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1000 winners for local trainer

Kevin Patzel pictured at Tara Raceway yesterday with Compton Ruby after she brought up Tracie Price’s 1000th winner since 2009.

According to Greyhound Racing SA records, it was back in 2009, after relocating the previous year from Branxholme in Victoria, that Tracie Price trained his first SA winner.

And by the time yesterday’s seventh race had been run and won at Tara Raceway those GRSA records had the Compton-based trainer sitting on 999 winners.

The sense of occasion had not escaped Price. But as right-hand man Kevin Patzel was leading Compton Ruby to the boxes for the following race, the Hyland Fox Stake (512 metres), Mount Gambier’s leading trainer was on his way to Angle Park with his kennel star Giant’s Flash.

Compton Ruby, a daughter of My Redeemer and Headline, did the right thing, though, scoring an easy six length win in a tidy 29.98 seconds.

Price, of course, had been training greyhounds long before 2009. In fact, his first winner was in 1988 when Proud Priscilla, a son of Proud Paul and Priscilla, won a Juvenile Stake over 450 metres at Warrnambool.

“That was in my first year as a trainer when I finished with 19 winners,” he recalled. “One of my most successful runners that year was Fullkiri Kate who won seven races from 13 starts.”

Bred at Serviceton by Claude Merrett, Fullkiri Kate boasted outstanding bloodlines, being a granddaughter of Border Fullkiri who in turn was a litter sister to SA superstars Bristol Sue and Ascapella Miss.

In an involvement spanning almost 35 years, Price rates his best dog as Giant’s Flash. And the son of Banjo Boy x Navada Flame showed why last night at Angle Park when registering his third successive win over 595 metres at the city track.

“Not only has Giant’s Flash been a terrific dog for us but when he goes away to race at Angle Park he’s also been great promotion for greyhound racing in Mount Gambier. And I’m certainly proud to be a Mount Gambier trainer.”

Litter sisters double-up at Tara Raceway

It took a while – 30 starts, actually – for Blazing Beth to finally open her winning account for North Bendigo trainer Aaron Blake.

Blake returned to Tara Raceway on Sunday for a third consecutive week with Wally Heras’ daughter of Fernando Bale and city-winning stayer Bonnie Beauty.

Aaron (left) and Calum Blake pictured with Blazing Beth after her maiden win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

And on the back of a fast-finishing second behind the Nifty Lenehan trained Mrs. Cameron the previous week, the fawn December 2019 whelping turned the tables on another Lenehan-trained runner in My Madonna in the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 metres).

As far as Blake is concerned, Blazing Beth’s number of starts for her first win pales into comparison with another of his former greyhounds in Kiss Me Donkey. She took 53 starts to open her winning account back in May 2012 at the local track.

The daughter of Talk’s Cheap and Senni Ace won a further two races later that year, both rounds of the Michael Niele sponsored Berringa Park Iron Dog. That was sufficient for Kiss Me Donkey to win the title.

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

Accompanying Blake yesterday was his younger brother Calum, these days based at Maryborough. He also owned Kiss Me Donkey and was on course in December 2012 when she won the Iron Dog.

Meanwhile, back at Tara Raceway on Sunday, litter sister Adelong, after two impressive 512 metre wins at the Mount Gambier track, experienced little trouble despite finding herself graded into a 400 metres event.

Always on the pace behind Mr. Bellagio in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake, she finished powerfully for a 1½ length win over the early leader in a best of the day time of 23.10 seconds. Her 512 metre win the previous week had also been in a best of day 29.81 seconds.

Adelong pictured in her single-blinkered muzzle on Sunday after her third successive win at Tara Raceway.

And while these days it’s not altogether a novelty for greyhounds to be wearing blinkers in a race, Blake said Adelong’s fortunes had certainly taken a turn for the better after he had decided to run her with only one blinker.

“After she had copped a 28 day suspension for failing to chase I decided to try her in a two-blinker muzzle. But she pulled up,” he said.

“Then, as a last resort, I opted for just the one blinker so she was still fully aware of what was happening on her inside. So far that seems to have done the trick.”

Myall Hiker fills in for long-time participants

Myall Hiker defeats Bungaloo Danni in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 metres).

The well-bred Myall Hiker is helping to keep octogenarian greyhound racing participants Ray Gilmore and Judith Risk amused while they rear a couple of litters at Kilmany in eastern Victoria.

Myall Hiker, who is unbeaten in two starts at Tara Raceway, overcame a slow start in last Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m), the second heat of a grade six series. Then, after finding the front down the back, he held out Bungaloo Danni to win by a half length in 30.07 seconds.

By Fernando Bale, Myall Hiker is out of city-winning stayer Never Duplicated, a daughter of US sire KC And All and Sweet It Is who won 23 races and $945,000 in stakemoney.

“With a view to having something to race while we waited for the pups, we purchased Myall Hiker late last year,” Risk said. “He had won at Healesville and Warragul for us but was becoming more than we could handle. So a friend of ours who has a dog with Tracie suggested we give him a try.”

Ray Gilmore and Judith Risk pictured with Compacto after winning the 2011 Warrnambool Classic. Picture supplied.

Ray Gilmore and Judith Risk certainly have a story to tell.

Gilmore, training greyhounds since he was 12 years old and having now trained more than 2000 winners including feature races with dogs such as Friendly World, Ringland Lass and 2011 Warrnambool Classic winner Compacto.

And Risk, a one-time District Nurse who bred her first litter after one of her patients gave her a greyhound. “One good brood bitch is all you need.”

Incidentally, the pups currently being reared are two litters out of Spot On Cinta – a daughter of the Group 1-winning Cintiarna – by Orson Allen and Beast Unleashed.

“There’s nothing like a couple of litters of pups to keep you going,” says Risk.

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