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Mt G Greyhounds
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The monthly grade five 400 metre heats and final events continue to be well-supported by owners and trainers with last Sunday’s short-course scampers attracting four heats.
As a result, the first two placegetters from each heat will contest this Sunday’s final – Cheyenne Black taking the time honours with a personal best 23.10 seconds in the final heat, the Gambier Vets Stake.
Raced by Serviceton couple Valerie and David Brodhurst, Cheyenne Black, which had been unplaced at her past two starts over 512 metres, appreciated the drop back in distance when leading all the way from box two to defeat Secret Mantra, which chased the leader throughout, by 3¾ lengths.
Allendale East trainer Connie Miller’s Bushman’s Faith kicked off the heats in dashing style with an all the way 2¼ length win in the Berringa Park Stake over Galactic Dragon in another personal best of 23.20 seconds.
A son of Magic Sprite, Bushman’s Faith relocated from Victoria in mid-August and has really taken to Tara Raceway, having now won three 400 metre races and one over 512 metres from only six starts.
Pintail, back after a three-month injury spell, wrapped up a good day for Compton trainer Tracie Price when successful in the second heat – the Allestree Holiday Units Stake.
The beautifully-bred daughter of Bekim Bale and Flying Machine, after an early tussle with Rosie Bay, found the front and ran away to defeat that greyhound by 3¾ lengths in 23.47 seconds.
The win was the final leg of a treble for Price after Real Moment in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) made amends for a recent close second behind kennelmate Marlow Moment and Shannah’s Might took full advantage of a drop in class to impressively win the Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
The treble resulted in Price’s seventh win in seven days at Tara Raceway with Grumpy Jim, Fear The Rascal and Marlow Moment successful on Sunday, September 18 and Rose Limes on Friday, September 23.
Kerry Hawker and Michael Robinson’s $500 greyhound Gentle Moment bounced back for another win when successful in the third heat – the Produce Store Stake.
On the pace early, Gentle Moment found the front turning for home and held off Dark Nemesis – a huge run after losing five lengths when stumbling at the start – to win by a neck in 23.65 seconds.
The win was the culmination of a good weekend for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell who at the Friday meeting was successful with Black Peer in a Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) Pathway heat.
David Peckham, of Allendale East, was another trainer to enjoy a good weekend after Goldie’s Run won the Trackside Meats Maiden (512 m) on Friday while his litter brother Blitz And Bolt and Thanks Captain were successful on Sunday in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) and Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m).
Meanwhile, carrying over from last week-end’s double meeting will be five finals on Sunday – maidens (400 m, 512 m), grade six (512 m), grade five (400 m) and a Pathway (400 m).
Also adding plenty of interest to the 12-event card will be three higher grade races to be run over Tara Raceway’s three distances.
In the WinningFormula.net.au Mixed Stake (400 m) Galactic Tsunami will be chasing three consecutive wins when he takes on last start winner Real Moment while Thanks Captain will also be looking for a hat-trick in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m).
And in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake, seasoned middle-distance performers Glenville Jester and Old Jock will take on Julie’s Love, Hay Miss and Ari which fought out last Friday’s 600 metre South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Warracknabeal greyhound Elbow Room impressed with a stylish win in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon.
Having his first run over the middle-distance journey, he quickly found a forward spot from box one before taking over the running down the back straight and then holding out race favourite Old Jock to score by 2¼ lengths.
Elbow Room’s time of 35.38 seconds was the quickest run at the track since Brazen Bomber clocked 35.33 seconds to win the Koroit 600 at the end of June.
The winner is raced by husband and wife team Ian and Jill Bibby under the banner of the Thirteenth Syndicate – so named because both their birthdays are on the 13th (in January and May) while Elbow Room’s birthday is also on January 13.
And in keeping with the number 13 theme, as it happened Sunday’s win was the black dog’s 13th. His first though at Tara Raceway after four previous attempts over 512 metres.
By College Causeway out of Lavana – a winner of 12 races, half of which were over 720 metres at Wentworth Park – Elbow Room was purchased by Bibby from Tatura owner Jim Auld after running a tidy 23.92 seconds for the 425 metre journey at Bendigo’s Ready2Race Sale in 2014.
“He certainly wasn’t a cheap purchase,” Bibby said. “But after kicking off with heat, semi-final and final wins in a GRV Vic. Bred maiden series at Shepparton in early 2015, and prizemoney now of more than $33,000, things have worked out pretty well.”
Meanwhile, in last Friday’s 600 metre event, the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake, Julie’s Love opened her middle-distance account for Sandford trainer Brad Mitchem.
Away fairly from box one, the daughter of Zulu Zeus and Paua Of Love stayed in touch with the leader Hay Miss before finishing too strongly in the home straight for a 1¾ length win in 35.54 seconds.
The win completed a couple of good days for Mitchem after Simply Ready, which is trained for him by Derek Coldstream in WA, won his seventh race when successful at Mandurah the previous night.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Saint Fox’s win in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 metres), the first of two heats for grade six greyhounds, at Tara Raceway last Friday resulted in a quick return for Mortlake owner-trainer Paul Herry.
The brindle bitch, which had won her past two starts at the track for previous trainer Ray Mahony, settled in third spot behind Sense Of Humour and Rico Jakit before moving out on the home turn and finishing strongly to defeat the Peter Hubbard-trained early leader by a head in 30.67 seconds.
Lektra Munster is also through to Sunday’s final after running home well for third spot as is Dream Dazzler which had no luck when running fourth.
The win of Saint Fox, a daughter of Spring Gun x Real Frosty, was Herry’s first at the local track since Cairnlea Red back in February with the purchase taking place only a fortnight ago when he was trialling at the Koroit track.
“I happened to say to Peter (track proprietor Peter Byrne) that I was looking for another dog to race and he mentioned that Saint Fox, which he bred, was for sale.
“So the deal was done and dusted pretty quickly and in no time flat I’m back among the winners,” a delighted Herry said.
And he’s now got a busy week coming up with Saint Fox drawn in box five in a Mixed 6/7 heat (525 metres) at The Meadows tomorrow before returning to Tara Raceway for Sunday’s final.
After a narrow defeat in the first heat, Hubbard regained his “sense of humour” in heat two when Little Showgun led all the way to defeat an improving Blitz And Bolt by a half length with Another Mai and Gemma Eagle not far away in third and fourth spots.
By Tomac Bale x Serial Chiller, Little Showgun (a litter brother to Sense Of Humour) carved out a handy 30.30 seconds and followed on from a maiden win over Azumi Swift at the previous meeting.
Hubbard was also successful at Tara Raceway last week with Cairnlea Lewis which he reported had since been sold and was now with Merrimu trainer Andrew Xerri.
FIRST WINNERS FOR LOCAL LITTERS
Azumi Touch (Comic Rumble x Elite Touch) produced her first winner last Friday when Azumi Swift, after three minor placings, impressed in a heat of the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (512 m).
Drawn awkwardly in box six, Azumi Swift took over the running going into the back straight and on the line had three lengths to spare over the slow-starting Digger Two in a more than handy 30.39 seconds.
The nicely-conformed black bitch is trained at Worrolong by Lee Bartholomew and raced in partnership with husband Steve, with the pair also breeding the litter.
In a 73-start career, Azumi Touch, which has since whelped to Dyna Tron, won 15 races at Tara Raceway and one at Angle Park as well as accumulating 24 minor placings.
Joining Azumi Swift and Digger Two in the final will be Delcorn Potts and Podium Time while in the second heat (Trackside Meats Maiden Stake) the David Peckham trained Goldie’s Run took a first turn opening before going on to a two length win in 30.67 seconds.
Running home well for second behind Goldie’s Run was the Price-trained Lady Shannah which was having her first start as a rising 3½-year-old. By Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star, Lady Shannah is a litter sister to proven performers Fear The Rascal and Shannah’s Might.
And making up the 512 metre maiden final field for Sunday will be Easy Betts which made a real mess of the start and Cudgee’s Myla which should be better for the run.
The Tracie Price trained Rose Limes won on debut for the Bouchier brothers – Bernie and Kevin. The win came after she chased Suspicious Col for much of the journey before lunging on the line for a nose victory in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).
The black bitch is the first of the Banjo Boy x Nicky’s Moment litter (bred at Compton by Price) to win after a first litter by Spring Gun produced Winter Classic winner Stylish Moment, Sakanon Moment (18 wins) and Bourne Cheeky.
Suspicious Col continues to race well without winning for Portland couple Rebecca Smith and Callan Ward who, together with their family, will soon relocate to Ballarat.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
There was added interest in Friday’s Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway after caller Jim Jacques announced prior to the running of race eight that there was still one live ticket in the final leg of the Bartholomew Pick 6.
The Pick 6 is a free competition run at the weekly greyhound meeting for on-course patrons who are required to pick the winners of races three through to eight.
The competition had last been won on March 13, 2015 when Chris Johnson of Horsham picked up more than $900 after he successfully selected Brazen Beauty, Marlow Moment, Mi Diablo, Mega Moment, Paranoia and Brazen Bull.
Mind you, it probably helped that Johnson had owned three of the winning six!
Turns out on Friday that Kevin Jones, a Tara Raceway regular and a track volunteer, was the last man standing after Azumi Swift ($2.30), Goldie’s Run ($3.80), Julie’s Love ($2.45), Saint Fox ($4.40) and Little Showgun ($1.90) won the first five legs.
Jones, the first patron to reach the last leg since Johnson 18 months earlier, was hoping for an $820 pay-day with the Don Turner trained He’s Innocent, a $5.50 chance from box six.
Berry Bling quickly found the front from box one and Jacques entered into the spirit of the occasion as the field took the first turn when calling “right behind her is He’s Innocent for Jonesy”.
The race ultimately developed into a two-dog affair but He’s Innocent was unable to run down Berry Bling which on the line had 1½ lengths to spare in a quick 29.99 seconds.
“I certainly got a run for my money,” Jones said. “And it made for a change because usually I bomb out in the first leg.”
For sure, Jonesy had given it his best shot.
It was a successful return to the track for Berry Bling, a daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Lady Bling, which had been off the track for three months due to a toe injury.
The win was the first leg of a double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who wrapped up another good day at the track after Mr Caudo was later successful in the JB Irrigation Masters Stake (400 m).
Mr Caudo’s win saw the veteran chaser move into third spot in the Greyhound of the Year award and also was Stanley’s 50th Tara Raceway win this year.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
It’s been an interesting journey for Allendale East greyhound Thanks Captain since defeating Stampy Longnose in a maiden 512 metre event at Tara Raceway some 14 months ago.
Owned at Happy Valley by Ross Schurgott, who purchased the son of Fabregas and Zadar Belle as a pup, the David Peckham trained black dog has since gone on to win a further five races, all in good style.
His latest win was last Sunday at Tara Raceway when he took the lead down the back in the Gordon Refrigeration Feature Grade Five final (512 m) and then held off strong finishes from He’s Innocent and Fascinated.
The win was a far cry from late last year when connections opted to place him in Adelaide for a stint of racing and where at Gawler he failed to pass a very generous time standard in a 531 metre qualifying trial.
Needless to say, Thanks Captain, often referred to as the “reluctant racer” because of a general attitude problem at times when it came to anything remotely connected to greyhound racing, quickly found himself back in Mount Gambier.
Later, a win over smart type Ireland’s Oyster in April at odds of $35 had Schurgott and Peckham cautiously hoping that perhaps Thanks Captain might have turned the corner.
Maybe he had, but they found themselves having to wait another four months after he sustained an injury.
Thanks Captain, which resumed at the end of August with a 400 metre win, continues to race with what appears to be renewed vigour after a couple of close seconds preceded the feature grade five win in 30.36 seconds.
The Captain will now take on a classy field in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m). This is the sort of race that should give his owner and trainer a fair idea of whether he’s really come in from the cold.
And whether he’s shrugged off that reluctant racer tag.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sandford trainer Brad Mitchem will be hoping Julie’s Love can turn the tables on Hay Miss when the pair clashes again on Friday in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway.
At last Sunday’s meeting Hay Miss had quickly found a forward spot in the mixed 600 metre event and was able to hold out Julie’s Love to win by a neck with a further head back to the John Cameron trained Jasmine Lilly.
The win came on the back of four consecutive seconds at Tara Raceway and was the second leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley after Travel Ticket also broke an exasperating run of minor placings to win the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Julie’s Love, a granddaughter of the Group 1-winning bitch Paua To Burn, hasn’t won since defeating the Stanley-trained Berry Bling at the end of May although Tara Raceway regulars have witnessed many fast-finishing placings from her since then.
And probably none more impressive than the effort last Sunday – after having raced over 731 metres only three days earlier at Angle Park – when she was standing the leaders up many lengths down the back straight before yet another powerful finish.
Julie’s Love has drawn box one again on Friday and with Hay Miss alongside her it should be another interesting race, even more so with the Cameron-trained runner Fascinated drawn in box five.
The diminutive Fascinated, which tips the scales at around 24 kilograms, is yet to race over 600 metres but the manner in which she stormed home over 512 metres last Sunday would suggest she should be suited to more ground.
CLASSIC WINNER RETURNS
Lektra Munster, winner of last month’s Banjo Boy Winter Classic at Tara Raceway, returns on Friday and looks well drawn in box eight in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) which is the first heat of a grade six series.
Now in the kennels of Brian Weis, Lektra Munster had little luck at his first start for the Portland trainer when unplaced over 450 metres at Warrnambool last week.
By Fabregas x Supreme Vision, the October 2014 black dog is one of a handy winning litter that also includes Lektra Boss (which picked up a cool $7500 when winning the GRV Vic Bred Series final at Horsham on Tuesday afternoon), Lektra Utah, Lektra Peck, Lektra Lucy, Lektra Boss and Lektra Aly.
Another member of the litter is the David Williams trained Lektra Ash which ran third in the classic final and has drawn box five in Friday’s first heat.
Also back at Tara Raceway in new hands is box one runner Saint Fox which won a maiden final over 512 metres early this month.
Now owned and trained by Paul Herry of Mortlake, Saint Fox led all the way from box six in the final and despite running wide in the home straight was able to hold out subsequent winner Blitz And Bolt in 30.65 seconds.
Adding further interest to the heat are Sense Of Humour and Dream Dazzler which have drawn boxes three and seven respectively. Little separated the pair when they filled the placings behind Marcling in last Sunday’s Produce Store Stake (512 m).
With Grassmere trainer Peter Hubbard for only a couple of weeks, Sense Of Humour looked lost at her first run on the track and should be improved by the outing.
Dream Dazzler, a winner of two races over 515 metres at Angle Park this year, improved at her second start at Tara Raceway and looks a coming winner for Nicole Stanley.
Lewiston trainer Don Turner, after wins with Hotham Flyer and Marcling at the past two meetings, holds a strong hand in the second heat with Another Mai (box two), twice a winner at Gawler over 531 metres this month and third at Angle Park (515 m) on Monday night.
Don Nunn and Tracie Price combine again with box six runner Miss Mostly which is yet to race at Tara Raceway but was a smart 30.09 seconds 515 metre Sandown winner in May.
And further depth to the heat is added by way of Stanley’s Col’s Wallett, a winner of two 410 metre races at Horsham and Hubbard’s Little Showgun, a litter brother to Sense Of Humour, and an impressive 512 metre maiden winner last Sunday.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Compton greyhound Fear The Rascal finished too strongly to score a narrow win over a classy Life Members Gift field at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Owned locally by Don Nunn and trained by Tracie Price, the white and blue dog, once finding the outside on the first turn from box five, always looked comfortable as he tracked Galactic Viper and Fiorelli Rose down the back.
And he was always going to be hard to hold out as he ranged up on the home turn before unleashing a strong finishing burst to grab the Nicole Stanley trained Fiorelli Rose on the line to win by a head in 30.22 seconds for the 512 metre journey.
The Barry Shepheard trained Galactic Viper, also owned locally by his breeder Robert Chuck, tried valiantly to lead all the way from box one and finished only a further half length back in third spot.
For Fear The Rascal, a son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star, the win was another feature success after the 2015 Christmas Cup (512 m) when he defeated Tear Away Moon and Upset Boy in 30.09 seconds.
He’s now set up nicely for a crack at the forthcoming SA Country Cup with Mount Gambier heats being run in early November prior to the $5000-to-the-winner final at Strathalbyn over 536 metres.
Fear The Rascal’s win was the middle leg of a treble for Price who earlier in the day won with Grumpy Jim and then ran the quinella in the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (400 m) with Marlow Moment and Real Moment crossing the line with only a nose between them.
Making the Life Members Gift presentation on Sunday was Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president Steve Bartholomew, a life member of the club since 1998.
And Price was full of praise for the life members and their contribution to greyhound racing in the South-East.
“If it wasn’t for the efforts of our life members then we certainly wouldn’t be enjoying the facilities that we now have here at Tara Raceway.
“Greyhound racing has come a long way in Mount Gambier since its introduction in 1979 and we certainly owe our 32 life members a debt of gratitude.”
The Life Members Gift, a Free For All event, was instigated by 1994 life member Connie Miller in 2014 when the David Peckham trained Thanks Tubby was successful. Cryer’s Fred, a close-up fourth in Sunday’s event, was successful last year for Tom Cryer.
JIM’S NOT SO GRUMPY NOW
It’s taken something like 10 months but the Brad Creek-managed Greyhounds Are Us Syndicate has finally enjoyed success on the race track – with a dog called Grumpy Jim.
Lining up from box one in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), the grumpy one was having his first race start but after leading all the way it was obvious that he’d been well-schooled by trainer Tracie Price.
By Bekim Bale out of Lucy’s Moment, the black dog is a litter brother to Price’s promising youngster Blazing Moment which went around in the following race but had no luck when as a $1.45 favourite he finished fourth.
The Greyhounds Are Us Syndicate comprises 18 members with the majority of them involved with the Port MacDonnell Football Club.
And according to Creek, Price had gone out of his way to ensure they found a greyhound that was capable of winning a race.
“We’d had a couple before Grumpy Jim but they didn’t work out from a racing point of view,” he said. “But Tracie urged us to hang in there and that he would find us a dog to race.
“He was as good as his word and with most of the syndicate having never previously been involved in the sport the win was a tremendous thrill for us all.”
Creek, along with Steve Scheidl, Scott Creek and Mark Smith were on track to cheer on Grumpy Jim as he strode to the line a comfortable 3½ length winner in 23.54 seconds.
And what about the name of the winner – Grumpy Jim?
“Well,” said Creek, “we actually named him after a local Port MacDonnell legend in James McGregor who can be a bit grumpy at times.”
Also revelling at Tara Raceway on Sunday were members of the Kingston Football Club who incorporated the meeting as part of their end of season trip.
BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Sticking with a football theme. How about the return to Tara Raceway of Cairnlea Lewis?
Owned by Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, Cairnlea Lewis is the dog that created a huge impression late last year when winning the Royal Fashion Maiden at Tara Raceway by close to 12 lengths in race record time.
He later found his way to Adelaide to race but after his form tapered off he recently returned to Grassmere and Peter Hubbard who had bred the son of Superman and Baurna Molly.
Cairnlea Lewis lined up in Sunday’s Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) but looked to have the job ahead of him from box six and with Don Turner’s well-credentialled Adelaide chaser Lochling well drawn in the red.
By mid-race Lochling had established a huge break over Cairnlea Lewis, which had worked into second spot after an average start. But by the home turn it was game on.
And in the run home Cairnlea Lewis was simply too strong, crossing the line with 2¼ lengths to spare in an outstanding time of 29.77 seconds.
While the Turner-trained Marcling, a son of Lochinvar Marlow and Clinga, had won the previous race (the Produce Store Stake over 512 metres), spare a thought for Lochling which clocked 29.93 seconds and could manage only second.
A text to Hubbard from the holidaying Hinkley wasn’t long in coming. “Genius” was all it said.
Speaking after the race, Hubbard said he wasn’t sure of future plans for Cairnlea Lewis.
“At this stage I’m looking at coming back to Tara Raceway next weekend but he is currently advertised for sale at $6000 so we’ll just have to see how things play out.”
Cairnlea Lewis’s win was the second leg of a double for Hubbard who was also successful with first starter Little Showgun in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m).
Away only fairly from box four, Little Showgun quickly worked into second spot behind Azumi Swift and railed through on the home turn to finish strongly in his 4¼ length win in 30.50 seconds.
By Tomac Bale out of Serial Chiller, the 35 kilogram black dog was bred by Hubbard’s cousin, Paul Hubbard, and is one of many greyhounds starting to find their way down south due to the imminent closure of the sport in NSW.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Local trainer-breeder Tracie Price will be pinning his hopes on a Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya repeat mating which took place this week.
A previous mating with Nitro Burst back in 2013 produced the lightly-raced Smart Missile, a winner of 12 races from 26 starts and more than $64,000 in prizemoney. Among his wins – five of which were at Wentworth Park – was a flying 29.01 seconds over 515 metres at Sandown Park.
Also in the litter was Duna Runa, a smart 29.69 seconds 520 metres winner at Wentworth Park, and Cee Me Burst which Price trained to win the 2015 Winter Classic at Tara Raceway.
By Premier Fantasy x Oh Behave, Oh Cee Ya raced on only 11 occasions for three wins at The Meadows, Geelong and Healesville, however her dam had a tremendous record of 34 wins and $207,000 in prizemoney.
And while it will be nine weeks before the litter is whelped, there’s plenty already happening out at Compton with five-race winner Penny La Plume recently whelping four dogs and two bitches to Nolen and Who’s Doing What the same breakdown to Knocka Norris.
Who’s Doing What, which already has a nine-month-old litter by Fabregas, won 16 races with 14 of those when being trained by Price.
By High Earner x No Recall, the blue bitch comes from a top litter which is headlined by Star Recall – 40 wins and 12 minor placings from 71 starts for stakemoney in excess of $445,000.
HOMER STAKES CUP CLAIM
A strong finishing effort from Homer to defeat seasoned performers Fear The Rascal and Supreme Deal in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Friday has long-time Portland trainer Robert Halliday now weighing up the forthcoming SA Country Cup with the white and black dog.
Although owned and trained in Victoria, Homer is eligible to contest the Mount Gambier division of the SA Country Cup (the final will be run at Strathalbyn in November) because he has run at Tara Raceway at least twice and his trainer has raced greyhounds at the track on at least 15 occasions over the past year.
Country Cup success is nothing new to Halliday with Tickets Please, a son of Elite State x Itza Rule, winning the Squiers Sales and Service Country Cup (531 m) at Gawler in November 2008.
Halliday’s Mount Gambier representative defeated Whyalla’s Classy Ace and Silent Groover (Gawler) and collected a first prize of $3620.
By Fear Zafonic out of Flawless Tears, Homer created a huge impression when winning his maiden at Tara Raceway in early June over 512 metres in 29.84 seconds – only fractionally slower than the 29.81 seconds run by his half-brother Half Way Home in his 19 length maiden win some three years earlier.
Halliday rates Homer as “a fairly quick dog” but he’s not yet ready to compare him with another one of his top dogs of the past in Refur.
By Black Pirate x Borrossa Girl, Refur picked up $15,000 when defeating Terasaki in the 1994 Maturity at Olympic Park.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
A phone call by local trainer-breeder David Peckham to David Pringle of Clergate regarding a Buck Fever straw for former top local bitch Bourne Again led to a maiden quinella at Tara Raceway last Friday.
So not only did Peckham eventually finish up with a bitch in pup but also with a couple of littermates – Blitz And Bolt and Goldie’s Run – to race at Tara Raceway.
And on the line in last Friday’s Laser Electrical Maiden (512 m) there wasn’t much separating the brothers, Blitz And Bolt winning by a neck.
Bourne Again, which went extremely close to winning the 2015 Mount Gambier Cup, raced on 77 occasions for 17 wins and 31 minor placings and is due to whelp any day now to Buck Fever, a son of Brett Lee and Kiacatoo Pearl.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Four-year-old Karagiozis will go into Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Feature Grade Five (512 metres) as the oldest finalist after his surprise heat win at last Friday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
The veteran greyhound, which jumped from box seven as a $33.80 chance, was mid-field down the back and stuck to the rails in the home straight when grabbing victory over Thanks Captain by a half length with a further three-quarters of a length to the odds-on favourite Fascinated.
By Premier Fantasy x Seminole, Karagiozis has now strung together 14 wins and 26 minor placings with last Friday’s win in 30.39 seconds his first since May when he was successful over 416 metres at Strathalbyn.
Since June the Nick Tzaferis-owned Karagiozis has been based at Glencoe with Dean Fennell who is the black dog’s fourth trainer after Robert Britton, Brian Weis and Tracie Price had also been successful with him.
The win was Fennell’s 20th at Tara Raceway this year and sees him now sitting in fourth spot on the leading trainers’ list.
With 93 starts to his name, it’s not hard to see where Karagiozis’s durability comes from. His dam Seminole raced on 140 occasions for 18 wins, 37 minor placings and $76,000 in stakemoney while his litter brother Wind Whistler has gone around 110 times for 20 wins, 48 minor placings and almost $200,000 in stakes.
David Peckham’s Thanks Captain continues to race consistently after a four month break while Fascinated, trained at Penshurst by John Cameron, made up plenty of ground in the run home. Also through to the final from the first heat is Cheyenne Black which displayed plenty of early pace to lead until the home turn.
A solid plunge on Elbow Room from box one in the second heat came unstuck when Bushman’s Faith continued on his winning way for WA owner John Turner and Allendale East trainer Connie Miller.
Having his first 512 metre run at Tara Raceway, the son of Magic Sprite and Cin Cin Shiraz took over the running from He’s Innocent down the back before going on to a 2¼ length win over Good Yarn with a further half length to Elbow Room in 30.46 seconds.
In Miller’s kennels for only a month, Bushman’s Faith has now won three races (two previously over 400 metres) from four starts after relocating from Victoria.
Another Penshurst greyhound in Gold Yarn, one of the outsiders of the field, turned in a big effort for owner-trainer John Burow when running home well after being a clear last in the early stages of the race.
And Elbow Room, which didn’t have a lot of luck in running, is also through to the final as is He’s Innocent which should be better for a run on the track.
He’s Innocent is trained at Lewiston by Don Turner who earlier at Friday’s meeting had won with Hotham Flyer. It was a busy time for Turner who the following day was at Port Augusta where he was successful with My Girl Sambia and Marcling.
And after Tuesday afternoon’s draw, the two heat winners look well placed in Sunday’s $2100 final – Karagiozis to jump from the one and Bushman’s Faith in box eight.
A GIFT FOR CRYER’S FRED
Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Fred looks to be the testing material in Sunday’s Life Members Gift which will be run over 512 metres under Free For All conditions.
The Tom Cryer trained son of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget will go into the race from box four on the back of a top 410 metre effort at Horsham on Tuesday night when running second.
Jumping from box seven, Cryer’s Fred was only fairly away and found trouble mid-race before storming home down the long straight to go down by only 1½ lengths to Velobell.
Cryer will now be hoping his star chaser can add to his already outstanding record of 90 starts for 32 wins and 29 minor placings with another win in the Life Members Gift.
Sunday will be third running of the Life Members Gift after 512 metre record holder Thanks Tubby won the 2014 inaugural event in 29.89 seconds, followed last year by Cryer’s Fred.
In what was a keenly-contested race, Cryer’s Fred defeated Thanks Tubby and Upset Boy in a sparkling 29.72 seconds.
This year’s Gift has attracted another classy line-up with Galactic Viper and Shannah’s Might appearing well drawn in boxes one and two respectively while Fear The Rascal, despite drawing box five, has an outstanding record at the track and distance.
Supreme Deal continues to race well and doesn’t have a bad record from box seven. He’s the only life-member trained dog in the race, Ralph Patzel receiving the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. recognition in 2012.
And as a lead-in to Sunday’s feature events, two middle-distance races will further boost what is an excellent 12-race card.
Hay Miss gets her chance to atone for four consecutive second placings in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) while the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake includes proven middle-distance performers Old Jock, Glenville Jester and Andy Jay, along with Homer, a smart 512 metre winner last Friday.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Blazing Moment’s smart 30.17 seconds win in Friday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) now has Compton trainer Tracie Price weighing up his options in regard to the forthcoming Classic 2016 Prelude (515 m) at Angle Park.
Having only his fourth race start, the 37 kilogram son of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment led all the way from box four to defeat Breakwater Bay by 3¾ lengths with a further 2½ lengths back to Lektra Ash in third spot.
Whelped in November 2014, Blazing Moment has now won three of his four starts, one of which was a 30.15 seconds 515 metre win at Angle Park last month.
The Classic 2016 Prelude is for SA-bred greyhounds whelped between July 2014 and December 2014 with heats being run over 515 metres at Angle Park on Wednesday, September 21 and the final the following Monday night.
There was also plenty to like about the effort of Breakwater Bay which was having only his fourth race start and his first at 512 metres after a win on debut over 400 metres in July.
An October 2014 son of Cosmic Chief and Cee Anna Rose, he was bred at Portland by Andy Graham who also owns and trains the fawn dog which jumped well from box seven and chased Blazing Moment throughout.
Earlier in the day, recent maiden winner Cee Sunrise, another Graham owned and trained littermate, handled the step up to grade six when leading all the way to defeat Happy Hans in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
Cee Anna Rose, a lightly-raced Victorian city winner, has now produced five individual winners in her first litter by Collision and three to Cosmic Chief.
And there should be a win shortly for Allen and David Williams with recent Winter Classic placegetter Lektra Ash, another October 2014 whelping which, like Blazing Moment and Breakwater Bay, will only get better with racing.
HOTHAM FLYER DIGS DEEP
Lewiston trainer Don Turner, back at Tara Raceway on Friday for the first time in a while, has a fair record at Mount Gambier.
For sure, Hotham Flyer, a winner of three races at Angle Park and Gawler, certainly looked well placed in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) from box one even though he’d never raced on the track.
And when the white and black dog – an odds-on favourite – ranged up to leader Hay Miss approaching the home turn it looked like a matter of how far.
But Hotham Flyer ended up doing it the hard way after checking off Hay Miss and then having to dig deep in the home straight before gaining a head victory in 36.04 seconds.
For the luckless Hay Miss it was her fourth consecutive second placing while the Price-trained Spotted Gunn ran home well at her first middle-distance attempt to be beaten 1½ lengths in third spot.
Hotham Flyer is the first greyhound for Anthony Lapinskas who races the son of US sire Kelsos Fusileer and Daddy’s Muffin in partnership with Turner who is a former workmate of Lapinskas’s father.
Daddy’s Muffin, bred by the late Charlie Irwin of Lewiston, raced on 77 occasions for only three wins – one of those being over 731 metres at Angle Park.
But her mating has produced three individual winners and also includes smart chaser Hukanui, a winner of eight races at Angle Park and one at The Meadows.