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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
After a strong-finishing second behind Fabs You Go in last Sunday’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden (512 m), Compton greyhound Rocketline looks well-placed to go one better in Sunday’s Sims Family Memorial Maiden (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
Stepping out over the 512 metre journey for the first time, the Tracie Price trained son of Peter Rocket and Headline was slowly away from box eight before working into third spot down the back and finishing the race off nicely when beaten three lengths in 30.15 seconds.
Rocketline has drawn box eight again for local owners Willie Vossen and Michael Robinson who have already tasted success with one of the breed’s littermates in Tandiki, the white and black bitch looking likely to appreciate a step-up in distance in Sunday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m).
An interesting first-starter in the Sims Memorial is Midget Rocks, the black bitch trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who won the event in 2016 with Rowchester Star and was associated with last year’s winner Twisted Missile, trained by Nifty Lenehan.
By My Bro Fabio, Midget Rocks is out of Rhonda Rocks which makes her a half-sister to the SA-bred and owned superstar Sennachie who took his earnings to more than $700,000 last week when successful in the Gold Bullion final (520 m) at Albion Park.
The memorial, previously known as the Val and Col Sims Maiden, has undergone a name change after the death of their son Ian 12 months ago. All three are life members of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club.
Tuesday, January 14, 2019
Another impressive win by Killarney greyhound Spring Value at Tara Raceway last Sunday now has owner-trainer Kevin Mugavin looking at the forthcoming Group Listed Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres).
Mugavin was at Tara Raceway for last year’s cup carnival, the brindle dog winning a heat of the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m) before running a 1¾ length second to Galactic Titan in the final.
Later in the year Spring Value won a heat of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) in a quick 29.56 seconds before overcoming a slow start and then storming home to defeat Scartnamuck Diva and Perseverance in the final.
Suited by last Sunday’s small field, Spring Value rounded up early leader Flash Jackie down the back before running away to an 8¼ length win in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) in a best of day 29.54 seconds.
The win was the second leg of a litter double for Mugavin, Cloona Reward impressing in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) with an all-the-way four length win over Azumi Stringer in a quick 22.86 seconds.
The win was Cloona Reward’s first since last September while Spring Value hadn’t won since November, Mugavin saying later that he would now be looking to utilise Tara Raceway on a more regular basis.
“Spring Value, in particular, races really well here behind the finish-on-lure so realistically I should be making an effort to get over here a bit more often, especially with the cup heats coming up in March,” said the two-time cup-winning trainer (Poetic Magic 2006 and Rich Shiraz 2012).
It was a mating of Temlee and Dark Debutante back in 1977 and a resultant fawn bitch, later to be named Val Matese, that started the incredibly successful line for the Mugavin family – last Sunday’s winners by Spring Gun x Magic Matese and tracing back to the foundation brood bitch.
Another winner last Sunday that goes back to Val Matese is 2019 Mount Gambier Cup winner Galactic Athena, successful over 395 metres at Murray Bridge for Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew.
Galactic Athena is by Paddy Whacker out of Galactic Rumball, her dam being Elite Touch, who has had a considerable influence on racing at Tara Raceway, and bred by Mugavin.
Interestingly, there was only one other pup in that 1977 litter – also a fawn bitch – later named Soextra, who also turned out to be a successful foundation brood bitch – for the Sinnott family of Yambuk.
Last Sunday’s Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) winner, the Tom Sinnott-bred Turn To Fab, trained for the Green Cloth Syndicate at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, is a son of Fabregas x Mermaid Princess and traces back to Soextra.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Outsider Dyna Naitch lowered the colours of his kennelmate and odds-on favourite Squishy Pea in yesterday’s Tara Trackstar No. 2 (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.
A $20 chance, the rising five-year-old greyhound was slowly away from box three but gained a rails run on the first turn before settling in third spot down the back behind Silent Jacko and Squishy Pea.
And turning for home, Squishy Pea, last month’s Christmas Cup winner, looked set to bring up his fifth successive win at Tara Raceway.
Not to be denied, though, Dyna Naitch found plenty in the run home, defeating Squishy Pea by a half length in 29.91 seconds with a further two lengths back to Silent Jacko – Allendale East trainer David Peckham providing the trifecta.
The Trackstar was for the leading point scorers at Tara Raceway between July and December, Peckham having also won the previous Trackstar – for the leading point scorers between January to June – with Flash Jackie.
With a good second six months of the year, Dyna Naitch was always going to qualify for the Trackstar, although according to Peckham the dog had been in some doubt leading up to the race.
“Initially, I had been reluctant to commit to the race due to some niggly little injuries but fortunately we were able to get on top of them in time.”
By Surf Lorian out of Crystin Bale, Dyna Naitch is raced by Adelaide owner Dwayne Jiggins who purchased the brindle dog after he had won five races from 32 starts on Victorian tracks during 2017.
But for Jiggins it was going to be some time before Dyna Naitch would step out on an Adelaide track.
“Actually, he was off the scene for close to 11 months due to an operation. Needless to say, it was a big thrill when he did finally return to the track and won first-up at Gawler over 400 metres,” he said.
“He seemed to struggle a bit at his next few starts so that was when I thought about relocating him to Mount Gambier in a bid to boost his confidence. David was keen to have a go with him and nine wins later, all’s good.”
Jiggins first became involved in greyhound racing back in November 2016 when he purchased a dog with his sons Rory, Luke and Sean at the Bendigo Ready2Race Sales. Racing as Top Sprite, the black bitch won 10 races in SA and Victoria and the first-time owner was hooked.
As far as city racing is concerned, Alpha Aion and Allen Oregon have been two of his better performers – collectively winning 24 races on Adelaide tracks after having been purchased from Victoria.
And with a current involvement of something like 20 to 30 racing greyhounds and pups it’s no surprise that Dwayne Jiggins reckons he’s in it for the long haul.
It’s been a good start to the year for Peckham, winner of the 2019 Ian Badger Leading Trainer award – a 400 metre track record on January 5 with Dyna Carnie, another Trackstar win and five winners yesterday when Fabs You Go, Dyna Carnie, Call Me Billy and Missing Mate were also successful.
Friday, January 10, 2020
As far as the nicely-bred bitch Zipping Capri is concerned the decision of Woodcroft owner Damien Smith to send her down to Glenroy greyhound trainer Richard Clayfield has paid dividends, the brindle bitch having now won at her only two starts at Tara Raceway.
By Kinloch Brae, she’s out of Zipping Meg, a winner of eight races including a 29.26 seconds 515 metres Sandown Park win and $46,000 in stakemoney, Zipping Capri hanging on to defeat Close To Carnage by a neck in a handy 23.17 seconds at yesterday’s time-graded meeting.
The win, in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m), came on the back of success a week prior when she had won on debut at Tara Raceway and broken a seven-month losing streak.
Smith purchased her from NSW in May last year after she had won three races over 365 metres at Nowra, Zipping Capri then winning over 400 metres at Gawler and Angle Park (388 m) before injury sidelined her for much of the latter part of the year.
“She suffered an Achilles injury in September and it was full on treatment-wise until December when she ran a couple of 388 metre thirds at Angle Park. It was then that I contacted Richard to see if he would be interested in giving her a go at Tara Raceway,” Smith said.
Smith had previously been based at Penola with partner Lauren, the pair now having their hands full, not only with young son Stefan but also after the recent arrival of twins Allegra and Bentley.
Watsargo, trained in Mount Gambier by David Williams, found the going a bit easier yesterday in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) after having previously run into the record-breaking Dyna Carnie on a couple of occasions.
Raced by the trainer’s father, Allen, Watsargo always had the odds-on Renmore in his sights, railing through on the home turn before running away to a one length win in 23.49 seconds – the black dog’s first win in 10 months when he was successful at Gawler.
By Barcia Bale, Watsargo is out of Sandown Park winner Big Bang Marjen and, after being advertised on Greyhound-Data, was purchased in June last year as a six-race winner at Angle Park, Gawler and Murray Bridge.
But it would be another four months before he made his debut at Tara Raceway.
“I reckon the best way to put it would be that I needed to be patient and both the dog and I also had to come to terms with each other’s idiosyncrasies,” Williams said.
“Aside from that, though, I really believe that the slipping track at Tara Raceway – a real bonus to the ‘backyard trainer’ – has helped to sort him out.”
Akuma Fireball was another one to break a losing streak, the black dog last winning at Tara Raceway back in early August over 512 metres for Portland owner-trainer Andy Graham.
Jumping from box five in The Border Watch Stake (400 m), the black dog set himself a fair task after a slow start and even at the home turn he looked little chance of reeling in Black Moscato, Master Moment or Rattle Can You.
But in the run home the son of former champion stayer Destini Fireball swamped the opposition, winning by three-quarters of a length in 23.70 seconds, his nonplussed trainer at a loss to explain the turnaround in form.
“I guess it was a case of him simply being in the right place at the right time. It was a pleasing win, though, because he really is a nice dog and a pleasure to have around the kennels,” said Graham, who purchased Akuma Fireball for $1000 after his Tara Raceway maiden win in June last year.
Killarney training team, Kevin and Raylene Gavin, won their first race at Tara Raceway in 12 months when Narcelle defeated kennelmate Reggie Ryan in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m), the runner-up, in fact, their last winner.
Narcelle, having her first look at the track and her first run for Kevin Gavin, led all the way from box three, Reggie Ryan doing the chasing but no match for the giant 33½ kilograms black bitch which bolted in by 8¾ lengths in 23.20 seconds.
A giveaway after winning at Geelong back in November, the Gavins picked up Narcelle from long-time Lara acquaintance Ron McCullagh.
“Look, we only race giveaways and we have a bit a fun with them,” said Kevin Gavin. “In fact, I reckon we’ve only ever purchased one greyhound and it was no good.”
Narcelle is by Barcia Bale, who sired four winners at Tara Raceway yesterday, out of Motorette, a litter sister to Fully Advanced, a winner of 22 races and $169,000 in stakemoney.
And we probably won’t see the David Peckham trained Call Me Billy any time soon at a Tara Raceway Thursday meeting after his blistering 29.58 seconds win in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m).
His win was the first leg of a two-track double for the Barcia Bale x Call Me Gee litter, Dusseldorp winning at Warrnambool on Thursday night.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Edenhope chaser Black Spring, the 2019 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, heads the qualifiers for Sunday’s Tara Trackstar No. 2 at Tara Raceway.
This Trackstar, a one-off race over 512 metres, is for the best performed greyhounds at the track between July and December, scoring done on a 4, 2, 1 points basis with the Cap Abbott owned and trained Black Spring accumulating 36 points in the second half of the year.
Not surprisingly, Allendale East trainer David Peckham, the 2019 Ian Badger Leading Trainer with 128 winners, holds a strong hand in the Trackstar with Dyna Naitch 33, Silent Jacko 32, Squishy Pea 30 and Usain Insane 27.
Also in Sunday’s final are Robert Halliday’s Rotate 27, along with Nicole Stanley’s Close Your Eyes 26 and David Brodhurst’s Danyo’s Cally, also with 26 points.
The inaugural Tara Trackstar, for the best performed greyhounds at Tara Raceway between January and June 2019, was run in early July and won by the Peckham trained Flash Jackie who defeated Brodhurst’s Dare To Do and Abbott’s Bab’s Jakit in a time of 30.04 seconds.
Sunday’s meeting is packed full of interest, Dyna Carnie, fresh from a 400 metre track record last week, clashing with the speedy Cryer’s Harper – a half-sister to the former record holder – in the O’Brien Electrical Open Stake.
The Fairthorne Forestry Juvenile (400 m) looks to be a beauty with the Tracie Price trained Tandiki, a litter sister to Burn Time who won on debut over 525 metres at The Meadows on Wednesday, taking on the Dean Fennell trained pair General Max and Perseverance.
Killarney trainer Kevin Mugavin is launching a three-pronged attack on Tara Raceway with Cloona Reward, Spring Value and Nitro Value.
With quick times over the short courses at Ballarat and Warrnambool at his past four starts, Cloona Reward, a son of Spring Gun x Magic Matese, should be hard to beat from box one in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Litter brother Spring Value, a 29.56 seconds McDonnell Memorial heat winner at Tara Raceway last November before going on to win the final the following week, looks well placed in box seven in the Produce Store Stake (512 m).
And half-brother Nitro Value, who has been running quick times without winning at Ballarat and Warrnambool, should be more than competitive in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), the son of Nitro Burst a sound chance to win his first race since last October.
With five seconds from five starts at Tara Raceway surely the Nicole Stanley trained Oscar The Scout is ready for a win – Sunday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) looking a good race for the fawn dog with a personal best time of 29.93 seconds at the track.
By Moreira out of Someday Lady, Oscar The Scout is a litter brother to the smart Victorian chaser Waging War, a winner of 10 races and $65,000 in stakemoney.
Also originally planned to be run at Sunday’s meeting were heats of the Sims Family Memorial Maiden over 512 metres. However, due to insufficient nominations a one-off final will now be run on Sunday, January 19.
In keeping with the current Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s heats and final policy of running a minimum of two heats, nominations will now close on Tuesday for a one-off final.
This means greyhounds originally nominated for the heats will receive preference if re-nominated. However, it also means that the winner of this Sunday’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake (512 m) will be ineligible for the Sims Family Memorial on Sunday week.
And, “The Dogs” has finally come up with an alternative to its bulky two-page per race program, releasing a one-page per race format this week.
Perhaps not quite as comprehensive, however certainly more than adequate, especially for the “sight-impaired” punter who will appreciate the larger type style.
Listing the greyhound’s past three starts, all the essentials are there – owners, trainer (including his or her location which is always handy), breeding and age of the dog, career record and record at Tara Raceway.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Ashby Mayhem, one of a number of greyhounds to have her fortunes turned around by Penshurst husband and wife training team Brendan and Kayla Bunworth, looks to be another likely Summer Classic contender.
This follows her impressive front-running 512 metres debut at Tara Raceway last Sunday in the Trackside Meats Stake for maiden/one win greyhounds when she defeated Oscar The Scout by three-quarters of a length in a more than handy 30.02 seconds.
Heats of the Summer Classic (512 m), for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2018, will be run on Sunday, February 16 with the final a week later.
The win was a good start to the year for the Bunworths, the pair collectively training 16 winners last year at Tara Raceway – most of them being giveaways.
Whelped in April 2018, Ashby Mayhem is another such greyhound, early reports suggesting that she probably wouldn’t make the grade although so far there have been no complaints from the Penshurst couple, the black bitch having raced on nine occasions for two wins and four minor placings.
“We’ve already had a bit of fun with her and hopefully she can now measure up on Thursday night at Warrnambool,” Brendan Bunworth said. “Actually, also making things easier has been that Kayla’s sister Susan is living here at the moment and she’s been a great help with the dogs.”
By Barcia Bale, Ashby Mayhem is out of the beautifully bred Glass Roof, a daughter of Brett Lee and West On Bluebird (a litter sister to former champion stayer Miata, along with Deville and Sure As).
A winner of nine Victorian races, Glass Roof’s litter also includes Shared Bonus (45 wins, $158,000 stakemoney) and Shared Equity (31, $291,000).
For Nicole Stanley’s Oscar The Scout it was his fourth consecutive second at Tara Raceway over 512 metres, although the Portland trainer also enjoyed a good start to the year with Jackie Dee and Close Your Eyes successful earlier in the day.
And the following night at Warrnambool Burst The Seam brought up his third successive win at the track for Stanley when clocking a smart 25.12 seconds win over the 450 metres journey.
Meanwhile, back at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon, the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Juvenile Stake (400 m) had attracted a fair line-up of greyhounds all under two years of age – including Sweet On Me who was lining up from box one in an attempt to win five consecutive races at the track.
Also taking a keen interest in the race were Millicent couple Hayden Fennell and his partner Ebony Janz, owners of box seven runner General Max, the son of Worm Burner x Miss Hodge trained for them by Fennell’s father, Dean.
“Right or wrong, when I was looking around a couple of years ago all I wanted was a pup by the SA champion sprinter Worm Burner – the dam didn’t matter,” said Fennell as General Max made his way around to Tara Raceway’s 400 metre start.
“In the end I settled for a couple of pups out of Miss Hodge, bred by the Fulton family over at Ecklin South. Fair enough, there would be no SA-bred bonuses but they were by Worm Burner.”
A January 2018 whelping, General Max’s Juvenile status will conclude at the end of the month. His outstanding effort last Sunday to defeat Sweet On Me by six lengths in 23.07 seconds brought up his first win in Juvenile company and allows him one more win in this grade.
However, from a Juvenile point of view, SA-bred greyhounds carry a significant advantage when it comes to age-restricted racing as they are able to win six of this grade at Tara Raceway.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Tara Raceway’s long-time 400 metre track record was broken at Sunday’s meeting when Dyna Carnie turned in a blistering run to defeat Azumi Stringer by 8¼ lengths in the ProGreyhoundTips.com final in a time of 22.74 seconds.
The previous record of 22.78 seconds was established almost four years ago on February 19, 2016 by the Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Ricky who a fortnight prior to that had equalled Ireland’s Oyster’s record of 22.83 seconds which had been recorded on January 30, 2015 for Peter Franklin.
The first greyhound to break the 23-second barrier at Tara Raceway was the Richard Clayfield trained Slipper’s Might who ran 22.93 seconds on March 28, 2014, the previous record of 23.05 seconds established by Garry Marshman’s Star Doll on April 19, 2013.
The beautifully-bred Dyna Carnie, by the US sire Kelsos Fusileer out of Xylia Allen, a winner of 40 races and more than $700,000 in stakemoney, is raced by leading Adelaide owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham.
Peckham took over the training of Dyna Carnie in November and has now won four races at Tara Raceway – over 400 metres and 600 metres – with the litter brother to the former NZ champion stayer Dyna Weslyn.
Dyna Carnie is now his second current record holder at Tara Raceway, Pirate’s Curse running 34.79 seconds over 600 metres on April 21, 2019.
On a day dominated by the track’s three leading trainers, Peckham also was successful with Silent Jacko, Squishy Pea and Missing Mate while Tracie Price, of Compton, had cause to get excited by Tandiki’s win in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m) prior to Wise Stella winning the last race.
And Jackie Dee’s strong all the way 6½ lengths win over Banjo Lass in 30.07 seconds in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (512 m) was the first leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, Close Your Eyes then grabbing Rotate in the shadows of the post in the Metal Worx Stake (512 m) to score by a neck in 30.10 seconds.