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Team Trengove turns on the heat at Tara Raceway

Clint Trengove pictured with son Lucas, 13, and Apache Jakit after winning heat one of the Sims Family Memorial at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Hot weather issues resulted in the abandonment of the final five races at Tara Raceway last Sunday. But for Lewiston husband and wife training team, Clint and Shelley Trengove, it was a case of turning on the heat.

With only six races decided, Clint Trengove was successful with Apache Jakit and It’s A Louie while Shelley’s Hello I’m Jade ran quick time to win over the 400 metres journey.

Apache Jakit, owned by Tom Price Bush Chaplain John Dihm, became the first of the Cosmic Chief x Champagne Shot litter to win when leading all the way in the first heat of the Sims Family Memorial (512 metres).

Going into the series with four minor placings at Angle Park and Gawler to his name, the white and brindle dog carved out a handy 30.15 seconds when holding off the locally-trained Noir Star who worked home well for a half-length second for David Peckham.

It’s A Louie, who won his maiden at Broken Hill back in September last year, brought up his fourth win when leading all the way from box eight in the Juvenile (400 m) to defeat Open Throttle by a couple of lengths in a quick 22.99 seconds.

For the blue son of Worm Burner x Batty Allen it was his second win in the space of a week after he had won at Angle Park the previous Monday over 388 metres. And at Warrnambool last Monday litter brother Black Heel High scored a big win over 390 metres for Parwan trainer Wade Green.

Hello I’m Jade, having her 120th start, brought up win number 17 when taking over the running off the back from Saint Charlotte before going on to a 1¾ lengths win in 22.82 seconds. This was the fastest 400 metres time run at the track since Almighty Stripe’s 22.78 seconds on November 5.

The four-year-old daughter of Magic Sprite x Typhoon Monelli ran a quick 29.83 seconds in a grade five 512 metres heat back in October at Tara Raceway. She narrowly defeated Buddy Guy who turned the tables the following week in the final with a win that was equally as tight.

Kev Patzel pictured with the Tracie Price trained Compton Pete after his win in the second heat of the Sims Memorial.

Meanwhile, the Tracie Price trained Compton Pete – a son of Peter Rocket and 2014 Winter Classic winner Stylish Moment – came from last to first to win the second heat of the Sims Family Memorial in a time of 30.69 seconds.

Compton Pete is owned by Karen Price, wife of the trainer who will be chasing consecutive Sims Memorial wins after Rocketline was successful in 2020 in 30.16 seconds.

The Sims name is synonymous with greyhound coursing and track racing in the south east. Col Sims, ably assisted by his wife Val and son Ian, had great success with coursing greyhounds and quickly adapted to mechanical lure racing when introduced at Glenburnie in 1979.

Col Sims was on the committee of the South East Greyhound Racing Club when racing commenced at Glenburnie and was the first life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc.

He won the final Mount Gambier Cup run at Glenburnie in 1996 with Colin Ian, a dog whose name is emblazoned on Col Sims’ headstone at Carinya Gardens in Mount Gambier.

One of the casualties of last Sunday’s abandoned races was the Tara Trackstar, a one-off 512 metres event run for the leading greyhounds at Tara Raceway between July and December 2020.
However, following consultation with the trainers – Tracie Price, Jason Newman, Dean Fennell and David Peckham – the race will now be run at Sunday’s meeting.

And participants are reminded that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, on Sunday at the conclusion of kennelling.

An ‘elite’ litter

Dusty Pearl with her pups by Elite State.

Dusty Pearl, winner of the 2018 John Reid Memorial Maiden (512 metres) at Tara Raceway, has whelped a litter of three dogs and three bitches to Elite State who raced on only 14 occasions for 11 wins during 2003.

Elite State, by Just The Best x Spark Again, was a Group 1 performer and a successful sire, one of his best sons being Knocka Norris.

Steve Bartholomew, of Worrolong, bred Dusty Pearl and also her litter by Elite State which was whelped on December 18. Also bred at Worrolong was the litter’s granddam Azumi Touch, herself a daughter of Elite State.

All told, Dusty Pearl, by 31-race winner Dyna Tron, won eight races at Tara Raceway over distances of 400 metres, 512 metres and 600 metres.

In other breeding news, Shima Breeze, a winner of 25 races (including a track record over 277 metres at Tara Raceway) and $108,000 in stakemoney, is to be mated with Barcia Bale.

And Venus And Mars, winner of last month’s Sunset Community Kitchen feature, is also in season and will be mated with Fernando Bale.

Dusty Pearl winning over the 600 metres last year at Tara Raceway.

Club continues support of local charities

Following on from 2020 when many of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club members got behind the Sunset Community Kitchen and the “Catch for Cash” promotion, this year it is the Tara Tipsters supporting Foodbank.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing 77 million meals a year to more than 2600 charities around the country.

As far as the Tara Tipsters are concerned, even though there is a trophy to be presented to the leading tipster at the end of the year, this is basically a “bragging rights” competition with tipsters contributing each week to the Foodbank charity jar.

Co-ordinator of the Tara Tipsters and recording the tipsters’ selections for the twice-weekly meetings is Michael Robinson. After three (well, 2½ ) meetings Robinson leads the competition by one point.

A Foodbank heats and final feature race will be run in December with representatives from the organisation on track to present a trophy to the winner and receive a cheque from the Tara Tipsters.

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The worm burns at Tara Raceway

Robert Proctor with Caribbean Queen, one of four winners for SA sire Worm Burner at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

It was a big day at Tara Raceway last Thursday for former champion SA sprinter Worm Burner who sired four winners – Caribbean Queen, Compton Peggy, Bourne Blue and I’m A Burner – on the 12-race card.

Owned by Cameron and Yvonne Butcher of Meningie, Worm Burner won 48 races and more than $380,000 in an 83-start career that was highlighted by a win in the 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship at Angle Park.

By Oaks Road x Little Looper, he is now starting to make his mark at stud with progeny such as Mister Harlewood, Coorong Lucy, Zulu Zulu, Maddison Kaye and Sir Truculent.

Caribbean Queen’s virtual all the way win in the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 metres) gave Tahara owner-trainer Robert Proctor his first win at Tara Raceway in almost 12 months when Kid Winslow had been successful.

The well-bred Caribbean Queen is out of Molly Dobbs – a litter sister to Jack Walker who won 24 races and close to $90,000 – and herself a winner of 13 races and $28,000 in stakemoney.

“She’s been in my kennels for only a month or so and I thought her three lengths win in 23.61 seconds was a fair effort,” said Proctor, back in the game this time around for 20 years and currently working six greyhounds.

Worm Burner in action at Angle Park.

Feature maiden event to kick off new short-course distance

Racing over 305 metres for the first time will commence at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway on Sunday, January 24 with the Razza Racing Feature Maiden heats.

Sponsored by Tony and Lisa Rasmussen of Gifford Hill, the final of the open maiden event will be run on Sunday, January 31 and carry an added $1000 which was donated by the Rasmussen team.

The sponsorship came about last year after Tony Rasmussen, SA’s leading trainer, raced for a period on a regular basis at Tara Raceway to assist the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club which had been hit hard by the border closure.

At the same time, the MGGRC committee had moved to reintroduce 277 metres racing on a restricted basis. The idea was to run two short-course races each week – one for youngest-up greyhounds (minimum age 16 months) and the other for those four years and older.

The theory was that the short-course might entice connections to perhaps try their younger greyhounds in a race rather than continue to trial them for an extended period. And also keep the older dogs in the racing system for a longer period.

The move to give the club a couple more races a week seemed to work pretty well.

Meanwhile, in the background was Greyhound Racing SA Strategic Projects Manager Scott Wuchatsch who had been working on a plan to increase the 277 metres distance to 305 metres.

“Any race distance starting with a three always looks better than one starting with a two,” he had said. And that’s a fair call.

Wuchatsch’s proposal to increase the distance by 28 metres was met with approval by the MGGRC committee. And Rasmussen, who had been set to sponsor a 277 metres maiden heats and final, opted to wait for the 305 metres.

The final 277 metres race was conducted on Sunday, December 20, Shima Breeze running a 16.00 seconds track record. Soon after, the boxes were switched to the 305 metres slab and trials were ready to start.

Come Sunday, February 7, 305 metres racing will revert to two races a week – youngest-up maiden and four years and older as had previously been the case with the 277 metres events.

Weekly Thursday time-graded meetings will be confined to racing over distances of 400 metres, 512 metres and 600 metres.

Steward Barry Shepheard, while conceding that he would like to see a couple of full-field trials prior to the start of racing on January 24, said trialling up until now had gone pretty well.

Currently, only one track is listed as running 305 metre races and that’s Grafton where the track record is held by Copperhead Rogue at 17.09 seconds. That’s a fair bit quicker than any time recorded so far at Tara Raceway on a trial morning!

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