stayer that all told won 20 races).
From a litter by Pure Octane, Al Fresco produced Mantra Lad, a winner of 26 races and $456,000 in stakemoney while among a Malfoy x Al Fresco litter was Mantra Miss, at one time the Tara Raceway record holder over both the 512 metre and 732 metre distances and later the dam of former 600 metre record holder Miss Jacovella.
Jimary Siesta had raced before at Tara Raceway, running second over 600 metres in late September after Penola trainer Damien Smith had acquired her from NSW earlier that month.
But despite some impressive trial performances, she failed to replicate the efforts on race days, Smith soon opting to move her on via the internet site Greyhound-Data.
About this time Bunworth had been looking for an outlet away from work – something, perhaps, that his three children could also take an interest in. The posting on-line for Jimary Siesta, as a virtual giveaway, came along at the right time and all of a sudden the 35-year-old was back in dogs.
Meanwhile, earlier last Sunday, Smith also tasted success when Kermy’s Gem – after two close-up second placings – led all the way to defeat Like A Rocket by 3¼ lengths in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) in 23.56 seconds.
A recent addition to Smith’s kennels after being recently purchased for $2000 from Victoria, the son of Paw Licking and Hayley’s Gem is the third winning dog he’s been associated with since relocating to Penola in the latter part of last year.
In between breeding a litter by Aston Dee Bee out of Majestic Tale last month, Smith has also been successful at Tara Raceway with Mulan and with Lektra Guiseppe at Tara Raceway, Angle Park and Horsham.
Monday, January 28, 2019
Former NSW greyhound Jacobite Joseph, after three minor placings at Tara Raceway last year, finally put it altogether for Ararat owner-trainer Paul Hammerstein at last Wednesday’s time-graded meeting in Mount Gambier.
A well-supported $2.10 favourite from box seven in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 metres), the black dog rounded up early leader Glenville Callie down the back straight before careering away to a 10 length win over Ballet Creek in a best of day time of 30.19 seconds.
Hammerstein put the impressive win down to better box manners. “It’s the first time he’s ever jumped,” he said.
By 37-race winner Al Moran out of Moonshine Whippy, a daughter of Kiacatoo Pearl (the dam of Shakey Jakey, retired to stud after one record-breaking start over 520 metres at Wentworth Park), Jacobite Joseph is a litter brother to Billy Moran, a winner of three Tara Raceway races in September-October 2018.
Jacobite Joseph found his way down to Ararat after copping a three month suspension for marring at Dubbo in March last year. And while Hammerstein has since also won races with the dog at Horsham, Traralgon, Angle Park, Shepparton and Bendigo he said there had been ongoing starting box issues which he hoped had now been resolved.
“The trouble was he was getting his muzzle off in the boxes and this in turn was causing a few problems in the catching pen,” he said.
“In the end, Greyhound Racing Victoria ruled that Jacobite Joseph would be required to race in what is known as a three-bar anti-aggression muzzle.
“Made by Miller’s Muzzles, this seems to have done the trick because the muzzle is now still on him when he’s completed the race.”
But come Saturday night at Horsham and Jacobite Joseph’s better box manners had once again deserted him when he made a real mess of the start in a grade five 485 metre event.
He had no trouble finding the fence from box three, though, railing throughout and taking the lead in the home straight before charging away to a 4½ length win in 27.67 seconds – race caller Paul Hammond describing the effort as herculean.
And Billy Moran, trained by Hammerstein’s father, Doug, wrapped up a good night for the family when winning the last – a grade five event over 410 metres.
Gitcha Loaded’s win in last Wednesday’s Klaassens Contractors Maiden Stake (512 m) made for a better day for Rockbank trainer Lewis Green after the Healesville meeting on the Friday prior when he was hit with three late scratchings for weight variation and a $300 fine to go with it.
“It was just one of those days,” he said. “I was attending a funeral and sent the dogs to Healesville with another trainer only to be informed later that Galactic Cheetah, Dee Jakit and Damo’s Pineapple had all been scratched.”
By Tomac Bale out of Rose Buzzard, a winner of 14 races over 400 metres at the Gardens and Gosford, Gitcha Loaded was purchased in November by Green after the black and white dog had commenced his racing career at Ipswich.
“Initially we had a few injury problems with him but now that he’s been able to put a few runs together hopefully he will continue to improve,” said Green, who currently has 15 dogs in work.
Gitcha Loaded, who was whelped in April 2016 and has now raced on 10 occasions, was his trainer’s second winner at Tara Raceway, Dee Jakit successful back in November.
Fantastic Fox ran Gitcha Loaded to a head for Winslow trainer Paul Teuma whose last winner had been at Tara Raceway with Clyde’s Girl back in July last year.
But Teuma turned the tables in the following event, the Winningformula.net.au Maiden Stake (400 m), when Chelsea Road defeated the Green-trained Walk With Yessam by 1½ lengths in 23.85 seconds.
By Oaks Road out of Cawbourne Pilfer, a winner of eight races in New Zealand, the pint-sized Chelsea Road was picked up by Teuma as a giveaway from NSW 12 months ago.
Training honours for the day went the way of Wade Green, who, after a time-graded double on January 9 followed up with a treble last Wednesday with virtual all the way winners Janray Mazel Tov, Tron’s Empire and Raloo Barbara.
It was another big day for the Rockbank-based Green who on November 30 last year had a real day out when training five winners – Janray Mazel Tov, Buzz Off Mumma, Conde, Nitro Heroine and Tron’s Empire – at his first visit to Tara Raceway.
Meanwhile, leading trainer Tracie Price of Compton landed doubles on two tracks – Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge – on Sunday.
Shannah’s Gift finished too strongly for Azumi Striker and Another Scenario in what was an impressive win by 4¾ lengths in 23.28 in the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) while Whatta Knocka led all the way for a 23.08 seconds five length win over Cryer’s Harper in the Australia Day Open Stake (400 m).
Later, Price tasted success for the first time at Murray Bridge’s new track when Wise Stella and Maunganui Magic were successful in 395 metre events.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club this week announced that Fairthorne Forestry had agreed to taking over the naming rights of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup, which will now be badged as the 2019 Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup.
First conducted in 1981, and as a Group Listed event from last year when won by Xtreme Caution, the cup – expected to rise to Group 3 status by 2021 – is run over 512 metres and carries $15,000 plus bonuses to the winner.
As announced last week, the bonuses refer to the linking by Greyhound Racing SA of the Murray Bridge Cup final on Sunday, March 17 over 455 metres and the Mount Gambier Cup final on Sunday, March 31.
A $5000 bonus will be paid if the same dog can win both the Murray Bridge Cup and Mount Gambier Cup while a trainer bonus, also worth $5000, will be paid if the same trainer can win both cups (SA or interstate trainer, with same or different dogs).
In making the announcement this week, Fairthorne director Richard Synnot said his company was looking forward to being involved with Mount Gambier greyhound racing’s biggest meeting of the year.
“We’re firmly entrenched in the region, Fairthorne Forestry being a family company that owns and harvests its own pines and blue gums in the south east of South Australia and in south west Victoria,” he said.
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club conducts more than 70 race meetings annually, all covered on Radio TAB and Sky Racing nationally. As such, Fairthorne Forestry will also be included in the naming of races on a week to week basis.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for the widely-travelled Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott.
First, he hit a kangaroo on the way home from Angle Park, doing considerable damage to his van. Then Nix Jakit, one of the top fancies in the recent Sims Memorial, took a tumble on the first turn in one of the heats.
But Nix Jakit, a daughter of Collision and Cyanide, quickly bounced back at Tara Raceway last Sunday when leading all the way in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) for a 3½ length win over Tennessee Rain in 23.34 seconds.
Three days later Abbott was at The Meadows, Nix Jakit equal to the task of a fair step up in class – a Tara Raceway short course maiden to a grade 7 over 525 metres – when leading all the way.
Earlier in the day, Abbott had Black Spring engaged in a heat of the GRV Vic Bred series (600 m). Away very slowly, the son of Spring Gun x Lektra Scarlett made up a heap of ground to eventually go down by 1½ lengths.
Black Spring is now through to the $9060-to-the-winner final, to be run on Saturday, February 2 at The Meadows but before that will take on some pretty fair middle-distance performers including Paraphernalia and Cryer’s Plugger in Sunday’s Australia Day Open Stake (600 m) at Tara Raceway.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
They don’t come much better bred than Rose Ali, a newcomer to David Peckham’s Allendale East kennels and having her first start from box four in Sunday’s Metal Worx Maiden Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
By My Bro Fabio, she’s out of Born Ali, a daughter of Velocette and Born Princess, and a winner of 20 races which accumulated more than $250,000 in stakemoney.
Whelped in March 2017, Rose Ali’s litter is already shaping up pretty well – Grace Ali having raced 11 times for two wins and more than $14,000 in stakemoney while up in Queensland Rasheda has won three races from nine starts for $12,500 in stakemoney.
Track Of Time has won only one race from eight starts but has picked up $15,500 in stakemoney. The star of the litter so far, though, is Sweet As Emm who has raced on 11 occasions for six wins and stake earnings of more than $28,000.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Local owner Troy Casey won his first race at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when No Song, trained by Nicole Stanley, led all the way to bring up her second win in eight starts in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (512 metres).
Casey is one of four members of the Son Of Vadar Syndicate that races No Song, having her first race start at Tara Raceway after previously racing in Adelaide where she won her maiden over 388 metres at Angle Park early last month.
On track for last Sunday’s win, this is his first involvement in the sport, the syndicate purchasing the May 2017 black bitch as a pup.
Also in the syndicate is Adam Burda, of West Richmond, who bred No Song, a daughter of Fabregas and Kaos Chloe, a 23-race chaser that ran five minor placings.
No Song would have found Sunday’s grade six event somewhat easier than that night back in November at Angle Park when she ran into boom Adelaide youngster Sennachie who carved out a blistering 29.52 seconds for the 515 metre journey.
All the same, No Song’s three length win over a couple of more than handy types in Summer Storm and Moraine Pippa in the second-fastest time of the day – 30.35 seconds – suffice to say, was impressive enough for Stanley to nominate her for The Meadows tomorrow.
Sunday’s winner is also shaping up as another contender for Stanley in next month’s Summer Classic – a fourth placing behind Menzel Boys in the 2016 final with Rowchester Star the closest she’s so far come to winning the event – the Portland trainer looking likely to hold a strong hand in the age-restricted series for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2017.
And while the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will be conducting an 11-race time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway tomorrow, Stanley will also have Candy Chimes, School Report, Tennessee Rain and Miss Patchouli engaged at The Meadows.
Also at The Meadows are Sims Memorial winning trainer Nifty Lenehan with Oshkosh Nar and Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott who has Black Spring, Nix Jakit, Bab’s Jakit and Bowled Harro engaged.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Springvale Alysa’s outstanding front-running effort to hold out Paraphernalia and win the JB Irrigation Open Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.05 seconds at Tara Raceway last Sunday continued the black bitch’s amazing run at Tara Raceway.
It’s now been nine months since the daughter of Dyna Double One and Springvale Cool, purchased as a maiden from Adelaide, had her first run at Tara Raceway, resulting in a 512 metre win over Azumi Striker in 30.81 seconds.
Since then Springvale Alysa, trained and part-owned at Kongorong by John Little in partnership with Liz Newberry and Kevin Mullan, has never been out of a place at the Mount Gambier track – racing there a further 17 times for nine wins, four seconds and four thirds.
It’s been a good start to the year for the trio, racing under the banner of the Bungaloo Syndicate, a recent purchase in Yappy Allen also successful at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
And speaking of good starts to the year, Compton trainer Tracie Price, the 2018 Ian Badger Leading Trainer at Tara Raceway with 137 winners, has already led in 11 winners, six seconds and six thirds at the four meetings run at the local track in 2019.
While experiencing little joy at Murray Bridge on Sunday, Price shared training honours with Little at Tara Raceway when Dimora Flash brought up two wins in a row with a dashing front-running display in a best of day 23.04 seconds in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (400 m).
Blazing Moment made it a running double in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m), the widely-travelled sprinter chasing Cosmic Ann early before gaining a rails run and finishing the stronger to win by three-quarters of a length in 23.22 seconds.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Portland greyhound Twisted Missile ran right up to her quick heat win of last week when successful in Sunday’s Val and Col Sims Memorial Maiden final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.
Having only her second race start, the Neville “Nifty” Lenehan trained daughter of Nitro Burst x Harper Seven burst out of box eight, cutting down sharply soon after and then chasing School Report into the back straight before taking over the running.
From then on the 24.9 kilogram black bitch never looked in any danger of defeat, eventually running out a 3¾ lengths winner in 30.50 seconds over School Report while Rooster and Oshkosh Nar both worked home well for third and fourth respectively.
It was an emotional weekend for the Sims family with the funeral of Ian, a son of Val and Col Sims and also a life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc., having been conducted in Mount Gambier on the Saturday.
But on Sunday the family came together at the greyhound track like never before.
Handling the presentation was Kevin “KD” Douglas, who recalled a long-time association with Ian Sims while Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president John Woodland spoke on behalf of the club.
“We thank you for your attendance today during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again next year – in happier circumstances – for the Sims Memorial Maiden,” he said.
And Sims Memorial co-ordinator, daughter Lorraine Webber, made the presentation to Twisted Missile’s handler Nicole Stanley who stood in for Lenehan, a name synonymous with greyhound racing in Western Victoria.
It was also an emotional day for the winner’s trainer. But Stanley, who won the memorial in 2016 with Rowchester Star and trained this year’s runner-up, did him proud in her acceptance speech.
For Lenehan, Sunday’s win was his second feature race success at Tara Raceway – King Obama successful in the Blue Lake 600, a middle-distance event that complemented the 2017 Mount Gambier Cup carnival.
On that occasion, King Obama, who gained a run in the final off the reserve bench, led all the way to defeat Jasmine Lilly by six lengths in 35.60 seconds.
Lenehan, who still has six unnamed littermates of Twisted Missile – whelped in November 2016 – to put through their paces, is undecided at this stage where Sunday’s front-running winner will head next.
“To be honest, I’m not really sure. We’re heading to The Meadows on Wednesday so I might even give her a trial there and see how she handles the track,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s Sims Memorial final has also thrown up a few contenders for next month’s Summer Classic, a Special Event run over 512 metres for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2017.
Second, third and fourth placegetters in the final – School Report, Rooster and Oshkosh Nar – all fit the bill from age point of view, as do other finalists Cleansing Ale, Candy Chimes and Bourne Thanks.
Heats of the Summer Classic will be run on Sunday, February 17 with the final the following Sunday.