Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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A look at the Mount Gambier Cup heats

Zipping Zarbo looks one of the top chances in the fourth heat of Mount Gambier Cup for trainer Deb Coleman.

With six heats of the Commercial Hotel Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres) to be run at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon it’s fair to say the Group Listed event has held up pretty well.

SAINT MAC (box 8) now looks the winner of the first heat after the scratching on Friday of local hope Galactic Athena. Saint Mac, trained at Koroit by Peter Byrne, was beaten a length over 450 metres at Warrnambool on Thursday night but strung together three wins in succession last month at Geelong and Warrnambool. Arabella Figg, runner-up in the 2017 Mount Gambier Cup to Fabregal, was trained by Byrne. Annette Kampman’s JAGGERED and David Peckham’s TIPPA look likely placegetters.

In the second heat, Killarney trainer Kevin Mugavin’s SPRING VALUE (box 6) has won 11 from 17 at the track and distance. Mugavin is no stranger to Mount Gambier Cup success with Poetic Magic successful in 2006 and Rich Shiraz in 2012. TIGER TIME (box 8) looks well drawn for Mount Moriac trainer Kevin Ward after some solid performances on Victorian tracks while RENEWED (box 2) is coming off some solid efforts in WA for Adelaide trainer Bec Romyn.

Peter Keane with Hello Keen who will contest heat 3 of the Mount Gambier Cup after an impressive win at the track last Sunday.

There looks to be plenty of pace in heat three of the cup with Koroit trainer Peter Keane’s HELLO KEEN (box 6) turning in an outstanding effort last Sunday when leading all the way over 512 metres in 29.58 seconds. Laharum trainer Jeff Guy’s FUGACIOUS (box 7) strung together 29.66 seconds and 29.70 seconds wins at the track last month. And Nathan Wilson’s OAKVALE BLUE (box 8) was a 29.73 seconds (515 m) winner at Angle Park late last month for the Pinnaroo trainer. HOSTILE SAVAGE (box 2) is trained at Portland by Neville “Nifty” Lenehan who will be looking to emulate his father, Brian, who won the cup in 1993 with Immortal Flash.

Lara trainer Deb Coleman’s ZIPPING ZARBO (box 4) looks the one to beat in the fourth heat. A winner of 22 races from 48 starts and $82,000 in stakemoney, the fawn bitch is a last start winner at The Meadows (525 m) in 29.79 seconds. Hamilton trainer Kyle Goodwin’s NIGHT TO BURN (box 1) was a 29.64 seconds winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday but jumps in class here. And Portland trainer Ben Boers will be hoping NITRO YAP (box 7) can emulate his dam, Lots Of Yap, who won the 2015 cup.

The official box draw for the inaugural Group Listed Mount Gambier Cup which was run in 2018.

Heat 5 sees another greyhound in SUNSET MILO (box 4) looking to win a second Mount Gambier Cup after his success last year in a race record 29.42 seconds. He’s now trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, also looking to emulate his father, Allen, who won the cup in 1994 with Argyle Sally. Anakie trainer Andrea Dailly’s FABIOLA ZAD (box 8) is a winner of 13 races and $80,000 in stakemoney while local trainer Lee Bartholomew’s ROUGH PEARL (box 1), third in last year’s cup, should be better for last Sunday’s run when finishing second in a personal time of 29.98 seconds. MONTAYA (box 6) is trained at Mortlake by Peter Franklin who won the 2016 cup with Mojito Mayhem.

And in the final heat, Nathan Wilson’s OAKVALE STYLE (box 5) comes into race on the back of consecutive Angle Park 515 metres wins in 29.67 seconds and 29.75 seconds which should put her right in the mix here. Lewiston trainer Robyn Mackellar, who won the 2017 cup with Fabregal in a then-race record time of 29.78 seconds, returns with another daughter of Fabregas in the form of RAGIN’ REIGN (box 7), a 29.92 seconds winner over 515 metres at Angle Park last month. Andrea Dailly’s GYPSY BUN (box 6), with 14 wins and stakemoney of $63,000 is also likely to make her presence felt.

First winners for visiting trainers

New names appeared on the winning trainers’ list at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Kurt Burger-Trudgett and Kyle Goodwin won their first races in Mount Gambier.

For Burger-Trudgett, it was his first time at the local track and his first winner came in the first race, the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (305 metres), with Leeroy Bomber, owned by the Ray Henness-managed Lindray Park Syndicate.

Kurt Burger-Trudgett pictured with Leeroy Bomber after his maiden win over 305 metres at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

By Over Limit out of Every Sound – a Tara Raceway winner back in June 2014 when trained by David Peckham – Leeroy Bomber quickly put himself in the race from box five before finishing too strongly for a length win over Jack’s A Puzzle in a handy time of 17.92 seconds.

Burger-Trudgett pre-trained the black dog prior to his first start in December, Leeroy Bomber subsequently running three minor placings from his first six starts before a back leg injury kept him off the track for close to three months.

“He had trialled well recently at Geelong so with Mount Gambier now running a maiden 305 metres race or two on Sundays we decided to bring him over for his first run back,” he said.

The 27-year-old Burger-Trudgett, who has been involved in the sport for four years, trains out of Myrniong in conjunction with Mark Giddings. The pair is currently training approximately 30 greyhounds.

And on a day of quick times, Goodwin’s Night To Burn is likely to be back on Sunday for a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup after he defeated Crush Your Enemy by 6¼ lengths in the Metal Worx Stake (512 m) in a time of 29.64 seconds.

Kyle Goodwin was all smiles after Night To Burn put in a promising Mount Gambier Cup trial when winning over 512 metres in a quick 29.64 seconds.

By Ando’s Mac out of Wentworth Park winner Nana’s Habit, Night To Burn is raced by the Berry Wyn Syndicate which is managed by Lorraine Goodwin – the mother and son team based in Hamilton on a five-acre property.

Bred and reared at Hamilton, the blue fawn dog has now won four races from his 18 starts after previously being successful at Geelong and Sandown Park.

Despite a couple of hang-ups along the way, which sees Night To Burn currently racing in blinkers, Goodwin said he was a fast dog and had always shown more than his fair share of ability.

Involved in greyhound racing for the past seven years, the 33-year-old Goodwin is also looking to run Off It’s Chops for Little River owner David Burnett in a heat of Sunday’s Commercial Hotel Mount Gambier Cup.

“He’s only raced a dozen or so times but has won at Sandown Park (515 m) in 29.59 seconds and at Geelong (460 m) in 26.16 seconds,” said Goodwin when referring to the son of Fernando Bale x Thanks Cheryl.

“Besides that, I was really pleased with his trial over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last Saturday.”

Heath McAdam, last at Tara Raceway in late 2019, returned last Sunday with a winner in the form of Jay Bird.

Ocean Grove trainer Heath McAdam returned to Tara Raceway last Sunday for the first time since December 2019 when he had been successful with Unique Quality in a heat of the Christmas Challenge (600 m).

One of the trainer’s better chances on the day looked to be Jay Bird, a daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Osaka Bale, and a winner of four races since being taken over by McAdam in May last year.

Lining up in box two in the Stake (512 m), Jay Bird virtually led all the way in the grade five event, eventually holding out Rough Pearl – a minor placegetter in last year’s Anniversary and Mount Gambier Cups – to win by a neck in 29.95 seconds.

Previous winners look to make cup history

Robert Chuck (left), Peter Bryce of Winning Post Supplies and Steve Bartholomew pictured with Galactic Athena (No. 8) and Galactic Horizon who ran the quinella in the AVM-D Easter Gift (512 m) yesterday.

Shaking off her injury woes at Tara Raceway yesterday was Galactic Athena, having only her sixth start since last winning on August 6 at Tara Raceway when defeating Silent Jacko in the Tara Trackstar (512 m).

Back in the boxes for the first time since January 31, and with connections’ sights set firmly on Sunday’s Commercial Hotel Mount Gambier Cup heats (512 m), she lined up in the eight in the AVM-D Easter Gift (512 m) which comprised a handy field of open class greyhounds.

As it turned out, it was pretty much a case of litter sisters fighting out the race, Galactic Athena displaying great pace from the boxes and leading the pack around the first turn while Galactic Horizon was left to do the chasing.

But in the run home, Galactic Athena was much too good, running out a 4¾ lengths winner in 29.64 seconds over Galactic Horizon – both greyhounds owned by Robert Chuck of Moorak and trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew.

Back in 1981, Bartholomew had handled Tara Topar, the inaugural Mount Gambier Cup winner, for his mother-in-law Joan Cruise. Then, 38 years later, he handled his own winner – Galactic Athena who ran down Slingshot Hammer to score a terrific win in a then race record 29.43 seconds.

At 19 months of age she was the youngest greyhound to win the cup. Now, two years later, Chuck and Bartholomew are chasing further cup history as the daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball attempts to become the first winner of dual cups.

Sunset Milo, now in the Allandale East kennels of David Peckham, will be chasing consecutive cups after last August running down kennelmate Kipling in the Covid-interrupted 2020 Mount Gambier Cup.

By My Bro Fabio out of Jewel Action, Sunset Milo was trained by part-owner Tim Aloisi when winning the cup in a race record time of 29.42 seconds after having gone close to a track record in his heat the previous week.

Off the scene between September and December, the black dog has won four races since the cup, his last win being at Cranbourne a month ago.

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