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

SUNDAY, MAY 26: Nominations closed. THURSDAY, MAY 30 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, May 27 with GRSA. SUNDAY, JUNE 2: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, May 28 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track. WORM BURNER PUPS FOR SALE: See “For Sale/Wanted”.


First local win for SA sire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kisses For Cloda after her win last Sunday.

Former SA champion sprinter Worm Burner sired his first Tara Raceway winner last Sunday when the Ray Fewings owned and trained Kisses For Cloda was successful in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m).

By Oaks Road x Little Looper, Worm Burner won 48 races and stakemoney of $380,000 for Cameron and Yvonne Butcher of Meningie.

Kisses For Cloda, who finished strongly to win the grade six event in 30.25 seconds, is out of Sidney’s Shadow, a winner of 22 races and $53,000 in stakemoney.

Fewings has also enjoyed success with Kisses For Cloda’s older half-brother Castle Rock (by Barcia Bale) who has won eight races including one at Tara Raceway last June when he defeated Ethics.

Satisfactory trial change

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trainers should be aware of a change to the Tara Raceway satisfactory trial criteria which now means they will be conducted only on race days when there are less than 12 races scheduled.

These trials must be booked with Greyhound Racing SA by 4.30 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to a Thursday meeting and by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior for a Sunday fixture.

GRSA Racing Manager, Shaun Mathieson, said that the change had been a management decision in regard to trialling at all SA tracks.

“We would like to see how the G-SIX is working and with running two meetings a week in Mount Gambier we would like to see the impact.

“We will be open to review depending on the demand.”

Playing havoc at Tara Raceway

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Greyhound breeding has changed the world over and these days frozen semen is available from many stud dogs, both past and present.

Such was the case at Tara Raceway last Sunday when litter brothers Master Moment and Maunganui  Havoc – by Master Havoc – were successful for Glencoe owner-trainer Dean Fennell.

Master Moment opens his winning account over My Girl Court at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Master Havoc, a beautifully bred son of Head Honcho and Wee Sal, retired 19 years ago after having won 23 races.

Fast forward to early 2015 and by then local breeder Tracie Price had obtained a Master Havoc straw from Ozenkadnook owner Milla Laddrak who had had the frozen semen in storage for a number of years.

Price opted to use Lucy’s Moment (a daughter of Barely A Moment), who had produced 17-race winner Blazing Moment and the dour city-winning stayer Bekim Lucy’s from her previous litter by Bekim Bale.

Dean Fennell with Banjo Lass, the third leg of his treble at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Master Moment, who lined up from box seven in last Sunday’s Fairthorne Forestry Maiden Stake (400 metres) on the back of two second placings, flew the start and opened up a big break mid-race before holding out My Girl Court – surely a coming winner – to win by a length in 23.69 seconds.

And in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m), Maunganui Havoc, gaining a run as a reserve from box four, gave Southern Edge a fair start down the back before railing through in the home straight and running out a 2½ length winner in 23.61 seconds.

Fennell ended the day with a treble, Banjo Lass taking the lead in the back straight in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (400 m) before holding out Lektra Viki to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.41 seconds.

His last treble had been in June 2017 when Stampy Longnose, Morris Peer and Whatta Moment had been successful at Tara Raceway, the latter also a grandson of Barely A Moment.

Prior to that he had trained three winners at a meeting in early 2010 with Leeor Sam and litter brothers Mao and Kruzer Lad who were sons of Barely A Moment.

Athena to make long-awaited debut

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

There’s a bit happening around the country on Thursday night as far as local greyhound racing followers are concerned.

Locally owned and trained Galactic Athena, winner of the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) in March, will make her long-awaited debut at Angle Park.

Trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew for Moorak owner Robert Chuck, the daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball looks well placed from box seven in the Kurt Donsberg Stake (515 m), a grade six G-SIX event for bitches only.

Galactic Athena’s last start was on April 24 at Warrnambool where she ran third in a heat of the Warrnambool Cup (450 m) behind Dyna Patty who the following week won the $47,000-to-the-winner Group 2 final.

Meanwhile, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley is heading to Sandown Park with her stayer Dyna Quota who ran third in last week’s Bay Road Queen Stayers Cup (731 m) final at Angle Park.

Dyna Quota has drawn box two in heat three of the RSN Sandown Cup (715 m), the lure of $175,000-to-the-winner of next week’s final attracting four star-studded heats for the stayers.

There’s plenty of woof woof in the winner

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Moraine Pippa, having her third run back with Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson after a stint of being trained at St Arnaud, enjoyed a change of luck in last Thursday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 m) when scoring a big win from box eight on a heavy track in 30.64 seconds.

Moraine Pippa pictured winning at Tara Raceway last week.

And the daughter of Dyna Double One and Mepunga Lana looks some chance again this Thursday at Tara Raceway’s 12-race time-graded meeting after drawing box eight in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).

Wilson said Moraine Pippa, a half-sister to Victorian city winner Wilbur Deeds, had had four runs at Ballarat during April for one third, the St Arnaud trainer’s resolve being severely tested.

“Yes, I have to admit there is a fair bit of woof woof in her but we’re working on it.”

The win last week took Wilson’s tally for the year to six and has him on track to reach his yearly goal of a winner a month at Tara Raceway meetings with his team of predominantly giveaways.

Dunolly dogs off to a flying start

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sandra Elmes and Richard Boehm, based in the Victorian goldfields town of Dunolly, struck gold in a manner of speaking at last Thursday’s waterlogged time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway when their greyhounds won the first three races.

The Boehm-owned Serendipity Babe, twice-placed at the track from five starts, never looked like being beaten when leading all the way from box five in the opening event, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres), eventually winning by 6¼ lengths in 23.69 seconds.

Sandra Elmes with Serendipity Sam after his first-up win at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

The win was Elmes’s second this year at Tara Raceway as a trainer after the winner’s litter brother Serendipity Gold had won at the previous time-graded meeting.

At 3½ years of age, Serendipity Babe was having only her 12th start last Thursday, Elmes left lamenting as to the brindle bitch’s interrupted racing career.

“We had a lot of trouble with her with grass seeds and a subsequent ear infection,” she said. “Throw in some seasonal issues as well and all of a sudden they’re three years old before you know it.”

Bred by the pair, Serendipity Babe is a daughter of Kinloch Brae and Helga, who won five races on Victorian provincial tracks for Elmes and Boehm.

Only a month younger than the first race winner, Serendipity Sam lined up for Elmes in the following race, the Metal Worx Maiden (400 m), for what would be his first race start.

By Radley Bale out of the lightly-raced Sandown Park winner Giacometti, Serendipity Sam led all the way from box four, holding off Fantastic Fox to win by a half length in 23.81 seconds.

Elmes said the fawn dog had been a giveaway after previous connections had been unable to get him going.

“All he’d had was a few trials at Ballarat leading in to today’s event so considering this had been his first race start I was really pleased with the effort.”

The Boehm owned and trained Lil Black Jess continued her good record at the track when leading all the way in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) to defeat last start winner Saucy Sav by 2¾ lengths in 24.06 seconds.

The daughter of Barcia Bale and eight-race Victorian provincial winner Dynamo’s Miss once again performed well at the track, the giveaway having now raced at Tara Raceway on 11 occasions for four wins and four minor placings.

Tron’s Empire won the final race for Rockbank owner-trainer Wade Green.

“The previous owners had been looking for a city class dog so we picked her up as a giveaway after she had been broken-in. It’s pleasing that she has been able to be placed to win races in Mount Gambier,” Elmes said.

And Thursday regular Wade Green wrapped up the back end of the meeting when Nitro Heroine and Tron’s Empire – collectively having now raced on 213 occasions (104 and 109) – won the final two races.

By Nitro Burst out of Sandown Park winner Hanify’s Heroine, Nitro Heroine led all the way in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) to defeat Nick’s Never by three-quarters of a length in 23.80 seconds and bring up her first win this year.

Tron’s Empire, after minor placings at his past four starts, was rewarded for his consistency when leading all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m), the son of Dyna Tron and Wentworth Park winner Liability finishing 2¼ lengths clear of Don’s Just Under in 23.76 seconds.

The double was Green’s fourth at Tara Raceway this year and concluded a good week for the Rockbank trainer who the previous Friday had been successful at Healesville with Raloo Barbara, a winner at Tara Raceway early this year.

Raloo Barbara flew up the 350 straight to record a best of day 19.16 seconds when defeating former Mount Gambier greyhound Cee Me Snoop, a winner of five races at Tara Raceway.

By Barcia Bale, Raloo Barbara is out of Niamh Premier, a litter sister to another former local chaser in Don’t Panic who started favourite in the 2012 Mount Gambier Cup final won by Rich Shiraz.

If there was an award for perseverance then Charlton couple Kevin Ashton and Jan Neal would have received it last Thursday when the front running Tipping Woody held off Sandy Lagoon to win the Produce Store Stake (400 m) by a head in 23.77 seconds.

Tipping Woody (No. 1) holds off Sandy Lagoon for a narrow win in the Produce Store Stake (400 m).

Raced by the Matt Lothian-managed Rosemont Syndicate, the win was the son of Stagger x Hippy Chic’s first in two years, Ashton later relating some of the trials and tribulations of that period in relation to Tipping Woody.

“Actually, at the very next start after his last win in April 2017 he fractured a hock and was then off the scene for the next 18 months,” he said.

“Tipping Woody returned to the track in September 2018 when he found plenty of trouble in the race. Then at his next two starts at Tara Raceway he fell. That’s when they started to call him Tipping Over Woody!

“The second fall kept him off the track until early this year. Now with him turning five next month it’s a shame he has spent so much time away from the track. For all that though we couldn’t have been prouder of him than after last Thursday’s win.”

It’s time for the Iron Dogs to toughen up

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Back when the Iron Dog was first conducted at Tara Raceway there was no 600 metre distance so the series comprised two rounds of 400 metres with a 512 metre distance stuck in the middle.

For those who can remember the 1970s and 1980s extensive marketing campaign for Claytons – “the drink you have when you’re not having a drink” – the three-round series was a sort of Claytons Iron Dog.

But for all that, the 2012 inaugural event was the forerunner of bigger things to come. Michael Niele of Berringa Park came on board as a sponsor and young brothers Calum and Aaron Blake certainly weren’t too worried about the distances.

Calum Blake, Michael Niele and Aaron Blake with Kiss Me Donkey, winner of the 2012 Berringa Park Iron Dog.

They won the series with Kiss Me Donkey – a greyhound that had taken more than 50 starts to win her maiden – after she was successful in the 512 metre Iron Dog round and the final 400 metre round.

By the time 2014 came around, 600 metre racing was up and running at Tara Raceway and the Iron Dog had become a three-distance series, the indefatigable Captain Abbott’s smart bitch Manila Express winning the final after gaining a run as a reserve.

In 2015, Monty Wilson’s Boolite Bruiser and Richard Clayfield’s Upset Boy dead heated in the final. Then, Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock was successful the following year before Jeff Guy’s Paraphernalia made it back to back wins in 2017-2018.

In the past, the Iron Dog series has always consisted of two rounds of heats with the leading point scorers making up a final, the winner of that leg being the Iron Dog.

This year the series will undergo a couple of changes – three rounds will be run with no final, the leading point scorer after the three distances have been run over consecutive Sundays on June 2, June 9 and June 16 declared the Iron Dog winner.

To be known as the Winning Post Supplies Iron Dog, initial nomination for the Open prizemoney series will cover the three rounds with the leading point scorer receiving a $500 bonus plus a Winning Formula Kennel Pack donated by Peter Bryce of Winning Post Supplies.

However, to be eligible for the bonuses, greyhounds must have competed in the three rounds.

The other change will be the dropping of the 400 metre distance from the series. Obviously this is not going to be a Claytons Iron Dog!

The opening round next month will be over 600 metres, followed by 732 metres and concluding with 512 metres on Sunday, June 16.

Looks like it’s time for the Iron Dogs to toughen up.

Big day for veteran trainer

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Octogenarian trainer Tom Cryer of Apsley enjoyed his best day this year at Tara Raceway when litter brothers Cryer’s Jed and Cryer’s Bob and half-sister Cryer’s Harper were successful at last Sunday’s meeting.

His last treble was in December when Cryer’s Bob and another litter brother in Cryer’s Plugger both won, along with Cryer’s Harper.

Tom Cryer (Cryer’s Harper) flanked by wife Margaret with Cryer’s Bob and Noel Perry (Cryer’s Jed).

Cryer’s Jed was chasing his first win since October when he lined up in the Stake, the first heat of a 400 metre grade five series.

And he looked to have the job ahead of him early when George Regis bowled along in front but a strong home straight burst saw him get up by 1¾ lengths in 23.56 seconds.

Cryer’s Bob, who also hadn’t won a race this year, led all the way to defeat Kolora Posie by two lengths in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m) in a good time of 35.17 seconds while Cryer’s Harper also led all the way in the JB Irrigation Open Stake (400 m) to defeat Banjo Lass in 23.13 seconds.

The trio is out of Cryer’s prolific producer Cryer’s Midget (Texas Gold x Shady Grove Fox), an 11-race winner at Tara Raceway and flat out tipping the scales at 24 kilograms – Cryer’s Jed and Cryer’s Bob by Spring Gun and Cryer’s Harper by Spud Regis.

All told, Cryer’s Midget whelped three litters – two to Spring Gun – with her number of winners from these matings now totalling 153. Her most successful offspring has been Cryer’s Fred, who raced 120 times for 36 wins and 37 minor placings.

Cryer’s Fred’s litter brother Cryer’s Ricky holds the Tara Raceway 400 metre record at 22.78 seconds, a time that has stood for more than three years.

With $175,000 up for grabs you’ve got to have a go!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A new syndicate name of Cheap Buy for Glen Burns, Scott Brandon and Danny Fraser couldn’t be more appropriate for the owners of Dyna Quota who will line up in tomorrow night’s Bay Road Queen Stayers Cup final (731 metres) at Angle Park as one of the popular picks.

This is the greyhound, following an indiscretion at Cranbourne last November, which was picked up by the trio for something like $300 apiece and has since gone on to win in the vicinity of a further $25,000.

This is also the greyhound that had Portland trainer Nicole Stanley wondering what she had let herself in for when a week later she walked into the Horsham kennel house only to be greeted by an unholy racket coming from one of the trial kennels.

Dyna Quota . . . a cheap buy for the Cheap Buy Syndicate.

“After the boys purchased Dyna Quota, she was brought to the Horsham track for me to pick up, the kennel house steward saying as I walked in, ‘I think that noisy one over there is yours.’

“And I have to say, she was a real problem early in the piece. She was getting very excited at the track and wouldn’t keep a barking muzzle on.

“Now, when in the kennel house on a race day, she requires two muzzles, one to ensure the barking muzzle stays on.

“Also, I believe the wearing of a Hidez animal compression suit while travelling to the track and during race day kennelling is helping her to remain calm,” she said.

But for all the effort required to keep Dyna Quota relaxed on a race day, Stanley said the daughter of Dyna Double One and Jayney Bale was now good at home.

Stanley said she always believed Dyna Quota would run 600 metres, her opinion confirmed when the black bitch recorded a strong 650 metre win at Warrnambool in February.

“It was never my intention to run her over the distance, that being something that really came about by accident. In early March I had her in the Country City Staying Series over 660 metres at Bendigo where she ran third.

“That placing was good enough to get her into the 725 metre final at The Meadows. And after running a five length fifth at her first effort over the distance I thought she might be worth persevering with over more ground,” she said.

Stanley then opted to tackle the 731 metre staying races at Angle Park on a Thursday night. A good move as it turned out with Dyna Quota having now raced at the Adelaide city track on four occasions for four wins – including the SA Distance Championship.

If everything goes to plan tomorrow night, Dyna Quota will be off to Sandown Park on Thursday, May 16 for the $8000-to-the-winner heats of the Sandown Cup (715 m).

The final, which carries $175,000 to the winner, will be run on Friday, May 24, Stanley conceding that they face a massive task.

“But with that sort of money up for grabs sometimes you’ve just got to have a go.”

And what about the Cheap Buy boys? Well, if they can pull this one off then the syndicate will be well named.

Surely this is the Champ’s race?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chelsea Champ, a well-bred son of Fabregas x Who’s Doing What, will go around in tomorrow’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) looking to bring up his first win in 58 starts.

Chelsea Champ will be looking to open his winning account at start number 58 at Tara Raceway tomorrow.

So far, the black dog, trained at Glencoe by Dean Fennell, has accumulated two second placings and five thirds, this time-graded race surely looking one of his best chances of opening his winning account.

And while one has to admire Fennell’s perseverance, it’s fair to say the laid-back trainer has had bigger challenges than Chelsea Champ in the past, perhaps none more so than Fawn Dawn, a daughter of Bo Frazier and Hot Venus.

Fawn Dawn raced on 80 occasions between 2013 and 2015, retiring with a record of 12 seconds and seven thirds.

Meanwhile, Serendipity Gold, who led all the way last week from box four to defeat Pinecutter Pete in a time of 30.00 seconds, again looks tough to beat from box one in tomorrow’s Trackside Meats Stake (512 m).

Trained at Dunolly by Sandra Elmes, the son of Kinloch Brae x Helga boasts an imposing 512 metre record at Tara Raceway of 15 starts for seven wins, two seconds and one third.