Altona Green trainer Malcolm Davis seems to be making a habit of winning races at Tara Raceway with bitches that have produced a litter or two.
A couple of weeks ago he was successful with White Spyro which in January had whelped to Magic Sprite while last Sunday Hot Genetics led all the way to win the 400 metre Gambier Vets Masters Stake for older greyhounds.
By Bit Chili out of Cool Genetics, Hot Genetics will turn five next month and was back in the winner’s circle after having whelped a second litter in March.
The black bitch had won seven races on Queensland and NSW tracks but had been serving a 90-day suspension for marring when Davis picked her up at the end of 2014.
“I was hopeful of improving her racing manners,” Davis said. “But before I could get her back on the track she came on season and after mating her with Talk’s Cheap she whelped in April 2015.”
Hot Genetics was back on the track in September and in January this year won her first race for Davis when successful at Traralgon.
But another season soon after once again put her racing career on hold with Davis this time opting to mate her with Vee Man Vane.
Hot Genetics resumed racing again in July with Sunday’s win coming at her fourth run back and took her record to nine wins and 24 minor placings from 79 starts.
RECOGNITION FOR SPONSOR
Congratulations to Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club sponsor and greyhound owner Chris Klaassens who was recently recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier West’s changeover dinner.
Paul Harris Fellows are recognised to express appreciation for contributions to the humanitarian and educational programmes of the Rotary Foundation with Klaassens recognised for his work on various club projects.
WIN FOR ‘POOR RELATION’
With two wins from 53 starts going into last Sunday’s winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) it’s probably not unkind to suggest that Ticked Off has been living in the shadows of his litter brothers Cryer’s Fred, Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack.
But the son of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget came out of the shadows for Glencoe owner-trainer Dean Fennell when leading all the way from box two to defeat kennelmate Ari in 30.64 seconds.
The win was his first over 512 metres in 30 starts with Fennell seemingly not all that perturbed over Ticked Off’s ordinary strike rate.
“Look, I know that was his first win in 15 months but really he’s just a pet so any win that comes along is a real bonus.”
And two nights later, Cryer’s Fred kept the flag flying for the litter, and Tom and Margaret Cryer, when bringing up his fourth win this year at Horsham.
Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott celebrated his 73rd birthday last Sunday with Mo Town Roy leading all the way to win the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) in a smart 30.15 seconds.
Abbott is now considering the upcoming Berringa Park Iron Dog series which kicks off on Sunday, August 28.
He won the three-distance series a couple of years ago with his former smart bitch Manila Express.
Top-four trainers Nicole Stanley and Phil Lenehan appear to hold the key to Friday’s two heats of the Banjo Boy Winter Classic (512 metres) with greyhounds that have previously won at Tara Raceway.
Portland-based Stanley will be represented by litter sisters Ashdene Lass in box four in the first heat while Hay Miss will line up from box eight in the second heat.
An August 2014 daughter of Bekim Bale and Miss Stackhouse, Ashdene Lass was well beaten at long odds at Warrnambool over 450 metres last week but did win impressively at Tara Raceway on July 24.
On that occasion she led all the way to defeat Gentle Moment on a heavy track in 30.75 seconds for the 512 metre journey – a time that compared favourably to a best of day 30.38 seconds.
And earlier on that same day Hay Miss led all the way from box five in the John Reid Memorial final (512 m) to defeat Saint Fox by four lengths in 30.53 seconds.
Lenehan will travel over from Toolong with three members of the October 2014 Fabregas x Supreme Vision litter – Lektra Lucy and Lektra Ash have drawn boxes seven and eight respectively in heat one while Lektra Munster will jump from box four in heat two.
Two other members of the litter – Lektra Utah (29.90 seconds at Tara Raceway last month) and Lektra Peck (a close second over 450 metres at Warrnambool last week) – will by-pass the classic and race at Warrnambool tomorrow night.
However, Lektra Ash, as highlighted by his smart maiden 512 metre win at Tara Raceway late last month, is a dead-set box eight dog and as such looks hard to beat in Friday’s opening heat.
Lektra Lucy and Lektra Munster both showed early pace when having their first race starts in June over 425 metres at Bendigo.
Tarpeena-based “Team Williams” (Allen and David) will launch an all-out attack on the classic with five August 2014 greyhounds – all carrying the Eagle tag – from the El Grand Senor x Chilly Patch litter.
Allen Williams ran second with Dr Danny in the inaugural Winter Classic in 2014 behind Stylish Moment and last year filled third spot with Lika Rockstar in the final which was won by Cee Me Burst.
SUCCESS FOR LONG-TIME SYNDICATE
A syndicate, formed some years ago by four local workmates, tasted further success at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Galactic Tsunami quickly found the front from box two before running out a 6½ length winner in the feature grade five final (400 m) in a quick 23.09 seconds.
By Fabregas out of Magic Elite, the 35 kilogram dog is owned by Steve Bartholomew, Ken Gillespie, Robert Chuck and the now-retired Jack Peacock, and trained by Steve Bartholomew jr.
Chuck, who bred and originally owned the winner outright, sold a three-quarter share in May to his fellow owners after their previous dog, Sharkarakis, was retired.
A winner of three races at Tara Raceway prior to the sale, Galactic Tsunami’s win on Sunday was the first for the syndicate and came on the back of a couple of handy seconds at the local track.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Bartholomew recalled the group’s first greyhound almost 11 years ago.
“She was a little bitch called Next Trip. Certainly nothing special, but she did win a race at Tara Raceway before we purchased a bitch from Kevin Mugavin called Modern Joy which went on to win four local races.”
The syndicate’s association continued with the successful Killarney owner-trainer-breeder when they later purchased Magic State on the back of some impressive Warrnambool performances.
But Magic State, a son of Elite State and Killarney Magic, failed to live up to expectations, winning only one race at Tara Raceway.
“As a result, Kevin later offered us a litter sister to Magic State for $500,” Bartholomew said.
That bitch was Magic Elite which went on to win six races, including a free service to SA chaser Scull Murphy (a winner of 42 races and $133,000 in prizemoney).
Magic Elite, which was later mated with Scull Murphy, produced handy types Scullira, Wattaira, Black Bargain and Scull Magic which the syndicate won six races with.
Chuck then took over Magic Elite for breeding with three further litters producing smart types including Galactic Impact, Galactic Viper, along with Galactic Tsunami and Galactic Dragon (also successful last Sunday) in her final litter.
Meanwhile, Galactic Tsunami will line up again on Friday from the tricky box six in a pretty handy Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (400 m) while Galactic Dragon, also sold recently by Chuck, has drawn box four in a heat of the Produce Store Feature Grade Five (512 m).
Leading local trainer Tracie Price was singing the praises of Blazing Moment at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon after his impressive debut in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 metres).
The heavily-backed 37 kilogram black dog was quickly into stride from box four and gave nothing else a chance when clearing away to a 10 length win in a quick 23.18 seconds.
There had been huge wraps on Blazing Moment after he had broken-in in brilliant fashion before later running race-winning times at Tara Raceway on trial mornings.
Such was Sunday’s effort that Price later in the day respectfully informed a prospective buyer that the dog – yet to be tried beyond 400 metres – was not for sale at any price.
“This is what you breed greyhounds for – to try and find one that’s something special. I know he’s still got a long way to go but I believe Blazing Moment will end up being the best greyhound to come out of Mount Gambier.”
By Bekim Bale, Blazing Moment is out of Lucy’s Moment (Bombastic Shiraz x Barely A Moment) which won five races at Angle Park, as well as two at Tara Raceway and one at Warrnambool when trained by Price.
And it was Lucy’s Moment’s litter brother Shiraz Moment that saw Price hit the headlines back in 2012 when he refused an offer of $50,000 for the dog prior to racing only to see him injured in a kennel mishap early in his racing career.
On course to watch Blazing Moment make his racing debut was local greyhound identity Alfons Couldrey, recently back in town after an around-Australia trip.
Couldrey had actually purchased the dog as a pup and left it with Price at Compton to be reared. However, the big, boisterous youngster proved to be something of a handful and as a result was returned to his owner in Mount Gambier.
But the pup was no less a handful for Couldrey who reluctantly was forced to relinquish ownership and hand him back to Price who refunded the purchase price.
Being a November 2014 whelping, Blazing Moment is eligible for Friday’s Winter Classic heats (512 m) although Price said he was doubtful that he would head down that path.
“To be honest I’m not really keen to run him in the classic as he’s had limited field experience and is yet to be tried over 512 metres.”
This year’s running of the Winter Classic will be the third with Price successful in 2014 with Stylish Moment and last year with Cee Me Burst.
Blazing Moment’s win rounded off a successful three days for the leading trainer after Lyon Rose had won at Strathalbyn on Friday and Skatey Perry was successful at the nice odds of $27 at Warrnambool on Saturday.
And he’ll hit the highway again on Wednesday when he heads to Angle Park with a strong team – Fear The Rascal (box eight), Skatey Perry (box one), Lyon Rose, Real Moment and Grimsby Girl.
NIFTY LANDS FIRST DOUBLE
Woolsthorpe owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan landed his first double at Tara Raceway when litter sisters Herbilly and Rising Girl were successful in consecutive races.
In fact, Lenehan wasn’t all that sure whether he’d ever previously trained a double, although he did have very hazy recollections of one at Horsham some years ago.
Herbilly, which lined up from box one in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) maiden final, looked the one to beat after an unlucky second in a heat the previous week.
And that’s the way the race panned out with the sizeable 31 kilogram bitch rounding up leader Raz’s Girl off the back before finishing strongly to score by 5¼ lengths in a smart 23.29 seconds.
Rising Girl, which was unplaced when well-fancied at last week’s meeting, made amends on Sunday in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) when leading all the way for a comfortable 2¼ length win over Spinach in 23.31 seconds.
Bred by Lenehan, the sisters are by Kinloch Brae out of Obama’s Girl, a winner of two 600 metre races at The Meadows and one over 550 metres at Ballarat.
And he wasn’t far off a two-state treble after litter brother King Obama gave plenty of cheek when running second in a heat of Mixed 6/7 (515 m) at Sandown Park on Sunday afternoon.
King Obama created a big impression at Tara Raceway back in May when he won a maiden (512 m) on debut in a quick 30.10 seconds.
Also landing a double with littermates was Peter Franklin, of Moyston, after Mojito Mayhem and Future Past both scored emphatic best of day victories.
Only fairly away from box two in the Klaassens Contractors Free For All (512 m), Mojito Mayhem pushed through on the first turn to take up the running and then hold out perennial second placegetter Old Jock (five in a row) to win by 2½ lengths in a brilliant 29.74 seconds.
By Fear Zafonic out of Graceful Amy, Mojito Mayhem has now won 13 races over the 512 metre journey at Tara Raceway from 22 starts. Among the wins are a Mount Gambier Cup and two Anniversary Cups.
Future Past broke a long run of outs when successful in the ClassicBet Free For All (400 m).
Out of the winner’s list since late January, the black dog quickly found the front from box six and looked anything but an $11 chance when racing away to a five length win in 22.93 seconds – a time rarely run at Tara Raceway.
Franklin said Future Past would now return on Friday for heats of the Produce Store Feature Grade Five over 512 metres.
CHANGE OF TRACK DOES THE TRICK
Warracknabeal trainer Ian Bibby’s decision to change track and distance with Yucatan paid off when the black dog scored a narrow win in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 m).
According to Bibby, Yucatan had been having trouble negotiating the turns on one-bend tracks in Victoria so he decided to try the black dog on Tara Raceway’s two-bend track.
Away well from box six, Yucatan still allowed race favourite Saint Fox plenty of room to rail through on the first turn to take the lead but negotiated the final bend pretty well before finishing strongly to win by a half length in 30.33 seconds.
“He still moved out on the bends but I thought he handled the two-turn track reasonably well,” a delighted Bibby said after winning his first race locally since Crymelon Talon in a heat of the 2013 Mount Gambier Cup.
Yucatan is by Kynan’s Express out of Crymelon Miss – the first winner six years ago at Bendigo for Bibby who is now the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club president.
Crymelon Miss has since whelped to Bekim Bale and Cape Hawke.