The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

THURSDAY, MAY 24 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, MAY 27: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, May 22 with GRSA. FRIDAY, JUNE 1 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, May 28 with GRSA. SUNDAY, JUNE 3: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, May 29 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.


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Pete cuts opposition down to size

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cape Bridgewater trainer Scott Blacksell, who started the year off in a blaze of glory when Mount Ghost won at Tara Raceway’s first two meetings, was back among the winners on Friday with Pinecutter Pete.

With his first four starts resulting in unplaced efforts, the black dog was a $23 chance when lining up from box four in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).

Jude Tait and Scott Blacksell pictured at Tara Raceway last Friday with Pinecutter Pete.

However, he looked anything but an outsider as he quickly found the front, never really looking like getting beaten when defeating Wok Djay by a length in a personal best time of 30.67 seconds and bringing up the first win for the litter.

Named after harvest operator Pete Leonard, Pinecutter Pete is nicely bred, being by Magic Sprite out of Miss Shirleen, a winner of three provincial Victorian races and a litter sister to former more-than-handy chasers Old Jock, Temalor and Bekim Vapour.

Whelped in September 2016, which makes him well placed for the forthcoming Winter Classic, especially if he keeps improving, Pinecutter Pete was also reared and educated by Blacksell.

Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott’s good year continued when he landed his third double, this time with giveaway greyhound Rugged and Blonde Barbados.

Rugged, in Abbott’s kennels for only a month, was only fairly away from box eight in the Maiden Stake (400 m) but somehow quickly found the rails and from then on was always travelling like a winner.

By High Earner x Miss Bel Air – a 15-race winner for $42,000 in prizemoney – Rugged’s first win came at his 14th start with all 10 of the litter having now been successful.

Miss Bel Air, who has also produced plenty of winners from three other litters, is beautifully bred, being by Brett Lee out of Casey’s Angel.

Blonde Barbados, out of the winner’s list since last September, brought up her third win for Abbott when leading all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m).

Dark Vader completed a good two days of racing for Cap Abbott when successful at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

By Cosmic Rumble out of New Year’s Punch, a winner of $53,000 in prizemoney, the white and fawn bitch’s win continued her trainer’s successful run with the dam’s progeny – Mo Town Roy and Blazin’ Vicky (by Razldazl Jayfkay) both city winners.

Blonde Barbados is from a repeat mating, the first litter by Cosmic Rumble producing Bruce Tycoon, who raced on 130 occasions for 36 wins, 39 minor placings and more than $271,000 in prizemoney.

And Abbott’s winning run continued on into Sunday’s meeting when another recent giveaway in Dark Vader, a winner of 12 races and more than $24,000 in prizemoney, opened his Tara Raceway winning account.

Slowly away from box seven in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m), the son of Spring Gun x Allez Bijoux quickly ranged up to share the lead with Brinza, the pair matching strides until the home turn (Captain’s Corner) where Dark Vader pulled away to eventually win by 1½ lengths in 23.63 seconds.

Trainer wraps up big week with Tara treble

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tony Hinrichsen’s treble with San Tan Sam, Filthy Phantom and Focused Fury at Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting wrapped up a successful week on the track for the Monarto South trainer.

President of the Southern Greyhound Raceway at Strathalbyn, Hinrichsen’s winning run commenced last Sunday at Gawler after the recently-acquired San Tan Sam came from last early to score a big win over 531 metres.

Barry Shepheard (left) with Filthy Phantom, Gary Gamble (Focused Fury) and Tony Hinrichsen (San Tan Sam) after his treble at Tara Raceway on Friday.

And Breemelia Swift’s all the way boilover win at $31 in a heat of the Howard Ashton Classic at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon took him a step closer to lining up with a finalist in Thursday week’s $37,500 feature for SA-bred greyhounds.

San Tan Sam, who had created a fair sort of impression with a smart 29.92 seconds win over 512 metres a month ago at the local track, returned on Friday to take on the Mixed Stake (600 m).

The son of Collision and San Tan Maid – a daughter of the US-bred San Tan Scruffy – had previously raced on only one occasion over the middle-distance, unplaced at Angle Park last October, but he once again impressed at Tara Raceway with an all the way 10 length win in a smart 35.20 seconds.

Filthy Phantom, by Lochinvar Marlow x Ruby Swift and a litter brother to Breemelia Swift, had to work hard in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) after Crickey Creeky opened up a handy lead and still led the field into the home straight.

A winner last month on the grass at Port Augusta, Filthy Phantom dug deep in the concluding stages of the race to eventually defeat the early leader by three-quarters of a length in 30.47 seconds.

And Focused Fury – by Lochinvar Marlow out of Fighting Fury, a finalist in the 2011 Mount Gambier Cup won by Banger Harvey – led all the way in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), giving Hinrichsen his third treble after previous bags of three winners at Port Augusta and Strathalbyn.

Leading trainer’s headline act

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

While leading local trainer Tracie Price’s weekly trips to Angle Park look set to continue after Andrew’s Gift, Cryer’s Plugger and Bekim Lucy’s all ran second at the city track earlier this week, there’s also plenty happening on the home front out at Compton.

The kennel’s extensive breeding program continues unabated with the latest litter whelped being four dogs and four bitches by Peter Rocket out of the beautifully bred city-winning Headline.

Headline checks out her Peter Rocket pups.

By Barcia Bale out of Raya Riot, Headline was a winner of 16 races in Victoria over distances ranging from 440 metres to 660 metres, Price no doubt hoping for the match-up to come up with something similar to that of top stayer Rockoon, a white and black dog by Peter Rocket x Raya Riot.

This litter is the third to be whelped at the kennels this year and follows Spring Gun x Grimsby Girl and Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove litters of seven and six respectively.

Grimsby Girl, a daughter of Kinloch Brae x Oh Cee Ya, was a finalist in the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup won by Mojito Mayhem while Miss Freelove, whose racing career was severely curtailed through injury, is by Smooth Fancy out of the prolific producer Casey’s Angel.

Price also has his sights set on the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s annual Winter Classic, run over 512 metres in August for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2016, with youngsters from well-bred litters by Knocka Norris x Who’s Doing What, Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya and Cosmic Rumble x Cee Me Burst (winner of the 2015 Winter Classic).

Meanwhile, Price said this week that Cryer’s Plugger was likely to be set for the Shane McQueen Feature, heats of which will be run at Angle Park on Thursday, May 31. For the best greyhounds nominated, the $8565 McQueen final will be run on Thursday, June 7.

Owned at Apsley by Margaret Cryer, Cryer’s Plugger chased top Adelaide performer High Eden Snow throughout on Monday night over 600 metres and was doing his best work at the finish when going down by only 1¾ lengths in 34.95 seconds.

In the meantime, Cryer’s Plugger and Bekim Lucy’s will once again clash at Angle Park on Monday night over 600 metres in a race that the pair looks well placed in.

A lovely gesture

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Finn family – Kevin, Lorraine and daughter Marita Byron – were over from Warrnambool for last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting with Destini Montana.

And Lorraine Finn also brought with her a giant get well card, already signed by Warrnambool participants and, once signed by their local counterparts, to be forwarded to Phil Lenehan, a popular supporter of both tracks.

With Lenehan in hospital in Melbourne after recently being involved in a car accident, Mrs Finn’s get well card was a lovely gesture from a lovely lady.

Panther through to semi-finals

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Locally owned and trained Galactic Panther advanced to the semi-finals of the Group 3 Howard Ashton Classic (515 metres) when running third in the first heat at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Raced by Moorak owner Robert Chuck and trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew, the son of Milldean Panther and Galactic Rumball was beaten 6½ lengths by boom youngster Victa Louise who clocked the quickest of the four heats when running 29.72 seconds.

Victa Louise, a $1.15 favourite, was the only heat winner to break the 30 second barrier although $18 second placegetter Springvale Choix surprised when running her to 1½ lengths and clocking 29.82 seconds.

And after Fabwik ran 30.01 seconds to win the final heat, it was Galactic Panther who was the fourth fastest of the qualifiers with a time of 30.18 seconds.

Breemelia Swift, who ran unplaced behind Galactic Panther earlier this year in the Peter Rocket Summer Classic final at Tara Raceway, caused a boilover when winning heat three at $31 in 30.24 seconds.

Springvale Alysa, the other locally owned and trained classic contender, disappointed for Kongorong trainer John Little when failing to qualify in the second heat, won by Tal Lee in 30.49 seconds.

Semi-finals of the SA-bred paid up series will be run at Angle Park on Thursday, May 24 with the $37,500 final on Thursday, May 31, coinciding with heats of the McQueen feature.

Drought breaks for feature heat winners

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For Spring Ripper and Kolora Posie, impressive winners of the Trackside Meats Feature (512 metres) heats for grade five greyhounds, it was a case of both breaking a long run of outs at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon.

Spring Ripper, an impressive Trackside Meats Feature Grade 5 heat winner pictured with trainer Brian Weis at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Even though Spring Ripper, a son of Spring Gun and Chilly Babe, hadn’t won since the end of September at The Meadows, the brindle dog looked well placed from box one and wasn’t missed by punters when jumping at $2.50.

And he always looked to have Cryer’s Jed’s measure as he chased that greyhound down the back before railing through approaching Captain’s Corner and powering away in the home straight for an emphatic 6½ length win over Goldie’s Run and the early leader in a best of day 30.03 seconds.

Owned at Wagga by Matt Morris, Spring Ripper is trained at Portland by Brian Weis, the connections having combined earlier this year to win the Group Listed Mount Gambier Cup with Xtreme Caution.

Weis has now won five races with Spring Ripper, with his 512 metre maiden win actually coming close to 12 months ago when he defeated Kolora Posie by a length at Tara Raceway in 30.31 seconds.

Connie Miller’s good year continued when Kolora Posie won the second heat of the Trackside Meats Feature Grade 5.

By Bekim Bale out of Swift Blaze, Kolora Posie, who last won in October, was formerly raced by her Mortlake breeder Terry Payne who recently signed her over to Connie Miller of the Bourne Kennels at Allendale East.

Having her fourth run back after a lengthy break necessitated through seasonal issues and a kennel mishap, Kolora Posie led all the way from box three to defeat the Weis-trained Big Rough by 5¼ lengths in a personal best time of 30.05 seconds.

The win continued Miller’s good run this year, Chilly Kiss, a litter sister to Spring Ripper, having won four races including The Tankman 600 at the cup carnival.

The unraced Swift Blaze has proven to be a handy producer for Payne, with Kolora Posie’s litter brother Barry Bomber having won 13 races and more than $41,000 in prizemoney, his past three wins being at The Meadows over 600 metres.

And an earlier mating with Bekim Bale produced the grand campaigner Old Jock who won the 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award.

Also through to Sunday’s final, which should be an interesting race, are Turbo Road, Blazin’ Vicky and Big Lebowski.

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