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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27: Nominations closed. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, October 28 with GRSA. FREE TRIALS (for members/$10 non-members): Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track. BORDER CHALLENGE: Mount Gambier v. Warrnambool. $4000 to the winner final at Warrnambool (450 m) on Thursday, December 5. Mount Gambier conditions: Trainer must be financial member of club. Greyhound must have been in the trainer’s kennel for the past three months and have raced at least twice in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Trainer must have raced on at least 15 occasions in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway. Maximum of two heats (512 m) with the first two from each heat to represent Mount Gambier. First four to represent the club if only one heat.

PLEASE NOTE: NO TRIALS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 DUE TO TRACK MAINTENANCE.


News

Mount Gambier to take on Warrnambool

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Following the running of heats over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday, November 24, four greyhounds will represent the Mount Gambier club in a Border Challenge with the Warrnambool club.

The concept came to fruition after members of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee recently met with Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club manager Craig Monigatti and his assistant Fiona Umbers.

It is hoped that the Border Challenge, in the pipeline for several years, will become an annual event and alternate between the two tracks.

This year’s inaugural $4000-to-the-winner series will be run at Warrnambool over 450 metres on Thursday, December 5, the host club’s heats being run on the Thursday prior.

Conditions will apply to the series with Mount Gambier’s similar to those in place for the SA Country Cup.


‘Classic’ wins at Tara Raceway

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cryer’s Harper broke a five month run of outs when bringing up win number 12 at Tara Raceway last Sunday in The Border Watch Stake (400 metres).

And while the daughter of Spud Regis x Cryer’s Midget had been showing plenty of early dash in her recent races she had been struggling to run out the 400 metre journey for Tom and Margaret Cryer of Apsley.

Margaret Cryer with Cryer’s Harper who found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Not so last Sunday though, the black bitch always in control when running out a 2½ length winner over the consistent Bowled Harro in 23.12 seconds.

Cryer’s Harper is out of the third and final litter of Cryer’s Midget who currently sits in second spot behind Lektra Scarlett on the local leading dams’ list with 21 wins.

Her first two litters were by Spring Gun, both highly successful, with Cryer’s Plugger (from the second mating) the first leg of a double for the Cryers last Sunday and sitting second to one of Lektra Scarlett’s offspring in Black Spring in the Greyhound of the Year award.

But it was Cryer’s Ricky, from the first Spring Gun mating, that ultimately brought about the mating of Cryer’s Midget with the Group 1-winning Spud Regis.

Still the Tara Raceway 400 metre record-holder at 22.78 seconds after 3½ years, Cryer’s Ricky also won the inaugural Summer Classic (512 m) back in 2015, the brindle dog gaining a start in the final as a reserve after Mojito Mayhem was scratched.

Ironically, Cryer’s Ricky defeated Mojito Mayhem’s kennelmate Future Past in the final in a quick 29.96 seconds and in winning also picked up a service to Spud Regis which had been donated by Brian Treloar.

Earlier at last Sunday’s meeting, It’s Poppy brought up her second win from four starts when defeating Causing Drama by three-quarters of a length in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) in 23.38 seconds.

It’s Poppy defeats Causing Drama.

Owned and trained at Portland by Robert Halliday, It’s Poppy is by General Destini out of Guru Doll, the mating to the winner of 23 races and $270,000 in stakemoney coming about after the running of the 2017 Summer Classic.

Halliday had the promising Hutch engaged in the final, the black dog defeating Blitz And Bolt and also winning a service to General Destini, donated by Norm and Janis Rinaldi.

An earlier Guru Doll litter (by Cosmic Rumble) resulted in Halliday enjoying plenty of success with Odd Boots. Already, he has also won with two other members of the General Destini litter in Local Brew and Rotate.

Silent Jacko was an impressive 400 metre winner for the Nineofus Syndicate and local trainer David Peckham.

Meanwhile, the Adelaide-based Nineofus (plus two) Syndicate, managed by Ross Schurgott, will be down for Sunday’s meeting and no doubt hoping for another forward showing from Silent Jacko.

The son of Kinloch Brae and Bonnie’s Secret was an impressive winner last Sunday at Tara Raceway when clocking a quick 22.92 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.

He looks to be a good pick-up for the syndicate, having now won three races from 10 starts and clashing with another of their dogs in Tara Trackstar winner Flash Jackie in Sunday’s Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).

Silent Jacko was purchased in July virtually ready to race from Clergate breeder David Pringle who had told the syndicate that he believed the brindle dog would be well placed at Mount Gambier.

“So far his assessment of Silent Jacko has been pretty well spot on,” Schurgott said. “Mind you, he wasn’t a cheap buy.”

The syndicate will also be able to check out their latest purchase, the Peckham-trained Squishy Peas, who will make his Tara Raceway debut in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m).

A winner of 10 races in Victoria, the beautifully-bred Squishy Peas is by Fernando Bale out of Secret Spell, a winner of 23 races and $276,000 in stakemoney.


Still winning races after more than 100 starts

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Thursday’s time-graded meetings at Tara Raceway continue to acknowledge the need that exists within greyhound racing to accommodate all levels of dogs with the opportunity to continue to compete.

Kevin Ashton and Kerry Hawker with Mr. Agro, who, according to Ashton, certainly doesn’t win out of turn.

Case in point – Mr. Agro, Noosa Parade and Ace Gone Wild – all ranging in age between 4½ and 5¾, all with more than 100 starts to their name, and all winners at last Thursday’s meeting.

Mr. Agro and Shadrack pretty well went stride for stride in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 metres), the former getting in the bob of the head on the line for Charlton owner-trainer Kevin Ashton when running 24.16 seconds.

For the January 2014 son of Bobby Boucheau and 10-race winner Lacey Underall, Mr. Agro’s win was only his fourth in a 101-start career and a real drought-breaker given that it was his first success in more than two years.

“He certainly doesn’t win out of turn,” Ashton said. “But as far as this year has been concerned, he did miss six months of racing while the syndicate that previously raced him sorted out their ownership issues before ultimately signing him over to me.

Peter Fulton and his 121-start veteran Noosa Parade after his tenth win last Thursday.

“But as his winning time suggests, the time-graded and six-dog format give him the opportunity to remain in the system and hopefully win another race or two.”

Noosa Parade, a January 2015 son of Collision x Miss Black Fern, brought up his tenth win – his past seven being at Tara Raceway – at start number 121 when leading all the way in the Gambier Vets Stake (600 m), defeating Rooster by 3¾ lengths in 35.50 seconds.

Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton’s last win with Noosa Parade had been back in early June when the black dog had defeated Cryer’s Plugger over 732 metres prior to turning in some recent solid performances behind Black Spring and Saint David.

With a time-graded rating of 5.75, Noosa Parade, after gaining a start in the middle-distance event, appreciated a fair drop in class and as such would have derived plenty from the confidence-boosting win.

Kevin Ward’s Ace Gone Wild who has now won 17 races.

Mount Moriac owner-trainer Kevin Ward, one of the Thursday regulars at Tara Raceway, brought up his 16th winner at the track this year when Ace Gone Wild defeated Slipaway Bolt and the early leader Penny La Moment in a time of 23.60 seconds in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m).

Ward also bred Ace Gone Wild, a son of Cosmic Chief and boasting strong US ties through his dam, Sandown Park winner Princess Douglas who is by US sire Craigie Whistler out of Bo Douglas (a daughter of EJ’s Douglas).

Wade Green and his nephew Tom, 6, with Everlasting Love.

The five-year-old Ace Gone Wild has now raced on 115 occasions for Ward for 17 wins, 26 minor placings and more than $20,000 in stakemoney.

More often than not, greyhounds by the time they have raced on more than 100 occasions have done the rounds and seen a few different trainers. Not this trio, though – all still with their first trainers.

Rockbank-based Wade Green, another Thursday regular, trained his 26th winner for the year at Tara Raceway when Everlasting Love, having her first start at the track, led all the way in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) to defeat kennelmate Yeppy Allen by 2½ lengths in 23.59 seconds.

The fifth trainer for the former NSW-based daughter of Barcia Bale x High Class Love, Green picked up the black bitch earlier this month after she had been advertised on an internet site as a giveaway with early speed.

The win was Everlasting Love’s second, her first coming 12 months ago when she had been successful at the Gardens over 400 metres.


Remote race calling trial at Tara Raceway

Friday, September 27, 2019

Scott Weston, in charge of Sky Racing Broadcast Operations, was at Tara Raceway on Thursday to oversee the first trial of remote race calling for the time-graded meeting.

Sky Racing’s Scott Weston at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

With 100 greyhound meetings conducted annually at Tara Raceway, cost implications are obviously significant when it comes to race calling, Mount Gambier one of the most difficult areas to access in a convenient and affordable manner.

Tabcorp’s trial yesterday saw Jim Jacques call the first five races at the track before Matt Jackson took over the calling from Sky Racing headquarters at Frenchs Forest in NSW.

For Weston, who will be back at Tara Raceway for Sunday’s meeting, as will a back-up caller from Adelaide, it was a busy day.

“This is our first venture into remote race calling and there is still more testing to do. But the remote call sounded pretty good on Sky,” he said.

And from an on-course perspective, by the time race 12 came around those in attendance could have been excused for thinking that Jackson had been calling at Tara Raceway and not 1200 kilometres away at Frenchs Forest.


Mount Gambier well represented in Country Cup final

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club looks to be well represented in this year’s SA Country Cup final, to be run over 515 metres at Angle Park on Adelaide Cup night (Friday, October 11), after Springvale Alysa and Galactic Titan won the local qualifying heats at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

John Little with Springvale Alysa after her Country Cup heat win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Trained at Kongorong by John Little, Springvale Alysa brought up her fourth consecutive win for owners Liz Newberry, Kevin Mullan and Little when leading all the way over the 512 metre journey to defeat Lektra Brandy by 1¼ lengths in 30.05 seconds.

And the daughter of Dyna Double One and Springvale Cool has certainly given connections a remarkable ride over the past 18 months, having now won 21 races and close to $25,000 in stakemoney.

This is a story that goes back to the 2018 Mount Gambier Cup Calcutta, to a greyhound called Xtreme Caution and to his Portland trainer Brian Weis who still wonders what the hell he was thinking on that Saturday night.

Truth be known, he probably wasn’t thinking at all after what had been a pretty heavy day!

Xtreme Caution wasn’t regarded as one of the major cup players and as such was in the first group to be auctioned – Little and Mullan pleasantly surprised when they were able to pick him up cheaply with virtually no opposition from Weis or his rowdy band of supporters.

It’s now history how Xtreme Caution reached the final after running second in a heat, drew box one in the final a week later and led all the way at $14 to give Weis his second Mount Gambier Cup, the first Group Listed event to be run at Tara Raceway.

Little had said at the time that if they were lucky enough to win the Calcutta they would look to purchase a performed greyhound. Xtreme Caution’s win gave them $4180 to play with.

“Initially we looked at Dyna Quail who had won a 515 metre maiden at Angle Park at the end of March 2018 by seven lengths in 29.88 seconds. But that sale fell through.

“It was then that local owner-trainer Adam Mackareth said he would ring long-time Adelaide owner Barry Stewart for us to see if he had any dogs for sale.

“Stewart had nothing at the time but suggested we try McLaren Vale owner-trainer Gavin Harris who, as it turned out, had a maiden bitch called Springvale Alysa for sale.

“Springvale Alysa had actually run second to Dyna Quail in that maiden race at Angle Park and for $2000 we had ourselves a greyhound and some Calcutta change. It was the best move we ever made.”

Galactic Titan won the second Country Cup heat for Steve Bartholomew (left) and Robert Chuck.

Galactic Titan maintained his unbeaten record at Tara Raceway – six wins from six starts – when taking over the running down the back straight in the second heat of the Country Cup and going on to a 3¾ length win over Black Spring in 30.09 seconds.

Galactic Titan, a son of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball, is owned by his Moorak breeder, Robert Chuck, and trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew, the pair combining earlier this year to win the Mount Gambier Cup with litter sister Galactic Athena.

And this is not the first time that Chuck and Bartholomew have been involved in a Country Cup, Magic Elite representing the Mount Gambier club back in November 2009 when running fifth to Little Bitta at Gawler.

Interestingly, Magic Elite, the dam of Chuck’s 2015 Group 3 Angle Park Howard Ashton winner Galactic Viper, is a litter sister to Elite Touch, the dam of Galactic Rumball.

Bartholomew’s Country Cup involvement actually goes back to 2001 when So Gentle, a daughter of Light Of Fire x Melbourne Magic and bred by David Peckham, finished sixth to Fiery McLaren at Angle Park.

From a feature race point of view, connections will be hoping for a change of luck with Galactic Titan. The August 2017 brindle dog won a heat of this year’s Champion Puppy at Angle Park in July but after drawing box one in the final was scratched due to injury.

Both heat winners will now race at Angle Park on Monday night over 515 metres as a lead-up to the $7500 final. Galactic Titan has drawn box one in a Mixed 4/5 Stake while Springvale Alysa has also drawn well in box two in a Grade 5 event for bitches only.


Octogenarian trainer still has spring in his step

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

For Tom Cryer, the 80-something greyhound trainer from Apsley, it was back in 2012 when weekly TAB racing was introduced at Tara Raceway that he and his wife Margaret decided it could be a good time to breed a litter with their 2011 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Cryer’s Midget.

Tom Cryer with Cryer’s Spring after his maiden win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

All told, Cryer’s Midget had won 11 races, Cryer deciding to use Spring Gun for the mating. At the time Spring Gun, winner of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park, had just been retired to stud.

As it turned out, the mating was so successful – Cryer’s Fred the standout with 36 wins – that Cryer went back to Spring Gun for a repeat mating when Cryer’s Midget was next in season.

And as things stand at the moment, Spring Gun has sired more than 6500 winners, including SA chaser Gun McBain (68 wins) and New Zealander Wheelchair Norm who won 67 races. Cryer hasn’t done too badly, either, brindle offspring he’s kept from the two litters having now won 144 races.

So back in early 2018 when he had been looking for a couple of pups to maintain some semblance of continuity it was a litter out of Grimsby Girl, a finalist behind Mojito Mayhem in the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup, which attracted his attention.

“The litter was out at Compton with Tracie and Karen Price and to be honest I knew very little about Grimsby Girl. But the fact there was a couple of brindle dog pups in the litter and that they were by Spring Gun was enough for me,” Cryer recalled this week.

Fast forward 16 months or so and the pups are now racing as Cryer’s Spring and Cryer’s Yappy, the former lining up in the Swallow Drive Meats Maiden Stake (400 metres) for his fourth start at Tara Raceway last Sunday on the back of two previous third placings.

The race didn’t start off all that well for Cryer’s Spring, a $1.95 favourite, when he missed the start from box eight by three or four lengths.

But by half-way down the back straight Cryer’s Spring had rounded up his rivals and then quickly put the issue beyond any doubt when storming home for a six lengths win over Flash Marcia in 23.84 seconds.

Zara (left) and nine-year-old birthday girl Tessa pictured at Tara Raceway last Sunday with 600 metre Saint David.

Cryer’s Spring will step up to 512 metres on Thursday in the Produce Store Stake. He will also be stepping up to grade six company and racing against considerably more experienced greyhounds.

This anomaly, however, may be offset to some extent as from next week when the Thursday meetings will take on a revised format – maiden, 1-4 wins and 5+ wins.

And Cryer’s Yappy, a last start third placegetter at Tara Raceway, will attempt to win his first race at start number four when he lines up from box five in this Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).

Meanwhile, the affable Peter Byrne of Koroit, back at Tara Raceway with Saint David for the first time since running a 2½ length fourth to Lektra Brandy in July’s Anniversary Cup final (512 m), was chasing his first win with the black dog since a low-grade win at Ballarat over 545 metres in April.

“He should be suited by the bend start (600 metres) and the smaller field (five runners),” Byrne had said prior to the running of the South Eastern Hotel Stake last Sunday.

Byrne, the breeder-owner-trainer, got it pretty right when the son of Cosmic Rumble and Mepunga Kirsty led all the way to defeat Spring Spinner by a half-length in 35.53 seconds.

Saint David is the greyhound that hit the headlines last year when clocking a quick 29.31 seconds to win a Launching Pad semi-final over 515 metres at Sandown Park prior to injuring himself in the final a week later.


Discovering greyhound racing’s best kept secret

Sunday, September 22, 2019

It had been a long time since Dennington trainer Pat Bouchier last raced a greyhound in Mount Gambier.

Patricia and Pat Bouchier with Bisenti, an impressive 600 metre winner.

In fact, it had been at the original track out at Glenburnie, Bouchier recalling that he had raced there on only the one occasion – the dog in question being Cophan Rebel who had won.

Accompanied by his wife Patricia, he was at Tara Raceway for last Thursday’s time-graded meeting with Bisenti who looked well placed in the Trackside Meats Stake (600 metres) on the back of a close second at Sandown Park over 595 metres three weeks prior.

“I’d been finding it virtually impossible to find a low-grade middle distance race for her in Victoria so I decided to have a try at Tara Raceway. As luck would have it, there was a non penalty 600 metre race programmed,” Bouchier said.

And the December 2016 black bitch ran right up to her short quote when leading all the way from box two, eventually running out a six length winner over Ryben Bill in a smart time of 35.36 seconds.

“It goes without saying, I was delighted with the result and training my first winner at this track,” he said. “Also, this track in Mount Gambier would have to be greyhound racing’s best kept secret – the amenities, surroundings and friendly participants make it a pleasure to be here.”

Bouchier is now hoping Bisenti, a daughter of Dyna Double One and Bookie, will be able to run out a strong 700 metres, her pedigree suggesting as much with her dam’s brother Beks a $100,000-winning stayer.

Premier Peruzzi was Peter Smith’s first winner at Tara Raceway.

He rates Beks as his best dog in 50 years of training and Farnham Lodge, bred and owned by Patricia, as his fastest, the son of Walkabout Sid x Little Kellie winning six races from only seven starts over 330 metres at Warrnambool in 1991.

They come from far and wide to race at Mount Gambier and Peter Smith was another long-time trainer to land his first winner at Tara Raceway last Thursday when Premier Peruzzi was successful in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m).

Owned by his breeder, Yvonne Maxwell of Whyalla Norrie, Premier Peruzzi – a daughter of Premier Boloney and 10-race winner Peruzzi – scored an emphatic all the way win from box eight, running out a 5¼ length winner in a tidy 23.26 seconds.

Smith, and his partner Tina Cattermole, breed and train greyhounds at Evanston South, 10 minutes down the road from Gawler, with a mating of Nolen and Hilltop Snow, their four-race winning daughter of El Galo x Ice Blast, producing good results.

Members of the litter include 2016 Champion Puppy winner Optic Blast, 2017 Auction race winner Kung Fu Mary, Gangalla Fury (18 wins and $22,000 in stakemoney) and Harbison Miss (15, $19,000).

Helen Hartigan with Delusional Fab, the first leg of a double for her husband Bill.

Horsham trainer Bill Hartigan and his wife Helen were over with Delusional Fab and Dashing Pedro, trainer and greyhounds having made the 2½-hour trip the previous Saturday in order to have a look at the track on trial morning.

And Hartigan’s hard yards obviously paid off when both greyhounds were successful, Delusional Fab chasing Moraine Pippa in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) until the home turn where he took over the running after the leader ran wide.

In the end, the son of My Bro Fabio and Grand Illusion had 1½ lengths to spare in 30.48 seconds, the win over Moraine Pippa giving Hartigan his first win at Tara Raceway since February 2018 when Avatar Demon had been successful over 400 metres.

The win was also the first for the Matt Walker-managed Viterra Horsham Syndicate who took over the ownership of the hard-railing giveaway greyhound two months ago.

Dashing Pedro ran right up to his quick Saturday trial when leading all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m), winning by eight lengths in a best of day 23.05 seconds and giving Hartigan his first double at Tara Raceway.

Michael Robinson and trainer Dean Fennell with Perseverance, successful at her second start.

By Barcia Bale out of Missy’s Return, Dashing Pedro is also owned and was bred by Hartigan, the dam line tracing back to his 18-race winner Westar Return who defeated Amazing Alice in a heat of the 2003 Mount Gambier Cup before finishing unplaced in the final won by Monstropolis.

It didn’t take local owner Michael Robinson long to get among the winners with his 17-month-old pup Perseverance who found the front down the back before going on to a 3¼ length win in 23.60 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Maiden Stake (400 m).

Having only her second start for trainer Dean Fennell, the daughter of Dyna Double One and Miss Freelove – one of prolific producer Casey’s Angel’s offspring – was purchased by Robinson as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price.

Despite being hampered by a back leg injury sustained as a pup, Miss Freelove still won four races at Cannington and Mandurah. And following promising reports on her first litter, Price said she would be mated again, this time to Mepunga Blazer.


Classy line-up for Country Cup heats

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Two heats of the 2019 SA Country Cup to be run over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday ensures there will be no margin for error with only the winners advancing to the $7500 final which will be decided at Angle Park on Friday, October 11 – the same night as the Adelaide Cup final.

With conditions applying, the heats have attracted the best greyhounds going around Tara Raceway at the moment, the first heat including this year’s Anniversary Cup winner Lektra Brandy who hasn’t raced since running fourth at Angle Park over 515 metres on August 1.

Springvale Alysa defeats United Lass and Bourne Thanks last Sunday in a lead-up to this Sunday’s Country Cup heats.

Lektra Brandy, a daughter of KC And All and Lektra Scarlett, currently Tara Raceway’s leading dam for 2019, turned in an outstanding effort to defeat Dyna Naitch by 1¼ lengths in a race record 29.63 seconds in July’s Anniversary Cup (512 m).

Portland owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan said this week that Lektra Brandy appeared to have appreciated her time away from the track.

“She’s been jumping out of her skin and I reckon she’s ready to go, judging by her trial over 450 metres at Warrnambool last weekend, although this is a tidy sort of heat.

“Springvale Alysa’s form is hard to fault, and she’s drawn well in box two, but I thought the one to beat could be John Burow’s United Lass who looks ideally placed out in eight and ran a great race last week to push Springvale Alysa to a length at what was her first go in Open company.”

The Penshurst-based Burow purchased United Lass, a winner of five races at Tara Raceway, as a pup for $2500, the black bitch being by Banjo Boy out of nine-race winner Maisy Mac who is a litter sister to Zambora Brockie (31 wins and $540,000 in prizemoney).

Kongorong trainer John Little has had the Country Cup earmarked for some time now with Springvale Alysa, the daughter of Dyna Double One and Springvale Cool having won her past three starts and very hard to run down when she finds the front.

And the 4½-year-old Dyna Naitch, drawn in box one in the first heat, returns after a month off for Allendale East trainer David Peckham who has won six races over three distances at Tara Raceway with the son of Surf Lorian x Crystin Bale.

Peckham also has the consistent chaser Bourne Thanks jumping from box four in the second heat. By Barcia Bale, Bourne Thanks is out of Thanks Tubby who represented Mount Gambier in the Country Cup in 2014 at Strathalbyn and again the following year at Gawler.

Box eight runner Galactic Titan returns to Tara Raceway for the first time in four months, the brindle son of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball out to maintain his unbeaten record of five wins at the track for Moorak owner Robert Chuck and Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew.

Wanchai Express defeats Dyna Naitch at Tara Raceway.

Versatile chaser Black Spring, a younger half-brother to Lektra Brandy, comes into box three on the back of a 732 metre win last Sunday for in-form Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott while Portland trainer Nicole Stanley will be relying on Wanchai Express to give her further Country Cup success.

Successful at Strathalbyn in 2016 with Berry Bling, Stanley will be hoping Wanchai Express can recapture the form that saw him run 29.46 seconds back in February, then reach the final of the Mount Gambier Cup the following month before defeating Dyna Naitch in 29.68 seconds in August.

Two heats of the Country Cup will also be run at Murray Bridge on Sunday night while Gawler will run its heats on Friday, September 27.

Meanwhile, Azalea Monelli and Banjo Fozz, both in good form at the moment, will clash at Tara Raceway on Sunday in the Produce Store Stake (512 m).

The pair missed out on the Country Cup heats for trainers Peckham and David Brodhurst of Serviceton – Azalea Monelli because of her current grade at Angle Park and Banjo Fozz only just due to residential conditions applied to the series.


Captain bowls over the opposition

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Edenhope greyhound trainer Captain Abbott’s best year ever at Tara Raceway continued at last Sunday’s waterlogged meeting when Bowled Harro scored a shock win in the Rock’s Retreat grade five series final (400 metres).

Bowled Harro wins the grade 5 series 400 metre final at last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting.

Lining up from box seven as the rank outsider at $15, Bowled Harro chased the tearaway leader Another Scenario to the home turn where he took the rails run and went on to a 3¾ lengths win over Azumi Stringer in a best of day 23.07 seconds.

A winner of seven races at Tara Raceway this year for owner John Nugent and Abbott, Bowled Harro is by Kinloch Brae out of Glass Roof, a beautifully bred daughter of Brett Lee and West On Bluebird.

Cap Abbott gives Black Spring a well-earned drink after his win over 732 metres at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Glass Roof, who won nine races on Victorian provincial tracks, is a member of a litter that also includes Shared Equity, a winner of 31 races and $292,000 in stakemoney, Shared Bonus (45, $158,000) and West On Delly (14, $87,000).

Bowled Harro’s win last Sunday was the second leg of a double – Abbott’s 12th this year – after Black Spring had won the Winningformula.net.au Stake (732 m) earlier in the day and opened up a handy lead in the Greyhound of the Year award.

With 3½ months still remaining in this year’s GOTY, Black Spring sits on 12 wins at the track and with 59 points leads Dimora Flash by eight. Last year’s winner, Paraphernalia, won 13 races and accumulated 63 points.


Bisenti set to open trainer’s winning account

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

When Dennington trainer Pat Bouchier, involved in the greyhound game for 50-odd years, lines up with Bisenti in Thursday’s Trackside Meats Stake (600 metres) it will be his first runner at the Lake Terrace East Tara Raceway.

Pat Bouchier and Beks.

And the black bitch looks to be the one to beat at the time-graded meeting after narrowly going down over 595 metres at Sandown Park late last month – her race record currently standing at 10 starts for two wins and five minor placings.

By Dyna Double One, Bisenti is out of Bookie, who raced on only five occasions for two minor placings over 450 metres at Warrnambool in early 2014.

However, this is a strong line, Bookie being a litter sister to Pat and Patricia Bouchier’s Beks, a winner over 600 metres and 725 metres at The Meadows, 660 metres (Ballarat) and 715 metres (Sandown Park).

All told, the son of Bekim Bale x Flaming Doll went around 81 times for 10 wins and 33 minor placings and prizemoney earnings of $100,000.

Allendale East trainer David Peckham has renewed acquaintances with the My Bro Fabio x Born Ali litter, Prince Ali lining up for his first Tara Raceway start on Thursday in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).

In the first three months of this year Peckham won five races at Tara Raceway with Prince Ali’s litter sister Rose Ali before she was sold to owners in Queensland, her first win in that state coming earlier this month when she was successful at Bundaberg over 550 metres.

Prince Ali won at his first race start back in March this year, clocking 29.82 seconds over 515 metres at Sandown Park. Today will be his first race start in close to six months.

This has been a more than handy litter for Born Ali, a winner of 20 races and $254,000 in stakemoney – Grace Ali winning nine races and $89,000, Rasheda (8, $37,500) and Sweet As Emm (13, $86,000).