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.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
It’s probably fair to say that a 1¾ length second at only her second start to the enigmatic Joshua Rocks in a Tara Raceway 512 metre maiden last month signalled an early win for the Glenroy-based Richard Clayfield trained Mulan – especially as the winning time was 29.96 seconds.
And while the well-bred black bitch was never out of trouble at her next start the following week behind Spinning Jakit she did make amends last Sunday in the Laser Electrical Stake (512 m).
Away well from box two, Mulan settled in second spot behind Midnight Rage down the back before running out a length winner over a fast-finishing Galactic Cheetah in 30.34 seconds to give Clayfield his 15th Tara Raceway winner this year.
The rising three-year-old Galactic Cheetah was having only his sixth start for Moorak owner-trainer Robert Chuck who was delighted with the run after four previous well-beaten efforts from the son of Milldean Panther and Galactic Rumball.
The white and black dog is a litter brother to Summer Classic winner Galactic Panther and also recent Warrnambool winner Galactic Cat who is trained for Chuck by Steve Elsum of Camperdown.
Mulan, by 2011 English Derby winner Taylors Sky out of The Meadows winner Erza Allen, was purchased by Penola owner Damien Smith from Murray Bridge breeder Greg Board after breaking-in with a promising report.
“The breaking-in times were pretty handy but Greg was happy enough to move her on but not her litter sister which he had an even higher opinion of,” Smith said.
As it turned out, a Board-trained bitch by the name of Spring Taylor led all the way at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon over 388 metres to win her maiden at her second start in 22.21 seconds.
Mulan and Galactic Cheetah will both line up at Tara Raceway on Sunday, both in unsuitable 400 metre races due to a shortage of nominations for the longer journey, begging the question as to where have all the lower-grade 512 metre greyhounds got to?
Meanwhile, Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott’s litter brothers Spinning Jakit and Black Spring, members of the Spring Gun x Lektra Scarlett litter, both worked home well at Angle Park on Monday night to finish second over 515 metres while another litter brother in Lektra Caution was successful at The Meadows on Wednesday.
And at Gawler on Tuesday there was no luck for Compton trainer Tracie Price when Smart Knocka found trouble on the first turn in a heat of the Group 3 Gold Cup (531 m) and failed to qualify for Sunday night’s final, as did Blazing Moment who finished third in his heat.
Both Abbott and Price have hit the highway again today for Angle Park’s main meeting of the week – Abbott with Spinning Jakit and Black Spring while Price has Sophie’s Moment, Cee Me Snoop, Cee Me Holly, Roxy’s Daisy and Cee Me Turbo engaged.
Smart Knocka returns to Tara Raceway on Sunday, for the first time since he won the Peter Rocket Winter Classic (512 m) in a race record time of 29.85 seconds at the end of August.
He’ll add plenty of interest to the 10-race program when jumping from box eight in the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (512 m) while Blazing Moment will take on a smart field from box four in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m).
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The days have just got busier at Portland’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels for Nicole Stanley and Nifty Lenehan following the whelping a fortnight ago of a litter of five bitches by Walk Hard x Spring Patsy (Mogambo x Spring Dora).
The litter is the fourth to be whelped there since May 20 when Miss Shirleen (Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze) produced four dogs and five bitches to Walk Hard.
Then followed a litter of two dogs and two bitches by Barcia Bale out of the 2016 SA Country Cup winner Berry Bling (Lochinvar Marlow x Lady Bling) on May 28.
And on July 30 Herbilly (Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl) whelped two dogs and two bitches to Fernando Bale.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Monarto South trainer Tony Hinrichsen will be hoping to continue his successful run this year at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings – specifically for lower grade greyhounds – when he returns for Friday’s 12-race program.
Hinrichsen, who landed his first time-graded win this year on April 22, has since trained 15 more winners at the track, highlighted by two trebles and three doubles.
And Midgey, a white and fawn bitch by US sire Kiowa Mon Manny out of Flying Mozoltov, looks to be one of his better chances on Friday when she lines up from box six in probably the best race of the day, the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (600 m).
In Hinrichsen’s kennels since early September, Midgey was successful over the distance at Tara Raceway on October 24, finishing with a well-timed run to narrowly defeat It’s Magic in a time of 35.74 seconds.
A subsequent run on Monday night at Angle Park where she finished off the 600 metre race in nice fashion for a fourth placing behind McIvor Neville – winner of last year’s Sims Memorial at Tara Raceway – should have topped her off nicely for Friday.
The litter has displayed some staying prowess, with Midgey’s litter sister Sublime News, a winner of seven races from 32 starts and more than $37,000 in stakemoney, racing tomorrow night over 715 metres at Sandown Park.
Hinrichsen, president of the Southern Greyhound Raceway at the time of the Strathalbyn track’s recent closure, said he expected to be involved in some form of club role with the Murray Bridge track which will commence racing on December 19.
Joshua Rock’s smart maiden 512 metre win at Tara Raceway in 29.96 seconds on October 14 was enough to convince Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan that his hulking 37 kilogram son of Cosmic Rumble and Obama’s Girl warranted another crack at Sandown Park.
But after two unplaced runs at the Victorian city track, big Josh now finds himself back with the 600 metre time-graders, jumping from box two in what would appear to be a fair drop in class.
With only two runs over the Tara Raceway middle-distance, Joshua Rocks is yet to break 36 seconds although he could make things interesting if he happened to gain some clear running early.
The Paul Herry trained Garku Bale, who last won almost 12 months ago at Tara Raceway when defeating Trademark Jet over 732 metres, gave plenty of cheek last Sunday when running a 1½ length second to Tuscan Flex over 600 metres and clocking a personal time of 35.94 seconds.
By David Bale out of Ucme Typhoon, Garku Bale has drawn box four on Friday, his trainer hoping he can improve on his record of two wins and six minor placings for stakemoney of $2912 – still a fair way short of his litter sister Fanta Bale’s earnings of $1,365,175.
But for all that, it was a delighted Herry who left the track last Sunday. After all, his giveaway greyhound, due to injury concerns, had raced only five occasions in the first eight months of this year and had appeared to pull up well after his second-placing.
Besides, the black dog had given it his best shot. And that’s all Herry has ever asked of Garku Bale.
And adding further interest to the race, It’s Magic and Dusty Pearl should be further improved by their recent 600 metre placings at Tara Raceway.
Further time-graded meetings will be run on Friday, November 16 and Friday, November 30 along with Friday, December 14 and Sunday, December 30. The Christmas meeting will be run on Friday, December 21 and feature the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m).
Monday, October 29, 2018
Fortnightly Wednesday race meetings will kick off at Tara Raceway on January 9.
The mid-week meetings at Mount Gambier’s track will alternate with Murray Bridge which is programmed to commence racing on Wednesday, December 19 – both tracks also racing on a weekly basis on Sundays.
Fortnightly Friday meetings will continue at Tara Raceway during November on the 2nd, 16th and 30th and on December 14 and December 21, this being the club’s Christmas meeting which will be highlighted by the running of the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup final (512 metres).
Previous winners of the Christmas Cup, first run in 2011, have been Napoleon Wiz (David Peckham), Lika Gem (Allen Williams), Bourne Again (David Peckham), Who’s Doing What (Tracie Price), Fear The Rascal (Tracie Price), Glenville Jester (Richard Clayfield) and last year Hit The Runway (Nicole Stanley).
November’s racing highlight is the 33rd running of the Newman McDonnell Memorial, for grade five greyhounds over 512 metres, with heats on November 11 and the final a week later.
First run in 1986 at Glenburnie, the inaugural memorial was won by Kenzel Lad with subsequent winners at that track being Bozie Flyer, Irkanda Leo, Invercoe Riot, National Ribbon, Foxtrot Oscar, Bush Pepper, Larradinya, Wild Welcome, Colin Ian, while the final winner, in 1996, was Ashanti Gem.
Recent winners of the memorial at the Lake Terrace East venue include John Cameron’s Camo’s Lucky in 2012, Bourne Again the following two years for David Peckham, while the past three winners have been Boris Bekim (Barney Fish), Glenville Jester (Richard Clayfield) and Lektra Stomp, who in 2017 won in a race record time of 29.69 seconds for Phil Lenehan.
Meanwhile, locally-based Smart Knocka, winner of the Adelaide Cup Consolation (515 m) at Angle Park earlier this month, has drawn box eight in the second heat of tomorrow’s Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup (531 m).
Trained at Compton by Tracie Price, Smart Knocka will clash with Oshkosh Erny, who led for a long way in the consolation before finishing third, and Reiko Rocketta, winner of the SA Country Cup on the same night.
Price has also drawn box eight in the fourth and final heat with his 16-race winner Blazing Moment who will clash with Fabwik, unplaced favourite in the Adelaide Cup final.
In what is SA greyhound racing’s biggest country cup, the first two placegetters from each Gawler Gold Cup heat will make up Sunday night’s final, the winner receiving $25,000.
Monday, October 29, 2018
John Woodland, president of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. in 2000-2001, has been appointed president of the club for 2018-2019.
This follows a meeting at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon at which he expressed thanks to the outgoing president, Steve Bartholomew, who had been in the role since 2009.
“The club owes a debt of gratitude to Steve for the amount of effort he has put into this club over a long period of time. He certainly leaves the club in a much stronger position than when he first took over as president,” he said.
Woodland (pictured), granted life membership of the club in 1995, has been involved with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. since 1982 at Glenburnie, first as a steward and now a kennel attendant.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Allendale East trainer David Peckham landed his second treble this year when Usain Insane, Kalani Sheldon and Downtown Pixie were successful at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Currently sitting third in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award, his previous treble had been on Sunday, July 1 with Bourne Blackjack, Boy George and Usain Insane.
Usain Insane, a son of Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze, took the 512 metre time honours for the day when virtually leading all the way in the Produce Store Stake, defeating Brinza by 2½ lengths in 29.94 seconds.
And Kalani Sheldon, placed at his past three starts, finally broke through for his first win since March when taking out the Williams Crane Hire Stake grade five final (400 m).
Away well from box seven, the son of Cosmic Rumble and three-state winner Vegas Secrets chased former kennelmate Luca Flyer for much of the journey before taking over the running in the home straight, scoring by two lengths in 23.33 seconds.
Kalani Sheldon is raced by the Nineofus Syndicate which includes Peckham along with Ross Schurgott, Steve McGuire, Steve Mason, Mark Quin, Artie Sleeth, Gary Siney, Grant Sterzl and Samantha Sterzl.
The syndicate has enjoyed previous success with Arolok Jax (now in GAP), the speedy Raz’s Girl, who will soon be retired for breeding, and recent winner Coco Suzy – all trained at Allendale East.
Former Townsville greyhound Downtown Pixie, in Peckham’s kennels since July, brought up her fifth Tara Raceway 400 metre win when leading all the way and scoring a spirited one length win over Blonde Barbados in a best of day 23.00 seconds.
Meanwhile, Robert Halliday’s Molly’s Wally was another one to break a long run of outs after last winning at Tara Raceway in February, when taking advantage of box one to defeat Rusty Sprocket by 2¼ lengths in 30.21 in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Portland trainer Robert Halliday appears to have turned the fortunes around of Spirited Bingle, a winner early this month over 515 metres at Angle Park and an impressive grade five heat winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday when dropping back to 400 metres.
Halliday is Spirited Bingle’s fourth trainer, the well-bred daughter of Collision and SA Oaks winner Kokoda Spirit joining his kennels in March this year and having now won seven races after a Shepparton maiden win in October 2016.
The Jordan Day-owned rising four-year-old now looks a top chance in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Grade Five final (400 m) after drawing box two.
And on Sunday, Halliday will be looking to turn the fortunes around of Spirited Bingle’s younger half-brother Koda Blue (by Barcia Bale), his last win being at the end of last year at Warrnambool.
In Halliday’s kennels since last month, the blue dog, which has raced as heavy as 39 kilograms, has drawn box five in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
Cryer’s Harper’s all the way win in last Sunday’s second heat, the Gordon Refrigeration Stake, saw her break a six month run of outs when defeating Cindy La Moment by 2¼ lengths in 23.31 seconds, although she’s been done no favours with box six in Sunday’s final.
She was the second leg of double for Apsley trainer Tom Cryer who earlier in the day had won with Cryer’s Jed who clocked a smart 23.19 seconds in the Laser Electrical Open Stake – both winners being out of Cryer’s Midget, one of Tara Raceway’s leading dams this year.
Last week’s third and final heat winner was Damien Smith’s Lektra Guiseppe who backed up again at Wednesday’s time-graded meeting and did a good job from box seven to win the Produce Store Stake (400 m) in a best of day 23.26 seconds.
Cap Abbott’s Luca Flyer, into the final on the back of a 2¾ length third to Cryer’s Harper, has drawn box one in the final, the same box he led all the way from on Wednesday when defeating Patchie Thief by a length in 23.56 seconds in The Border Watch Stake (400 m).
He was the second leg of a double for the Edenhope-based trainer after From The Shadows, raced by his daughter Julie Ward, landed some good bets with a 2¼ length win over Shadrack in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) in 23.44 seconds.
And reverting to last Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m), Drysdale Creek won his first race in four months for Monty Wilson of Mumbannar when leading all the way for a 3¼ length win over Our Bro Pedro in 30.20 seconds.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and 11-race winner Capella, Drysdale Creek, a maiden giveaway has now won four races, although Wilson once again paid the penalty with the difficult to box dog when returning nursing a bruised and bloody hand.
“It never hurts when they win, though,” he said.
Wilson has now trained 11 winners this year, his best day being on Thursday, June 21 when Drysdale Creek and Miss Zorro were successful.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Compton trainer Tracie Price, ostensibly at Gawler on Tuesday to trial his star youngster Smart Knocka in readiness for next week’s Gawler Gold Cup heats (531 m), covered expenses when Banjo Lass and Blazing Moment were successful over 400 metres and 531 metres respectively.
Having his first run at the track, Blazing Moment, reported to have trialled well at Sandown Park last week, landed some good bets when running down Charlie’s Chance to win the Gawler Dry Cleaners Stake.
Away fairly from box eight, Blazing Moment was third rounding the first turn but down the back was giving Charlie’s Chance a huge lead before finishing well to score by a head.
Price said Smart Knocka, recent Adelaide Cup Consolation winner, had trialled well and will now contest a $2500 heat next Tuesday and hopefully qualify for the following Sunday night’s $36,000 final.
The leading trainer then backed up the following day at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting with a treble – Cee Me Holly an easy winner in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake (512 m) in 30.28 seconds, Knocka’s Moment a 23.73 seconds Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) winner and Roxy’s Daisy making it two wins in succession when successful in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).
And Portland trainer Brian Weis landed a running double when Teacup Toni scored a strong win in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) in 30.33 seconds while Big Rough won his first race in three months after quickly finding the front and despite running wide in the home straight hanging on to defeat Our Bro Pedro in 30.35 seconds.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Edenhope greyhound trainer Cap Abbott’s long-time successful partnership with WA-based owner John Dihm continued at Tara Raceway on Sunday when Spinning Jakit opened his winning account in the Klaassens Contractors Maiden Stake (512 metres).
Having only his fourth race start and on the back of a promising fourth placing at Angle Park several nights earlier, the November 2016 black dog looked pretty impressive when defeating kennelmate Dodge Coupe by nine lengths in a more than respectable 30.13 seconds.
By Spring Gun out of Lektra Scarlett, Spinning Jakit, after being broken-in and advertised on Greyhound-Data, was picked up by bush chaplain Dihm from Toolong breeder Phil Lenehan who was also looking to move on a litter brother as well.
“At the time they were back in the paddock, John opting to take the well-bred pair after being told by Phil that he should have a bit of fun with them,” Abbott said.
The partnership opted to race one each of the then unnamed pair, Abbott’s dog now racing as Black Spring and having already won two 512 metre races at Tara Raceway including a 30.11 seconds success over last Sunday’s sub-30 second winner Slipper’s Away.
Abbott had just about given up on Dodge Coupe, a giveaway greyhound with a Rolls-Royce pedigree, but now concedes there could be a win in the black dog after his second consecutive minor placing.
A litter brother to Aston Geisha, unbeaten at her only five starts at The Meadows and Bendigo, Dodge Coupe is by Kinloch Brae out of Secret Spell, a winner of 23 races and $276,000 in stakemoney.
It would have been a good trip back home on Sunday for Koroit owner-trainer Robert Walsh and Peter Fulton of Ecklin South who travelled over together with subsequent winners Ima Caravan and Noosa Parade.
For Walsh’s Ima Caravan, who chased Ginny Woolf early in the Winningformula.net.au Mixed Stake (600 m) before taking over off the back and running out a five length winner over Joshy Wink Wink, it was his first success since winning at Sandown Park four months ago.
A winner of 13 races, the son of Cape Hawke and Jamaican Ruby – also bred by Walsh – is from a pretty handy litter which also includes the now-retired I’m A Princess who won more than $30,000 in stakemoney.
And while Ima Caravan’s winning time last Sunday of 35.67 seconds was well outside his personal best of 35.15 seconds, Walsh wasn’t the least bit concerned.
“I’m just happy he won,” he said.
After the Fulton-trained Mick’s Advice had won at The Meadows on the previous Saturday night, he would have been hoping for a big weekend with Noosa Parade looking well placed in a grade five 512 metre event the next day at Tara Raceway.
But the son of Collision and Miss Black Fern, chasing his first win in six months in the Produce Store Stake, fell on the first turn.
Back a week later, Noosa Parade, this time looking even better placed from box one in a grade five event, appeared to have the job ahead of him when mid-field down the back while Brinza was bowling along like a winner out in front.
However, the black dog, obviously showing no ill effects from the previous week, loomed large on the home turn before railing through to score a big win, albeit by only a neck, over Addison’s Way and Brinza in 30.11 seconds.
Fulton, as had been the case with his travelling companion earlier in the day, was delighted with Noosa Parade’s overdue win.
“He just loves this place,” said the beaming 23-year-old trainer.
Meanwhile, Jamaican Ruby’s second litter – by Banjo Boy – was whelped in February 2018 by the Fulton family, Walsh now hoping for further success down the track with the breed through a couple of the pups that he owns.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Lektra Guiseppe’s all the way win in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres), the first heat of a grade five series at Tara Raceway on Sunday, was Penola trainer Damien Smith’s first win at the local track.
Smith, 38, who recently re-located from Adelaide with his partner Lauren and three-year-old son Stefan, comes from a family steeped in greyhound tradition and is a welcome addition to the local training ranks.
His grandmother, Dorrie Smith, who died at the age of 86 in 2010, was a life member of the Barmera Greyhound Racing Club while his father, Ross, enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1980s as an owner, trainer and breeder.
The Adelaide-based Smith snr, who was at Tara Raceway on Sunday with his wife Bev, bred the 1983 Mount Gambier Cup winner Magic Fame (Magic Typhoon x Riverland Belle), trained by Barry Fullerton, and Kevin Stone’s 1986 Mount Gambier Cup winner Riverland Roy (Roy Trease x Riverland Belle).
The prolific producer Riverland Belle was also the dam of 1982 Adelaide Cup winner Smithy’s Belle (by Waverly Supreme) which was raced by Dorrie and Ross Smith.
Lektra Guiseppe, a son of My Bro Fabio and Lektra Bianca, was backing up after running second at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon over 388 metres, Damien Smith believing the black dog would also be improved by a first-up fourth at Tara Raceway earlier in the month.
“He didn’t have much luck at his first race start here for me and then after his second placing on Wednesday I thought he would be some chance from box one, especially when finding himself with a vacant box next to him following the scratching of Jen Shen,” he said.
As it turned out, Lektra Guiseppe, now on his fifth trainer, never looked like losing when running out a 3¾ length winner over Hard Call in 23.21 seconds.
A winner at The Meadows, Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Sale, the black dog was picked up for $1500 by Smith after being advertised for sale on the internet site Greyhound-Data following unplaced runs at Healesville and Sale.
And following Lektra Guiseppe’s win, which now sees him go into Sunday’s grade five series final, it means a busy week for the dog because he’s also engaged in the last race at Wednesday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
Smith has also recently mated Majestic Tale, a winner of 16 races and more than $20,000 in stakemoney, with Aston Dee Bee. By Collision, Majestic Tale is out of The Meadows and Sandown Park winner Crystal’s Voice.
And he’ll be hoping he can come up with another one as good as Tomic, a son of Collision and Zetta Bale, that he raced on 51 occasions during 2009-2010 for 20 wins at Sale, The Meadows, Angle Park, Geelong, Warrnambool, Sandown Park and Gawler and more than $71,000 in stakemoney.
Meanwhile, fellow Coonawarra trainer Richard Clayfield appears to have turned around the fortunes of Slipper’s Away who found her way down to Glenroy in July after incurring a failing to chase suspension at Angle Park.
By Swift Fancy out of Slipper’s Tonic, Slipper’s Away opened her winning account at Tara Raceway over 400 metres in September before Clayfield stepped the black bitch up to 512 metres, her past two runs resulting in handy minor placings behind Cee Me Turbo and Black Spring.
Jumping from box four in Sunday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 m), Slipper’s Away led all the way to defeat Cee Me Snoop by 2½ lengths in a near best of the day 29.96 seconds.
Back in 2014 Clayfield had enjoyed success with Slipper’s Might and Slipper’s Will – from an earlier Slipper’s Tonic litter by Lochinvar Marlow – Slipper’s Might being the first dog to break the 23-second barrier for the 400 metre journey at Tara Raceway.
Sunday’s win was the veteran trainer’s 14th this year.