The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Major milestone for visiting trainer

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Last Thursday couldn’t have started any better for Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley, racing greyhounds for the first time at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.

Bewley made the six-hour trip down with a team of nine, Viking Storm and Taylor Jayde his first to go around in race four, the Stake over 400 metres.

Viking Storm brings up Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley’s 100th winner this year on SA tracks when successful at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

And the kennelmates virtually had the race to themselves, Viking Storm quickly finding the front from box four and defying Taylor Jayde to run him down, eventually running out a 1½ length winner in 24.02 seconds on a track seriously affected by persistent rain.

By Barcia Bale out of Striking Viking, Viking Storm was bred in the south east and won four races at Tara Raceway prior to her previous owners, the Nineofus Syndicate, selling her to Angle Park course photographer Kurt Donsberg who transferred the black bitch to Bewley.

She had then gone on to be successful on a further four occasions at Angle Park and Gawler prior to last Thursday’s success – a major milestone for Bewley with the win being his 100th on SA tracks this year.

The following race, the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m) brought together a handy field of middle-distance chasers, the Bewley-trained Waikiki Big Girl a solid second-favourite behind Bisenti on the strength of a last start 600 metre win at Angle Park.

Raced by prominent NSW owner-trainer Mark Bell, Waikiki Big Girl, a daughter of Outa Credit and Big Girl Gerald, was never going to be beaten last Thursday, quickly finding the front before running away to a 5½ length win over Bisenti in 35.96 seconds.

Bell will always be associated with Go Wild Teddy, in 2000 the winner of three Group 1 events – the Melbourne Cup, Sandown Shootout and Vic Peters Classic. The influence of the son of Head Honcho x Web Of Silence is still prevalent, tonight’s Topgun winner at The Meadows, Get It Gizmo, being by Kinloch Brae out of Go Wild Teddy bitch Dasha.

Bewley’s association with Bell first came about through My Boy Bean, a litter brother to Waikiki Big Girl. He’d been placed on the market after winning a maiden at Maitland with Adelaide owner Clint Alleway ultimately purchasing him and giving him to Bewley to train.

“A few months later, after we’d won a few races with him, I received a call from Mark who said he had been following the progress of My Boy Bean and had been suitably impressed with the manner in which he had been racing.

Waikiki Big Girl was the second leg of a treble for Kevin Bewley.

“He asked me if I would be interested in training My Boy Bean’s litter sister Waikiki Big Girl who had won five races on NSW tracks and that’s how she found her way down here,” he said.

Chasing a running treble, Bewley lined up in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m) with Callanish Sprite, known to Tara Raceway followers after having won at the track back in June in a best of day 29.97 seconds when trained by Heather Baxter of Murtoa.

And the daughter of Magic Sprite and Infinite Wish completed a big day for the visiting trainer, leading all the way from box five and holding out Pandora’s Comet in a desperately tight finish that resulted in a half head win in 30.73 seconds.

Incidentally, Pandora’s Comet is trained at Ettrick, a half-hour down the road from Murray Bridge, by Adrien Chevalier who enjoyed a change of luck later in the day when Pinky Girl scored a comfortable win in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 m).

Callanish Sprite has now won three races for the Snags In Bread Syndicate who purchased the black bitch from well-known Victorian greyhound identity Angela Langton in July.

Managed by Bewley’s stepson Michael Heinrich, the syndicate was formed 12 months ago when five racing enthusiasts from around Australia came together via the internet and purchased a greyhound after syndicate members each contributed $500.

“They now have seven greyhounds and so far they have not had to add to their initial $500 each,” Bewley said.

Bewley’s involvement in greyhound racing goes back to 1987 which was the beginning of a 10-year period as racing manager for the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club (Angle Park).

“After that I cut ties with the sport and it wasn’t until about six years ago when I was looking for a hobby that I decided to look at getting a greyhound,” he said.

Kevin Bewley with Callanish Sprite, the final leg of a running treble.

“Together with my wife Carolyn we decided to purchase a property out at Lewiston, ostensibly to cater for her poodles although I did have in the back of my mind that, as a hobby, I wouldn’t mind a greyhound to train.

“So, what started out as a one-dog hobby has now developed into pretty well a 28-dog full-time job.”

Bewley said he had been considering a trip to Tara Raceway for some time. As it turned out, from a weather point of view he couldn’t have picked a worse day. But for all that, he was impressed by Tara Raceway.

“This is a well-cambered track,” he said. “And as such it makes for safer racing. I have to say I was really surprised with what you have down here.”

100 winners for leading trainer

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

In the end, it was a couple of former Adelaide-based litter sisters that gave Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham his first 100 winners in a year at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

First, it was Walk On Water, chasing her first win at the local track, that led all the way in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 metres) to give her trainer 99 winners.

Trainer David Peckham with Right Above It, his 100th winner at Tara Raceway this year. Also pictured are regular helpers Connie Miller (left), Jason Newman, Melissa Freitag and Christine Yourgules, along with young Zayden and Chase.

Then, three races later, Right Above It led all the way in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), Peckham the third trainer at Tara Raceway to land 100 winners after Nicole Stanley and Tracie Price.

In Peckham’s kennels since September, Walk On Water and Right Above It are owned in Adelaide by Dwayne Jiggins and Neil Rawlings, who purchased the daughters of Banjo Boy and Princess Coco as pups.

Jiggins, formerly involved in harness racing, first became associated with the local trainer early this year when he was looking for someone to train the strong-finishing Dyna Naitch who has since won eight races at Tara Raceway.

Peckham is the first to concede that good owners certainly help to make good trainers, as do the people around you.

“Not only have Dwayne and Neil become involved down here but also Adelaide’s leading owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman who have had great success with Azalea Monelli, a winner of nine races at Tara Raceway this year.

“And Ross Schurgott, involved with the kennels for 10 years through the Viking Syndicate, is now running the Nineofus Syndicate, an offshoot of the original. A win earlier in the year with Flash Jackie in the inaugural Tara Trackstar was a big thrill for them.

“Also coming on board this year was well known local identity Kevin “KD” Douglas who is having a bit of fun with Missing Mate and is looking to become further involved with some young stock.”

Peckham first became involved in the sport 31 years ago when he was 13, his father Allen, a former jockey turned greyhound trainer, enjoying plenty of success and winning three premierships at the Glenburnie track.

Peckham jnr also won the 1992-1993 Owner-Trainer premiership at the original greyhound track prior to three Leading Trainer awards at Tara Raceway in 2012 (which coincided with the introduction of TAB racing for greyhounds in Mount Gambier), 2013 and 2014.

Contributing to his 100 winners – well actually 101 after Cruising By won later in the day – were 20 doubles, seven trebles, four winners on five occasions and five winners once.

Highlight-wise, throw in for good measure a 600 metre track record of 34.79 seconds run by Pirate’s Curse on April 21.

Peckham took over his father’s Allendale East property 18 years ago although it wasn’t until June 2018 that he decided to train greyhounds on a full-time basis.

“It was a big decision but I thought with Tara Raceway racing twice a week it was a case of now or never,” he said.

“Besides, with supportive owners, some of whom are also looking to become involved in breeding, which in turn will see a need for some of the offspring to be reared locally, I reckon there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Right Above It will contest heat one of the Newman McDonnell Memorial at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Later on Sunday, Peckham placed $100 on the bar – for the benefit of patrons and helpers. “A hundred bucks for a hundred wins,” he said.

Now, that was a nice gesture.

Meanwhile, two heats of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) will be run on Sunday, Peckham represented by Right Above It who will jump from box two in the first heat.

He has winning form in the memorial, first run in 1986, Bourne Again successful in 2013 when defeating Cool Tappin’ and Colville before backing up again the following year with a win over Who’s Doing What and the Peckham-trained Thanks Tubby who at the time held the 512 metre record at 29.60 seconds.

Banjo Lass, who defeated Shae’s Magic and Brinza in last year’s memorial for Compton trainer Tracie Price, will line up from box seven in the first heat on Sunday, the black bitch sure to be improved by last week’s third-placing over 512 metres – her first run over the distance in more than three months.

Stanley picks up her quota

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Portland greyhound trainer Nicole Stanley enjoyed another big day at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Close Your Eyes, Causing Drama, Dyna Quota and Peek’s Gold were successful at the 10-race meeting.

Dyna Quota in action at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The multiple winners followed a big month back in June when she trained five winners – Bad Driver, Dyna Quota, Wanchai Express, Bereluke and Zambora Club – and then a fortnight later, four with Nangkita Keats, Bad Driver, Zambora Club and Verev.

And a month later, Stanley, Tara Raceway’s most successful trainer in 2017 with 111 winners, was back with another bag of four – Zambora Club, Wrackmere, Verev and Nangkita Keats.

Attracting plenty of interest last Sunday was the reappearance of Dyna Quota in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (732 metres), picked up for $1000 by the Cheap Buy Syndicate after 14 starts and three Victorian provincial wins but with an infringement hanging over her head.

Part-owner Scott Brandon pictured with Dyna Quota after her 732 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

However, Glen Burns, Scott Brandon and Danny Frazer’s syndicate has certainly turned out to be well-named, the black bitch developing into a city-winning stayer and having now won 16 races and more than $53,000 in stakemoney.

Dyna Quota was having her first start over the distance at Tara Raceway since June 9 when she wore down Black Spring in the home straight to win by 1¼ lengths in 43.50 seconds, a time only ever bettered by the record holder Nellie Noodles who ran 43.45 seconds on March 27, 2011.

A short-priced favourite in last Sunday’s mixed stake, Dyna Quota quickly took up the running from box one, eventually running away from the opposition and defeating 128-start veteran Noosa Parade by 3¾ lengths in 43.85 seconds.

Cranbourne-based Brandon, who was at the track on Sunday, said the syndicate had already purchased a straw with the intention of breeding with Dyna Quota at a later date.

Causing Drama, the second of four winners for Nicole Stanley at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

“We have a Kinda Cruel Red straw that we are contemplating using depending on how things pan out,” he said. “He’s a US sire that won 50 races and was blessed with amazing early and mid-race speed.”

By Bella Infrared, the fawn dog is out of Cruel To Be Kind who traces back to the former SA greyhound Top Honcho who became a stud sensation in Ireland.

Earlier in the day, syndicate member Burns, of Lang Lang, was also successful in his own right as an owner with Causing Drama who led all the way to defeat Missing Mate by a length in 23.34 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m).

Burns also owns the Stanley-trained litter brother Burst The Seam, engaged in Thursday night’s Super VicGreys final at Warrnambool and a winner of three races at Warrnambool and Shepparton.

The pair is by Barcia Bale out of Bit Berger, a winner of 21 races including three at Tara Raceway back in 2013-2014 when trained at Naracoorte by Ben Hughes.

Taking the next step

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Galactic Destiny (No. 5) edges out Squishy Pea and Dyna Naitch at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Races don’t come much better than last Sunday’s Produce Store Open Stake (512 m), with plenty of interest in whether Galactic Destiny, a slashing 29.71 seconds grade five winner last week, could handle a significant rise in class.

As it turned out, the daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball was equal to the task for Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew when chasing Squishy Pea for much of the journey before getting up in a head-bobber in 29.91 seconds.

And Chuck, who bred Galactic Destiny, reports that her half-sister Galactic Cat (by Milldean Panther) recently whelped one dog and three bitches to the US sire Flying Stanley.
Galactic Cat, a litter sister to Summer Classic winner Galactic Panther, won races at Mount Gambier, Bendigo, Traralgon, Warrnambool and Horsham.

Rivals in a spin after Jakit’s powerful finishing burst

Monday, November 4, 2019

Strictly speaking, last Thursday’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting wouldn’t have been out of place at a Sunday fixture.

Spinning Jakit defeats Loroupe and Tyche Onyx over 600 metres at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Such was the standard of the race that Spinning Jakit, who dead-heated for first only a fortnight ago with Cryer’s Plugger in a 600 metre Free For All, went to the boxes as a $5 chance – virtually nothing separating last start Sandown winner Tyche Onyx and recent SA Country Cup representative Springvale Alysa for favouritism.

And a lap out, Spinning Jakit looked more like a $50 chance as he toiled at the rear, though warming to the task down the back before unleashing some sort of run in the home straight to finish over the top of Loroupe and Tyche Onyx to win in a time of 35.41 seconds.

Trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott for long-time kennel client John Dihm, the Bush Chaplain at the mining town of Tom Price which covers the Pilbara region of WA, Spinning Jakit is by Spring Gun out of Sandown Park distance winner Lektra Scarlett.

Abbott also owns and trains Spinning Jakit’s litter brother, Black Spring, who narrowly went down to Saint David in last week’s K9 Race Recovery FFA (600 m) but still holds a six-point lead over Cryer’s Plugger in this year’s Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.

With 28 winners, Lektra Scarlett heads the Mount Gambier leading dams’ list, Cryer’s Midget, the dam of Cryer’s Plugger, sitting in second spot with 25.

Spinning Jakit after his win.

Lektra Scarlett’s November 2016 Spring Gun litter also includes Lektra Spring, a winner of nine races and $87,000 in stakemoney and a runner in tonight’s $75,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Hume Cup final (600 m) at The Meadows.

Lektra Caution (8 wins, $34,000 stakemoney) is another member of the more than handy litter as is Lektra Theory, a winner over 455 metres at Murray Bridge last Friday.

An earlier Lektra Scarlett litter whelped in January 2016 – by US sire KC And All – includes Lektra Brandy, winner of this year’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway for Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan, who is a brother of the breeder, Phil, of Toolong.

Later in the day, Abbott brought up his 13th winning double at Tara Raceway this year with Giveaway Fury making it two wins in a row when successful in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (512 m).

Raced by local owners Kerry and John Hawker, the black dog, a son of Fabregas and Flitter, rounded up tearaway leader Jacobite Hammer on the home turn and then held off a fast finishing Big Rough to win by a half length in 30.27 seconds.

The Hawkers picked up Giveaway Fury and his now-retired litter brother Free Fury in a $1500 package deal back in March after they had both won their maidens on the same day at Tara Raceway, Abbott having now won 10 races with the pair.

Giveaway Fury had been out of the winner’s list for four months prior to his two recent wins, John Hawker believing that Abbott’s decision to vary the tracks where he raced may have helped him to find form again.

John and Kerry Hawker and young Chase with Giveaway Fury after his win last Thursday.

“Fair enough, when Cap took him to Angle Park, Warrnambool and Horsham he was probably never going to win but what it did do was to give him a change of track that possibily worked in his favour when he returned to Tara Raceway.”

Meanwhile, second-starter litter sisters Go Nikki and Go Taylah ran the quinella in Thursday’s first race, the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 m), the former coming from a long way back to win by a half length in 24.06 seconds.

It was further time-graded success for Rick Boehm and Sandra Elmes of Dunolly, Boehm saying it had taken a while for the April 2018 whelpings to work out what the racing game was all about.

“Initially, when we trialled them together they just wanted to play around,” he said. “And it wasn’t until they went in together with a couple of other dogs that they started to settle down and go a lot better.”

Go Nikki and Go Taylah are by Fabregas out of the Victorian city-winning stayer Hala Belle, a winner of 12 races and more than $70,000 in stakemoney for Reservoir breeder-owner-trainer Peter Akathiotis.

Hala Belle is a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Aussie Belle who traces back to Akathiotis’s 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Master Giant.

Sun Wukong scores a best of day 30.23 seconds win.

Later in the day, Boehm won with Sun Wukong who took the lead down the back straight in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and then went right away to eventually defeat Nitro Missile by four lengths in a best of day 30.23 seconds.

By Cutting Edge out of the lightly raced Enjoy, Sun Wukong is a litter brother to New Wave whose last win was at Tara Raceway back in May when trained by Boehm. On that occasion she defeated Giveaway Fury over 512 metres in a best of day 29.83 seconds.

Every win’s a bonus for David

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Eighteen months ago Saint David was mixing it with the best at Sandown Park, taking on greyhounds such as Beast Unleashed, Dyna Patty and Tornado Tears in the final of the $150,000-to-the-winner Launching Pad over 515 metres.

And while last Sunday’s meeting at Tara Raceway was a far cry from the bright lights of one of Victoria’s main tracks, Koroit owner-trainer Peter Byrne was more than happy to win the K9 Race Recovery Free For All (600 m) and pick up the $1225 first prize.

Saint David (No. 7) runs down Black Spring in the shadows of the post in last Sunday’s K9 Race Recovery FFA (600 m) at Tara Raceway.

In what was a similar middle-distance field the previous week, Saint David had run a close-up third behind dead-heaters Spinning Jakit and Cryer’s Plugger although Black Spring, back after a four-week break, was always going to be hard to beat in the K9 after he drew box one.

A clear leader in the Greyhound of the Year, Black Spring, owned and trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott, quickly found the front while Saint David settled in second spot before finishing powerfully to score by a neck in 35.39 seconds with Banjo Fozz a further three lengths back in third spot.

A 29.39 seconds maiden winner at Sandown Park at only his second race start, Saint David went into the Launching Pad on the back of a heat and semi-final win but broke down in the final, Byrne of the opinion at the time that the black dog would probably never race again.

“He dropped a back leg muscle and was off the scene for six months,” he said. “To be honest, I reckon he’s done really well to even win another race, let alone four – one at Ballarat (545 m) and three at Tara Raceway (600 m).

“Every win’s now a bonus with him. He pulled up well after Sunday’s effort so I’m keen to come back to Tara Raceway for another 600 metre event – these days he hasn’t enough early pace for sprinting – or perhaps even to Sandown Park or The Meadows for the right middle-distance race.”

By Cosmic Rumble out of Mepunga Kirsty, a winner of eight races (four at Sandown Park), Saint David was bred by Byrne who has a 13-month-old litter by Mepunga Blazer to follow.

The ‘Thrill of the Chase’

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A new television series to be launched on 7mate this Sunday at 10 a.m., Thrill of the Chase, will take free to air viewers inside greyhound racing in Australia.

The five-part series, produced in collaboration with Greyhound Racing Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, aims to celebrate and share the sport in Australia.

Thrill of the Chase will be hosted by SEN’s Jack Heverin, together with Liz Wheelan, James Van de Maat and Molly Haines.

President reflects on a successful year

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. president John Woodland’s report to members at last Sunday’s Annual General Meeting at Tara Raceway focused on a year of achievement.

He made special mention of a major upgrade to the kennel house and how no race meetings were lost while the upgrade was being undertaken. He also paid special thanks to the people who had been involved with the project.

The president also mentioned other projects that were undertaken during the year, including Fairthorne Forestry as the club’s major sponsor, the placement of a defibrillator in the clubrooms, the sale of greyhound accessories in the club office on race days and as a further promotion tool the maintaining of a Facebook page.

New races were introduced, including the Tara Trackstar and the Border Challenge (Mount Gambier v. Warrnambool), prices have been obtained for the erection of cover over the outdoor settings and club shirts with the MGGRC logo are now available at the track.

The Brook Group has been asked to provide Greyhound Racing SA with a proposal to install a computer for trial days at Tara Raceway. This would broadcast trial times onto on-course televisions in the kennel house, clubrooms and starting box televisions. It would also allow for a printout of each trial session.

And while Noel Perry has now taken over as MGGRC president for 2019-2020, the outgoing president can be well satisfied with his year at the helm.

Local greyhounds up to the challenge

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A stunning return to form for a “forgotten” greyhound and a keenly-contested Swallow Drive Meats Open Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday has the Mount Gambier club looking well-placed as far as the forthcoming Border Challenge is concerned.

The inaugural Border Challenge will feature four runners each from the Warrnambool and Mount Gambier clubs clashing in a final – the winner to receive $4000, a trophy and a rug – over 450 metres at Warrnambool on Thursday, December 5.

Mason Bartlett (left), Steve Bartholomew and Robert Chuck with Galactic Destiny after her 512 metre best of day win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Galactic Destiny, out of the winner’s circle since the end of June, bounced back with a 5½ length win over Bereluke in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (512 m) in a best of day time of 29.71 seconds, Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew now keen to tackle the challenge with the daughter of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball.

“A couple of 400 metre runs seemed to top her off nicely for her first 512 metres since August,” he said. “We were really pleased with her personal best time and all being well she’ll take on the challenge.”

Bartholomew also said that prior to the Mount Gambier heat/s on Sunday, November 24 there was a chance Galactic Destiny would have a run at Warrnambool, a track that she not yet raced at.

Earlier in the day, Springvale Alysa gave them something to chase in the Open when establishing a handy break mid-race over Azalea Monelli who eventually held out kennelmate Dyna Naitch to win by a half head with a further half length back to the early leader – the trio all breaking 30 seconds.

The Border Challenge will alternate annually, next year’s series final run at Tara Raceway over 512 metres. Warrnambool’s heat/s will be run on Thursday, November 28 with conditions of entry for both tracks varying and appearing on the clubs’ respective websites.

Meanwhile, after another good month, Azalea Monelli is still a clear leader in the 2019 Tara Trackstar No. 2 – for the best performed greyhounds at Tara Raceway between the beginning of July and the end of December.

Azalea Monelli (No. 2) scores a narrow win over Dyna Naitch and Springvale Alysa at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The leading qualifiers as at October 27 are: Azalea Monelli (49 points); Bourne Thanks 31; Dyna Naitch 30; Cruising By, Springvale Alysa 29; Lektra Phyliss, Silent Jacko 26; Black Spring, Saucy Sav 25; Banjo Fozz, Zuberi 24.

The top eight point scorers nominated will contest the 512 metre Trackstar on Sunday, January 5.

Azalea Monelli is trained at Allendale East by David Peckham who will head into Thursday’s meeting with 98 winners after another bag of four last Sunday.

He will win this year’s Ian Badger Trainer of the Year award and add another title to his previous three, the main interest now focusing on whether he can finish anywhere near Tracie Price’s record-breaking 137 winners of last year when 79 meetings were run at Tara Raceway.

And putting that record in perspective, it’s only fair to point out that already there have been 77 race meetings conducted this year. By the time the semaphore board lights are turned off for the final time this year on Sunday, December 29 that tally will be 95.

Four new committee members

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Following last Sunday’s Annual General Meeting, there have been four new additions to the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. committee – Dita Mitchell, Jason Newman, Jude Tait and Christine Yourgules.

Noel Perry, newly-elected president, will accompany John Woodland to Adelaide for the quarterly Members of Company meetings at Angle Park.

In other club news, Gambier Vets will soon relinquish its long-time role as race day veterinarians at Tara Raceway.

Taking over in December will be well known Western District veterinary surgeon Craig Finlayson, qualified for 25 years and well-versed in the greyhound.