A second placing behind Raw Luxury in last Thursday’s Bourne Kennels Open Stake (400 metres) has resulted in Dyna Carnie picking up two valuable points and regaining the lead in the 2020 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
Owned by Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Dyna Carnie this year at Tara Raceway has recorded 12 wins, four seconds and three thirds for a total of 59 points, one clear of Perseverance.
Perseverance, who was unplaced behind Saint Maddie in the Trackside Meats Open Stake (512 m), has accumulated 10 wins, seven seconds and four thirds for local owner Michael Robinson and Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell.
Peckham, yet to train a GOTY but owner of the 1988 winner Canunda Miss who was trained by his father Allen, said Dyna Carnie, a rising five-year-old, was likely to be retired early in the new year.
“With five Category 3 race meetings remaining at Tara Raceway this year I’ll be looking to run him over either 400 metres or 512 metres. Also, he’s guaranteed a start in the Tara Trackstar (512 m) in early January and that may well be his last run.
“With an overall record of 30 wins, 34 minor placings and $105,000 in stakemoney from 113 starts he’s been a terrific dog. A win in the GOTY would certainly be a fitting end to his racing career.”
And Peckham hasn’t ruled out the possibility of using Dyna Carnie as a sire. The 32 kilograms black dog lacks nothing when it comes to breeding, being by US sire Kelsos Fusileer out of Xylia Allen who won 40 races and more than $740,000 in stakemoney.
Dyna Carnie and Perseverance’s battle for GOTY honours is somewhat reminiscent to that of 2018 when Jeff Guy’s Paraphernalia and Nicole Stanley’s Oh No Beta battled it out in the final month of the year.
With only two meetings remaining, the pair was level on 61 points. But in what could only be described as an “error of judgement” on the part of Guy, Paraphernalia was not nominated for the December 16 meeting. This left the way clear for Oh No Beta who lined up a heat of the Santa Sprint.
Guy dodged a bullet, though, after Oh No Beta ran fifth and was relegated to the bench for the final on December 21. Paraphernalia was back for that meeting and needed to run only a place to clinch the GOTY – a second placing giving him the award by two points.
For Stanley, it was a case of going desperately close to winning her third successive GOTY after Old Jock and Fiorelli Rose had previously been successful.
Compton trainer Tracie Price could well have another Christmas Cup contender on his hands judging by Golly Gumdrops’ effort in last Thursday’s Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake (512 m).
In Price’s kennels for only a fortnight, the black bitch was having her first start on the track when rounding up Saint Caitlin off the back before going on to a 7¼ lengths win in a best of day time of 29.92 seconds.
The win was the third leg of a treble for Price – his 12th at Tara Raceway this year – after Compton Peggy and Raw Luxury had been successful earlier in the day.
By Worm Burner out of Psychotic Gold, a winner of 18 races and $76,000 in stakemoney, Golly Gumdrops is raced by the Rovers Return Syndicate which is managed by leading Adelaide trainer Petar Jovanovic.
Price, who won the 2014 Christmas Cup with Who’s Doing What and again the following year with Fear The Rascal, said Golly Gumdrops, a winner of eight races at Angle Park and Gawler prior to relocating to the south-east, appeared to be appreciating a change of track and surroundings.
Local owner Kerry Hawker enjoyed another win with Cadillac Prince, a son of Unlawful Entry and Proud Fantasy that she purchased as a pup from Pyramid Hill breeder John Caulfield.
Trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott, the blue dog settled in third spot mid-race in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (512 m) before taking over off the back and eventually running out a 4¾ lengths winner over the consistent High Fly Emma in 30.30 seconds.
This was Cadillac Prince’s first success over the 512 metres journey since an operation for cryptorchidism in a bid to rectify his problem in negotiating two-turn tracks. His other two wins had been over 390 metres at Warrnambool and 400 metres at Tara Raceway.
Speaking after the race, Hawker said Caulfield was closely following the progress of Cadillac Prince and Abbott’s Another Pick who is a litter sister.
“John’s always on the phone after a win,” she said. “He’s genuinely pleased for us and I think that’s nice.”
A couple of races later, Mauritian Rascal, out of the winner’s circle since March, went close to causing a real boilover for Hawker and Abbott when leading for a long way in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) before going down by 1¾ lengths to Midnight Daisy in 23.29 seconds.
In the past, Monarto South trainer Tony Hinrichsen had enjoyed plenty of successful days at Tara Raceway. Last Thursday didn’t start out that way, though.
In fact, such was the day that Rusty Fury didn’t even make it to the start in race 11 – the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) – scratched prior to being placed in the boxes due to illness.
So, as far as Hinrichsen was concerned, it all came down to the final race, the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and Szubanski Fury, a $101 winner at Murray Bridge two starts back.
But there was no $101 on offer for Szubanski Fury in this race. The brindle bitch jumped at $2.15 and won like a short-priced favourite should when leading all the way for an 8½ lengths win over Dressed Up in 23.18 seconds.
All of a sudden the drive back to Monarto South had become a little shorter.
Bungaloo Danni’s all-the-way win over Aston Model at the nice odds of $16 in Thursday’s Winningformula.net.au Maiden Stake (277 metres) at Tara Raceway was the first for the Pure Titanium x Bungaloo Sunset litter.
And as far as Kongorong breeder-trainer John Little was concerned it had been a win more than five years in the making.
According to Little, it was an advertisement for a $500 unnamed blue bitch by Fear Zafonic out of Sun’s Up that caught his attention back in 2015.
“Sun’s Up had won four Victorian provincial races but what really took my fancy was that she was a litter sister to Shannah’s Star, who won her maiden at Tara Raceway and later a race over 390 metres at Shepparton for Mount Gambier owner Don Nunn.
“As it turned out, Shannah’s Star had also been mated with Fear Zafonic and produced, among others, Fear The Rascal, ultimately a winner of 23 races including the 2015 Christmas Cup at Tara Raceway. Shannah’s Might, a winner of 19 races, was another member of the litter.
“So I figured the unnamed bitch with the same bloodlines might be worth a try for $500. When I made contact with the owner in Victoria it was mentioned that she had refused to go a yard at breaking-in but I was quite welcome to have a go with her and pay if she ever won a race.”
Needless to say, she found her way to Mount Gambier but Little soon realised the previous owner hadn’t been kidding regarding her lack of interest in chasing the lure.
“I still vividly remember the first time taking her out to Tara Raceway one trial morning and watching her run the other way once the lure was in motion,” he said.
By July 2015, though, the penny had dropped, the blue bitch subsequently named Bungaloo Sunset and ready to race. Her first win was at her second start while her seventh and final win came in May 2016 when defeating a pretty handy type in Cryer’s Fred in a best of day 30.01 seconds (512 m).
It would be another three years before Bungaloo Sunset whelped what would be her only litter. During that time, Little came up with the little-known Pure Titanium – a son of Shiraz Point x Special Times – as his sire of choice.
“He raced on only 15 occasions for six wins,” Little said. “But he won at Sandown Park (515 m) in 29.38 seconds and at Bendigo in 23.65 seconds (425 m).”
Pure Titanium’s first of five litters to race is out of Cool Springs who has produced more than 60 winners. One of his unraced litters is out of Ultra High who raced on only five occasions for a win over 390 metres at Ballarat.
By the imported Bella Infrared out of Bella Rico, Ultra High is a litter sister to Hard Style Rico who won last night’s Melbourne Cup (515 m) in track record time at Sandown Park and took his earnings to $632,530.
As far as the 17-month-old Bungaloo Danni is concerned, it was a case of Little taking advantage of the weekly 277 metres maiden which is graded youngest-up. This made the black bitch one of the first to be included in the field given that the SA minimum racing age is 16 months.
However, 277 metres racing will soon be a thing of the past at Tara Raceway with work continuing on the new distance of 305 metres.
Meanwhile, the other short-course maiden event on Thursday was the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) which was won by Giveaway Vegas, also bred and trained locally by Noel Perry of Mount Gambier.
Raced by the trainer in partnership with Sally Weis of Portland, Giveaway Vegas virtually led all the way to defeat Aston Teagan by a narrow margin in 23.88 seconds and give the Farmor Las Vegas x Baurna Sal litter its first win at Tara Raceway.