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Saturday, June 27, 2020
From The Border Watch of October 26, 1895 comes the report of a coursing match at Penola.
A coursing match was held on Wednesday, October 23 in the Pig-sty Paddock at the rear of the fruit blocks at Katnook, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Riddoch.
The day was beautifully fine, the hares were strong and numerous, and some good coursing was witnessed. Unfortunately, the ground was very hard; consequently the dogs suffered considerably, some of them wearing the skin off their feet.
In the final course, Mr L. A. Solomon’s black and white dog Pompey beat Mr G. Darwent’s black bitch Venus. The winner received £5 and the runner-up £2.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will celebrate 41 years of racing when the Anniversary Cup is run next month over 512 metres at Tara Raceway.
But this cup will be a little different from the previous 35 run at Glenburnie and Lake Terrace East.
Coinciding with the South East Greyhound Racing Club’s opening meeting date of Saturday, July 21, 1979, this year’s Anniversary Cup will be run as a one-off best eight on Thursday, July 23, irrespective of the border situation at the time.
Disappointingly, this means the meeting may be devoid of any Victorian participation and conducted, as is the case at the moment, with only officials, trainers with greyhounds competing and catchers in attendance.
Complementing the Anniversary Cup will be the one-off John Reid Memorial Maiden (512 m) and the Eric Lewis Memorial (732 m).
Ironically, the three feature events last year were all won by Victorian trainers, Lektra Brandy – who whelped four dogs and two bitches to Zambora Brockie last month – winning the cup in a race record 29.63 seconds for Nifty Lenehan of Portland.
Cimarron Magic won the Reid Memorial for Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson in 30.59 seconds while Nicole Stanley of Portland landed the trifecta in the Lewis Memorial with Candy Chimes, Ethics and Night Owl in 44.15 seconds.
As far as the Bourne Kennels Mount Gambier Cup was concerned, Shaun Mathieson of Greyhound Racing SA said in view of recent events in Victoria and restrictions regarding COVID-19 he believed it would be unwise to make any specific announcement at this stage.
Meanwhile, the clash of top Anniversary Cup contenders Perseverance and Squishy Pea in today’s Swallow Drive Meats Open Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway should be the highlight of the day.
The pair is currently well clear of Dyna Carnie in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award. This also ensures the trio will be the first selected for the one-off Tara Trackstar No. 1 (512 m) which is for the best performed eight greyhounds at Tara Raceway between January and June.
The Trackstar No. 1 scoring concludes on Thursday with Mathieson saying an announcement regarding the running of the event would be made at the same time as the Mount Gambier Cup.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Former Adelaide greyhound Spring Cuervo, who last won back in February at Angle Park over 515 metres in a best of night 29.67 seconds, looks set to find winning form again when he jumps from box four in Thursday’s Bourne Kennels Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
Now in the Compton kennels of Tracie Price, the black dog will be having his first start in Mount Gambier after previously winning 12 races and $30,000 in stakemoney at Angle Park, Gawler, Murray Bridge and Darwin.
By Kinloch Brae out of Spring Grace, a Sandown Park and The Meadows winner, Spring Cuervo has raced on 53 occasions – a busy period in June-July last year resulting in him chalking up seven consecutive wins at Angle Park, Gawler and Darwin.
Another former Adelaide chaser in Fantastic Flame will also debut at Tara Raceway on Thursday from box three in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) for the Nineofus Syndicate and Allendale East trainer David Peckham.
A winner of three races – including one at Angle Park over 515 metres in 29.90 seconds in February – the January 2018 blue bitch is a nicely-bred daughter of Black Magic Opal and Fantastic Skye who won 18 races and $117,000 in stakemoney.
Rising five-year-old Fundamental, who runs into a fair sort of field from box five in the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake (400 m), is an interesting runner for Reynella owner-trainer Damien Smith.
The widely-travelled brindle daughter of Fernando Bale and Forty Two Below has raced in WA, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA for 13 wins and close to $40,000 in stakemoney.
And Thursday will be her seventh run back after a January whelping of four dogs and two bitches to Orson Allen, a winner of 31 races and more than $600,000 in stakemoney.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
In anticipation of the SA border being open to Victorian greyhound trainers sooner rather than later, Greyhound Racing SA early next week will issue a release regarding forthcoming race days and feature events to be run at Tara Raceway.
Plenty of interest, of course, will centre on the re-scheduling of this year’s Bourne Kennels Mount Gambier Cup which under normal circumstances would have been run and won in early April.
From a programming point of view the $10,000-to-the-winner event will take priority. And from a cup contenders’ point of view there were several performances that took the eye at Tara Raceway’s meeting last Thursday.
And while the Mount Gambier Cup is a 512 metres event, it was Tandiki and Squishy Pea – with personal bests over the cup distance of 29.66 seconds and 29.63 seconds respectively – who set the track alight early in the day with brilliant 400 metres performances.
Having her first race start since taking a tumble at Angle Park back in early April, Tandiki led all the way from box five in the Bourne Kennels Stake, eventually running out a four length winner over litter sister High Fly Dorothy in 22.90 seconds.
A May 2018 whelping by Peter Rocket out of Headline, Tandiki is trained at Compton by Tracie Price for Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen who purchased her as a pup from Price who also bred the white and black bitch.
The local owners also race the Adelaide-trained Vossy, a recent Angle Park winner, but Robinson was quick to confirm that Tandiki would be remaining in Mount Gambier with the cup as her main mission.
At the other end of the age scale is Squishy Pea, whelped in May 2016 but in career-best form last Thursday when leading all the way to defeat last start winner Raw Luxury by 3½ lengths in the Klaassens Contractors Open Stake in a near-record 22.75 seconds.
In fact, it’s the second-fastest ever 400 metre time recorded at Tara Raceway, kennelmate Dyna Carnie kicking off the year with a 22.74 seconds run which lowered Cryer’s Ricky’s four-year-old record of 22.78 seconds.
Raced by the Ross Schurgott-managed Nineofus Syndicate – great supporters of Mount Gambier greyhound racing – giveaway greyhound Squishy Pea has now won 16 races since being taken over by Allendale East trainer David Peckham for the syndicate.
Peckham, still chasing his first Mount Gambier Cup success after coming close in 2015 with Bourne Again who just went down to Lots Of Yap, said the syndicate should hold a strong hand in this year’s cup.
“Besides Squishy Pea, Sweet On Me, Silent Jacko and Call Me Billy, all racing in Adelaide at the moment, will return for a crack at the cup.
“And Dyna Carnie, raced by Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman, is close to returning after having been off the scene for a couple of months,” he said.
Like A Slug, who defeated Squishy Pea over 400 metres at Tara Raceway earlier this month for Moorak owners Kerry Hawker and Jason Newman, impressed once again, this time in the 512 metres Gordon Refrigeration Stake.
The son of former SA champion Worm Burner had been Newman’s first winner as a trainer, the fawn dog then leading all the way from box six to defeat Nitro Missile by 6¼ lengths in 29.76 seconds – slick enough for Hawker and Newman to now give the cup some serious thought.
Perseverance gave owner Robinson his second winner for the day when coming from last early in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m) to finish strongly for a 4¼ lengths win over West On Tia in 30.11 seconds.
Trained at Glencoe by Dean Fennell, the daughter of Dyna Double One and Miss Freelove – currently Tara Raceway’s leading dam – has won seven races at the local track this year and is engaged in a keen tussle with Squishy Pea for Greyhound of the Year honours.
Prior to Perseverance’s win last Thursday the black bitch had won three consecutive 600 metre events at Tara Raceway with connections probably having a couple of options come cup time.
“For sure, we’re looking at the cup although they might go a bit quick early for her,” Robinson said. “But hopefully we’ve still got the option of running her in a cup day feature over 600 metres if she fails to qualify for the cup final.”
Meanwhile, Thursday’s maiden winner Glenville Rose, following three consecutive seconds made it a successful couple of days for the Aston Dee Bee x Majestic Tale litter after litter brother De Minaur had won up the straight at Murray Bridge the day before.
Owned and trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, Glenville Rose, after a keen tussle early with litter sister and kennelmate Shimmy Sharna, got the upper hand in the home straight to win the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) by 2¾ lengths in 23.57 seconds.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, following temporary reductions to Category 3 stakemoney implemented by Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) in April in response to COVID-19, this week will return to normal stakemoney.
GRSA Racing Manager Shaun Mathieson said that due to the Victorian border closure the opportunity for Mount Gambier to have a viable racing option had been dramatically compromised.
“Further to discussion at the Members of Company meeting on Monday, GRSA and the clubs expressed support for Mount Gambier returning to normal Category 3 levels immediately,” he said.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Greyhound breeding has certainly changed the world over with frozen semen these days available from stud dogs, both past and present.
A case in point is Angelo’s Entity, a winner of his past two starts at Tara Raceway and looking a good chance again on Thursday in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) for Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and Allendale East trainer David Peckham.
The black dog is by Token Prince, a winner of 10 races from only 14 starts, who died in August 2009 after a spectacular stud career saw him sire more than 4000 offspring.
By Malawi’s Prince, Token Prince was bred 40 kilometres south of Adelaide at McLaren Vale in September 1995 by Don and Helen Foster. His dam, True Temptation, was a terrific race bitch for them, winning 29 races and possessing great strength.
Perhaps the strength was no real surprise, her dam Bay Supreme winning over the distance at Olympic Park and Sandown Park while her granddam was the great SA stayer Bay Road Queen.
Token Prince found his way up to NSW as a pup but the Fosters retained a pretty handy litter brother in Awesome McLaren who also went on to prove successful at stud when standing in Queensland.
Another blast from the past this week came after a clean-up at the Tara Raceway clubrooms unearthed a long-forgotten framed race picture taken by Mount Gambier photographer Arthur R. Cram.
This was of an 8 Dog Exhibition Race run at Mount Gambier on Saturday, August 2, 1975 and won by the H. L. Mason owned and Frank Brennan trained Yacca Ridge Lass, a well-bred daughter of Top Bomber and Tara Molly.
Run over 300 yards (274 metres), the exhibition race was known as a speed course and the first to be run at Mount Gambier, preceding licensed mechanical lure racing at Glenburnie by four years.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Vossy’s all-the-way win over 515 metres at Angle Park last Thursday night kicked off a successful few days for locally-owned greyhounds currently being trained in the Adelaide region.
Raced by Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen, the daughter of Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove brought up her first win at the city track after storming home to run second at the same venue three nights’ earlier for Lewiston trainer Troy Murray.
And at Angle Park on Monday night, Sweet On Me, part-owned by David Peckham and trained at Lewiston by Ben Rawlings, made it two wins in succession at the track when leading all the way over 515 metres for a 5¼ lengths win in 29.98 seconds.
Later on Monday night, Missing Mate led all the way over 388 metres for owner Kevin “KD” Douglas and Calomba trainer Paul Fagan – the win the first for the son of Kinloch Brae x Bonnie’s Secret since stringing together three in a row at Tara Raceway back in January.
At Murray Bridge on Sunday night the locally owned and trained Galactic Horizon shrugged off the early pressure before running out a 1½ lengths winner over 455 metres in 25.79 seconds for Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew.
By Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball, Galactic Horizon’s litter sister Galactic Athena – owned by Chuck and trained at Lara by David Geall – will race on Thursday night over 450 metres at Warrnambool after finishing unplaced at Sandown Park last week.
Another litter sister, Galactic Destiny, owned by Elysia Bartholomew and trained by Murray, will contest the last race on Thursday night at Angle Park over 515 metres.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
With Mount Gambier greyhounds currently restricted to SA participation only, Greyhound Racing SA is hoping to boost numbers at Tara Raceway’s Thursday meetings with the implementation of a travelling trainers’ fee.
GRSA Racing Manager, Shaun Mathieson, said the fee would be paid to trainers living more than 150 kilometres from Mount Gambier and who make the trip to race at Tara Raceway.
“Those trainers will receive a $75 payment on top of the normal $50 trainer’s fee,” he said. “However, the $75 fee will be limited to one payment per registered premise and will continue only until the border is re-opened on July 20.”
Mathieson said GRSA appreciated the importance of Mount Gambier being able to race on a weekly basis during these unprecedented times and as such the travelling trainers’ fee will be in place for this Thursday’s meeting (June 18).
Adelaide trainers Clint, Shelley and Harrison Trengove, Kevin Bewley and Charlie Adcock have supported Tara Raceway in recent weeks. Their participation made for more races and supplied some different greyhounds to complement the local contingent.
Meanwhile, Tara Raceway’s leading trainers – David Peckham, Tracie Price and Dean Fennell – scooped the pool at last Thursday’s eight-race meeting, the former leading in five winners for the second time this year.
Peckham was successful with Angelo’s Entity, Rooster, Double Vision, Rock It Fernando and Crown Simba who was recently purchased by Millicent trio Trevor Rogers, Rex Lang and Kade Stewart.
While Rogers, a former Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee member, is no stranger to the sport, Lang and Stewart are first-time owners.
Speaking after the win, Peckham said they had been looking for a greyhound to race for about a month.
“After Crown Simba had won first up at Tara Raceway the previous week I suggested to them that they contact Victorian owner Donna Knight to see whether she would be interested in selling the well-bred son of Barcia Bale x Indi Allen.
“The sale ultimately took place and it’s good to see Trevor back involved in greyhound racing again. Also, that he has brought with him a couple of newcomers in Rex and Kade,” he said.
Price landed a double, Proud Fernando, another of his Fernando Bale x Who’s Doing What pups opening his winning account after chasing Glenville Rose for much of the journey before getting up for a neck win in 23.21 seconds in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake (400 m).
And Raw Luxury, after five consecutive minor placings, finally broke through again for the Compton trainer when leading all the way in the Metal Worx Open Stake (400 m) to defeat Our Man Zed by a length in 23.00 seconds.
Owned in WA by breeder Steve Shinners, Raw Luxury is a member of the more than handy Fernando Bale x Sober litter and has now won 12 races ranging in distance from 400 metres to 600 metres (at Cannington).
Saint Maddie, another one to find her way over to Mount Gambier to race when the border closed, continues to race well for Koroit breeder-owner Peter Byrne and the Glencoe-based Fennell who has had the black bitch in his kennels for all of her nine starts.
The daughter of Peter Rocket x Miss Lava chased Like A Slug until the home turn in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m), taking the lead in the straight before holding out a fast-finishing West On Tia to score by a neck in 30.14 seconds and take her record to four wins and five minor placings.
Friday, June 12, 2020
Kevin “KD” Douglas’s “Catch for Cash” initiative at Tara Raceway’s Thursday afternoon greyhound meetings has really taken off.
“Catch for Cash” was introduced last month by KD after he took out an attendant’s licence. He was then permitted to catch greyhounds at the conclusion of their races for local trainers.
And also being an active charity worker in the region, he put it to trainers that, instead of taking a fee to catch their greyhounds, they could place a gold coin in the “Catch for Cash” jar that would be in the clubrooms on race days.
“I’ve been volunteering at the Sunset Community Kitchen which does a terrific job for people in need by providing meals at the John Frew Centre (Frew Park) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.,” KD said.
“The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club got right behind the idea of supporting the Sunset Kitchen and so, it seems, did participants. Actually, a couple of weeks ago I was away and couldn’t carry out my role as a catcher. Despite this, there was still money placed in the ‘Catch for Cash’ jar.”
Then, yesterday, Rooster burst back onto the scene, taking his personal best 400 metres time down from 23.50 seconds to 23.15 seconds with a powerhouse display in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Manila Express is one of several Victorian greyhounds that found their way into SA kennels for the purpose of racing at Tara Raceway after the SA border closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Currently trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Rooster – or Trevor as he is affectionately known to those closest to him – is owned by Scott Blacksell who said he was more than happy for his dog to take on an ambassadorial role for the Sunset Community Kitchen.
“Look, I’m right behind KD’s initiative. So much so, I’ll put $50 in the jar every time Rooster wins a race,” said Blacksell, speaking last night from Cape Bridgewater.
The proceeds from “Catch for Cash” will be presented to a Sunset Community Kitchen representative later in the year at a Tara Raceway meeting which will include a race carrying the local charity’s name.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Glencoe greyhound trainer Dean Fennell and Mount Gambier owner Michael Robinson’s decision to race Perseverance at a recent Gawler Friday meeting sounded like a good idea.
After all, their daughter of Dyna Double One and Miss Freelove had been racing well at Tara Raceway where she had won at her past two starts over 600 metres. A change of track and a run over the 643 metres distance certainly wouldn’t do her any harm.
Compton trainer Tracie Price also had greyhounds engaged that day. But he intended staying overnight thus necessitating the taking of two cars and a travelling companion for the long trip home for Fennell who was returning the same day.
It has to be said, Robinson is no lover of long car trips to see his greyhounds race. “I agreed to accompany Deano but to be honest I would rather be watching the races on television. I need a bloody week to get over one of these trips,” he said.
Price, whose association with Gawler goes back to 2013 when he won the SA Country Cup with Moorak Hope, ensured the convoy made it to the northern track – Perseverance then faced with the daunting task of taking on Boom Down, a winner of 22 races and close to $300,000 in stakemoney.
Boom Down, aside, the Gawler track is a tough assignment first up, the “quiet” lure ensuring Perseverance missed the start and never really getting into the race before finishing fifth.
If nothing else, though, Fennell and Robinson could return to Mount Gambier well satisfied that their black bitch would have benefited from a run on a different track and would now appreciate a return to Tara Raceway.
Mind you, first they had to get back to Mount Gambier. Robinson takes up the story.
“Fair enough, we should have taken more note of the route we were taking on the way up. But Tracie said take two turns left and one right. That will get you to Williamstown. Keep going to Palmer and before long you’ll hit Murray Bridge.
“Maybe he said two turns right and one left, I don’t know. All I know is that before long Deano had us hopelessly lost with Williamstown nowhere in sight.
“In the end he suggested we head to Adelaide and then travel to Mount Gambier via the South Eastern Freeway. That sounded like a good idea.
“The only trouble was that for the second time that night we found ourselves hopelessly lost, this time in Adelaide and still a long way from our final destination.
“And as we finally drove into Mount Gambier at some ungodly hour on the Saturday morning I did mention to Deano the next time Perseverance raced anywhere but Tara Raceway that I would be watching the race from the comfort of my lounge room.”
However, the intrepid travellers were all back in their comfort zone last Thursday – owner and trainer taking no wrong turns when making their way to Tara Raceway and Perseverance running a personal best 35.18 seconds over 600 metres when winning by 5¾ lengths.
Meanwhile, Portland pre-COVID-19 Tara Raceway regulars Nicole Stanley, Nifty Lenehan and Ben Boers enjoyed a successful day at Warrnambool’s 250+ ranking meeting on Monday.
The Stanley-bred and trained El Senor Verde, a son of Walk Hard and Miss Shirleen (a litter sister to Old Jock, the 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year), opened his winning account over 390 metres at start number three while later in the day Oscar The Scout gave her a double.
The Lenehan trained Hostile Savage was an impressive winner over 450 metres, the black dog finding the front approaching the bend before powering away to an easy win in 25.48 seconds.
Purchased as a pup by Jim Collins, previously a regular at Tara Raceway Sunday meetings, Hostile Savage is by Hostile out of Sweet Savage, a winner of five races and a member of the successful Cape Hawke x Rustic Reeta litter.
And the Boers-bred and trained Lots Of Nitro, a son of Nitro Burst and 2015 Mount Gambier Cup winner Lots Of Yap, quickly found the front before scoring a comfortable win over 390 metres.
Monday was the second of Warrnambool’s scheduled fortnightly low grade meetings which are paying a first prize of $825.
Local greyhound followers will be keen to follow the fortunes tomorrow night of Galactic Athena who will compete at Sandown Park over 515 metres for new trainer David Geall of Lara.