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Buddy Guy holds off Hello I’m Jade to win the grade 5 final over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

For the past two meetings very little has separated visiting greyhounds Buddy Guy and Hello I’m Jade, trained by Tony Rasmussen and Shelley Trengove respectively, in their clashes in a heat and final of a grade five series over 512 metres at Tara Raceway.

First, in a heat it was Buddy Guy who opened up a seemingly winning break down the back but was unable to hold out Hello I’m Jade, the black bitch getting the nod by a nose in 29.83 seconds.

Tony Rasmussen with Buddy Guy.

Then, in Thursday’s final Buddy Guy once again set up the same scenario when charging down the back straight with a similar sort of break to that of the previous week over Hello I’m Jade who was looking for her fifth consecutive win.

This time, though, it was Buddy Guy who was able to hold on, winning by a neck in a best of day 29.97 seconds for the Terry Solier-managed Tsols Tips Syndicate, on board with Razza Racing for the past two years.

Purchased for $8000, the beautifully bred son of Fernando Bale and Erelda Bale, a litter sister to the million dollar stayer Fanta Bale, has now won 11 races since transferring to Gifford Hill.

The win was the first leg of a double for the Rasmussen kennel, wife Lisa successful with What A Wish in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).

Having her first start at Tara Raceway, the pint-sized 24 kilograms only offspring of the Dyna Villa x Dellbrezie mating led all the way from box eight to defeat Nitro Yap by 2½ lengths in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) in a time of 23.20 seconds.

Dellbrezie, a 720 metres winner at Wentworth Park, retired with eight wins from 25 starts, her last start in February 2014 resulting in a 10 lengths win at Sandown Park over 515 metres in a best of day 29.32 seconds.

Meanwhile, for the Lewiston-based Trengoves – Clint, his wife Shelley and his son Harry – their day ended with a family treble when Flying Chopper, My Boy Bean and Bobbie Buble were all successful.

The Shelley Trengove-trained Flying Chopper – the son of Worm Burner x Batty Allen having only his third start – led all the way to win the Maiden Stake (277 m) by 1½ lengths over Cairnlea Jeff in 16.67 seconds.

Clint Trengove and 600 metres winner My Boy Bean.

Raced by Clayton Trengove of Broken Hill, the blue dog’s racing name came about due to the fact that he is missing half an ear!

My Boy Bean, a 15-race winner of more than $50,000, found winning form again for Clint Trengove when defeating Saint Maddie by 1½ lengths in a tidy 35.38 seconds in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Mixed Stake (600 m).

For the four-year-old son of Outa Credit x Big Girl Gerald the win was his first since July at Tara Raceway where he strung together a couple of 732 metres distance wins.

Harry Trengove’s Bobbie Buble, tackling the 512 metres journey for only the second time in her 25-start career, had no trouble in running out the journey when leading all the way to defeat Hot Desert Storm by 3¾ lengths in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake in a tidy 30.27 seconds.

Bobbie Buble, who has now won four races for Trengove, is a daughter of Barcia Bale and Getty Bale, a winner of 10 races over 515 metres at Angle Park.

Union Man pays his dues

Recently-returned Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson, “missing in action” for much of the year due to border restrictions, was back among the winners at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

Monty Wilson with his first-up winner Union Man.

Wilson had Union Man, raced by the Phil Cameron-managed Loco Lads Syndicate, engaged in the Rock’s Tavern Maiden Stake (400 metres) – the black dog going into the race as the only first starter.

But, all things considered, he handled himself pretty well. Mixing it early with Rough In Vegas and Rebellious Nick, Union Man held his nerve throughout, eventually scoring a narrow win in a respectable 23.59 seconds.

Understandably, Wilson was more than happy with the effort.

“I’ve only had him for about a month after receiving a call from Phil’s brother, John, at Penshurst to see if I would be interested in having a go with him.

“He went into the race after having only two trials at Tara Raceway and without any field experience whatsoever so I reckon he should find a bit more yet,” he said.

Zipping Capri won the Masters race for Richard Clayfield.

By 2017 Silver Chief winner Lightning Frank, Union Man is out of Jasmine Lilly, who raced on 102 occasions for five wins, four of those being at Tara Raceway.

Masters races, for greyhounds 3¾ years and older and added to the program back in 2016 until the introduction of time-graded meetings, returned on Thursday, this time over the 277 metres distance.

And winner of the Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake was Zipping Capri, successful for the first time in five months for Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield.

The youngest runner in the race (November 2016 whelping), Zipping Capri took up the running approaching the home turn and held off one of the oldest runners in Bob Square Pants (November 2015) to win by three-quarters of a length in 16.68 seconds.

An almighty effort as track record falls

Almighty Stripe runs a 400 metres record at Tara Raceway yesterday for Sheree Hayes and Tim Richards.

For the second time this year the 400 metres track record at Tara Raceway has been broken.

First, it was back on January 5 when Dyna Carnie defeated Azumi Stringer by 8¼ lengths in a time of 22.74 seconds. This lowered Cryer’s Ricky’s record of 22.78 seconds which had stood for almost four years.

And yesterday, Almighty Stripe, straight to the front from box four, carved out 22.68 seconds when defeating Rocketline by seven lengths in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake.

Bred at Meningie by Tim Richards, who races the son of Fabregas in partnership with his Kalgoorlie-based sister Sheree Hayes, Almighty Stripe’s success was his first since winning at Tara Raceway on August 13 over 400 metres in 22.88 seconds.

The black dog has now raced on 31 occasions for 15 wins, the delighted trainer saying after the record-breaking run that there had been a time when it appeared as though Almighty Stripe’s racing career may well have been over virtually before it had even begun.

“It was back in February last year when he started racing. But after only three starts he was sidelined due to injury and consequently off the scene for eight months,” Richards said.

“When he did finally make it back to the track I don’t mind telling you it was a great relief when he won first-up at Murray Bridge up the straight. In fact, at his first seven starts back he won five of them.”

Jervois Boy, a litter brother to Almighty Stripe, was the first leg of a double for Richards, leading all the way in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 m) to defeat kennelmate Gold Burner by three lengths in 30.04 seconds.

In fact, yesterday was the third occasion this year that members of the successful litter out of 25-race winner Spicy Peppa – a half-sister to former SA champion sprinter Worm Burner – had recorded doubles at Tara Raceway.

Jervois Bruit and Jervois Boy were successful on July 16 while a month later it had been Jervois Bruit and Almighty Stripe who contributed towards Richards’ good run this year at the track.

Tim Richards pictured with Almighty Stripe after his track record yesterday.

Nomination boost after ‘travel bubble’ extension

Black Spring (No. 4) scores a narrow win over Top Right in a heat of last week’s grade 5 series.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club was running seven and eight race meetings on Thursday afternoons. And with the threat hanging over its head of a total closure until such time as the SA/Victoria border was re-opened.

But the club weathered the storm after being assisted by the support of Adelaide trainers, in particular Tony Rasmussen, Clint Trengove and Kevin Bewley.

Then saw the introduction of the 40 km travel bubble on the SA/Victorian border. This allowed Victorian trainers Captain Abbott of Edenhope and Monty Wilson of Mumbannar back to Tara Raceway.

Further to that, earlier this month was the announcement that the bubble had been extended to 70 km. Scott Blacksell, Robert Halliday, Andy Graham, Robert Proctor, Bob Wombwell, Sindy Colpoys and Ben Boers now also have approval to race in Mount Gambier.

With the exception of Halliday, they all have greyhounds racing at Tara Raceway on Thursday. As do Rasmussen and Trengove, along with Meningie trainer Tim Richards.

From a Mount Gambier perspective this has made for a nomination boost of considerable proportion. So considerable in fact that this week’s 12-race meeting will be one of the biggest, numbers-wise, run at the track this year.

It’s marvellous how much difference 30 kilometres makes.

Eight young greyhounds will contest the Maiden (277 metres) and seven “old” ones the Bartholomew Pick 6 Stake, also over the short course. And for the first time in a while there will be no vacant boxes in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Mixed Stake (600 m).

And Hello I’m Jade will be chasing her fifth win on the trot for owner-trainer Shelley Trengove when lining up in the Grade 5 final (512 m).

Taking a line on last week’s heats, this should be a terrific final with Hello I’m Jade defeating Buddy Guy in the last bound while Black Spring scored by a similar margin in the second heat over Top Right.

Local couple’s efforts appreciated

Mel Freitag and Jason Newman pictured at last week’s Tara Raceway meeting with the platter “left-overs”.

The lavish platter that was delivered last week to Moorak couple Mel Freitag and Jason Newman came as a real surprise.

As it turns out, the sender had been Melbourne-based Sarah Cole, the new owner of retired racer Rock It Fernando who finished his 52 starts racing career earlier this year in Mount Gambier with six wins over three distances at Tara Raceway.

With his racing days behind him, Rock It Fernando had been out at Moorak for three months, Cole recently answering an advertisement placed by the brindle dog’s previous owner Tim Aloisi looking to place him as a pet.

“We sent him over to Melbourne with a collar, lead and rug, etc. And Sarah had been so appreciative of the help she had received in regard to ‘Rocky’ that she had platters sent to us and also to Tim,” Newman said.

The local couple brought their platter along to last week’s Tara Raceway meeting to share with patrons and participants.

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