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Galactic Viper in bid for further Group success

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Locally bred, owned and trained greyhound Galactic Viper will be chasing another Group success when he jumps from box three in the third of four heats of the Gawler Gold Cup next Tuesday afternoon.

To be run over 531 metres, the $2500 cup heats will precede a big night of racing at the northern track on Sunday, October 30 with the highlight being the running of the $36,000 Group 3 Gold Cup final.

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A section of the large crowd at Gawler last year for the Gold Cup final.

Whelped in February 2013, Galactic Viper, a son of Velocette x Magic Elite, was bred at Moorak by Robert Chuck and is now owned and trained at Glencoe by Barry Shepheard.

A winner of more than $42,000 in stakemoney, the black dog has raced on 58 occasions for 13 wins and 20 minor placings with the highlight to date being a win in last year’s Group 3 Howard Ashton (515 m) at Angle Park when he was owned by Chuck and trained in Victoria by Dave Geall.

And it was an impressive all-the-way 30.13 seconds win from box one over 33-race winner Cryer’s Fred in the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday that convinced Shepheard to nominate for Gawler.

“There’s some smart greyhounds going around in the heats, and while Galactic Viper has never seen the track I believe he’s racing well enough down here to warrant having a crack at one of SA’s biggest races,” he said.

Shepheard, 55, who is also the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club secretary/treasurer, has been involved in greyhound racing for more than 20 years with Kirkstall Jane’s 2010 Mount Gambier Cup win being one of his biggest to date.

Galactic Viper will be Shepheard’s second Gawler Cup runner and he’ll be hoping for better luck this time around after his grand old chaser Rouse Flyer contested the 2013 series.

“Rouse Flyer looked to be in a winning position before being checked at a crucial stage of the race, subsequently finishing a 3½ length fourth behind Bogie Prince which then went on to win the final,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gawler’s SA Country Cup heat was run last Sunday night with Memory Assassin and Jokowi qualifying to represent that club in the $7375 final over 536 metres at Strathalbyn on Sunday, November 20.

Strathalbyn’s Country Cup heat will be run tomorrow with the interesting runner being Lyon Rose which has drawn box one for Compton trainer Tracie Price who won the 2013 Country Cup at Gawler with Moorak Hope.

Heats will follow at Port Augusta (503 m) on Tuesday, November 1 and at Tara Raceway (512 m) on Friday, November 4.

 

REMARKABLE TURNAROUND

Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson, who generally trains only giveaway greyhounds, pulled off another remarkable win at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when Podium Bound looked anything but a $15 shot in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) – a heat of a grade five series.

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Podium Bound found winning form again for Jen and Monty Wilson in a heat of the feature grade 5 (400 m).

The white and black bitch led all the way from box one, eventually running out a 5½ length winner – her first success in almost 12 months – in a near best of the day 23.44 seconds.

The effort was a far cry from her first run for Wilson and his wife Jen when, back in August, Podium Bound ran a distant third in a 400 metre satisfactory trial in a steady time of 24.43 seconds.

The trial had come about after she had found trouble in a race at Horsham in June and was cited for failing to chase. That was enough for her previous trainer, hence the transfer to Mumbannar.

And while Podium Bound’s first two race starts for the new kennel were nothing flash, Jen Wilson’s efforts behind the scenes have eventually paid off with the February 2013 whelping now lining up from box seven in Sunday’s final – the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).

By Big Daddy Cool out of Wadelock Sal, a winner of four races at Sandown Park, Podium Bound is a litter sister to Hello Ay Jay which has won 18 races in Tasmania, Victoria and WA.


Digger’s off to Sandown prior to Tara final

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dennington greyhound Digger Two, a brilliant heat winner last Friday, will race at Sandown Park tomorrow night prior to contesting the grade six final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The Ray Drew trained son of Spring Gun and Transcendence has drawn box six at Sandown in a grade six event over 515 metres with his trainer keen to try the November 2014 whelping in a city low-grade event .

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Digger Two on his way to a 30.11 seconds win at Tara Raceway last Friday.

And while it’s a fair step up from Tara Raceway to Sandown Park, Digger Two continued his excellent form at the local track last Friday when running a best of day 30.11 seconds in the Berringa Park Stake (the second heat of the grade six series).

Only fairly away from box six, the black dog chased tenaciously into the first turn before taking over from the well-supported Spinach going into the back straight and running out a comprehensive 9¼ length winner.

The win was Digger Two’s second at the track after an impressive effort earlier in the month in a maiden final with Drew believing Tara Raceway has been good for the dog.

“I’ve always reckoned he had his fair share of ability,” the veteran trainer said. “But it wasn’t until I brought him over here behind the finish-on-lure that he really started to get his act together.”

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Elysia Bartholomew with Azumi Swift after her heat win last Friday.

The locally owned and trained Azumi Swift will clash again on Sunday with Digger Two after defeating that greyhound in a heat of the maiden and then running unplaced in the final.

Raced by Lee and Steve Bartholomew and trained by the former at Worrolong, the February 2015 daughter of Cosmic Chief and Azumi Touch kept kicking up on the rails in what was a keenly-contested first heat of the grade six series before running out a 2½ length winner in 30.58 seconds.

Sunday’s final should be an interesting affair although Digger Two and Azumi Touch do look the main chances, particularly after drawing boxes one and two respectively.

 

BACK AMONG THE WINNERS

The introduction in SA of non-penalty Pathway Racing continues to work well at Tara Raceway with Fu Ling Shen and Bluey Benz afforded the opportunity of finding winning form again through the time-standard format.

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Handler Shane Flink pictured with Fu Ling Shen, winner of a Pathway heat last Friday.

For the pair, successful in the heats of the Pathway (400 m) last Friday, it was a case of Fu Ling Shen being back among the winners after a three-month run of outs and Bluey Benz back in the money after five months.

Fu Ling Shen, a daughter of Fear Zafonic and Ren Shen, is owned and trained at Tahara by Bernie Rogers but as is generally the case it was his right hand man in Shane Flink who was on track to handle the white and black bitch – and wasn’t there a spring in his step as he led back the winner!

Away fairly from box seven, Fu Ling Shen quickly took the lead off Bungaloo Pearl and from then on was never in any danger of defeat, eventually running out a three length winner over Tank Tank in 23.61 seconds.

She’s now drawn box one in Sunday’s final and looks the one to beat. But because her winning time was under the Pathway standard of 23.69 seconds she’ll then be back with the big boys until such time as she strings together four runs outside the designated time standard.

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The Williams clan was out in force after Bluey Benz’s Pathway heat win. Pictured are Allen Williams with his son David and grandson Ethan.

Bluey Benz, which will have to contend with box six in the final, virtually led all the way from box eight, hanging on to defeat Chelsea Bird by a neck in 23.72 seconds and retain his Pathway status.

Owned locally by Allen Williams and trained by his son David at Tarpeena, Bluey Benz should be better for the run after having been off the scene since June.

Chelsea Bird, which has drawn box eight for Allendale East trainer Connie Miller, also should be better for the run as she was another one that had not raced since June.

In fact, the well-bred daughter of Makeshift and Irish Fantasy had raced on only five occasions this year leading into last Friday’s heat. And a win in Sunday’s final would be her first in almost 12 months.

 

MITCHEM’S MAIDEN DOUBLE

A quick back-up seemed to work in Mayze’s favour at Tara Raceway’s meeting last Sunday when she led all the way to score a comprehensive 8¾ length victory in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 m).

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Team Mitchem – Brad, Jordan and Emily – with Mayze, a 400 metre maiden winner at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Considering the weather conditions, the winning time of 23.64 seconds was more than handy and came two days after Mayze had run fourth behind Stout And Story for trainer Brad Mitchem.

Owned in NSW by John Atkinson, the black bitch has been in Mitchem’s kennels since May with the win over the short course coming at her 11th start after her past five runs had been over distances ranging from 319 metres to 600 metres.

By Magic Sprite out of Hurricane Luke bitch Kellmarg, Mayze is a member of a June 2014 litter that is turning out to be quite handy – Arena Magic having won seven races (including three at Wentworth Park) and Illusionary, a four-race winner, including two over 720 metres at Wentworth Park.

Mayze, which will jump from box five in Sunday’s Laser Electrical Stake (400 m), was the first leg of a Mitchem double, with Benji Girl finally overcoming seasonal and toe injury issues to win The Border Watch Maiden Stake (400 m).

The Sandford trainer’s last double had been on May 6 when Crazy Sprite and Julie’s Love had been successful. Mitchem has now trained 13 winners this year at Tara Raceway and is among the top 10 leading local trainers.


Eight winners in eight days

Monday, October 17, 2016

A treble last week at Tara Raceway, a Horsham double on Tuesday with Snap Hook and Kryptonian, followed by another local treble on Sunday with littermates Brazen Bomber, Paraphernalia and Kryptonian, wrapped up a big week of racing for Horsham trainer Jeff Guy.

Guy looked to hold a strong hand in Sunday’s JB Irrigation Feature Grade Five final (512 m) with Brazen Bomber, Frac Geek and McRay engaged.

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Jeff Guy with Brazen Bomber after her brilliant win in the JB Irrigation Feature Grade 5 final on Sunday at Tara Raceway.

It was Frac Geek which quickly found the front from box seven while Brazen Bomber settled in second spot as the field made its way out of the first turn.

Frac Geek, a beautifully bred daughter of Where’s Pedro x Proven Impala, looked to be making every post a winner down the back straight but approaching the home turn Brazen Bomber – a 600 metre winner in quick time at Tara Raceway – loomed ominously.

And as Frac Geek moved out turning for home Brazen Bomber took the rails run to finish powerfully for a 2¼ length win in 30.23 seconds.

A further three-quarters of a length back in third spot was the John Burow owned and trained Good Yarn which finished the race off in fine style.

A daughter of Cosmic Chief and former Tara Raceway 400 metre record holder Spin A Yarn, Good Yarn hasn’t won since July but there looks to be another race in her in the near future.

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Kryptonian, a 30.01 seconds best of day 512 metre winner on Sunday, pictured with owner Chris Johnson.

Paraphernalia, back after a record run of 34.99 seconds last week over 600 metres, looked the one to beat in the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (600 m), more so after Stan’s Choice was scratched.

But Nicole Stanley’s evergreen four-year-old chaser Old Jock ensured the pace was on from the outset when going straight to the front from box one.

Old Jock, currently leading in the Greyhound of the Year award, gave a great sight before Paraphernalia took over off the back and went on for a 5¾ length win in an excellent 35.37 seconds on a rain-affected track.

Kryptonian, after an ordinary start from box four in the WinningFormula.net.au Mixed Stake (512 m), accelerated quickly to rail through on Rowchester Star going into the first turn before running away to an eight length victory in a best of day 30.01 seconds.

By Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco, the three winners are now likely to venture to The Meadows on Saturday night with Guy earmarking heats of the Hume Cup (600 m) for Paraphernalia and Brazen Bomber.

 

VIPER ENDS FRUSTRATING RUN

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Owner-trainer Barry Shepheard pictured with Galactic Viper after his impressive all-the-way win on Sunday.

Galactic Viper ended a frustrating run of minor placings for Glencoe trainer Barry Shepheard when leading all the way in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m).

Away well from box one, the black dog, which set up a nice break of three lengths over race favourite Cryer’s Fred down the back, still had 1¾ lengths to spare on the line when bringing up his 13th win in a smart 30.13 seconds.

Cryer’s Fred battled on well for second but it was the Nicole Stanley trained Berry Bling which caught the eye when flashing home in third spot.

Galactic Viper, a February 2013 son of Velocette and Magic Elite, had run four consecutive minor placings in top grade races at Tara Raceway prior to Sunday’s win.

In Shepheard’s kennels for almost 12 months, Galactic Viper last week was purchased by his trainer who is now looking at several options with the dog including the Gawler Cup and the SA Country Cup.


There’s a story to be told

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Port MacDonnell owner-trainer Kerry Howard made a successful return to the sport last Friday at Tara Raceway when Stout And Story won the Laser Electrical Open Maiden (400 metres).

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Adele Perry 7, Kerry Howard, Amy Howard and Seth Perry 9 with Stout And Story after his first-up win on Friday.

Having his first race start, the black dog quickly found a forward spot from box one behind Cosmic Ann before taking the lead turning for home and running out a 1¾ length winner in 23.59 seconds.

For Howard, encouraged back into the training ranks by his daughter Amy, the win was his first since Flat Out Freddy won over 277 metres at Tara Raceway in July 2004.

And, according to Howard, it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time about five months ago when Koroit breeder Peter Byrne offered him a black dog as a give away.

“Turns out he was an August 2014 son of Fabregas x Mepunga Kirsty so I thought he might be worth a try after litter sister Lucky Holly had previously won at Tara Raceway.”

Unnamed at the time, Stout And Story was the first choice of racing names later submitted by Howard.

“The death of a mate of mine, Noel Blacksell, earlier this year prompted me to go with this name because of his great passion for a stout and a story.”

Stout And Story’s win followed on from Amy Howard’s two wins in late May with Any Silvers Bro at Tara Raceway.

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Redda was an impressive first-up winner for Robert Halliday at Tara Raceway last Friday.

Meanwhile, in the race prior, the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (512 m), it was another first-starter in Redda that won on debut after leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Brinza (also a first-starter) by 3¾ lengths in 30.28 seconds.

It was a race quinella for long-time Portland trainer Robert Halliday who, it’s probably fair to say, spends more time conditioning his greyhounds than he does choosing racing names for them.

“Redda wears a red kennel collar, Brinza is a brindle dog and Yella (which ran third in race three) wears a yellow collar around the kennels,” Halliday said.

Whelped in December 2014, Redda, a son of Fabregas and Rookie’s Girl – a winner of four races at Warrnambool – was also bred and reared by his trainer.

The black dog did the job well on Friday with Halliday describing him as a pleasure to take to the track.

Brinza, a December 2014 son of Cosmic Rumble and Guru Doll, chased Redda throughout and also looks to be a coming winner.

After Brinza’s litter, Halliday obtained authority to breed with Guru Doll, a winner at Sandown Park and Angle Park, and in April she whelped to Fabregas.

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Milla Laddrak, John Dargue and Steve Patzel with Karen and Tracie Price after Banjo Moment was another first starter to win last Friday.

Another first-starter success story was the Tracie Price trained Banjo Moment, a May 2015 youngster that quickly found the front in the Metal Worx Open Maiden Stake (400 m) before running out a 3½ length winner in 23.75 seconds.

By Banjo Boy out of Solved Moment, the black and white dog is a half-brother to Price’s prolific short-course performer Marlow Moment which has now won 18 races and recorded 15 minor placings from 73 starts.

Another litter member (by Lochinvar Marlow) is Mega Moment which won her first three starts at Tara Raceway over 512 metres in early 2015.

Speaking after the win on Friday, Price said Banjo Moment – the only member of the litter – had gone ahead in leaps and bounds after being broken-in.

“His breaking-in times were certainly nothing sensational but once he returned to Compton and started to trial at Tara Raceway he soon gave an indication of better things to come.”

Solved Moment, a daughter of Solve The Puzzle x Barely A Moment, won four races at Horsham, Warrnambool and Tara Raceway and in December 2015 whelped a litter of four dogs and two bitches to Nolen.


Cracking the Whipp at Tara Raceway

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Former Mount Gambier harness racing trainer Ken Feltus made a successful switch to the greyhounds last Sunday at Tara Raceway when Cool Whipp won the 400 metre Metal Worx Stake.

Having his first start in seven months, the 36 kilogram son of Premier Boloney and Barbara Bale chased Evening In Paris into the home straight before finishing powerfully to score by a couple of lengths in 23.35 seconds.

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Peter Whitehead (left) and trainer Ken Feltus pictured with Cool Whipp after his win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

From a training point of view, this was Feltus’s initial venture into the dishlickers and it couldn’t have worked out better with Cool Whipp being his first winner – and his first runner.

Not that greyhound racing is anything new to him as he was successful as an owner last year when the Tracie Price trained My Pal Houston won the John Reid Memorial at Tara Raceway. Also, his son, Scott, trains a large team at Lewiston.

And, realistically, Feltus was probably never going to be content with simply being a greyhound owner.

“I’d been hands-on with the horses for a long time so, yes, I was keen to become further involved with the dogs and train a couple,” he said.

“Needing to pick up a plenty of pointers, I spent six months going out to Compton every morning to help Tracie with the dogs.

“It was certainly a rewarding experience and I’m indebted to him for his assistance in the lead-up to me training my first greyhound.”

Three months ago Feltus started looking for a greyhound to purchase and race with long-time friends Michael and Norma Juda whom he had previously raced pacers with.

A very reasonably priced dog called Cool Whipp, advertised on an internet greyhound site, eventually took his fancy. A December 2013 whelping, he’d won seven races from 32 starts, including four in succession at Mandurah in February this year.

The only downside, though, was that he’d incurred suspensions in Victoria and WA for failing to chase – hence the “very reasonable” price.

“I thought a different environment, along with long walks out in the pines and a finish-on-lure at Tara Raceway might help his attitude. So far, so good,” said Feltus.

Also on track to enjoy the win was Peter Whitehead whom Feltus said had been of great assistance in their bid to get Cool Whipp back among the winners after six previous trainers had moved him on.

 

RECORD HOLDER RETURNS

Paraphernalia, after a record-breaking 34.99 seconds run over 600 metres at Tara Raceway last week, will add plenty of interest to Sunday’s meeting when he contests the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake.

Trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, Paraphernalia has drawn box two and will clash once again with Stan’s Choice which chased him home last week.

Now back with Portland trainer Brian Weis, Stan’s Choice finished the race off nicely to go down by only two lengths and in doing so running 35.14 seconds – a time that would win most 600 metre races at Tara Raceway.

Guy backed up his running treble at last Sunday’s meeting with a double at Horsham on Tuesday night when Snap Hook (an excellent second to Slipper’s Chance at Tara Raceway) and Kryptonian were successful over 410 metres.

With Paraphernalia, Snap Hook and Kryptonian making the trip over to Mount Gambier on Sunday, together with JB Irrigation Feature Grade Five finalists Brazen Bomber, Frac Geek and McRay, Guy looks set for another big day at the local track.


Sinking the slipper in at Tara Raceway

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

With a race record of four minor placings from only seven race starts, Slipper’s Tonic, a daughter of Bond and 13-race winner Slipper’s Gin, never really set the track alight.

But McLaren Vale greyhound breeder Barry Jones, a long-time participant in the sport, must have seen something he liked when mating her with Lochinvar Marlow.

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Trainer Richard Clayfield continued his successful association with the “Slipper” greyhounds after Slipper’s Chance won at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Also pictured is Kevin Clayfield.

Turns out it was a smart move on Jones’ part with the resultant litter producing Ernie Bung Arrow which went on to win 21 races from 24 starts and $168,000 in stakemoney while littermate Woodnear was a 25-race winner and accumulated $72,000 in the process.

A couple of other members of the litter in Slipper’s Might and Slipper’s Will actually left one SA wine region and found themselves in another – the Coonawarra – with Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield happening to be in the right place at the right time.

“Apparently Barry had been having trouble in placing the pair down here after Slipper’s Might had won only a maiden 416 metre at Strathalbyn and Slipper’s Will was still a maiden after three runs,” Clayfield recalled this week.

“Somehow my name came up and even though we didn’t know each other at the time I was happy enough to give them a go. This was in early 2014 – two months later Slipper’s Might ran a track record at Tara Raceway.”

Slipper’s Might became the first greyhound to break the 23-second barrier for the 400 metre journey when clocking 22.93 seconds on March 28 and ended the year with nine wins at the local track.

Meanwhile, Slipper’s Will won her first two starts at Tara Raceway before going on to win another eight races for the year.

In early 2016 Clayfield renewed his acquaintance with the breed when half-brother Slipper’s Shadow (by Cosmic Rumble) made the trip down from McLaren Vale. So far he’s won nine races at Tara Raceway.

And then litter sister Slipper’s Chance, a winner of four in a row over short courses at Angle Park and Strathalbyn earlier this year, joined Clayfield’s kennels in late September, making her debut last Sunday from box one in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).

The black bitch hadn’t won in three months although her new trainer, speaking prior to the race, had been confident of a forward showing.

“She trialled over 512 metres here the other morning and while her overall time was nothing flash her first two splits were more than quick enough to suggest a forward showing over 400 metres,” he said.

An odds-on favourite, Slipper’s Chance led clearly early but allowed Snap Hook to range up and challenge when running out on the home turn before digging deep in the final stages of the race to score by a neck in 23.44 seconds.

There’s now a fair chance that Clayfield will continue to “sink the slipper in” at Tara Raceway for a while yet with Slipper’s Tonic whelping a further two litters in 2015 – to Lochinvar Marlow and Swift Fancy.

 

WELL-BRED YOUNGSTERS TO DEBUT

Apsley trainer Tom Cryer will debut three more of his January 2015 Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget youngsters at Friday’s 12-race Tara Raceway meeting.

Cryer’s Plugger and Cryer’s Bob will jump from boxes one and four respectively in the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (512 m) while Cryer’s Sid has drawn box four in the second race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).

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A windswept Margaret Cryer was all smiles after Cryer’s Jed won on debut at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The trio’s first day at the races will follow on from their litter brother Cryer’s Jed which won on debut over 400 metres at last Sunday’s meeting.

Having his first run in a full field, the brindle dog quickly worked into second spot behind tearaway leader Star Eagle before finishing too strongly in the run home to win by 3¾ lengths in 23.66 seconds.

Another interesting runner in race two is the Brian Weis owned and trained Baurna Sal, a February 2015 daughter of Spring Gun and Baurna Molly.

The fawn bitch, which has drawn box eight, is a half-sister to the classy chasers Cairnlea Lewis and Cairnlea Deano.

Koroit trainer Peter Byrne, successful last Sunday with Arabella Figg, returns with the Mark McIntosh-owned first starter Moochie Moo which has drawn box one in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m).

By El Grand Senor out of NSW city-winning stayer Little Grey, Moochie Moo is from the same litter as El Magnifico, a winner of 10 races from 23 starts, and six-race winner Super Senor.

Also making his debut in this race is the Tracie Price trained Banjo Moment which will jump from box five. By Banjo Boy x Solved Moment, the 17-month-old youngster is a half-brother to Price’s prolific short course winner Marlow Moment.

Race four, the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (400 m), will make up the three heats with the final to be run at Sunday week’s meeting along with finals of a grade six 512 metre and Pathway 400 metre.


Track record falls at Tara Raceway

Monday, October 10, 2016

Windy conditions at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon failed to detract from the brilliance of Horsham-based Paraphernalia when he became the first greyhound to break the 35 second barrier over 600 metres.

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Jeff Guy with Paraphernalia after his record-breaking 34.99 seconds run over 600 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

A $1.30 chance in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake, the fawn dog took full advantage of box one, leading all the way over the middle-distance journey to defeat Stan’s Choice by two lengths with a further 8¼ lengths back to Old Jock in third position.

With splits of 8.89, 12.79 and 22.20, Paraphernalia’s overall time of 34.99 seconds lowered the previous record of 35.04 seconds (8.99, 12.88, 22.16) recorded by the Peter Byrne trained Unsub Andy on March 11 this year.

An April 2014 whelping by Big Daddy Cool out of Scrappy Coco (which has produced more than 100 winners), Paraphernalia is owned by Chris Johnson and trained by Jeff Guy who bred the litter which also includes Brazen Bomber (nine wins from 43 starts) and Kryptonian which has won eight races from 30 starts.

Guy is of the belief that his record breaker – a winner of eight races from 36 starts – is better suited to middle-distance racing but Paraphernalia showed his versatility at Angle Park last month when running a 1¾ length fourth to Weekend Binge (favourite in last week’s Adelaide Cup final) in the Group 3 SA Derby (515 m).

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Young Alexandra gives the victory salute after Lektra Munster’s win. Also pictured are Sam Weis and her father Brian.

And while the long-time trainer has had his fair share of smart chasers he had to go back to the late nineties to recall his last track record holder – Bush Currency over 516 metres at Port Pirie.

Spare a thought for Stan’s Choice. Back to where it all began 14 months ago with a 400 metre maiden win, the son of Hutmaker x Spellbound recorded 35.14 seconds – the fourth fastest 600 metre time ever run at the track – when running second on Sunday.

Trained by Brian Weis, recently returned after a nine-month break, Stan’s Choice went to the boxes a $23 chance and chased Paraphernalia throughout, taking plenty of ground off the leader in the home straight.

But the day would get better for Weis when Lektra Munster was successful in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) and gave the Portland trainer his first win since resuming.

Despite using plenty of the track, the black dog quickly worked into second spot behind John Burow’s tearaway leader Spinach before finishing too strongly for that greyhound in the home straight to win by 1¼ lengths in 30.55 seconds.

By Fabregas x Supreme Vision, Lektra Munster’s win was his second after being successful in the recent Winter Classic for previous owner-trainer Phil Lenehan.

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Brazen Bomber took the 512 metre time honours at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Guy’s day also got considerably better after a clean sweep of the two JB Irrigation Feature Grade Five heats (512 m) with McRay and Brazen Bomber gave him a running treble.

A rising four-year-old by Knocka Norris x Kalden Geisha, McRay, which hadn’t won since early June when successful over 400 metres at Tara Raceway, jumped a $2.50 favourite on the back of three handy recent 480 metre performances at Horsham.

And the fawn and white dog didn’t let backers down when leading all the way to hold out fellow finalists Smirnoff Lass, Good Yarn and Stampy Longnose in 30.32 seconds.

Guy looked to hold a strong hand in the second heat with Brazen Bomber, a litter sister to Paraphernalia, and Frac Geek drawing boxes one and two respectively.

Brazen Bomber, which ran fourth behind Pepper Fire in last month’s Group 3 SA Oaks (515 m) at Angle Park, came into the race on the back of a close-up second at Horsham on the Tuesday prior over 570 metres.

A winner of the Koroit 600 (600 m) at Tara Raceway in June, Brazen Bomber found the front going out of the first turn and from then on never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a 6¾ length winner in a best of day 29.92 seconds.

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Bill Hartigan of Horsham with the locally-bred Rowdy Richard.

Blitz And Bolt, Frac Geek and Galactic Tsunami will make up what promises to be an excellent final at Tara Raceway’s meeting this Sunday.

Adding further Horsham flavour to the meeting was the win of Rowdy Richard – trained by Helen Hartigan for husband Bill who had been looking for their first local success in more than three years – in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (600 m).

Out of the winner’s list since May when successful over 660 metres at Ballarat, the black dog had put the writing on the wall for another win with a fast-finishing 480 metre fourth last Tuesday night at Horsham.

Having his first start at Tara Raceway, Rowdy Richard looked lost on the track, overcoming home turn interference to storm home and grab victory by a neck over Podium Time with a nose back to Spotted Gun in 35.81 seconds.

By Vapour Whirl x Glenville Maggie, Rowdy Richard, which was purchased as a pup by the Hartigans, was bred at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield and is a litter brother to his handy sprinter-stayer Glenville Jester which has won nine races.


Nifty’s all-out attack on Tara Raceway

Thursday, October 6, 2016

When it comes to greyhound racing it’s probably fair to say that Woolsthorpe owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan doesn’t have quite the same high profile as his brother Phil.

But for all that, Nifty Lenehan is having a bit of fun with a March 2014 litter that he bred by Kinloch Brae out of Obama’s Girl.

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Nifty Lenehan and daughter Laura with Optic Bray, one of five members of the Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl litter that will be racing at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

By Primo Uno x Hotburst, Obama’s Girl had won three middle-distance races in Victoria and produced city winners to Premier Fantasy and Nolen before Lenehan acquired her for a subsequent litter.

And he’ll be making an all-out attack on Tara Raceway this Sunday with five members of the litter – Brae’s Girl, Herbilly, Rising Girl, King Obama and Optic Bray.

All have won at the track with the exception of Brae’s Girl which has been placed twice from three starts and looks a good chance of opening her winning account in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres).

Probably the pick of the litter at this stage is King Obama, an impressive 30.10 seconds 512 metre winner on debut back in May and an unlucky third behind Cairnlea Donny at Tara Raceway last week.

Lenehan has since bred another litter with Obama’s Girl – two dogs and two bitches being whelped to Cosmic Rumble in November last year.

 

RETIREMENT ON HOLD . . . AGAIN!

A decision by owner Ruth Shepheard to pull the pin on Rumbled’s retirement a couple of weeks ago has paid dividends.

Not that this was the first time the fawn dog had come out of retirement. In fact, he’s made more comebacks than Dame Nellie Melba!

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Barry Shepheard pictured with Rumbled after his Pathway win last Sunday.

Trained by Shepheard’s husband, Barry, Rumbled never looked like losing last Sunday’s Pathway final (400 m) and put a temporary halt on future Pathway appearances when running 23.57 seconds – round about 1½ lengths under the time standard.

Obviously enjoying the good life out at Glencoe, Rumbled these days races something like four kilograms heavier than when he first arrived as a give away from Victoria two years ago.

A maiden winner at Tara Raceway in January 2015, it would be another 18 months before his second success but only a further four months to his third win last Sunday at what could only be described as interesting odds – $9.90 for the win and a record place dividend at Tara Raceway of $35.20.

By Cosmic Rumble, Rumbled is out of Donna Ricca, which is a daughter of Collision and Brooklyn Belle and a litter sister to Nolen, sire of Rowchester Star, also a winner at last Sunday’s meeting.

 

PLENTY TO LIVE UP TO

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Margaret Cryer pictured with Cryer’s Jed (right) and a litter sister when only a few weeks old.

An interesting first starter in Sunday’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway is Cryer’s Jed which is owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom at Apsley.

Drawn in box eight, the brindle January 2015 youngster is from a repeat Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget mating.

And Jed and his six littermates will have plenty to live up to after the efforts of the first litter – whelped in February 2013.

Headed by Cryer’s Fred (also running on Sunday), Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack, the litter collectively has now won 75 races.


It’s all about the win for the Drew team

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dennington father and son training team Ray and Dustin Drew were back among the winners at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon after Digger Two turned in an impressive effort to win the Laser Electrical Maiden final (512 metres).

Into the final on the back of a second placing behind Azumi Swift in a heat the previous week, the black dog was once again slowly away before railing through down the back and ultimately going on for an impressive five length win in 30.26 seconds.

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Dennington-based Digger Two will be back at Tara Raceway on Sunday after an impressive maiden final win. He is pictured with Ray Drew.

Owned at Blayney in NSW by Peter Bogie, Digger Two is a November 2014 son of Spring Gun out of Transcendence, a Collision x Glamorize bitch which traces back to the highly successful Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap line.

“Peter actually sent him down to Koroit to be broken in on the proviso that we would train him if he showed any promise,” Ray Drew said.

“As he showed in his heat and final here he does have a bit of ability although he’s not boxing all that quickly. But with only five starts to his name we’re hopeful that better box manners will come with more racing.”

Sunday’s win was the Drews’ third this year at Tara Raceway after Kirabilli Arjay and Strongbeth were successful in Mount Gambier on April 8.

Digger Two’s win followed on from success for the team at Warrnambool last Thursday night when the Joe McCann-owned Dream Future, a son of Barcia Bale x Greysynd Elite, won on debut over 450 metres.

“Dream Future is only 20 months old and is another one that is showing plenty of promise at this early stage of his racing career,” Drew said.

For Ray and Dustin Drew it’s been a pretty good year with Drew snr. – involved in the sport for 40 years – finally achieving Group 1 success with Kilty Express in the Maturity Classic at The Meadows.

And while the first prize of $660 they picked up for Digger Two’s win last Sunday was certainly a far cry from that heady night back in July when Kilty Express collected $100,000, Drew certainly wasn’t downplaying the Tara Raceway success.

“Look, we’re just country trainers who love greyhound racing. Whether it’s Tara Raceway or The Meadows it’s always a great thrill to win a race.”

 

ANOTHER WINNER

Another greyhound to benefit from a run in a heat leading into last Sunday’s finals was Another Mai, owned and trained at Lewiston by Don Turner.

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Don Turner (left) and Wayne Verrall pictured with grade six final winner Another Mai.

Another Mai had run a 1¾ length third behind Little Showgun to make her way into the Gambier Vets final (512 m) and despite a slow start from box three she found the front by the first turn.

From then on the fawn bitch, at her second run on the track, never looked like being headed, eventually defeating a pretty smart field of grade six greyhounds by 6½ lengths in the good time of 29.94 seconds.

Also bred by Turner, Another Mai is by Radley Bale out of 14-race winner Izzy Mai and is one of only two members of the litter, the other being Rally, a Tara Raceway winner for David Brodhurst.

Another Mai continued Turner’s successful recent run at Tara Raceway after Hotham Flyer and Marcling had won last month.

And things got even better for the kennel last Sunday after Cairnlea Donny took the lead on the first turn in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) and strode away to a 7½ length win in a quick 29.90 seconds.

The white and black dog, which last raced at Tara Raceway back in March when unplaced behind Real Moment, is by Cosmic Rumble out of Cairnlea Claire, a maiden bitch which went around on only three occasions.

However, there’s plenty of winning form around Cairnlea Claire (Where’s Pedro x Della Bale) with her only littermate Roxy Mac successful on 18 occasions in WA where she won $90,000.

 

PARAPHERNALIA SET FOR MIDDLE-DISTANCE SUCCESS

A fast-finishing third over 480 metres at Horsham on Tuesday afternoon should have Paraphernalia spot on for Sunday’s ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) at Tara Raceway.

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Paraphernalia (No. 1) storms home to grab third spot behind Ouch and Shake ‘Em Off at Horsham on Tuesday.

A son of Big Daddy Cool and prolific producer Scrappy Coco, Paraphernalia, which has drawn box one, has good form over the middle-distance at Horsham, Ballarat and The Meadows.

Trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, who has a strong team engaged on Sunday, Paraphernalia, with more than $35,000 in stakemoney to his name, looks well placed to open his Mount Gambier winning account.

Drawn in box eight is Stan’s Choice, now back with Portland trainer Brian Weis and back at Tara Raceway where it all began more than 12 months ago.

In the meantime, though, a stint of racing in Victoria saw the son of Hutmaker and Spellbound win a further six races (the majority over the middle-distance) and accumulate something like another $15,000 in earnings for the Smelter Boys Syndicate.

Jumping from box seven will be Stan’s Choice’s litter sister Fascinated, trained at Penshurst by John Cameron and appearing to be crying out for more ground, while Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock, placed at his past three 600 metre starts at Tara Raceway, is sure to make his presence felt in what promises to be one of the best races of the day.


Leading trainers share the spoils

Monday, October 3, 2016

Trebles on Sunday afternoon to Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley saw the leading trainers continue their dominance this year of local greyhound racing at Tara Raceway.

For the Compton-based Price the wins of Dimora Bekim, Pintail and Real Moment chalked up his eighth treble this year and complemented meetings in April and May when he trained four winners on two occasions.

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Bernie Bouchier snr. pictured with Dimora Bekim, the first leg of a winning treble for Tracie Price.

With 65 wins, Price is assured of success for a second consecutive year in the Leading Trainer of the Year award while Stanley, enjoying her best year at Tara Raceway, sits comfortably in second spot on 53.

Dimora Bekim, after a third on debut at his previous start, lined up from box four in the Metal Worx Open Maiden Stake (400 metres).

According to Karen Price, wife of the trainer, Dimora Bekim knew what race day was all about when appearing at the track for a second time.

“He’s obviously a quick learner because the moment he came out of the kennel house he knew where he was and just wanted to go,” she said.

And go he did. After an ordinary beginning, the black dog displayed maturity beyond his age and experience to work into a forward spot off the back before charging to the front turning for home and running out a 1¾ length winner over perennial second placegetter Suspicious Col in 23.67 seconds.

By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, Dimora Bekim is owned locally by the Bouchier brothers, Bernie jr. and Kevin, and follows Blazing Moment and Grumpy Jim as the third member of the litter to have won.

Pintail was also in box four in the final of a handy Berringa Park Grade 5 (400 m) but the tricky draw was of no hindrance when she led all the way to hold out Cheyenne Black and race favourite Bushman’s Faith to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.32 seconds.

The win was the black bitch’s second in succession after returning from a three-month injury lay-off and according to Price the daughter of Bekim Bale and Flying Machine is destined for a breeding career.

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Real Moment was the final leg of Tracie Price’s treble when bringing up her eleventh win this year. Pictured with her are Steve and Nescia Patzel.

“She’s beautifully bred – Flying Machine winning 10 from 23 and being by Collision x Casey’s Angel,” Tracie Price said.

“Also there’s a bit of depth in Pintail’s litter with her sister Dubliner a winner of 20 races from 37 starts.”

Price’s box four treble came up in the final race, the Winningformula.net.au Stake, when Real Moment – a daughter of Spring Gun and Mount Gambier Cup placegetter Suzy’s Moment – accounted for a pretty handy field of short-coursers.

The May 2014 black bitch led all the way to defeat Galactic Tsunami by three lengths with a further 1¼ lengths back to Twistex in a best of day time of 23.08 seconds.

The win was Real Moment’s eleventh this year at Tara Raceway and saw her jump to second spot on 50 points with Fred Of Lidsdale in the Greyhound of the Year award which is scored on a 4, 2, 1 points basis.

Real Moment, which has won more races than any other greyhound at the local track this year, is five points behind award leader Old Jock.

 

ROWCHESTER STARS IN FIRST LEG

Portland trainer Nicole Stanley’s treble kicked off in exciting fashion when Rowchester Star staved off strong finishes from Breakwater Bay and He’s Innocent to win the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) by a nose and neck in a personal best 30.18 seconds.

Raced by the Bluey Forsyth-managed Red Card Syndicate, Rowchester Star’s all-the-way win was the black dog’s first at Tara Raceway since his heat and final win in the Sims Memorial Maiden in January.

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The Nicole Stanley trained Berry Bling is in line for a crack at the SA Country Cup after an outstanding win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

And Berry Bling, an impressive winner at the last meeting after resuming from a three-month injury lay-off, went right on with the job for Stanley in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m).

Rising significantly in grade, Berry Bling matched motors for much of the journey with Galactic Viper before finishing too strongly in the run to the line, eventually winning by 1¼ lengths in a best of day 29.80 seconds.

Stanley is now hoping the lightly-raced December 2013 daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Lady Bling can take the next step.

“Her two runs back have been really pleasing and I now have her engaged in a heat of the TAB Great Chase (450 m) at Warrnambool on Thursday night,” she said.

“And after that I’m looking at the heats of the SA Country Cup (512 m) here on Friday, November 4.”

Mount Gambier will be represented by two runners in the $7375 final which will be run on Sunday, November 20 over 536 metres at Strathalbyn, a track Stanley is yet to race at.

Berry Bling’s win was the start of a good day for the litter with Bling Worthy winning 30 minutes later at Sandown Park over 515 metres in 29.78 seconds.

Mr Caudo was the final leg of Stanley’s treble – her third at the track this year – when he gained the upper hand over kennelmate Evening In Paris off the back before running out a 1¾ length winner in 23.53 seconds.

By Deville out of prolific producer Scrappy Coco, Mr Caudo has now won eight races this year and currently sits in fourth spot on 46 points in the Greyhound of the Year award.

 

ROY RUNS UP TO TRAINER’S EXPECTATIONS

Wily trainer Cap Abbott of Edenhope reckoned if Mo Town Roy could lead the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (600 m) then he would be very hard to run down.

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Cap Abbott with Mo Town Roy after his impressive 600 metre win on Sunday afternoon.

And that’s how things panned out with the big brindle son of Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch quickly finding the front from box three and from then on never really looking like being headed, eventually striding to the line with 3¾ lengths to spare over Old Jock.

In Abbott’s kennels for three months, the win was Mo Town Roy’s second for him and his first over the middle distance with his trainer confident after a good third behind Elbow Room over 600 metres at the previous meeting.

“I thought after his third last week that he was just about ready to win over the middle-distance,” Abbott said. “And when he quickly found the front today I was pretty confident they wouldn’t run him down.”

The winning time of 35.25 seconds was excellent with only Unsub Andy (35.04 sec.), Brazen Bomber (35.16 sec.) and Lektra Kelly (35.17 sec., 35.24 sec.) running quicker at the track this year.

Abbott, who put the polish on former smart stayer Manila Express, said he was now looking at a 600 metre event at Angle Park next week.