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Compton Redeemer impresses in Ballarat wins

Compton Redeemer wins his maiden at Tara Raceway on May 23.

Locally bred and owned Compton Redeemer continued his outstanding form at Ballarat when scoring a brilliant 7¾ lengths win in a Mixed 450 metres final on Wednesday in a best of night 24.94 seconds.

This followed a heat win the previous week, also in a best of night 24.92 seconds, for 19-year-old Group 1 winning trainer Kayla Cottrell of Pearcedale.

By My Redeemer out of Tara Raceway’s 2021 leading dam Headline, Compton Redeemer was bred at Compton by Karen Price who races the white and black dog in partnership with her husband Tracie.

The December 2019 whelping was transferred to Victoria shortly after winning his maiden at his second start at Mount Gambier in May over 305 metres in 17.75 seconds.

“We certainly had high hopes for him although it took a while before hit the track over there,” Tracie Price said.

“When he arrived in Victoria he was still under the required racing age of 18 months in that state. Then he suffered a muscle injury which all told resulted in him being off the scene for something like six months.

“But he’s certainly making up for lost time now.”

And Compton Redeemer’s litter brothers Earthworm Jim and Nike Apache finished third and fourth for Keith and Lisa Hellmuth of Pearcedale in Thursday night’s Brian Johnstone Group 3 final (530 m) at Angle Park.

Headline, bred and raced by the Hellmuths, was a daughter of Barcia Bale and Raya Riot, and won 16 races and $53,000 in stakemoney.

Price wrapped up a pretty good week when Compton Banjo won the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) at Thursday’s Tara Raceway meeting. Then, in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m), Tangelo Fire impressed on debut at the track with a 29.79 seconds win.

David Peckham also enjoyed a good week when he book-ended Thursday’s meeting with Aston Judge in the Exchange Printers Maiden Stake (400 m) and Aston Percival in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) in a quick 29.96 seconds.

A couple of days earlier Aston Olenna had won up the 350 metres straight at Murray Bridge for the Allendale East trainer in preparation for the National Straight Track Championship, the final of which will be run at Capalaba in Queensland on December 19.

Parwan trainer Julie Green with her first winner – Cawbourne Wolf.

With the borders reopening, several Victorian trainers made a successful return to Mount Gambier.

The Mortlake husband and wife training team of Shaun and Rachel Baulch provided the trifecta in the Todd’s Photographics Stake (400 m) when Cute Indeed (landing her first win in almost 12 months) and Over Load ran down Grand Giveaway in 23.68 seconds.

Portland trainer Robert Halliday’s This Time Bro caused a boilover in the Rock’s Tavern Stake (400 m) when finishing strongly out wide to narrowly defeat Ethan’s Fury in 23.58 seconds.

And Parwan trainer Julie Green, at Tara Raceway for the first time with her husband Lewis, opened her winning account as a trainer with Cawbourne Wolf.

Owned in Adelaide by Jason Dal Corobbo, the son of Swift Fancy and Cawbourne Abbi was successful in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) in 23.91 seconds.

Formerly a resident of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Julie Green’s first win wasn’t too long in coming given that she took out her licence only two months ago.

Quick turnaround pays dividends for visiting trainer

Kay Gillett, Darren Fulwood and Bob Fletcher pictured with Springvale Anna after her 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Also keen to be part of the action were Mount Gambier youngsters Law, 7, and Atlas, 4, who enjoyed their first time at the dogs.

A last-minute decision by Tailem Bend trainer Bob Fletcher to return to Tara Raceway last Sunday with Springvale Anna and Dorrigo McLaren ended up being a good move for all concerned.

The week prior, Fletcher and Adelaide-based part-owners Kay Gillett and Darren Fulwood had brought the pair down for their first look at the Mount Gambier track.

“Considering it had been their first time here the runs hadn’t been too bad,” said Fletcher, still chasing his first win at Tara Raceway but whose involvement in greyhound racing goes back some 50 years – the past 16 on a regular basis.

“Springvale Anna had led in the distance race (732 m) before running fourth while we were pleased with Dorrigo McLaren’s effort to run third over 512 metres behind a couple of handy types in Bangor Lizzy and Maybe Wrong.

“Initially we weren’t coming down again this week but after their first-up efforts at the track we figured a quick turnaround might work in their favour.”

And it certainly did. Springvale Anna, dropping back to 600 metres, in direct contrast to the previous week found herself still at the rear down the back straight in the Greg Martlew Autos Mixed Stake before finishing powerfully for a 2¼ lengths win over Hot Diamond in 35.67 seconds.

By Worm Burner out of 18-race winner Springvale Cool, Springvale Anna is raced by Don and Helen Foster – well known for their long and successful involvement with the “McLaren” greyhounds – in partnership with Gillett and Fulwood.

Speaking after the race, a delighted Fulwood said the blue brindle bitch had been a good pick-up and given the four owners a lot of fun.

“She was purchased for $6400 a bit over 12 months ago after being advertised on line by her breeder Gavin Harris,” he said.

“At the time she had just strung together three wins in succession at Gawler and Angle Park over 643 metres and 600 metres. Since then she has won a further nine races for Bob, including three distance races at Angle Park and two over 680 metres at Murray Bridge.”

Dorrigo McLaren looked anything but a greyhound that had won only four races from 58 starts when leading all the way in the Metal Worx Stake (512 m) and defeating Galactic Anubis by three lengths in a best of day 29.78 seconds.

By Barcia Bale out of 16-race winner Zara McLaren, Dorrigo McLaren was bred by Helen Foster who also owns the black dog which has now been in Fletcher’s kennels for 12 months.

Interestingly, Zara McLaren’s sire was the Foster-bred Token Prince, a son of Malawi’s Prince and their terrific bitch True Temptation who was a granddaughter of the great stayer Bay Road Queen. This was certainly SA breeding at its best.

Token Prince retired to stud with a record of nine wins from 13 starts. His stud career was spectacular with more than 4000 offspring, many succeeding at Group level.

Fletcher’s double last Sunday had him thinking long and hard as to when his last training double had been.

“I reckon it was at Angle Park with Speedy Jabarck and Scorchin’ Lil. But I’ve got no idea when it was,” he said.

These, in fact, were the dogs and it was an Angle Park Wednesday meeting on December 21, 2016.

Dorrigo McLaren was the second leg of a double for Bob Fletcher when defeating Galactic Anubis.

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