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Keeping the Anniversary Cup in the family

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, who won last year’s Anniversary Cup with Fiorelli Rose, could have another contender for this year’s time-honoured event in the form of the 2017 winner’s half-brother Ben Nevis.

Nicole Stanley with Ben Nevis after his best of day win at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

Off the race track since February due to an indiscretion at Angle Park, Ben Nevis, carrying the same name as the highest mountain in the British Isles, stood tall at Tara Raceway on Thursday afternoon when winning the Produce Store Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.01 seconds.

By Return The King out of Sandown Park and The Meadows winner Tarks Jewel, the black dog looked well placed in a grade six, time-graded event as did the runner-up Lilly An’ Page who chased him throughout to go down by a length.

The win was Ben Nevis’s first since the end of November when he was successful at Angle Park, Stanley saying that a fair amount of time and effort had gone into him as a lead-up to Thursday’s Tara Raceway debut.

“He came down here in the hope that the finish-on lure might perhaps improve his racing manners although it still took quite a few trial mornings before we were confident enough that he was ready to race.

“Ben Nevis has now won five races, four of them on city tracks at Sandown Park, The Meadows and Angle Park, from only 18 starts. And after his Tara Raceway best of day win I think he’s probably worth nominating for next week’s Anniversary Cup heats.”

Fiorelli Rose (by Premier Fantasy), the 2017 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, led all the way from box five to win the Anniversary Cup from Colden Girl and Brazen Blue in a time of 30.12 seconds.


Successful trip for long-time hobby trainer

Friday, July 6, 2018

While Warrnambool hobby trainer Peter Rowan has only “vague recollections” of winning a race at the old Glenburnie greyhound track, his trip over for Thursday’s time-graded meeting with Sanya Bay and Yolk’s Boy is certainly one he’ll remember for a while.

Having her second start at the track after running second to Assertive Fury last month, Sanya Bay led all the way from box one to defeat Miss Premier by 2¾ lengths in 23.87 seconds in the Metal Worx Stake (400 metres).

Peter Rowan with his first Tara Raceway (Lake Terrace East) winner Sanya Bay.

The win was Rowan’s first at the Lake Terrace East venue and his first with Sanya Bay, a former NSW bitch which had won one race at Richmond from 20 starts prior to him taking her over as a giveaway in April.

By Kinloch Brae, the winner is out of the former smart bitch Rozehill Sanya – 29.89 sec. The Meadows (525 m), 27.01 sec. Horsham (480 m), 29.28 sec. Sandown Park (515 m) and 25.18 sec. Warrnambool (450 m).

Speaking after Thursday’s win, Rowan, involved in the sport “off and on” for more than 40 years, said he had always been more than happy to simply potter around with a couple of giveaway greyhounds and have a bit of fun.

“As I live in a built-up area of Warrnambool the main thing I look for is that the greyhounds are quiet. Actually, Sanya Bay is probably one of the best I’ve had in terms of temperament – she’s quiet and clean and causes no trouble whatsoever.”

Yolk’s Boy is still to win a race after 40 starts but he was in the money for a sixth time when coming from well back to run second to first starter Cee Me Turbo in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m).

By Fabregas x Rookie’s Girl, Yolk’s Boy (a litter brother to handy galloper Redda) also obviously has the right temperament as he’s been in the Rowan kennels since late 2016.


Ideal start for full-time trainer

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

David Peckham, of Allendale East, couldn’t have hoped for a better start to his full-time vocation as a greyhound trainer after landing a treble at last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting with Bourne Blackjack, Boy George and Usain Insane.

Drawn in box five in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), Bourne Blackjack made it four wins from 11 starts when chasing Rampaging Rick to the home turn where he railed through to take the lead before running out a 1½ length winner in 23.35 seconds.

Usain Insane, the third leg of a winning treble for David Peckham at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

By leading sire Barcia Bale, Bourne Blackjack is out of Striking Viking, the inaugural 600 metre record holder at Tara Raceway when trained by Peckham who also put the polish on her litter sister Thanks Tubby, a former 512 metre record holder.

Give away greyhound Boy George, an impressive first-up winner for Peckham in best of day time over 319 metres at Strathalbyn in May, bounced back after a couple of outs with another smart win in the first heat of a grade five 400 metre series.

A son of Mepunga Geordie x Mepunga Diva, Boy George led all the way, defeating perennial placegetter Cryer’s Harper by 2¼ lengths in the winningformula.net.au Stake in a best of day 23.14 seconds.

And in the Klaassens Contractors Stake, the second of the grade five heats, Usain Insane, a litter brother to Cap Abbott’s earlier winner Shaniqua, finished over the top of Whatta Knocka to score by a half length in 23.17 seconds.

Usain Insane and Boy George have drawn boxes six and seven respectively in Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration grade five final.

The treble was Peckham’s first in close to 12 months – littermates Kolora Maddie and Usain Insane successful on July 9, along with Arolok Jax.

Speaking at Tara Raceway after last Sunday’s meeting, Peckham said he believed now was as good a time as any to try and break into the full-time training ranks.

“With a multi-million dollar greyhound track currently under construction at Murray Bridge, Greyhound Racing SA obviously has a strong belief in the industry while, from a local point of view, a record number of race meetings for all grades of greyhounds are now being run at Tara Raceway.”

Involved in the sport since he was 13, the 43-year-old son of former leading local trainer Allen Peckham was himself leading trainer at Tara Raceway on three occasions between 2012 and 2014 when also working a 9-5 job.

He currently has 15 greyhounds in work but has kennel space for up to 20.


Mo set to take off in Koroit 600

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ballarat chaser Aeroplane Mo will be looking to go one better when he returns to Tara Raceway on Sunday to tackle the Koroit Feature over 600 metres.

The February 2016 son of Collision and Ritza Night gave plenty of cheek in a Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres on June 10 at Tara Raceway for trainer Trent Blacker, whose first winner at the local track was in a heat of the Newman McDonnell Memorial last November with Greenback Boogie.

John Burow and Kerry Hawker with Good Yarn after her 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

At his last start at the track Aeroplane Mo led the field down the back straight before smart middle-distance performer Vectis Seyarda took over the running – Blacker’s dog digging deep in the run home, though, to finish a 1¾ length second in a personal time of 35.32 seconds.

A litter brother to smart WA performer Mandjoogoordap, 25 starts for 13 wins and $92,000 in stakemoney, Aeroplane Mo went around over 525 metres at The Meadows on Wednesday, finishing fifth but beaten by only 2½ lengths.

With six of last Sunday’s middle-distance Mixed Stake field being renominated for the Koroit 600 and thereby guaranteed a run, it was left to Aeroplane Mo and Shaniqua to complete Sunday’s field.

Winner of last week’s lead-up race was Good Yarn, owned and trained at Penshurst by John Burow – keen to win the Koroit 600 and collect the Peter Byrne-donated Koroit Breaking-In package for one of his two youngsters that are nearing breaking-in stage.

Well boxed in the eight, Good Yarn used plenty of the track when storming home to defeat Kolora Posie whose last 600 metre run had been a 6¼ length third behind Vectis Seyarda and Aeroplane Mo.

Meanwhile, in the race prior, Bomber Creek, Solitary Lad and Cryer’s Plugger will clash in the Rock’s Retreat Open Stake (512 m), connections of all three no doubt thankful that they won’t have to contend this week with the record-breaking Rockoon.

Likely to contest the Group 3 Darwin Cup (537 m) at the end of the month, Rockoon has drawn box seven in a Mixed 600 m at Angle Park on Monday night.


Rookie trainer lands first winner with outsider

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It’s now been five years since Noel Perry of Mount Gambier owned his first greyhound – the beautifully bred Iceman Lang.

And while Iceman Lang failed to live up to his pedigree or match the deeds of his littermates, the experience had been enough to keep Perry interested.

Heather and Noel Perry with Mount Duke after his maiden win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

His initial involvement came about through his wife Heather’s brother, Brian Treloar, who at the end of 2010 had bred a litter by Bombastic Shiraz out of Phiona that included the Group 1-winning Spud Regis, as well as some other pretty handy types including the ill-fated Big Black Mac, Pippa Shiraz and Sooky Suzie, along with Iceman Lang.

Then in October 2015 the Melton-based Treloar mated Sooky Suzie, a winner of eight races and close to $20,000, with leading sire Cosmic Rumble – Perry later purchasing a couple of dog pups from his brother-in-law.

Later to race as Mount Ghost and Mount Duke, the former winning a couple of races at Tara Raceway early this year, it wasn’t long before Perry was under the pump to find new trainers for the pair.

“To be honest, I just couldn’t find anyone remotely interested in training them,” he said. “So I decided I would train them myself – after all, surely it can’t be that hard.

“I built a couple of kennels, answered all the questions correctly (I think) to obtain an owner-trainer’s licence, purchased a key to the Tara Raceway slipping track where I could exercise the dogs and before I knew it I was a greyhound trainer.”

With Perry looking for his first win as a trainer, Mount Duke lined up from box six as one of the outsiders in last Sunday’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake (512 metres), having raced on 13 occasions for four third placings.

But the 34 kilogram fawn dog quickly put himself in a forward spot, chasing Bourne Bill into the home straight before the benefit of all those solid gallops on the slipping track kicked in as he finished powerfully to defeat Teacup Toni, who just nudged out Bourne Bill for second spot, by 1¾ lengths in 30.51 seconds.

It was certainly a win to savour for Noel and Heather Perry who will now be hoping for another winning day at Thursday’s meeting – Mount Duke and Mount Ghost lining up from boxes six and seven in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).


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