FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, November 20 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.
Normally the Tara Raceway greyhound fields, whether for Friday or Sunday meetings, are published in the Mount Gambier newspaper The Border Watch on a Friday. But for some reason fields for the December 9 meeting were run in the Thursday edition. It seems one regular racegoer, who shall remain nameless, was totally thrown by the change in procedure and figured when he saw the fields that it must have been Friday and he duly turned up at the track for the 12-race card. Needless to say, from a racing point of view there wasn’t much happening at the track on the Thursday. Still convinced it was Friday and at a loss as to why there was no race meeting, the unnamed racegoer sought out a local trainer at home who pointed out that it was Thursday and the dogs were on the next day. The unnamed racegoer then asked the trainer if he could keep the incident quiet. Yeah, like that was going to happen!
Picture: The unnamed racegoer spotted at Tara Raceway’s “phantom meeting” on Thursday.
Talk about kids with new toys! Seems Tara Raceway groundsman Monty Wilson and his volunteer assistant Kevin Jones are fighting over who gets to sit on the club’s newly-acquired John Deere X380 ride-on mower. Well, not really but it is a nice unit and with a 48 inch cut will make the job of cutting the extensive grassed areas somewhat easier. And with automatic sprinklers to be installed next week to cover much of the area in front of the clubhouse and surrounds, Tara Raceway should be a treat come Mount Gambier Cup time in late February-early March.
David and Toni Jones, of Devon Meadows, did it in style when they travelled over to Mount Gambier for the double-header meeting in their Jayco Conquest motor home. It was perhaps a trial run for when they take off later this year on a round-Australia trip. David is pictured with Twistex which was successful at the August 26 meeting and will join the couple when they embark on their forthcoming trip.
No, this Todd Nicholson photograph certainly wasn’t taken at the Anniversary Cup meeting on Sunday, July 24, 2016 which turned out to be very ordinary from a weather point of view although a large crowd enjoyed some outstanding racing. The photograph was discovered by pure chance in the office during the day and goes back to 2003 when members of the Ballarat Umpires League stripped off for the Open Sprint.