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A fitting win for Tara Tipster

The Four Reasons Why Tara Tipsters Cup presentation at Tara Raceway last Sunday with Mount Gambier club manager Mark Dwyer and Trudi Shelton holding the “cheque”. On the left is Kev Patzel, winner of the past three Tara Tipster competitions and right, Noel Perry with Rough Boy Russ, winner of the Tara Tipsters Cup, featured on the dais along with a Sherrin football donated to FRW by Kevin “KD” Douglas.

Noel Perry, Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president and a long-time member of the charity-driven Tara Tipsters team, scored a fitting win with Rough Boy Russ in last Sunday’s Four Reasons Why Tara Tipsters Cup (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.

Away well from box three for the locally-based owner-trainer, Rough Boy Russ virtually led all the way when defeating Lorraine Goodwin’s Kiwi To Burn by a length in 30.02 seconds.

Bred by Perry, the son of My Redeemer and 13-race winner Vossy has now won three races from 10 starts. And being a September 2022 whelping he should be well placed in the August running of the Winter Classic (512 m).

On track to receive a donation from the Tara Tipsters was Four Reasons Why (FRW) founder Trudi Shelton who said FRW strived hard to provide support, assistance and opportunities to locals in need. All donations stayed local, for locals.

Also receiving recognition at the presentation was Kev Patzel, winner of the past three Tara Tipsters competitions.

This is Dug who never raced but whose sister, now racing as Dug’s Sister, was successful on Sunday at Tara Raceway.

Meanwhile, it was also a good day for the locally-based Bartholomew family – Elysia landing her first double with Dug’s Sister and Unique Pearl and father Steve successful with Knight Vader.

Having her first race start, Dug’s Sister led all the way in the Federal Hotel Maiden Stake (305 m) when defeating Pate Biscuit by 3½ lengths in 17.70 seconds.

By Ando’s Mac out of six-race winner Galactic Destiny, Dug’s Sister is from a two-dog litter – her brother never racing after being born with a broken leg.

“He was named Dug and soon found his way into Greyhounds As Pets (GAP). And that’s how Dug’s Sister’s racing name came about,” said Bartholomew who still keeps in regular contact with the people who adopted Dug.

Tim Manterfield and Elysia Bartholomew with Dug’s Sister after her first-up win on Sunday.

And she book-ended the 10-race program when Unique Pearl led all the way in the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (400 m) for a 3¾ length win over Mister Cadillac in a personal best time of 22.83 seconds.

“Really, that was quite a remarkable win,” Bartholomew said when referring to the rising 3½- year-old 14-start son of Elite State and Dusty Pearl. “He’s been plagued with injuries to the extent that he came into today’s race off a 231 day break.”

Earlier in the day the Steve Bartholomew trained Knight Vader, who finished down the line on debut, resumed after a two-month break with an all the way win in 17.71 seconds over Intuitive in the Da’Leni Meats Maiden Stake (305 m).

Bartholomew also races Yoda Lady. Currently trained by Lauren Harris at Finniss, the daughter of US sire Blazin Wildfire and 2019 Mount Gambier Cup winner Galactic Athena has won her past four starts over 530 metres at Angle Park.

“She won her heat of the Group 3 Howard Ashton series and now we’re hopeful she can qualify for the $25,000-to-the-winner final,” Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew and close family friend Robert Chuck of Compton, had raced Galactic Athena together. And Chuck knows only too well what it’s like to win a Howard Ashton.

“In 2013, I mated a bitch called Magic Elite with Velocette – one of the resultant offspring turning out to be Galactic Viper who I placed with Victorian trainer Dave Geall,” Chuck said.

“Being SA-bred we decided to have a crack at the 2015 Howard Ashton with him. But things didn’t start out too well when Dave decided to give Galactic Viper a start at Angle Park leading into the Howard Ashton.

“The only trouble was he missed the turn-off to the track and was a late scratching. Anyway, he subsequently made his way through with a couple of placings before winning the final.

“Yoda Lady actually traces back to similar dam lines as that of Galactic Viper and hopefully the Bartholomew family can experience the same thrill I did all those years ago.”

Ray Mahony’s Sweet Secret was a smart winner of the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

Ray Mahony of Southern Cross was another trainer to land a double – with Sweet Secret and No Strings – litter sisters by SH Avatar out of Zipping Tatum.

Sweet Secret led all the way in the Metal Worx Stake, running out a 4½ length winner over Toot Toot in a quick 22.81 seconds.

Mahony’s the first to admit that he’s had his share of problems with Sweet Secret who was having only her second race start this year – both at Tara Raceway.

“She’s now three years old and has raced on only five occasions,” he said. “And while there’s no doubting her ability, she did pull up at Warrnambool late last year so I’ll probably be trying to get a few more races into her over here.”

By George! He just keeps on getting better

Two Hands George took the 512 metre time honours at Mount Gambier’s time-graded meeting last Thursday with a personal best time of 29.64 seconds when defeating kennelmate Circus Craze.

Bred, owned and trained at Meningie by Thursday regular Tim Richards, Two Hands George matched strides early with his younger half-sister before eventually running out a 1¾ length winner.

Tanya Bialek pictured with Two Hands George . . . still going strong after 159 starts.

Not bad for a dog who turned five in January.

By Aston Dee Bee out of Molly Be Nimble, Two Hands George’s win last week was his 32nd at start number 159. Throw in 64 minor placings as well and he’s still doing pretty well.

The win was his second this year following success at Tara Raceway on February 22 over 400 metres – the same day litter sister Butter Up Again – 139 starts for 18 wins and 38 minor placings – was also a 400 metre winner.

All told, the litter has done pretty well.

Justice For All won the 2021 Summer Classic (512 m) at Tara Raceway in race record time. And later that year Crush Your Enemy won the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) before retiring after 110 starts which resulted in 25 wins and 35 minor placings.

And fellow Meningie owner-trainer Cam Butcher enjoyed plenty of success with Jack’s Well who raced on 78 occasions for 35 wins, 27 minor placings and more than $121,000 in prize money.

Parwan owner-trainer Julie Green’s double with Sudoku Shirley and Sweet Julie was her first at Tara Raceway since May 26, 2022 when Pat The Tiger and Mustang Molly had been successful.

Sudoku Shirley, who went into the Progreyhoundtips.com Maiden Stake (400 m) having been placed at her only four starts, looked set for an easy win when opening up a big break from box seven.

Julie Green with Sudoku Shirley, the first leg of a double at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

But in the run home they were coming from everywhere and on the line the early leader managed to hang on for a nose win over Yadillah Scout in 23.82 seconds.

Then, in the following race – the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (305 m) – Sweet Julie looked to have set herself a fair task after making a mess of the start from box one.

Into the home straight, though, and all hell broke loose with Sweet Julie finding herself in the right place at the right time when defeating kennelmate and litter sister Sisters New by 2¼ lengths in 18.44 seconds.

And while on the subject of doubles, Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club president Rob Gore landed his first double in a 35-year involvement in the sport when Moonlight Annie and Handy Molone were successful.

Following a maiden win over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on ANZAC Day, Moonlight Annie, a daughter of Fernando Bale and 11-race winner My Girl Kizzy, was stepped up in distance by Gore last Thursday after some of the litter had been performing well over more ground.

In fact, the previous night at Ballarat, litter brother Pass Mark had won over 660 metres. And later on Thursday at Sandown Park another litter brother, Container, was successful over 595 metres at Sandown Park.

Lining up from box eight in the Produce Store TG1-4W Stake over 512 metres, Moonlight Annie was only fairly away and still had plenty of work to do down the back straight when a distant third.

Moonlight Annie was an impressive 512 metre winner for Rob Gore.

But turning for home the black bitch took the rails opening before powering away in the home straight for a 3½ length win over Josie’s Jewel in a very handy 29.94 seconds.

After winning his maiden over 400 metres at Tara Raceway at the end of November, Handy Molone, a son of Shima Shine and Lulumon, brought up his second Mount Gambier win and the Gore double in the Exchange Printers TG1-4W Stake (400 m).

Quickly away from box six, Handy Molone led all the way, eventually defeating Silver Streak by 2¼ lengths in 23.34 seconds.

And the Icon Signs Fast Forward TG1-4W final (400 m) which is made up of the eight fastest greyhounds from two heats – irrespective of their finishing positions – resulted in further success for Quantum Master and owner-trainer Paul Cusack of Mount Cottrell.

The son of Spring Bridge and Spring Bella brought up his sixth win over 400 metres at the track this year when leading all the way from box five and defeating Rise As One by 6½ lengths in 23.22 seconds.

Further “100 Club” recognition for local trainers

On what was a busy night of awards at the recent 2023 TAB Greyhound of the Year ceremony at Angle Park, leading local trainers Tracie Price and David Peckham once again found themselves in the “100 Club”.

David Peckham pictured at Tara Raceway on Sunday with his “”100 Club” award.

The “100 Club” is made up of trainers of 100 or more winners for the year at the SA TAB tracks of Angle Park, Gawler, Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier. All told, Price and Peckham trained 229 winners and 150 winners respectively.

For the 2023 award, Price and Peckham, who have been members of the “100 Club” for the past three years, joined Ben Rawlings, Tim Richards, Nicole Price and Clint and Jack Trengove.

With Price engaged at the Murray Bridge meeting last Sunday, a trophy for the “100 Club” was presented to Peckham at Tara Raceway by Noel Perry, president of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.

Peckham thanked Greyhound Racing SA for the award and also the Mount Gambier president for making the presentation.

He also acknowledged former Adelaide race track photographer Kurt Donsberg who he said had been instrumental in the introduction of the “100 Club”.

Greyhound Industry Reform Inspector announced

The State Government last week confirmed Mr Sal Perna AM as Greyhound Industry Reform Inspector (GIRI).

Mr Perna was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner in 2010 and provided independent oversight of integrity in the state’s multi-billion-dollar racing industry. He completed his tenure in March 2021.

A former police officer, he is currently an Independent Director of the International Tennis Integrity Agency and a panel member of the National Sports Tribunal.

He is also a board member of both the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Independent Ethics Board and the National Basketball League’s Advisory Board.

As GIRI, Mr Perna will oversee Greyhound Racing South Australia (GRSA) actions in response to the recently completed recommendations made by former Victorian Police Commissioner Graham Ashton in the Independent Inquiry into the Governance of the Greyhound Racing Industry.

The recommendations include significant animal welfare, integrity and administrative reforms, the implementation of which will now be overseen by Mr Perna, with GRSA to deliver the changes required.

He will commence in the role in the coming months, with the Government considering legislation to support his powers as GIRI to ensure he is able to fulfil his role without hindrance.

Mr Perna said he was pleased to take on the role of GIRI and looked forward to working with GRSA as they implemented the changes recommended by Mr Ashton in order to provide a new future for the sport.

“Integrity is critical to success in racing. Without integrity, the industry’s reputation is damaged, people won’t bet and stakeholders lose confidence. It also goes without saying that the welfare of greyhounds must be a priority, not just their racing ability.”

Mr Perna will regularly report to Katrine Hildyard MP, the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, with a final report due two years after his term officially commences.

“I am very pleased that Mr Perna will be the GIRI. His extensive experience in and passion for integrity and ethics in sport and racing will be vital as the industry undertakes its process of reform and evolves in line with societal expectations,” Ms Hildyard said.

Another big day for Lenehan

It was another big day at Tara Raceway last Sunday for long-time Toolong trainer Phil Lenehan when he landed his fourth treble at the track this year – this time with Lektra Remi, Penguin Pat and Lektra Layla.

And Lenehan now looks to hold a strong hand in the forthcoming Tankman 600 Dual Challenge – 512 metre heats to be run on Sunday, May 19 and the 600 metre final on Sunday, May 26 at Tara Raceway.

Sharon Bradley, Phil Lenehan, Wyatt and Jarrad Williams with the winning treble – Penguin Pat, Lektra Remi and Lektra Layla.

In fact, the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (600 m) probably revealed a few contenders.

Penguin Pat, a son of Ritza Lenny and It’s A Shame, led all the way from box one when defeating Skye Made Me, Blue Phoenix and Purified by 1¼ lengths in 35.18 seconds.

Skye Made Me, a last start 600 metre winner, stepped up in grade and lost no friends when running a gallant second. Also losing no friends was the strong-finishing Blue Phoenix – out of former top distance performer Miss Bellawood.

As far as the Tankman 600 is concerned, Lenehan also is likely to run Lektra Trigger after his 5¾ length second behind Jack Trengove’s Sharing in 35.08 seconds in the Todd’s Photographics Stake (600 m).

Lektra Remi kicked off Lenehan’s treble when virtually leading all the way in the Cadillac Racing Stake (400 m) and defeating Archer One by a length in 23.12 seconds.

And littermates Lektra Layla and Lektra Tony made it a kennel quinella in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) – 2¾ lengths separating the pair in 22.87 seconds.

Lenehan’s first treble of the year was back on January 28 with Penguin Pat, Lektra Tony and Lektra Tinsel. A week later, he won with Yesterday’s Hero, Lektra Fred and Lektra Tinsel. Then a month later with Lektra Layla, Lektra Tony and Lektra Tinsel.

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