Born A Runner, an impressive 512 metres winner at Tara Raceway in June, went the extra distance on Sunday when leading all the way in the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 metres) for Lewiston trainer Clint Trengove and co-owner Michael Wallworth of Gisborne.
It was a terrific race with Born A Runner defeating Sonic Sammy – having her first run over the distance – by a length with Mick’s Kimmy close up in third spot in a time of 35.38 seconds.
The winning connections had previously raced Hold On together, the black dog winning over 600 metres at Tara Raceway back in April at around the same time they had purchased Born A Runner for $2000.
Born A Runner has now won three races for Trengove and Wallworth, the daughter of Collision and Duna Runa previously successful at Gawler over 643 metres prior to last month’s local win in a quick 29.65 seconds.
For Trengove, a great supporter of Mount Gambier greyhound racing, it was a case of him once again catching up with Dale Lewis of the Coonawarra, on track with wife Judy for the eighth running of his father’s memorial.
Trengove trained the quinella in last year’s Lewis Memorial – run over 732 metres – after My Boy Bean defeated Victa Jess by 1½ lengths in 43.92 seconds.
Lektra Moon’s win in Sunday’s John Reid Memorial Maiden (512 metres) at Tara Raceway capped off a pretty good day for Toolong breeder-owner-trainer Phil Lenehan and his Mepunga Blazer x Lektra Fire litter.
A $1.50 chance after a smart 30.05 seconds heat win the previous week, the black dog was in second spot behind tearaway leader Tortilla going down the back straight.
But off the back Lektra Moon took over the running, eventually going on to a 4¼ lengths win over giveaway greyhound Tortilla in 30.40 seconds.
Tortilla, owned and trained at Portland by Lizzie Boers, gave plenty of cheek for a $21 outsider. By Barcia Bale, she’s out of Stylish Moment who won 11 races at Tara Raceway, six of those over 600 metres for fellow Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who also bred the runner-up.
All told, it was a running litter treble for Lenehan after Lektra Violet led all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) in 30.11 seconds. Where’s Goose, also, was never headed in the Gambier Vets Maiden/One Win Stake (512 m), when running 30.20 seconds.
For Lenehan, it was his first treble at Tara Raceway since Sunday, February 25, 2018 when Miss Ding, Lektra Viki and the former 512 metres record holder Lektra Stomp had been successful.
Speaking after the treble he said both Lektra Violet and Lektra Moon had now been sold to leading Adelaide owner Tim Aloisi.
“Currently I have 18 pre-trainers to sort out so I have to keep moving my dogs on,” he said.
Among the pre-trainers are members of Lektra Fire’s next litter – whelped in January 2020 and by Barcia Bale.
Meanwhile, members of the Reid family once again entered into the spirit of the day with their support of the John Reid Memorial which was first run in 2005 when won by Robert Halliday’s Itza Bee.
Spokesman Daryl Reid said the family was now looking at the introduction of a perpetual shield to commemorate the long-running event.
It’s anyone’s guess just how the Exchange Printers Anniversary Cup final, run yesterday at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway, would have panned out but for severe interference going out of the first turn.
What we do know is that by the time the dust settled, three greyhounds – Maximum Refusal (David Peckham), Close Your Eyes (Nicole Stanley) and Tandiki (Tracie Price) – were going to fight out the finish of the 512 metres event.
Allendale East-based Peckham was chasing his first Anniversary Cup; Stanley, of Portland, her third after Fiorelli Rose and Ben Nevis in 2017 and 2018. Price, who trains out at Compton, won last year’s event with Spring Cuervo.
Down the back Tandiki was last of the trio but given her customary powerful finishing burst she was always going to be the one to beat.
And in the race that celebrated 42 years of greyhound racing in the South-East, she was simply too strong in the run home. On the line she had two lengths to spare over Maximum Refusal with a further 4½ lengths back to Close Your Eyes in a time of 29.75 seconds.
Price, in recent times twice Mount Gambier’s top trainer, leads the way in this year’s Ian Badger Trainer of the Year award with 72 wins at Tara Raceway.
By now, well and truly versed in presentation race procedure, he expressed his thanks to Kath Matthias and her crew at Exchange Printers for their valued sponsorship of the cup.
He thanked the South East Greyhound Racing Club/Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club which conducted the first race meeting at Glenburnie on Saturday, July 21, 1979. And he thanked his wife Karen and his team at the Compton kennels for their untiring efforts.
Price also touched briefly on Tandiki and the setbacks she encountered that resulted in her being off the scene for the first three months of this year.
In fact it wasn’t until May 9 that she opened her winning account for the year when defeating Rough Pearl in a grade five final over 512 metres.
Since then she has raced on a further nine occasions for seven wins and two seconds at Tara Raceway. Without doubt, Tandiki has been one of the real feel-good stories to come out of local greyhound racing this year.
By Peter Rocket out of Headline, Tandiki was also bred by Price. Taking a liking to the breed and looking for a dog and a bitch were local owners Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen who previously had combined to race Bekim Lucy’s, a winner of 11 races and also bred and trained by Price.
As far as the dog was concerned there was only a black male left – later to race as Rocketline. But in relation to the females there were three white and black ones to choose from. Sometimes you get lucky.
Robinson’s involvement in greyhound racing goes back to that first meeting in July all those years ago at Glenburnie where he was a spectator.
A couple of years later he was training some of Newman McDonnell’s lesser-light “Tara” greyhounds in partnership with Steve Bartholomew. Incidentally, in the 1990s, both Robinson and Bartholomew were awarded Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life membership.
In 1982, Robinson joined the greyhound stewards’ panel at Glenburnie before becoming the chief steward in 1987. This was a role he then held until retiring from the position six months prior to the introduction of TAB racing at Tara Raceway in 2012.
So, given Tandiki’s local upbringing by way of her breeder-rearer-trainer and her owners, it’s probably fair to say that this year’s Anniversary Cup, for all its sensationalism, turned out to be an appropriate result.
Parwan trainer Wade Green landed his second treble this year at Tara Raceway when Rebel Bowie, Warrior Jake and Funny Enough were successful at last Thursday’s Mount Gambier time-graded meeting.
Previously he had led in three winners back on April 8 when successful with Over Load, Black Heel High and Little Tiger.
Giveaway greyhound Rebel Bowie kicked off Green’s big day when leading all the way in the opening event, the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 metres). He eventually ran out a 1¾ lengths winner over Santino Gold in 23.60 seconds.
The fawn dog had been offered to Green at the end of May at Warrnambool after his first eight starts had all resulted in unplaced efforts.
“All told, today was his 17th race start so his first win had been a while coming,” he said. “He’s certainly been a slow improver with quite a bit of work required to get him going well enough to finally win a race.”
A June 2019 whelping, Rebel Bowie is by Fernando Bale out of Wentworth Park winner Maya Herrera who in total won 14 races and close to $50,000 in stakemoney.
After being slowly away from box seven in the Progreyhoundtips.com 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m), Warrior Jake railed through down the back to take the lead. From then on he was never in any danger of defeat when defeating Premier Slice by 3½ lengths in 30.29 seconds.
Green, who purchased Warrior Jake last September for $1800, said the 37 kilograms son of Cosmic Rumble and Bells Are Ringin loved racing at Tara Raceway.
“He certainly grows an extra leg here. That was evident today considering his outside box draw and the fact that generally he’s much better served when drawing in close.
“Warrior Jake actually reminds me of a dog I had back in 2019 called Conde who loved Tara Raceway and strung together quite a few wins at the track.”
Funny Enough went into the South Eastern Hotel 1-4 Wins Stake (400 m) as a $19 chance, having won on only one previous occasion – at Tara Raceway back in March over 400 metres in a steady 23.90 seconds.
Green picked up the son of Mepunga Blazer and Yanick Allen – a Sandown Park and The Meadows winner – in January for $500 after three unplaced efforts at Wagga over 320 metres.
And no one was more surprised than his owner-trainer when then black dog took the lead turning for home and held on to beat his kennelmate Benefit Summary by 1¾ lengths in 23.92 seconds.
Sharing training honours on the day was Tracie Price with nicely-bred second starter Compton Ruby (My Redeemer x Headline), Velocity Alibi and Rocketline, by Peter Rocket and a half-brother to his first winner.
For the Compton-based Price, Tara Raceway’s leading trainer, the treble was his tenth this year at the local track.
Meanwhile, Bermuda brought up his third successive win in a week with a dashing display in the Produce Store 1-4 Wins Stake (400 m), leading all the way from box seven to defeat Sloane The Crow by 6½ lengths in 23.35 seconds.
The black dog had won over 400 metres at the previous Thursday meeting for Purdeet trainer Annette Kampman before following up on the Monday at Warrnambool with a 390 metres win. Raced by stock agent Blair O’Toole, Bermuda takes the same name as his owner’s Hawkesdale farm.
Kampman also bred and reared the litter. By Black Bear Lee, the dam is the well-bred Lieu Knee Annie (Barcia Bale x Evie’s Entity), who despite the efforts of seven trainers won only one race from 29 starts.
However, the Evie’s Entity’s litter did also include Billy’s Bake (24 wins, $180,000 stakemoney), Erupt Eve (19 wins) and Gotham Queen (18 wins). That was enough for Kampman to breed a litter with the littermate Lieu Knee Annie when no one else was interested.
The mating has also produced Myola Dawn, the first-ever 305 metres winner at Tara Raceway. That was in January’s Razza Racing maiden series.