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Distance racing set to return

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Following the delivery this week of a set of starting boxes from the Sale Greyhound Racing Club, 732 metre racing could be back on the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club calendar as soon as next month.

Scott Wuchatsch (left) and Tim Manterfield check out the new set of starting boxes which arrived this week.

It’s now been more than three years since distance racing was conducted at Tara Raceway – Brendan Bunworth’s Maccaboy the last winner on cup day in March 2014 when he defeated Crymelon Sunrise and You Got It in a time of 44.25 seconds.

With races currently run over 400 metres, 512 metres and 600 metres, the re-introduction of 732 metres – a true staying test – would see the club catering for all types of greyhounds.

MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said even though next month’s racing dates were yet to be confirmed, the club was keen to programme a 732 metre race.

Williams Crane Hire unloads the new starting boxes.

“We’re still waiting on the finalisation of August dates,” he said. “At the moment the only thing definite is that the Winter Classic will be run on August 13 and August 20.

“But we want to get distance racing up and running as quickly as possible and are looking at perhaps programming a 732 metre race on Sunday, August 27.

“At this stage it’s impossible to know what sort of response we’ll get but staying races, in all probability, would carry extra money across the board.”

The installation of the new boxes, delivered by Greyhound Racing SA Strategic Projects Manager Scott Wuchatsch, will also be good news for trainers putting young greyhounds through their paces on trial days as the distance from box to finish line the first time around is only 277 metres.

Maccaboy defeats Crymelon Sunrise and You Got It over 732 metres at Tara Raceway in March 2014.

Meanwhile, next year’s Group Listed $22,000 Mount Gambier Cup, originally set down for February 25 and March 4, will undergo a date change due to a clash with harness racing’s Gold Cup.

Shepheard said the MGGRC committee would meet shortly to decide upon alternative dates – in all probability later in March.



The diminutive Maximum Bella, an impressive heat winner from box eight in last Sunday’s Trackside Meats Feature Grade Five (600 m), looks the one to beat in Sunday’s $1520-to-the-winner final after once again drawing the outside.

Connie Miller and David Peckham with Maximum Bella after her smart 600 metre heat win last Sunday.

At start number 80 and having her first run over the middle-distance, Maximum Bella chased Jasmine Lilly into the back straight, taking over mid-race before holding out Cryer’s Plugger – placed at his past five starts – to win by a length with a further three lengths back to Yaramundi Domino in a quick 35.16 seconds.

Cryer’s Plugger has drawn box three in the final and is sure to be about the place again for Tom Cryer while Ralph Patzel’s Yaramundi Domino should be improved by the hitout, having last raced over the middle-distance 14 months ago.

Owner-trainer David Peckham will be hoping Maximum Bella can continue his good run of the past week – Blitz And Bolt winning at Angle Park last Thursday and Kolora Posie and Kappow also successful at Tara Raceway’s double-header last weekend.

Kolora Posie, raced by her breeder Terry Payne of Mortlake, is by Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze and is a younger full sister to 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Old Jock.

John Cameron’s Fascinated has drawn box one in Sunday’s Trackside Meats 600 metre final after scoring an impressive seven length heat win last Sunday.

Having her sixth race start, Kolora Posie, a litter sister to seven-race winner Barry Bomber, looked impressive when opening her winning account in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) by 4¼ lengths in a smart 30.16 seconds.

And in the following race, the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), Castiel’s Magic won her first race at start number three for Jordan and Brad Mitchem of Sandford.

By 19-race winner Addis Boy, who last raced in 2004, Castiel’s Magic is the first winner for Camo’s Prinny who won the 2013 Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup (512 m) when being trained by Bernie Rogers.

Owner-trainer breaks four year drought

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Branxholme owner-trainer Peter Brouwer landed his first winner in almost four years when give away greyhound Zero Care Factor won the Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting last Friday.

Peter Brouwer with Zero Care Factor after her Tara Raceway win last Friday.

An $11 chance on the back of two recent unplaced runs from wide draws at Tara Raceway, Zero Care Factor was away well from box two and chased Jam Lady well into the home straight before finishing slightly the stronger to grab victory by a neck in 23.68 seconds.

By Don’t Knocka Him x Greysynd Zero, the fawn bitch had won one race – 12 months ago – from 46 starts and went into Friday’s race with Brouwer as her fourth trainer.

A litter sister to handy types Zero Knockin’ and Zero Whispers, winners of $25,000 and $17,000 respectively, Zero Care Factor had been taken over in January by Brouwer who said an inside draw had certainly helped her chances.

“Her previous two runs here had both been from outside boxes so I was confident of a better showing today when she drew in close,” he said.

Jan Neil and Kevin Ashton were all smiles after Spotted Gunn broke through for an overdue win at Tara Raceway last Friday.

The win broke a long run of outs for Brouwer who was last successful with Yap Yap Galo at Tara Raceway in July 2013 although wife Janet had won with Mummy’s OK at Ballarat in January this year.

The time-graded meeting worked out well for the Brouwers who also picked up prizemoney with Sunshine Penny, Sunset Angel and Mummy’s OK while Kynan’s Return received unplaced prizemoney.

Another give away to break a run of outs at Friday’s meeting was Spotted Gunn, a daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Fantasy Royale, herself a six-race winner and sister to the lightly raced smart type Leeroy Rocker.

Only fairly away from box one in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m), Spotted Gunn chased race favourite Arabella Figg and Optic Bray down the back before finishing strongly in the home straight to score by a neck in 30.30 seconds.

In owner-trainer Kevin Ashton’s Charlton kennels since March, the black and white bitch’s win was her fourth overall and her first since November last year.

A long-time trainer, Ashton has a good record with “cast-offs”, Friday’s success continuing his good run at Tara Raceway this year and taking his winning tally to 11.



After an unplaced run at Tara Raceway on Friday, Kappow bounced back in Sunday’s Stake, the second heat of a grade six series over 400 metres, delivering a knockout blow to punters when going around at $35.

Another one out of the winner’s list since last November, the black dog took advantage of early interference to quickly find the front from box eight and from then on never looked in any danger of defeat when bringing up his first local win in 23.55 seconds.

David Peckham with Kappow who scored an upset win in a heat of the grade 6 series at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Kappow is by Bombastic Shiraz out of Smashing Amy, a litter sister to Graceful Amy, the dam of Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Mojito Mayhem.

After Kappow had won two races in succession last year at The Meadows, Peckham and members of the syndicate who race Raz’s Girl decided to put some of the money she had won towards purchasing Sunday’s winner after he had been advertised for sale for $1800 on Greyhound-Data.

However, some poor form since the purchase had seen him recently re-advertised for sale at a figure somewhat cheaper than the original purchase price.

The first heat was won by the Nifty Lenehan owned and Nicole Stanley trained Brae’s Girl who led all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Stake, holding out Sophie’s Moment to win by a neck in 23.31 seconds.

Bred by Lenehan, the daughter of Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl has now won two races – her maiden success coming at Tara Raceway in November last year.

Lenehan has now started breaking-in Obama’s Girl’s next litter, whelped in November 2015 and by Cosmic Rumble.

Sunday’s final, which will go under the banner of the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), sees Sophie’s Moment, a recent sub-30 second 512 metre winner, looking one of the hardest to beat after drawing box one.

Raced by the Moment Syndicate and trained by Spider Whitehead, Sophie’s Moment is a litter sister to Rumbling Moment who made it three 400 metre wins in succession last Sunday.

Kappow and Brae’s Girl don’t look too badly drawn out wide in boxes seven and eight respectively while Peckham’s other finalist, Arolok Jax, didn’t have much luck in his heat and has drawn well in box two.

Local syndicate’s change of luck

Monday, July 3, 2017

It’s taken a while, but Bull Battle Born finally broke through for the four-member Holmes Klaassens Syndicate in Friday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).

Allan Holmes, Amy Widdicombe, Chris Klaassens and Tim Holmes pictured with Bull Battle Born after her Tara Raceway win on Friday.

Second-up after a five-month break, the black bitch showed good early pace from box eight to quickly round up race favourite Golden Gown before holding out Arolok Jax in the run to the line to win by a length in 23.45 seconds.

Bull Battle Born was purchased by the locally-based syndicate members – Rex and Chris Klaassens and Allan and Tim Holmes – after being advertised for sale last November on Greyhound-Data for $2000.

By Magic Sprite, she’s out of Borgata – a winner of 10 races at Albion Park, Lismore, Grafton and Casino – with Bull Battle Born herself having won at Warrnambool and Bendigo prior to relocating to long-time trainer Allan Holmes’ Moorak kennels.

But at her fifth start for her new owners in late January in a 319 metre final at Strathalbyn she sustained an injury and, coupled with subsequent seasonal issues, the lightly-raced December 2013 whelping was off the track for close to five months.

So for Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club sponsor Chris Klaassens and his fellow syndicate members this was a win to savour especially as their last win as a group had been a fair while ago – 18 months in fact with a bitch called Lady Tarc in a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway.



Heathmere trainer Bea Bryant, back at Tara Raceway for Sunday’s meeting after holidaying in Darwin with husband Roger, didn’t take long to find winning form again when Colden Blu Boy and Colden Star both scored impressive wins.

Bea Bryant with the big boy of racing, Colden Blu Boy, after his maiden win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

The three-year-old Colden Blu Boy, who was having only his second race start after a first-up second at Tara Raceway back in April, handled himself well – despite his hulking 38 kilogram frame – from box two in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m).

The odds-on favourite chased Bob Wombwell’s Outlaw Dave until the home turn where he took advantage of the leader running wide and then finished full of running to win by a length in 23.38 seconds.

A three-year-old greyhound with only two runs to his name is somewhat unusual but Bea Bryant said the blue dog was very highly strung and continued to be a work in progress.

“We found that he was damaging his feet in his original kennel so we had to change the set-up as far as floor coverings were concerned and he now seems to be more settled,” she said.

Colden Blu Boy’s win on Sunday sees all members of the Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur litter (bred by Bryant) to race having now won – Carry On Elvis, Carry On Pendles, Carry On Quinney and Colden Girl (a 2017 Mount Gambier Cup finalist) all successful on Victorian city tracks.

And Colden Star’s all the way 5¼ length win over Ming Men Shen in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m) in 22.92 seconds made her the third fastest short-course winner at Tara Raceway.

Only Cryer’s Ricky and Ireland’s Oyster have run quicker than 12-race winner Colden Star, a daughter of Collision x Express Links.

Both of the Colden greyhounds are raced by Bea and Roger Bryant in partnership with Colleen and Dennis Rose.

Fennell’s top day at Tara

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Glencoe greyhound trainer Dean Fennell enjoyed his best day at the track in a number of years when Stampy Longnose, Morris Peer and Whatta Moment were successful at last Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.

The treble was, in fact, his first in more than seven years after litter brothers Mao and Kruzer Lad, along with prolific-winning short-course specialist Leeor Sam, had won at the local track on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Kerry Hawker (left), Dean Fennell and Mo Canala with Whatta Moment, Morris Peer and Stampy Longnose.

Interestingly, Mao and Kruzer Lad were out of Barely A Moment, also the grand-dam of Friday’s winner Whatta Moment.

Stampy Longnose, chasing his first 512 metre win in close to 12 months, lined up from box six in the Produce Store Stake – a race that realistically wouldn’t have been out of place at Sunday’s main meeting.

Away fairly, the black dog settled in third spot down the back although he looked to have the job ahead of him when chasing Galactic Viper and last start Warrnambool winner Chilly Kiss.

But in a busy finish, Stampy Longnose finished powerfully to grab the pair, winning by a neck in a personal best time of 30.07 seconds.

Trained by Fennell since September 2015, the winner is raced by Millicent trio Jack Davies, “Rubbish” Whitford and Hayden Fennell who have now won nine races with the son of Fabregas x Lemon Cruiser.

Lemon Cruiser is also the dam of Blonde Caviar who has produced McIvor Verna, the Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder, and who put in another solid effort at Angle Park last Thursday night when running a 3½ length fifth in the Stayers Cup final (731 m).

Ken Gillespie reported on Dean Fennell’s last treble back in 2010 in an issue of “The Border Watch”.

Morris Peer, a maiden winner back in May, appreciated the time-graded format on Friday when contesting the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) from box five.

In Fennell’s kennels since late last year, the black dog chased Spirit Of Pat into the back straight before taking over mid-race and then holding out In Our Time and the early leader to score comfortably in 30.44 seconds.

Owned by long-time participant Ray Keating, of Portland, Morris Peer – by Deville out of two-race winner Nubian Princess – is the first of the litter to win.

Box one specialist Whatta Moment broke a three-month losing streak when leading all the way from the inside draw in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) to defeat last start winner Eye Spy Emma and five-year-old Jett Setter in 23.27 seconds.

By Bit Chili out of Devil Moon, the black dog has now won four races for Fennell who took over his training 12 months ago.

Friday’s treble gave the laid-back trainer eight wins for June and sees him now sitting in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list with 17 wins, 17 seconds and 14 thirds.

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