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

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‘Border hopper’ opens winning account for local trainer

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saint Maddie’s narrow win over Velocity Luna in the Rock’s Tavern Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway last Thursday was the first by one of several Victorian greyhounds that have temporarily been transferred to a local kennel – in this case, to Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell.

This follows Greyhound Racing SA reaching out to participants who reside up to 150 kilometres over the Victorian border and who would normally support meetings conducted by the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club at Tara Raceway.

Saint Maddie (No. 8) defeats Velocity Luna and Rouse Rocket at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

While they had been keen to continue racing at Mount Gambier, border restrictions currently prevent that from happening, Penshurst owner-trainer John Burow probably best summing up the predicament some of these Victorian trainers now find themselves in.

“A sixth and a last today at Ballarat. Still, it’s nice to see my dogs are abiding by the rules and are continuing with their social distancing,” wrote Burow, generally a Tara Raceway regular, in a post on Facebook.

Bred and owned at Koroit by Peter Byrne, Saint Maddie’s win was the first for the June 2018 litter by Peter Rocket out of Miss Lava, a winner at Sandown Park over 515 metres and 595 metres and also at Tara Raceway over 512 metres and 600 metres.

By US sire Djays Octane x Born On Lava, Miss Lava is a member of a pretty handy litter that also includes Annie Lava, John John Lava and Back On Lava.

Dean Fennell with General Max who found winning form at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Saint Maddie was the first leg of a double for Fennell – his first this year – General Max later leading all the way in the Bourne Kennels Stake (400 m) when holding out Rock It Fernando to win by a half length in 23.03 seconds.

The win was the brindle dog’s first since resuming from injury in early March, the son of Worm Burner and Miss Hodge having now won nine races at Tara Raceway for the trainer’s son Hayden and his partner Ebony Janz.

Training honours for the day belonged to Tracie Price who was successful with Vossy, Banjo Bliss and Miss One Love, the treble being his third this year at Tara Raceway.

Vossy, owned locally by Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen who purchased the fawn bitch as a pup from Price, led all the way to win the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) in 23.11 seconds while Banjo Bliss led all the way in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (400 m) for a 2¼ length win over Galactic Horizon in 23.26 seconds.

For Banjo Bliss, a sizeable 31 kilogram daughter of Banjo Boy and Short Blond Hair, the win was her second after winning a maiden at Tara Raceway in January for owner Andrew Varasdi who also owns the sire.

Size runs in the family, Banjo Bliss’s litter brother Little Lunch tipping the scales at 38 kilograms and, perhaps not surprisingly, well suited to straight track racing at Healesville where he has won at his past three starts for Nilma North trainer Ashlee Terry.

Miss One Love brings up a treble for trainer Tracie Price.

Vossy’s sister Miss One Love, owned by Price, was much too good for the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m) field, defeating another sister in Maunganui Bella by eight lengths in 23.45 seconds – a good way for members of the Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove litter to celebrate their second birthday.

Allendale East trainer David Peckham also enjoyed another good day with Squishy Pea finishing strongly in the home straight to run down Our Man Zed – both dogs raced by the Nineofus Syndicate – in the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake (400 m) in a best of day 22.98 seconds.

And Peckham brought up a double when Malcolm Keenan’s Keen One took over the running off the back in the Stake (400 m), holding out Double Love – another one of the Miss Freelove litter – to win by 1¾ lengths in a personal best 23.16 seconds.

GRSA board makes temporary changes ‘in unprecedented times’

Sunday, April 26, 2020

With TAB clients appearing to have been unprepared for a shift to digital wagering platforms when the COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, the Greyhound Racing SA board has resolved that changes will be implemented from May 1.

Significantly, GRSA management team members will accept a 20% reduction in remunerable hours while all standard graded meeting payments to winners and placegetters will reduce by 15%.

However, the current allocation of travel fees for trainers and starter fee payments will remain unaffected as will SA-Bred payments with the exception of the maiden winner bonus which will reduce from $1000 to $500.

And feature race top-ups, the finals of which are set down to be run in the 2021 financial year, will reduce by the equivalent of $200,000 annually.

These changes are intended as temporary measures, with GRSA also aiming to gradually return to a full schedule of eight weekly race meetings as state border restrictions are lifted and racing numbers improve.

Meanwhile, Greyhound Racing Victoria has announced that it will increase the number of “hybrid” race meetings from Friday, June 7 in a move that it hopes will better utilise the current active greyhound racing population.

“Hybrid” meetings allow for greyhounds of lesser ability to compete against greyhounds of a similar level for full stakes prizemoney.

The new 275+ rank limit events will be programmed at Healesville, Warragul, Ballarat, Cranbourne, Shepparton, Bendigo and Geelong.

Price and Fennell look to share the love

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

With all Miss Freelove’s first litter by Dyna Double One engaged at Tara Raceway tomorrow, local greyhound trainers Tracie Price and Dean Fennell will be hoping to share the love around with the six April 2018 whelpings.

Tracie Price with Double Love, one of six members of the Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove litter to race at Tara Raceway tomorrow.

Price has Vossy, Miss One Love, Maunganui Bella and Double Love engaged while Fennell will be represented by Fawn Daisy and Perseverance.

Vossy, who staged a great battle over 400 metres with General Max at Tara Raceway last week when winning by three-quarters of a length in 23.36 seconds, will take on Galactic Destiny in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m).

This should be an interesting race with Vossy, a winner of six races from 16 starts, and Galactic Destiny, a best of day 23.20 seconds winner last week when resuming from a lengthy break.

Maunganui Bella and Miss One Love will clash in what looks to be a winnable Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m) while Double Love’s 1½ length second behind Galactic Destiny should put the 35 kilogram black dog right in the mix in today’s Stake (400 m).

Keeping the best to last, the clash of Perseverance and Galactic Athena in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 m) should be worth the wait for those able to access Sky Racing or

Perseverance, another of the Miss Freelove litter, will clash with Galactic Athena in the last race tomorrow.

Both were impressive winners at last week’s meeting, Perseverance chasing recent Angle Park winner Squishy Pea down the back before finishing strongly for a 3¼ length win in 30.07 seconds and Galactic Athena leading all the way to defeat Fabs You Go by six lengths in 29.73 seconds (best).

In a racing career restricted by injuries sustained as a pup, Miss Freelove, a beautifully bred daughter of Smooth Fancy x Casey’s Angel, won four races at Cannington and Mandurah before finding her way to Tracie and Karen Price’s Compton kennels.

Last November, Miss Freelove whelped a second litter – two dogs and five bitches – to Mepunga Blazer.

No luck for locals in Breeders Plate Prelude heats

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Local greyhounds Rough Pearl and Dick Grayson, trained at Worrolong by Lee Bartholomew, had little luck in Monday night’s SA-bred Breeders Prelude heats (515 m) at Angle Park.

In a roughly-run five-dog first heat, Rough Pearl, a 400 metre winner at Tara Raceway last Thursday, looked lost for a greater part of the race before getting going in the home straight to finish second.

Howard Ashton (left), David Geall, Shaun Mathieson and Michael Fabbro with Galactic Viper, winner of the 2015 Howard Ashton at Angle Park for local breeder and owner Robert Chuck.

In the following heat, Dick Grayson copped a severe check on the first turn before finishing fourth behind Worm Burner bitch Maddison Kaye in a sparkling 29.52 seconds – once again highlighting how tough these paid-up races can be.

The series will conclude next month with the running of the Group 3 Howard Ashton, won in 2015 by Galactic Viper, locally bred and owned by Robert Chuck of Moorak and trained at the time in Victoria by David Geall.

Ashton, inducted into the AGRA Hall of Fame in 2008, first became involved in greyhound racing in 1952 when at the age of 15 he started to attend races behind pilot dogs at the Waterloo Corner track, north of Adelaide.

He actually became honorary secretary of the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club by default when the person holding that position didn’t turn up one Sunday afternoon. As it turned out, he was never seen again, nor the club funds.

At 21 Ashton was the AGRC honorary secretary when the club moved to Bolivar where it conducted mechanical lure racing without betting. Then, in December 1971, he was appointed full-time secretary/manager of the AGRC (Angle Park), a position he held until 1996 before becoming the racing operations manager.

Bartholomews’ biggest day at the track

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Thursday’s Tara Raceway meeting started off in great fashion for the Bartholomew greyhound kennels of Worrolong . . . and just kept getting better.

Galactic Horizon lined up from box one in the first race, the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 metres), as the only member of the August 2017 Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball litter still to win a race.

Four winners for the Bartholomew kennels. From left: Galactic Athena (Steve Bartholomew), Galactic Destiny (Mason Bartlett), Rough Pearl (Tim Manterfield) and Galactic Horizon (Robert Chuck).

Actually, the sizeable 31 kilogram brindle bitch, after an injury-interrupted start to her career, had made her race debut only the week prior when running fourth to Keen One.

But Galactic Horizon always had last Thursday’s race in her keeping for owner Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew, leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Dick Grayson (raced by Bartholomew’s wife Lee and their daughter Elysia and trained by the former) by 3¾ lengths in a tidy 23.21 seconds.

Dick Grayson’s litter brother, Rough Pearl, made amends in the third race, the Stake (400 m), when working to the front down the back after an average start and then finishing strongly for a 4¾ length win over Banjo Bliss in 23.36 seconds.

Elysia Bartholomew with Galactic Destiny, back among the winners for the first time since last November.

By Dyna Double One out of West On Jorji, Rough Pearl is raced in the same interests as Dick Grayson, the February 2018 pair purchased as pups from Lewiston breeder Rob Harnas who has since bred a second litter out of her, this time by Mepunga Blazer.

West On Jorji, a five-time winner in WA before being relocated to SA where she won seven races at Angle Park and Gawler while in the care of Grange trainer Laurie Cahalan, is also the dam of Toora Ziggy.

Also trained by Cahalan, Toora Ziggy has accumulated $11,000 in his seven wins and on Monday night will contest a Breeders Prelude (515 m) at Angle Park as will the Bartholomew pair which has been granted exemption to travel to compete in the paid-up series.

Galactic Horizon’s litter sister Galactic Destiny, still trained by Steve Bartholomew but these days raced by his daughter, made a successful return to racing in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) after being off the scene since last November.

Finding the front down the back, Galactic Destiny, despite using plenty of the track, finished strongly down the outside in the run home to defeat Double Love by 1½ lengths in a best of day 23.20 seconds.

Vossy, pictured defeating General Max, was the first leg of a running double for Compton trainer Tracie Price. Raw Luxury made it two wins in succession when scoring in the following race.

Bringing up a treble for the Galactic Rumball litter was Galactic Athena, untroubled in winning The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m) by six lengths over Fabs You Go in 29.73 seconds and in doing so giving the Bartholomew kennels their biggest day ever at the track.

Breaking that down further – a training treble for Steve Bartholomew (Galactic Horizon, Galactic Destiny and Galactic Athena), one win for Lee Bartholomew (Rough Pearl) and ownership doubles to Elysia Bartholomew (Rough Pearl, Galactic Destiny) and Robert Chuck (Galactic Horizon, Galactic Athena). Plus second placings to Dick Grayson and Azumi Stringer.

For Shima Mart it was a long road that had no turning

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

When Shima Mart made the long trip from Allendale East to Angle Park on Monday to contest a 388 metre event it was pretty well 12 months to the day since he had last won a race – at the same venue as it turned out but over 515 metres.

A long-term injury sustained in a race at Horsham soon after had owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman ultimately transfer the beautifully bred son of Fernando Bale and Shimaguni to local trainer David Peckham.

Fernando Deeds, who will contest tomorrow’s Stake (400 m), is one of several Victorian greyhounds that has been transferred to the local region in order to race at Tara Raceway while the border closure is in place.

But several months later Shima Mart was down for the count again after injuring himself in a trial at Tara Raceway. Three months later and another trial and once again he was off the scene for what would have seemed like an eternity for his long-suffering connections.

At the beginning of April, though, the brindle dog – a winner of 13 races and more than $40,000 in stakemoney – completed a satisfactory trial and, fingers crossed, he was ready to go.

First up was always going to be a tough ask, especially when running into 2019 Mount Gambier Cup winner Galactic Athena over 400 metres at Tara Raceway last week.

However, he came out of the race unscathed, the never-one-to-die-wondering Peckham backing up Shima Mart four days later at Monday night’s Angle Park meeting where he led all the way from box one to defeat Sir Julian by 1¾ lengths in 22.51 seconds.

Shima Mart is one of 14 runners Peckham has engaged at tomorrow’s eight-race program and appears well placed in the Bourne Kennels Stake (400 m) from box eight – Tracie Price’s Vossy and the Dean Fennell trained General Max looking two of the hardest to beat.

Meanwhile, the Greyhound Racing SA decision to quarantine local greyhounds will impact on the forthcoming Howard Ashton series that will be run at Angle Park.

Already GRSA has advised that the Ashton series will continue as advertised in May with stakemoney remaining as advertised with the controlling body believing that the series was an important one for breeders and owners alike.

The paid-up series is restricted to SA bred greyhounds whelped between January and June 2018 with heats of the Group 3 Howard Ashton to be run over 515 metres at Angle Park on May 13 with semi-finals on May 21 and the final a week later.

However, with current quarantining in place in the south-east, GRSA will now need to work with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club to discuss exemptions for affected connections of paid-up local greyhounds.

As things stand at the moment, until the quarantine is lifted, all local trainers will now be confined to racing solely at Tara Raceway.

Tracie Price’s Banjo Bad Boy – one of 11 runners the Compton-based trainer has engaged – looks well placed in tomorrow’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway.

The final two races at tomorrow’s Tara Raceway meeting are the best – Steve Bartholomew’s Galactic Athena likely to be too good for her five Peckham-trained rivals in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m).

And in the Open Stake (512 m), Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell’s Perseverance will take on Peckham’s Squishy Pea, Dyna Carnie, Missing Mate and Dyna Naitch.

Owned by long-time local participant Michael Robinson, Perseverance put in a top effort at Tara Raceway last week to finish over the top of Dyna Alistair, running a smart 29.98 seconds for the 512 metre journey.

Perseverance then went around at Murray Bridge over 455 metres on Sunday night, working home well to finish fifth, beaten only 3¾ lengths.

“It wasn’t a bad run at Murray Bridge but she loves Tara Raceway and while this is a pretty good field I’m expecting her to go well,” Robinson said.

Quality over quantity as racing returns to Tara Raceway

Saturday, April 11, 2020

With greyhound racing at Tara Raceway currently restricted to all but local participants, it was Dyna Carnie, Rock It Fernando, Galactic Athena and Perseverance who shone at last Thursday’s seven-race meeting, the first run at the track this month.

Dyna Carnie runs a best of day 22.88 seconds (400 m) at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

Dyna Carnie, a son of US sire Kelsos Fusileer and Xylia Allen who won 40 races and more than $740,000 in stakemoney, took his Tara Raceway record to 10 wins from 12 starts for owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and Allendale East trainer David Peckham.

A winner overall of 25 races and close to $100,000, Dyna Carnie chased Banjo Bad Boy until the home turn before running away to a 4¾ length win in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Mixed Stake (400 metres). The time of 22.88 seconds was two lengths outside his track record of 22.74 seconds.

The win was the start of another big day for Aloisi and Lehman after West On Bamboo and Cripps Dusty, of which they are part-owners, ran the quinella in the Easter Cup (600 m) at Angle Park on Thursday night.

Rock It Fernando brought up a treble for David Peckham at Thursday’s meeting.

Rock It Fernando, picked up for a modest sum after copping 28 days for marring at Angle Park back in February, impressed on debut at Tara Raceway when leading all the way in the Bourne Kennels Stake (400 m) to defeat Rocketline by eight lengths in 23.03 seconds.

Trained by Peckham for Aloisi’s wife Lena, Rock It Fernando had previously won nine races at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Warragul, Angle Park and Murray Bridge with the brindle dog’s most recent win also kicking off a big day for the Fernando Bale x Rhonda Rocks litter.

Later, at Angle Park, it was litter brother Alfieri winning the $6000-to-the-winner Eastar match race series (515 m) in 29.54 seconds for Alberton trainer Bill Wudarczyk who was also successful with litter sister Bailey Rocks.

Alfieri and Bailey Rocks are raced by Wudarczyk in partnership with Kirin Corby, the pair also enjoying tremendous success with another litter brother, the recently-retired 18-race winner Sennachie who collected $701,000 in stakemoney and now looks set for a successful stud career.

Peckham now has nine runners engaged at Angle Park on Monday night, including Sweet On Me, Call Me Billy and Silent Jacko, who will remain in Adelaide to be trained by Ben Rawlings.

Robert Chuck (left) and Steve Bartholomew with Galactic Athena who returned to Tara Raceway with a win over 400 metres.

Galactic Athena, back at Tara Raceway to race for the first time since winning the 2019 Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) 12 months ago for Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew, looked impressive when winning the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).

Away well from box eight, the daughter of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball never looked in any danger of defeat, leading all the way to defeat Quick Sensation by eight lengths in 22.93 seconds.

Speaking after the win, Chuck said that it had originally been planned to run Galactic Athena and her litter brother Galactic Titan in the Murray Bridge Straight Track Cup, the $7,500-to-the-winner final set down to be run on Wednesday, May 27.

“But as things stand at the moment we don’t know if the series is even going ahead and perhaps, more to the point, whether Mount Gambier greyhounds will be able to race at Murray Bridge come next month,” he said.

Michael Robinson and Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell with Perseverance, a strong winner over 512 metres.

With a history of little early pace, just where promising youngster Perseverance settled in running was always going to hold the key to the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake, the only 512 metre race on the program.

So, when the Michael Robinson owned, Dean Fennell trained April 2018 daughter of Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove came out of the first turn in third spot the strong finisher was always going to be hard to hold out.

And that’s how the race panned out, Perseverance unleashing her customary strong-finishing home straight burst to account for the seasoned chaser Dyna Alistair – looking for his 18th win at start number 100 – by three-quarters of a length in 29.98 seconds.

Raw Luxury broke a run of three consecutive second placings for Compton trainer Tracie Price when leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Wise Stella by 3¾ lengths in a time of 23.28 seconds in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

The brindle and white bitch, a member of the handy Fernando Bale x Sober litter, is raced by her breeder, Steve Shinners of Port Kennedy, WA, the line tracing back to his outstanding Group 1-winning stayer Oh Behave.

Also bred by Shinners, Oh Behave (Big Ginger Boy x Hunter Tylo) raced on 75 occasions for 34 wins and more than $207,000 in stakemoney.

Finniss Looper was the second leg of a double for trainer Tracie Price.

Price was also successful later in the day in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) with Finniss Looper who led all the way to defeat kennelmate Double Love by 2½ lengths in 23.33 seconds and bring up her second win since joining his kennels in February.

Raced by the Ryan Tugwell-managed Next Racing Syndicate, Finniss Looper also lacks for nothing when it comes to breeding, being by Barcia Bale out of She’s A Looper, a winner of 22 races including one at Tara Raceway over 600 metres in a quick 35.13 seconds in August 2017.

She’s A Looper is a litter sister to the Group 1 SA chaser Worm Burner – 48 wins and $380,000 in stakemoney – and also Springvale Bryne (29, $121,000).

Controlling body ‘all about supporting participation’

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Greyhound Racing SA CEO Matt Corby readily admits that the total number of nominations for tomorrow’s race meeting – the first at Tara Raceway since March 22 – under “normal” circumstances would have resulted in its cancellation.

“But let’s face it, at the moment we’re not about delivering ‘a perfect product’,” he said. “We’re just trying to do everything within our power to keep everyone engaged and supported.

“Under the current circumstances, we’re about supporting participation above any focus on commercial considerations.”

Corby said it was hoped that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club could quickly build on its base by running fuller meetings with transferred Victorian greyhounds and as local properties currently affected by canine gastroenteritis return to racing.

“Following a recent discussion with the MGGRC, the GRSA board is in support of an initiative to transfer a number of Victorian greyhounds into SA trainers’ kennels. This could act as a means of boosting weekly racing opportunities in the region while restrictions remained in place.”

Corby said the board did not support ongoing movement on a weekly basis by Victorian trainers, regardless of whether they had secured an Essential Services Exemption or not and that a temporary prohibition on Victorian nominations for SA events remained in place.

Galactic Athena, pictured after defeating Slingshot Hammer in last year’s Mount Gambier Cup, returns to Tara Raceway for tomorrow’s meeting.

“Also, based on long-distance travel concerns (COVID-19 restriction) and in support of measures to manage the spread of canine gastroenteritis (in either direction), the board has resolved to quarantine the Mount Gambier region from the Adelaide tracks (Angle Park, Gawler and Murray Bridge).”

GRSA, through Racing Manager Shaun Mathieson, this week contacted participants residing up to 150 kilometres over the Victorian border and who normally support Mount Gambier meetings but currently are unable to due to government restrictions.

“These participants were asked if they would consider sending their greyhounds to an SA kennel to be trained during the COVID-19 period,” Mathieson said.

“We received a mixed response, however seven trainers indicated they would possibly look at taking up the offer. This would equate to possibly around 20 greyhounds being able to be sent across the border to temporarily be trained in the south-east of SA.”

Obviously the next step is to see if, and where, these greyhounds could be placed in the Mount Gambier region.

“Any trainers willing to assist are asked to contact GRSA as soon as possible because given the current local supply issues there could be significant implications for upcoming Mount Gambier meetings,” Mathieson said.

Meanwhile, Galactic Athena returns to race at Tara Raceway tomorrow for the first time since March last year when she defeated Slingshot Hammer – a winner at Horsham on Tuesday – in the Mount Gambier Cup.

Trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew for Robert Chuck of Moorak, Galactic Athena will jump from box eight in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 metres). Since the cup, the daughter of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball has raced on only 14 occasions for six wins at Warrnambool, Angle Park and Murray Bridge.

And in race one, the Maiden/Grade 6 Stake (400 m), litter sister Galactic Horizon, raced in the same interests, will make her long-awaited race debut from box two.

Galactic Horizon was last drawn to race back in July of last year but was scratched from the maiden event which ultimately was won in brilliant fashion by her injury-plagued litter brother Galactic Zeus, having his first and so far only start.

Local owners back among the cash

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It’s now been almost 12 years since local greyhound syndicate, the Southern Bar Boys, purchased their first pup – a well-bred son of Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher – from Renmark breeder Bruce Lellmann.

Later to race as Red Lesta, the fawn dog gave syndicate members Don Gordon, Ward and Diesel Leicester, Rohan Von Stanke and Dion Pannenburg a great introduction to the sport when racing on 120 occasions for 22 wins and more than $55,000 in stakemoney.

He strung together wins at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Angle Park and Gawler – his final success actually coming at Tara Raceway in early 2013 when trained locally by Ralph Patzel.

A couple of years later the syndicate mated Red Lesta with Rellim Lilly, unraced, but a daughter of Rellim Rosie who won 21 races and $38,000 in stakemoney for fellow local owners Betty Hartshorne and Noel Miller.

Print The Money in action at Tara Raceway.

While this was Red Lesta’s one and only litter it did turn out to be pretty handy, with Print The Money, Don Lesta, Miss Legality and Rellim Diesel all winning races.

An unplaced favourite in the 2018 Mount Gambier Cup final, Print The Money, trained for much of his career by Michelle Mallia of Avalon, won 16 races and $61,000 in stakemoney. He also ran a desperately close second in the 2017 Group 1 Hobart Thousand.

Print The Money’s final win was also at Tara Raceway, in a 600 metre event in February 2019 when trained for the Southern Bar Boys Syndicate by David Williams of Mount Gambier.

In keeping with their policy of starting from scratch with pups, the syndicate in 2016 purchased another well-bred youngster which later went on to race as Print The Cheque.

However, the son of Kinloch Brae x Punk Star Lass raced on only 11 occasions for four wins at Warrnambool, Ballarat and Traralgon before suffering a foot injury which eventually led to his retirement.

Speaking on behalf of the syndicate, Don Gordon said this had then led to the $6000 purchase of a four-week-old pup by Barcia Bale out of Hope’s Thunder’s first litter which had been bred by Brad Debono, also the breeder of Print The Cheque.

“Hope’s Thunder had won only five races at Dapto and Nowra but was from a good litter that included the smart performers Little Nangar, Nangar Bear, Nangar Range and Nangar Rock who between them had won 89 races and more than $300,000 in stakemoney.

“He was reared by Michelle (Mallia) who also selected him and assured us he was the pick of the litter.”

Print The Cash (No. 8) storms home to win on debut at Shepparton last week.

Now known as Print The Cash and trained by Mallia’s son Ben Magri, the August 2018 blue youngster lined up from box eight for his first race start last Wednesday at Shepparton over 450 metres.

“He had been trialling well and Michelle and Ben had been more than happy with him, although they believed he would be better suited over a bit more ground,” Gordon said.

As it turned out, Print The Cash gave them a start – a huge start, actually – and a beating.

After quickly making up ground in the run he found himself in fourth spot turning into the home straight before taking a rails run and gaining a narrow verdict in a four-way go.

Meanwhile, Allendale East trainer David Peckham and the Nineofus Syndicate completed a good week when Squishy Pea and Silent Jacko were successful at Angle Park on Thursday night.

Giveaway greyhound Squishy Pea looked to have a grade five 515 metre event stitched up when finding the front down the back but almost threw the race away when running wide on the home turn before edging out Miss Takiri for a head win.

For Peckham, the win was his first as a trainer at a city meeting, the night becoming even better after Silent Jacko looked impressive when leading all the way in a grade six over 515 metres in 29.93 seconds.

The winning double followed on from the previous Friday at Murray Bridge where Sweet On Me, Call Me Billy and Silent Jacko had been successful for connections.

What a champion you are, KD!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

KD . . . a heart of gold.

Local sporting identity Kevin Douglas, who we all know as KD, contacted the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club this week with an offer for any greyhound people doing it tough in these current times.

Basically, if you are a greyhound owner or trainer in genuine need of assistance in day to day living, KD may be able to give you a hand with any urgent tasks needed to be attended to – obviously within the constraints of current protocols.

So if you think KD can be of assistance, please give him a call on 0418 840 947. He’ll be only too happy to have a talk with you and see if there is anything he can help with.

And it was Lena Aloisi, posting on Facebook, who summed up the offer best – “What a champion you are KD. Heart of gold.”

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