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.

Mt G Greyhounds

Bomber displays brazen assurance in Koroit 600

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As far as Horsham greyhound trainer Jeff Guy was concerned, the first heat of the Koroit 600 (600 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday couldn’t have worked out any better for his odds-on favourite Brazen Bomber.

Jumping well from box seven, the black bitch was in front a lap out and from then on proceeded to go about her job with a brazen assurance, eventually running out an ever-increasing 9¼ length winner over Vixyma, with Kirsty’s Me Mum a further two lengths back in third spot.


Jeff Guy with Brazen Bomber after her brilliant Koroit 600 heat win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Brazen Bomber’s time of 35.16 seconds was the fourth-fastest recorded at the track with only Unsub Andy (35.04), Miss Jacovella (35.08) and Cheap Currency (35.11) having run quicker.

She went into the race with some solid Victorian form to her name, although with unplaced runs at her past three starts at Sandown Park, Ballarat and Horsham, Guy had been keen to see the daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco back among the winners.

“It wasn’t that she was racing badly,” he said. “But I was certainly hoping for a confidence-boosting run behind the finish-on lure and that’s how it panned out.”

Brazen Bomber’s win continued the successful run Horsham owner Chris Johnson and Guy have enjoyed with Scrappy Coco’s progeny which all-up have won 123 races on tracks around Australia.

And after drawing nicely in box two, it would appear only bad luck will beat Brazen Bomber in Sunday’s final which will also carry to the winner a breaking-in package at the Koroit Trial Track where, as it turns out, she was broken-in.

A win in the Koroit 600 would continue Guy’s winning run after Jive Time was also a brilliant winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday in The Border Watch Stake (512 m) in 29.95 seconds prior to Brazen Bull and Frac Geek’s success at Horsham over 480 metres on Tuesday night.


Fireball Jack, having his first start over 600 metres, won heat two of the Koroit 600. He is pictured with Michelle and Michael Niele.

Frac Geek will now race from box five on Sunday at Tara Raceway and looks well placed in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m) while Jive Time returns to take on a top field in the Premier Boloney Free For All (512 m).

Fireball Jack, trained at Berringa by Michael Niele, jumped a $2.70 favourite in the second heat of the Koroit 600 and after finding the front down the back straight defied the opposition to run him down.

In a busy finish, the son of Hutmaker and Spellbound ended up with a half head to spare over Old Jock with Full Effect working home well to finish a one length third in a winning time of 35.82 seconds.

And while the time was something like nine lengths slower than that of Brazen Bomber, Niele was happy enough with Fireball Jack’s effort.

“I thought he handled himself pretty well and refused to give in. That was his first run over 600 metres so I would expect him to find a bit in the final.”



Leading trainer Tracie Price, of Compton, holds a strong hand in Sunday’s Metal Worx Grade Five series final (400 m) with Shannah’s Might and Real Moment drawn in boxes four and five respectively.


Shannah’s Might returned to winning form at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Shannah’s Might, at one stage last year the best local greyhound going around prior to being injured, took over the running down the back and stretched out well in his 4¾ length win over Galactic Viper in 23.20 seconds.

The win – the third leg of a treble for Price – was the son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star’s first since August 20 last year when he had been successful at Angle Park.

It had been almost two months since the black dog last raced with Price this time adopting a different tactic when bringing Shannah’s Might back after a minor injury.

“I sent him back to owner Don Nunn’s Mingbool property to recuperate,” Price said. “Then, once he gave me the word, I brought the dog home, got him fit and raced him without going through the usual trialling process.”

Real Moment, having her first 400 metre run, went straight to the front in her heat and never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a 4¼ length winner over Cheyenne Black in a best of day 23.06 seconds.


Shannah’s Might’s litter brother Fear The Rascal maintained his unbeaten 400 metre record at Tara Raceway when successful last Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Shannah’s Might’s brother, Fear The Rascal, maintained his unbeaten record over 400 metres at Tara Raceway when bringing up his fourth win over the short course and his thirteenth overall from 30 starts.

One of Price’s main chances for next month’s Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup (512 m), the white and blue dog quickly rounded up Miss Murderous before going on to defeat that greyhound by 2¼ lengths in 23.19 seconds.

Fear The Rascal, which will go around again tomorrow night at Warrnambool over 390 metres, doesn’t look to be badly drawn in box six in the mixed 4/5 sprint.

Price’s treble on Sunday was the eighth time this year at Tara Raceway that he has trained three or more winners on a programme. Locally, he has trained 44 winners since this year’s opening meeting on January 3.

Club sponsor lands first treble

Monday, June 20, 2016

Koroit trainer Peter Byrne, involved in the sport for more than 20 years, landed his first treble when Saint Elite, Monster Deeds and Unsub Andy were successful at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

The treble came on the day when two heats of the Koroit 600 (600 m) were featured on the 11-race card.

Byrne, who conducts the Koroit Breaking-In and Trial Track, has donated a breaking-in package to the winner of this Sunday’s Koroit 600 final.


Monster Deeds gave owner Garry Anders his first win at Tara Raceway and was the second leg of a training treble for Peter Byrne whose son Talor, 8, is pictured.

His day was off to a flying start when Saint Elite, after quickly finding the front from box eight and then shaking off Joey Jakit, ran out an easy winner by 4½ lengths in 23.38 seconds in the first race – the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).

By Magic Sprite out of Mepunga Kirsty – a winner of eight races including five at Sandown Park –Saint Elite was bred by Byrne, who also owns the black dog which previously had run two minor placings at Tara Raceway.

Mepunga Kirsty, as the name suggests, is part of greyhound racing’s famous “Mepunga” bloodline with Mepunga East dairy farmer Barry Smith achieving so much as a breeder – including Australian Cup winner Spread Eagled (1990) and more recently Maturity winner Mepunga Hayley and Mepunga Tiara (AWM Distance Championship).

And Monster Deeds is also part of the Smith line, being by Fear Zafonic out of Mepunga Harmony, a short-course specialist which won 17 races and recorded 30 minor placings.

Garry Anders, also of Koroit, owns Monster Deeds – his first winner at Tara Raceway – and also bred the white and black dog, which prior to Sunday’s run had won three races at Bendigo and Horsham.

“He’d been running handy races on Victorian provincial tracks but hadn’t won a race for 12 months,” Byrne said.

“A couple of weeks ago Garry asked me if I would be interested in having a go with the dog and I suggested bringing Monster Deeds over to Tara Raceway and freshen him up with a run behind the finish-on-lure.”

Away well from box eight in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m), which was a grade five heat, Monster Deeds obviously appreciated the change of surroundings and ran out a 1¼ length win over Lauren Leigh, which battled on well, in 23.30 seconds.

Unsub Andy, the Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder at 35.04 seconds, jumped well from box one in the Mixed Stake (512 m) but was unable to hold out Fiorelli Rose going out of the first turn.

And down the back the Nicole Stanley trained Fiorelli Rose looked a fair chance of bringing up her third successive local win after opening up a handy break.

But in a busy finish it was Unsub Andy, appreciating the return to Tara Raceway after unplaced runs at The Meadows, Warrnambool and Geelong, that was too strong in the run home, defeating Fiorelli Rose by a half length with Dark Nemesis a further length back in 30.19 seconds.

Two Poms Syndicate continues to carry on

Saturday, June 18, 2016

An outstanding win by Colden Star in the Premier Boloney Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon was the start of a successful day for Two Poms Syndicate members Roger and Primrose Bryant and Dennis and Colleen Rose.

Away well from box two, Colden Star made a real mess of the grade six field, eventually running out a 13 length winner over Inadvertently in a quick 23.20 seconds on a rain-soaked track.


Colden Star, which scored a massive 13 length win over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on Friday, was Heathmere trainer Primrose (Bea) Bryant’s first success at the Lake Terrace East venue.

The black bitch is trained at Heathmere by Primrose (Bea) Bryant, with the win – her first at the track – coming almost 29 years after she had trained her first-ever winner with a greyhound called Carry On Pom at the old Glenburnie track.

Beautifully bred, being by Chariot Supreme out of Barb’s Melody, Carry On Pom’s win on September 27, 1987 was to be the start of successful era for the Bryants and greyhounds with the “Carry On” tag.

“I think Carry On Aidan, which raced in the early 90s, and then Carry On Coley, both of which at one stage were trained for us by Allan Britton, were two of our better performers,” she recalled.

“Both dogs raced against the best that was around at the time including Frightful Flash, Highly Blessed, Star Chariot, Light Of Fire, Golden Currency and Kyasha.”

And they did pretty well, too, with Carry On Aidan (Buka Sunset x Aidan) winning 23 races and $30,000 in prizemoney while Carry On Coley (New Tears x Borrossa Girl) won 20 races and $34,000 – good money at the time.

After a long break from the sport, the Bryants a couple of years ago formed the Two Poms Syndicate with a view to becoming involved again.

“The intention was to breed a litter but Roger suggested we also purchase a pup with a view to possibly cutting down the waiting time as far as having a runner on the track,” Bryant said.

“So we opted for a December 2013 whelped five-month-old pup by Collision out of Express Links which would later be named Colden Star.

“The dam line was interesting with Express Links being by Kiowa Sweet Trey out of Express Mist and bred by the legendary Irish breeder Pat Dalton.”

When it came to the breeding of a litter, it was a case of renewing acquaintances with the Britton family – this time with Allan’s son, Robert, whom the Bryants had known from a young age.

Now a leading Victorian trainer, Britton came up with a bitch for the syndicate called Soul Calibur (Surf Lorian x Lucy’s Light) which was subsequently mated with Farmor Las Vegas, a dog he had enjoyed much success with on the track.

Two years later, the Britton connection continues with one of the litter, Carry On Quinney – trained by Robert – rounding off a good day for the Two Poms Syndicate when successful at Geelong over 460 metres on Friday night.

So, they’re back in the game and once again winning races, although Roger Bryant reckons there’s probably a bit more to it than simply good luck.

“I’m a firm believer in rearing pups correctly,” he said. “Plenty of good food, galloping and handling certainly gave them a good start.”

Greyhound club donates to Give Me 5 For Kids

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Give Me 5 For Kids is the latest local charity to benefit from a Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club donation.

At Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon was Radio 5SE presenter Jason Scheidl (Jase in the Morning) who gratefully accepted a cheque for $500 on behalf of the charity.


Barry Shepheard and Steve Bartholomew present a cheque to Radio 5SE presenter Jason Scheidl for Give Me 5 For Kids. Also at the presentation were handler Amanda Darmanin and Roarsome.

Held annually in June, Give Me 5 For Kids emanated from a chance discussion on a breakfast show in Gosford in the late 90s and a simple coin drive at one radio station has developed into a significant national fundraiser.

“Radio 5SE is proud to be part of the national charity although it’s worth pointing out that money we raise goes to hospitals in the region to help our kids,” the popular local presenter said.

“We’ve been involved for something like 12 years now and in that time close to $250,000 has been raised. This charity really helps to make a difference.”

MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said that the greyhound club had identified Give Me 5 For Kids as a worthy cause insomuch that it was a local charity.

“Our support for Give Me 5 For Kids is part of a commitment to the community and follows on from our recent donation to the Lower South East Legacy Group,” he said.

Meanwhile, joining in for the Give Me 5 For Kids presentation on Sunday was locally-trained greyhound Roarsome which prior to the cheque handover had scored a brilliant win over 512 metres in the Laser Electrical Stake.

The black bitch wore down early leader Port Side to eventually run out a 6½ length winner in a personal best time of 30.17 seconds.

In long-time Mount Gambier trainer Ralph Patzel’s kennels since early May, Roarsome has now won three races and run two thirds from five starts at Tara Raceway.

Brazen Bomber back for Koroit 600

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Brazen Bomber, another of Horsham trainer Jeff Guy’s strong team, returns on Sunday for the first time since winning at Tara Raceway over 512 metres on Mount Gambier Cup day.

This time the daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco will contest the Koroit 600 series and although she will be having her first 600 metre start at Tara Raceway, Brazen Bomber comes into the race with some solid middle-distance form behind her.

In the past couple of months the black bitch has won over 570 metres at Horsham in a smart 32.61 seconds and been placed three times over 600 metres at The Meadows.


Jan Neil and Kevin Ashton with Harry Aztec which is well drawn in box one in the first heat of the Koroit 600.

And Brazen Bomber’s effort at Horsham last Sunday when running a five-length fifth to smart type Cutting Edge in the $8000 Wimmera Distance Championship (570 m) would suggest that she will be very hard to beat in this Sunday’s first heat from box seven.

Harry Aztec, winner of last year’s Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) at Tara Raceway, is ideally drawn in box one and should be one of the hardest to beat.

Trained at Charlton by Kevin Ashton, Harry Aztec’s last win was over 570 metres on April 22 at Horsham where he defeated Beau Mambo in 32.95 seconds.

The Tracie Price trained Full Effect has a consistent middle-distance record at Tara Raceway and should be hard to hold out in the second heat while Phil Lenehan’s Lektra Destiny was an easy 600 metre Mixed Maiden/6 winner late last month.

Also adding interest to this heat are Fireball Jack and Old Jock, both yet to win at the distance but recent sub-30 second winners over 512 metre at Tara Raceway.

Fireball Jack, trained at Berringa by Michael Niele, has never raced beyond 512 metres although Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock did clock 32.85 seconds when running third at Horsham (570 metres) 12 months ago.

The four placegetters from each heat will advance to Sunday week’s $1500 final which will also carry a breaking-in package at the Koroit Breaking-in and Trial Track, donated by Peter Byrne.

The Byrne owned and trained Unsub Andy, which holds the local 600 metre record at 35.04 seconds, has drawn box one in Sunday’s Stake, a more than handy mixed event over 512 metres.

GOTY leader to go the extra distance

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Short-course specialist Marlow Moment, leading the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award at the half-way mark, for the first time since last October will step up to 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Friday.


Karen, Joe and Tracie Price with GOTY leader Marlow Moment which will race over 512 metres on Friday.

By Lochinvar Marlow out of Solved Moment, Marlow Moment, which has drawn box three in the Williams Crane Hire Stake, has raced on 62 occasions for 16 wins and 14 minor placings with 15 of his wins being over 400 metres.

Marlow Moment’s only 512 metre win came on September 25 last year when he chased box one runner Bungaloo Sunset into the back straight before railing up on that greyhound and then holding on for a neck win in 30.27 seconds.

And the pair will clash again tomorrow with Bungaloo Sunset, trained at Kongorong by John Little, once again jumping from box one.

A daughter of Fear Zafonic and Sun’s Up, Bungaloo Sunset has been well beaten at her past two starts – at Horsham and then behind Mojito Mayhem last Sunday – but at the run prior the blue bitch, after drawing box one, defeated 2015 GOTY Cryer’s Fred.

With six wins, three seconds and one third (31 points) at Tara Raceway, Marlow Moment, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, currently leads Fred Of Lidsdale (3, 6, 6) by one point in the 2016 award.


Connie Miller and Fred Of Lidsdale.

Fred Of Lidsdale, a son of Blue Lorian and Rybenbrook Flick, is also better suited over 400 metres, boasting an impressive record of seven wins and 13 minor placings from 22 starts over the short-course at Tara Raceway.

The black dog has drawn box one in Friday’s Gambier Vets Mixed Stake and with a record from the inside of two wins and a second from three starts he looks a good chance of picking up further GOTY points.

Fred Of Lidsdale, trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, has turned out to be a handy buy for the Chasing Luck Syndicate who purchased the 33 kilogram chaser for $1500 after he had raced on eight occasions in Victoria.




Berry Bling looks a top chance for Nicole Stanley at Friday’s meeting.

Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, fresh from a double with Fiorelli Rose and Evening In Paris at last Sunday’s meeting, looks to have Berry Bling well placed in the Stake (512 metres).

Drawn in box three, the daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Lady Bling will be looking for her first win since successful in the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m) at Tara Raceway on Mount Gambier Cup day in March.

On that occasion Berry Bling defeated the Jeff Guy trained Kryptonian which has since gone on to win six races – including recently stringing three together at Warrnambool, Horsham and Ballarat – and $10,000 in prizemoney.

Following her feature maiden win, Berry Bling’s next start saw her run Real Moment to 1½ lengths and clock a personal best time of 29.82 seconds for the 512 metre journey.



Friday’s meeting at Tara Raceway and the extra fixture on Sunday will mark the end of a three-month trial period whereby an additional meeting had been framed in April, May and June.

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club had sought permission from Greyhound Racing SA to stage one extra meeting a month after strong nominations had resulted in many greyhounds missing out on race starts.

MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week the club had been happy with the response to the trial period.

“The April double-header saw 23 races conducted and last month 21. Tomorrow we have an 11-race programme while Sunday’s is yet to be drawn,” he said.

“The good news is that GRSA has allocated the club an extra meeting a month in its 2016-2017 racing calendar so providing the nominations are forthcoming we will continue to run an additional fixture each month.

“With our trial mornings continuing to be well supported it would appear that our younger greyhound numbers are holding up well and this can only augur well for the future.”

Three heats of a maiden 400 metre series will be run on Friday with the final to be conducted on Sunday, June 26.

A ‘crazy’ result in Tara Raceway’s feature final

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sandford greyhound Crazy Sprite took full advantage of box one in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five final at Tara Raceway when leading all the way and clocking a smart 30.14 seconds for the 512 metre journey.


Crazy Sprite (No. 1) is quickly into stride in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade 5 final.

The win, against a more than handy field, came after the black dog had “scraped” into the final with a fourth placing from box eight in a heat at the previous meeting.

But trainer Brad Mitchem, chasing one of his biggest wins at Tara Raceway, went into the race feeling reasonably confident after Crazy Sprite came up with the all-important box one in the $2085 final.

And he hit the first turn in front before holding out Karagiozis, which railed through after showing good pace from box eight, but was unable to wrest the lead from Crazy Sprite which ultimately held a 1¾ length advantage on the line.


Jamie Read, sponsor Chris Klaassens, Brad Mitchem, Ziggy and Nathan and Hannah after Crazy Sprite’s feature win.

By Magic Sprite out of Our Nanz Awesome – a winner of three races at Dapto and Nowra – Crazy Sprite is owned in Victoria by Paul White who transferred the 32 kilogram dog to Mitchem last October after he had recorded 10 unplaced runs on Victorian provincial tracks.

It would be four months before he opened his winning account – a 400 metre maiden at Tara Raceway – but a win over 512 metres followed in May prior to last Sunday’s success at the nice odds of $7.50.

While Crazy Sprite had been the trainer’s first dog for White, the number has now risen to nine with the latest win being Mitchem’s eighth at the local track this year.

Success hasn’t been confined to SA either, with the Mitchem-owned Simply Ready bringing up his fourth win in WA this year when successful over 380 metres at Cannington last week.



Moyston trainer Peter Franklin confirmed on Sunday that Mojito Mayhem would tackle next month’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway.


Mojito Mayhem is on track for another Anniversary Cup after a brilliant win on Sunday. He is pictured with trainer Peter Franklin of Moyston.

Franklin was speaking after Mojito Mayhem had scored a brilliant win in the Premier Boloney Mixed Stake and taken his Tara Raceway 512 metre record to 10 wins from 17 starts.

Away well from box six, the son of Fear Zafonic and Graceful Amy found the front going out of the first turn and from then on never looked threatened, eventually running out a 5¼ length winner over Old Jock in a best of day 29.78 seconds.

Mojito Mayhem will be attempting to win back-to-back Anniversary Cups after winning last year in race record time of 29.99 seconds.

For the black dog, which later went on to win the 2016 ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup, Sunday’s win was his first since the cup and only his second run at the local track since then.

Meanwhile, another Anniversary Cup contender in Cryer’s Fred was successful at Horsham over 410 metres on Sunday.

Trained at Apsley by Tom Cryer, the 2015 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, after working into second spot, finished strongly to win in a time of 23.42 seconds.

Cryer, also, will be chasing his second Anniversary Cup after Cryer’s Tiger had been successful in 2010.



For Mount Gambier trainer Ken Gillespie and Cap Abbott, of Edenhope, the drought broke at Tara Raceway on Sunday when Speedy Gonzales and Gotham’s Hero were successful.


Steve Bartholomew (left) and Ken Gillespie with Speedy Gonzales after his maiden win on Sunday.

Speedy Gonzales opened his winning account when turning in a big effort in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 m).

Slowly away from box four, the fawn dog worked into second spot down the back before railing through approaching the home turn and then holding out a determined Takayo Fury to win by a half length in 30.84 seconds.

The win was Gillespie’s first as a trainer since Status Bo won at Tara Raceway over 512 metres on December 19, 2014.

Speedy Gonzales, purchased as a pup by Gillespie from Moorak breeder Robert Chuck, is by Superman out of Which Class – a litter which has also produced Warrnambool winner Scorpion and Krypton Queen (Gillespie is also a part-owner) which clocked a brilliant 29.89 seconds last week.


Cap Abbott pictured with Gotham’s Hero after his all the way win.

Abbott had a year less to wait, with Gotham’s Hero his first winner since Classy Arrow at Tara Raceway on December 11, 2015.

The big 37 kilogram dog, an $11 chance from box four, made a one-act affair of the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m) when leading all the way and defeating Happy Hans by 4½ lengths in a handy 23.35 seconds.

By El Grand Senor out of Superior Inc (a 600 metre winner at The Meadows), Gotham’s Hero is owned at Lake Goldsmith by Stan Kruckel who had previously been training the dog.

Based at Edenhope since April, the win came at his tenth start for Abbott who is Gotham Hero’s sixth trainer and now has him engaged at Horsham over 410 metres tonight.



October 2012 whelping Alchemist Quest, the youngest runner in the ClassicBet Masters (400 m), staged a thrilling win in the inaugural special event for older greyhounds.

Gary Lane’s Black Barron Lad, the oldest runner at 5½ years, led the field early from box one but turning for home it appeared as though $17 outsider Bourbon Club had the race in his keeping.

However, in a desperate finish, it was Alchemist Quest which edged out Bourbon Club to win by a neck with Black Barron Lad in third spot in 23.54 seconds – a time many much younger greyhounds would be flat out running.


Alchemist Quest won the first Masters race run at Tara Raceway for Berringa trainer Michael Niele.

The winner is owned by NSW greyhound identity Daniel Walker who also bred the son of Prince Diablo and Burning Nikita (a beautifully bred unraced daughter of Spiral Nikita and Paua To Burn) and trained at Berringa by Michael Niele.

Niele took over the training 12 months ago but soon after an operation kept the dog off the track for several months.

Upon returning, Alchemist Quest was successful at Tara Raceway in October over 400 metres with Niele having now won six races with the brindle dog.

Meanwhile, the other special event of the day, the Pathway (400 m), was won by Black Peer which led all the way for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell.

The winning time of 23.68 seconds was just under the Pathway time standard of 23.69 seconds which means Black Peer will now have to run four consecutive times outside the standard before being eligible again for the special event.

The win was Fennell’s second Pathway success after Tank Tank’s win on May 29.

Masters race a ‘crackerjack’ affair

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Crackerjack Dak’s appearance at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon from box five in a 400 metre non-penalty grade five event is certainly a far cry from those heady days of 2014 when the big black greyhound was taking on Australia’s best sprinters.

He’ll turn five at the end of the year and while his best racing is behind him, the introduction of Masters races at the local track will give predominantly four-year-old and over dogs such as Crackerjack Dak the opportunity of continuing their racing careers against those of a similar age.

Sunday’s ClassicBet Masters race will be the first to be run at Tara Raceway after the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club opted to programme one a month with a view of gauging owners and trainers’ interest in “veteran” racing.


Barry Shepheard with last week’s Pathway winner Rumbled which will contest the inaugural Masters event on Sunday afternoon.

As far as grading for Masters races goes, race form is not considered with the oldest greyhounds included first down to 3½-year-olds.

Victoria’s National Sprint representative at Cannington in 2014, the beautifully bred Crackerjack Dak (Mogambo x Lil’s Memory) is now trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy.

Guy is the 85-start veteran’s seventh trainer and wouldn’t he have loved the dog in his kennels a couple of years ago when he was accumulating many of his 23 wins and $105,000 in prizemoney.

Black Barron Lad, which at 5½ years of age is the oldest runner in the Masters, has drawn box one for Bushfield trainer Gary Lane.

Lane, who is Black Barron Lad’s seventh trainer, was last successful with the son of Leefull x Cool Dream at Tara Raceway over 400 metres on November 30, 2014.

Also a winner at Ballarat, Horsham and Healesville, the black dog all told has won 11 races and $12,000 in prizemoney.

Rumbled, a September 2012 whelping and the least-experienced runner in the field with 32 race starts, is a good example of how Pathway and Masters races are keeping greyhounds in the game.

Raced by Ruth and Barry Shepheard of Glencoe, the Victorian give away won a maiden 400 metre event at Tara Raceway in January 2015 but by October of that year his racing career was done and dusted.

However, when Pathway Racing (for greyhounds running outside a nominated time standard) was introduced at Tara Raceway in March this year, Rumbled returned to the track to become a Pathway regular.

His consistency was finally rewarded when winning the 400 metre non-penalty event last Friday – his first win in 18 months – and with the introduction of Masters races there is now another option open to Rumbled and greyhounds like him.

Abbey’s Hand, trained at Portland by Robert Duncan, has never won over the 400 metre journey at Tara Raceway, but she doesn’t look too badly placed from box seven.

The April 2012 daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Perfect Hand has won nine races and recorded 28 minor placings for prizemoney of almost $24,000 from 86 starts.

Abbey’s Hand, which defeated Fear The Rascal in a Mount Gambier Cup Consolation in March, has been racing consistently in good company over 512 metres and should appreciate the Masters class.



Azumi Touch, owned by Steve and Lee Bartholomew of Worrolong, is the first greyhound to undergo frozen semen artificial insemination in Mount Gambier.

The surgical FSAI, with Dyna Tron the sire of choice, was performed recently at Gambier Vets which is only the fourth clinic in SA to gain accreditation, and the only practice in regional SA to offer the service.

Dr Rebel Skirving recently fulfilled the requirements of Greyhounds Australasia to become accredited to perform surgical FSAI at Gambier Vets.

Azumi Touch, a daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Elite Touch, won 16 races. Her first litter (by Cosmic Chief) is currently being broken-in.

The Bartholomews took advantage of a special discounted FSAI rate that Gambier Vets is offering greyhound breeders for 2016.

“Unlikely” finalists chasing feature race success

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

All things being equal, local greyhounds Krypton Queen and Beau Mambo shouldn’t even be running in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Feature Grade Five final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.

They had been drawn as reserves in the second heat of the feature at last Friday’s meeting but as luck would have it two scratchings resulted in the pair gaining starts from boxes six and four respectively.


Steve Bartholomew and Ken Gillespie pictured after Krypton Queen’s shock heat win at Tara Raceway last Friday.

And while neither greyhound had won a race this year, there was a marked difference in their perceived chances with Krypton Queen one of the rank outsiders at $26 and Beau Mambo sharing $2.60 favouritism with Skatey Perry.

It was Krypton Queen, though, that led the field out of the first turn and never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a 5¾ length winner in a quick 29.89 seconds over Beau Mambo with Skatey Perry and Crazy Sprite also qualifying for the final.

By Superman out of Which Class, Krypton Queen is owned by Ken Gillespie, Robert Chuck and Steve and Lee Bartholomew and trained by the latter at Worrolong.

The win came after a frustrating period when connections had been unable to gain a start with the 29 kilogram black bitch.

“She’d been trialling really well but we just couldn’t get her in a race. Three times in May she was a reserve,” Gillespie said.

“So it was really pleasing that when she finally did get a start, albeit off the bench, that she was able to show what she’s really capable of.”

The Bartholomews also have Krypton Queen’s litter brother Scorpion, which is trained for them at Camperdown by Steve Elsum, engaged tomorrow night at Warrnambool where he will step up to 450 metres for the first time after winning twice over 390 metres.

Beau Mambo, after 80 starts for 11 wins on Victorian tracks, is now being trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, who also bred the son of Mogambo and Honey Bird.


Beau Mambo pictured with trainer Richard Clayfield after running second to fellow reserve runner Krypton Queen.

Having his first race start at Tara Raceway, the black dog handled himself capably once finding the rails and should be further improved by the run.

Purchased by the Andrew Duncan-managed Fulham Bridge Syndicate as a pup, Beau Mambo is likely to be even better suited on the local track once stepping up to the 600 metre journey.

However, he’s drawn well in box two in Sunday’s $2025 final, and with Krypton Queen in box three, last week’s reserve runners could once again be fighting out the finish.

The lightly-raced Southy, owned and trained at Portland by Andy Graham, while winning the first heat in a considerably slower 30.68 seconds still did the job pretty well.

Away only fairly from box two, the black dog never left the rails and after settling in fourth spot down the back finished too strongly in the home straight for fellow qualifiers Cosmic Lacey, Karagiozis and Julie’s Love.

By Collision out of Cee Anna Rose, Southy was bred by Graham who has also enjoyed recent success at Horsham and Ballarat with litter brothers Back Road and Ocean Bay.



The clash of likely Anniversary Cup contenders in Sunday’s Premier Boloney Mixed Stake (512 m) will be one of the highlights of the 12-race card.

First conducted in 1985, heats of the Anniversary Cup will be on Friday, July 15 with the $3500 final run in conjunction with the John Reid Memorial Maiden and the Eric Lewis Memorial on Sunday, July 24.


The Tracie Price trained Fear The Rascal has an outstanding 512 metre record at Tara Raceway.

Mojito Mayhem, which established a race record of 29.99 seconds when winning last year’s cup, will be looking to find winning form again when he jumps from box six on Sunday.

Trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, the son of Fear Zafonic and Graceful Amy last won when successful in the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup on March 6.

Mojito Mayhem is only the second greyhound to have won the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s two major cups after Terry Scanlon’s Ripin Ruby had been successful in 2005.

Two of the most impressive Tara Raceway performances over the past fortnight have been those of Old Jock and Fireball Jack which have drawn boxes three and five respectively.

Trained by Nicole Stanley, Old Jock clocked 29.75 seconds when defeating Ponting’s Nail by 5¾ lengths at the end of May while Michael Niele’s Berringa-based Fireball Jack was much too good for Lyon Rose and Old Jock when clocking 29.76 seconds at Tara Raceway last Friday.

The Tracie Price trained Fear The Rascal, a best of day 400 metre winner in 23.11 seconds on May 20, has drawn box two and while probably better drawn out wider the step up in distance will suit the white and blue dog.

The son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star has an outstanding record over 512 metres at Tara Raceway, having won eight races from 14 starts with one of the wins being the 2015 Christmas Cup.