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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Mount Gambier’s chances in the forthcoming Border Challenge with the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club took a hit this week with the announcement that Azalea Monelli and Cruising By will miss the series.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham reported that the kennelmates had both come in season, Azalea Monelli, raced by leading SA owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman, now in Adelaide to be mated with proven sire Mogambo.
“Tim and Matt previously raced Honcho Monelli, all told a winner of 38 races and $226,000 in stakemoney. He is by Mogambo out of Jackie Bale while Azalea Monelli is a daughter of Jackie Bale, hence the decision to use that sire,” Peckham said.
Azalea Monelli, who has won nine races this year at Tara Raceway, leads the 2019 Tara Trackstar No. 2 contenders with 49 points but will also miss this one-off race which will be run in early January over 512 metres.
Cruising By, who also lists Aloisi and Lehman among her owners, brought up her seventh win at Tara Raceway last Sunday when too strong for Stilton Rush in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (400 m).
Her win was also the fifth for the day for Peckham who had previously won with Bourne Attitude, Missing Mate, Squishy Pea and Right Above It.
Mount Gambier heats (512 m) of the Border Challenge will be run on Sunday, November 24 with the $4000-to-the-winner final over 450 metres at Warrnambool on Thursday, December 5.
Meanwhile, Bourne Spirit’s win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) at last Thursday’s time-graded meeting was the first leg of a profitable maiden double for Peckham prior to litter sister Bourne Attitude’s win in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) on Sunday.
By Barcia Bale x Maximum Bella, the February 2018 bitches were bred and are also owned by Peckham who besides picking up $1110 in prizemoney for the two wins, also collected $2000 in SA-Bred maiden bonuses.
All told, Maximum Bella won 13 races, four for Peckham at Tara Raceway including a 35.16 seconds 600 metre win, the daughter of Magic Sprite x Lil’s Memory since whelping a second litter in February this year to Worm Burner.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
With the emergence of a number of younger greyhounds at Tara Raceway, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is to include Juvenile events on its racing calendar as from January.
A greyhound is classed as a Juvenile until, and including, the last day of the month corresponding to its whelping in the second year thereafter. In other words, a greyhound whelped on January 1, 2018 would remain a Juvenile until January 31, 2020.
Greyhounds classified as Juveniles are eligible to win two such events. However, the advantage of having an SA-bred greyhound certainly comes into play as far as Juveniles are concerned because they are able to win six races without penalty.
Maidens can be nominated for Juvenile events provided they have competed in an official qualifying trial or race. If a maiden greyhound wins a Juvenile, that counts as its maiden win and it would still be eligible to win a further two Juveniles or six in the case of SA-bred.
The introduction of Juvenile racing in January should prove to be an ideal lead-in to the 2020 Summer Classic, run over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in February for all greyhounds whelped on or after January 1, 2018.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Last Thursday couldn’t have started any better for Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley, racing greyhounds for the first time at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.
Bewley made the six-hour trip down with a team of nine, Viking Storm and Taylor Jayde his first to go around in race four, the Greyhound-Data.com Stake over 400 metres.
And the kennelmates virtually had the race to themselves, Viking Storm quickly finding the front from box four and defying Taylor Jayde to run him down, eventually running out a 1½ length winner in 24.02 seconds on a track seriously affected by persistent rain.
By Barcia Bale out of Striking Viking, Viking Storm was bred in the south east and won four races at Tara Raceway prior to her previous owners, the Nineofus Syndicate, selling her to Angle Park course photographer Kurt Donsberg who transferred the black bitch to Bewley.
She had then gone on to be successful on a further four occasions at Angle Park and Gawler prior to last Thursday’s success – a major milestone for Bewley with the win being his 100th on SA tracks this year.
The following race, the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m) brought together a handy field of middle-distance chasers, the Bewley-trained Waikiki Big Girl a solid second-favourite behind Bisenti on the strength of a last start 600 metre win at Angle Park.
Raced by prominent NSW owner-trainer Mark Bell, Waikiki Big Girl, a daughter of Outa Credit and Big Girl Gerald, was never going to be beaten last Thursday, quickly finding the front before running away to a 5½ length win over Bisenti in 35.96 seconds.
Bell will always be associated with Go Wild Teddy, in 2000 the winner of three Group 1 events – the Melbourne Cup, Sandown Shootout and Vic Peters Classic. The influence of the son of Head Honcho x Web Of Silence is still prevalent, tonight’s Topgun winner at The Meadows, Get It Gizmo, being by Kinloch Brae out of Go Wild Teddy bitch Dasha.
Bewley’s association with Bell first came about through My Boy Bean, a litter brother to Waikiki Big Girl. He’d been placed on the market after winning a maiden at Maitland with Adelaide owner Clint Alleway ultimately purchasing him and giving him to Bewley to train.
“A few months later, after we’d won a few races with him, I received a call from Mark who said he had been following the progress of My Boy Bean and had been suitably impressed with the manner in which he had been racing.
“He asked me if I would be interested in training My Boy Bean’s litter sister Waikiki Big Girl who had won five races on NSW tracks and that’s how she found her way down here,” he said.
Chasing a running treble, Bewley lined up in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m) with Callanish Sprite, known to Tara Raceway followers after having won at the track back in June in a best of day 29.97 seconds when trained by Heather Baxter of Murtoa.
And the daughter of Magic Sprite and Infinite Wish completed a big day for the visiting trainer, leading all the way from box five and holding out Pandora’s Comet in a desperately tight finish that resulted in a half head win in 30.73 seconds.
Incidentally, Pandora’s Comet is trained at Ettrick, a half-hour down the road from Murray Bridge, by Adrien Chevalier who enjoyed a change of luck later in the day when Pinky Girl scored a comfortable win in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 m).
Callanish Sprite has now won three races for the Snags In Bread Syndicate who purchased the black bitch from well-known Victorian greyhound identity Angela Langton in July.
Managed by Bewley’s stepson Michael Heinrich, the syndicate was formed 12 months ago when five racing enthusiasts from around Australia came together via the internet and purchased a greyhound after syndicate members each contributed $500.
“They now have seven greyhounds and so far they have not had to add to their initial $500 each,” Bewley said.
Bewley’s involvement in greyhound racing goes back to 1987 which was the beginning of a 10-year period as racing manager for the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club (Angle Park).
“After that I cut ties with the sport and it wasn’t until about six years ago when I was looking for a hobby that I decided to look at getting a greyhound,” he said.
“Together with my wife Carolyn we decided to purchase a property out at Lewiston, ostensibly to cater for her poodles although I did have in the back of my mind that, as a hobby, I wouldn’t mind a greyhound to train.
“So, what started out as a one-dog hobby has now developed into pretty well a 28-dog full-time job.”
Bewley said he had been considering a trip to Tara Raceway for some time. As it turned out, from a weather point of view he couldn’t have picked a worse day. But for all that, he was impressed by Tara Raceway.
“This is a well-cambered track,” he said. “And as such it makes for safer racing. I have to say I was really surprised with what you have down here.”
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
In the end, it was a couple of former Adelaide-based litter sisters that gave Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham his first 100 winners in a year at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
First, it was Walk On Water, chasing her first win at the local track, that led all the way in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 metres) to give her trainer 99 winners.
Then, three races later, Right Above It led all the way in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), Peckham the third trainer at Tara Raceway to land 100 winners after Nicole Stanley and Tracie Price.
In Peckham’s kennels since September, Walk On Water and Right Above It are owned in Adelaide by Dwayne Jiggins and Neil Rawlings, who purchased the daughters of Banjo Boy and Princess Coco as pups.
Jiggins, formerly involved in harness racing, first became associated with the local trainer early this year when he was looking for someone to train the strong-finishing Dyna Naitch who has since won eight races at Tara Raceway.
Peckham is the first to concede that good owners certainly help to make good trainers, as do the people around you.
“Not only have Dwayne and Neil become involved down here but also Adelaide’s leading owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman who have had great success with Azalea Monelli, a winner of nine races at Tara Raceway this year.
“And Ross Schurgott, involved with the kennels for 10 years through the Viking Syndicate, is now running the Nineofus Syndicate, an offshoot of the original. A win earlier in the year with Flash Jackie in the inaugural Tara Trackstar was a big thrill for them.
“Also coming on board this year was well known local identity Kevin “KD” Douglas who is having a bit of fun with Missing Mate and is looking to become further involved with some young stock.”
Peckham first became involved in the sport 31 years ago when he was 13, his father Allen, a former jockey turned greyhound trainer, enjoying plenty of success and winning three premierships at the Glenburnie track.
Peckham jnr also won the 1992-1993 Owner-Trainer premiership at the original greyhound track prior to three Leading Trainer awards at Tara Raceway in 2012 (which coincided with the introduction of TAB racing for greyhounds in Mount Gambier), 2013 and 2014.
Contributing to his 100 winners – well actually 101 after Cruising By won later in the day – were 20 doubles, seven trebles, four winners on five occasions and five winners once.
Highlight-wise, throw in for good measure a 600 metre track record of 34.79 seconds run by Pirate’s Curse on April 21.
Peckham took over his father’s Allendale East property 18 years ago although it wasn’t until June 2018 that he decided to train greyhounds on a full-time basis.
“It was a big decision but I thought with Tara Raceway racing twice a week it was a case of now or never,” he said.
“Besides, with supportive owners, some of whom are also looking to become involved in breeding, which in turn will see a need for some of the offspring to be reared locally, I reckon there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Later on Sunday, Peckham placed $100 on the bar – for the benefit of patrons and helpers. “A hundred bucks for a hundred wins,” he said.
Now, that was a nice gesture.
Meanwhile, two heats of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) will be run on Sunday, Peckham represented by Right Above It who will jump from box two in the first heat.
He has winning form in the memorial, first run in 1986, Bourne Again successful in 2013 when defeating Cool Tappin’ and Colville before backing up again the following year with a win over Who’s Doing What and the Peckham-trained Thanks Tubby who at the time held the 512 metre record at 29.60 seconds.
Banjo Lass, who defeated Shae’s Magic and Brinza in last year’s memorial for Compton trainer Tracie Price, will line up from box seven in the first heat on Sunday, the black bitch sure to be improved by last week’s third-placing over 512 metres – her first run over the distance in more than three months.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Portland greyhound trainer Nicole Stanley enjoyed another big day at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Close Your Eyes, Causing Drama, Dyna Quota and Peek’s Gold were successful at the 10-race meeting.
The multiple winners followed a big month back in June when she trained five winners – Bad Driver, Dyna Quota, Wanchai Express, Bereluke and Zambora Club – and then a fortnight later, four with Nangkita Keats, Bad Driver, Zambora Club and Verev.
And a month later, Stanley, Tara Raceway’s most successful trainer in 2017 with 111 winners, was back with another bag of four – Zambora Club, Wrackmere, Verev and Nangkita Keats.
Attracting plenty of interest last Sunday was the reappearance of Dyna Quota in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (732 metres), picked up for $1000 by the Cheap Buy Syndicate after 14 starts and three Victorian provincial wins but with an infringement hanging over her head.
However, Glen Burns, Scott Brandon and Danny Frazer’s syndicate has certainly turned out to be well-named, the black bitch developing into a city-winning stayer and having now won 16 races and more than $53,000 in stakemoney.
Dyna Quota was having her first start over the distance at Tara Raceway since June 9 when she wore down Black Spring in the home straight to win by 1¼ lengths in 43.50 seconds, a time only ever bettered by the record holder Nellie Noodles who ran 43.45 seconds on March 27, 2011.
A short-priced favourite in last Sunday’s mixed stake, Dyna Quota quickly took up the running from box one, eventually running away from the opposition and defeating 128-start veteran Noosa Parade by 3¾ lengths in 43.85 seconds.
Cranbourne-based Brandon, who was at the track on Sunday, said the syndicate had already purchased a straw with the intention of breeding with Dyna Quota at a later date.
“We have a Kinda Cruel Red straw that we are contemplating using depending on how things pan out,” he said. “He’s a US sire that won 50 races and was blessed with amazing early and mid-race speed.”
By Bella Infrared, the fawn dog is out of Cruel To Be Kind who traces back to the former SA greyhound Top Honcho who became a stud sensation in Ireland.
Earlier in the day, syndicate member Burns, of Lang Lang, was also successful in his own right as an owner with Causing Drama who led all the way to defeat Missing Mate by a length in 23.34 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m).
Burns also owns the Stanley-trained litter brother Burst The Seam, engaged in Thursday night’s Super VicGreys final at Warrnambool and a winner of three races at Warrnambool and Shepparton.
The pair is by Barcia Bale out of Bit Berger, a winner of 21 races including three at Tara Raceway back in 2013-2014 when trained at Naracoorte by Ben Hughes.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Races don’t come much better than last Sunday’s Produce Store Open Stake (512 m), with plenty of interest in whether Galactic Destiny, a slashing 29.71 seconds grade five winner last week, could handle a significant rise in class.
As it turned out, the daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball was equal to the task for Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew when chasing Squishy Pea for much of the journey before getting up in a head-bobber in 29.91 seconds.
And Chuck, who bred Galactic Destiny, reports that her half-sister Galactic Cat (by Milldean Panther) recently whelped one dog and three bitches to the US sire Flying Stanley.
Galactic Cat, a litter sister to Summer Classic winner Galactic Panther, won races at Mount Gambier, Bendigo, Traralgon, Warrnambool and Horsham.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Strictly speaking, last Thursday’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting wouldn’t have been out of place at a Sunday fixture.
Such was the standard of the race that Spinning Jakit, who dead-heated for first only a fortnight ago with Cryer’s Plugger in a 600 metre Free For All, went to the boxes as a $5 chance – virtually nothing separating last start Sandown winner Tyche Onyx and recent SA Country Cup representative Springvale Alysa for favouritism.
And a lap out, Spinning Jakit looked more like a $50 chance as he toiled at the rear, though warming to the task down the back before unleashing some sort of run in the home straight to finish over the top of Loroupe and Tyche Onyx to win in a time of 35.41 seconds.
Trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott for long-time kennel client John Dihm, the Bush Chaplain at the mining town of Tom Price which covers the Pilbara region of WA, Spinning Jakit is by Spring Gun out of Sandown Park distance winner Lektra Scarlett.
Abbott also owns and trains Spinning Jakit’s litter brother, Black Spring, who narrowly went down to Saint David in last week’s K9 Race Recovery FFA (600 m) but still holds a six-point lead over Cryer’s Plugger in this year’s Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
With 28 winners, Lektra Scarlett heads the Mount Gambier leading dams’ list, Cryer’s Midget, the dam of Cryer’s Plugger, sitting in second spot with 25.
Lektra Scarlett’s November 2016 Spring Gun litter also includes Lektra Spring, a winner of nine races and $87,000 in stakemoney and a runner in tonight’s $75,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Hume Cup final (600 m) at The Meadows.
Lektra Caution (8 wins, $34,000 stakemoney) is another member of the more than handy litter as is Lektra Theory, a winner over 455 metres at Murray Bridge last Friday.
An earlier Lektra Scarlett litter whelped in January 2016 – by US sire KC And All – includes Lektra Brandy, winner of this year’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway for Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan, who is a brother of the breeder, Phil, of Toolong.
Later in the day, Abbott brought up his 13th winning double at Tara Raceway this year with Giveaway Fury making it two wins in a row when successful in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (512 m).
Raced by local owners Kerry and John Hawker, the black dog, a son of Fabregas and Flitter, rounded up tearaway leader Jacobite Hammer on the home turn and then held off a fast finishing Big Rough to win by a half length in 30.27 seconds.
The Hawkers picked up Giveaway Fury and his now-retired litter brother Free Fury in a $1500 package deal back in March after they had both won their maidens on the same day at Tara Raceway, Abbott having now won 10 races with the pair.
Giveaway Fury had been out of the winner’s list for four months prior to his two recent wins, John Hawker believing that Abbott’s decision to vary the tracks where he raced may have helped him to find form again.
“Fair enough, when Cap took him to Angle Park, Warrnambool and Horsham he was probably never going to win but what it did do was to give him a change of track that possibily worked in his favour when he returned to Tara Raceway.”
Meanwhile, second-starter litter sisters Go Nikki and Go Taylah ran the quinella in Thursday’s first race, the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 m), the former coming from a long way back to win by a half length in 24.06 seconds.
It was further time-graded success for Rick Boehm and Sandra Elmes of Dunolly, Boehm saying it had taken a while for the April 2018 whelpings to work out what the racing game was all about.
“Initially, when we trialled them together they just wanted to play around,” he said. “And it wasn’t until they went in together with a couple of other dogs that they started to settle down and go a lot better.”
Go Nikki and Go Taylah are by Fabregas out of the Victorian city-winning stayer Hala Belle, a winner of 12 races and more than $70,000 in stakemoney for Reservoir breeder-owner-trainer Peter Akathiotis.
Hala Belle is a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Aussie Belle who traces back to Akathiotis’s 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Master Giant.
Later in the day, Boehm won with Sun Wukong who took the lead down the back straight in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and then went right away to eventually defeat Nitro Missile by four lengths in a best of day 30.23 seconds.
By Cutting Edge out of the lightly raced Enjoy, Sun Wukong is a litter brother to New Wave whose last win was at Tara Raceway back in May when trained by Boehm. On that occasion she defeated Giveaway Fury over 512 metres in a best of day 29.83 seconds.