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

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21 years since track’s official opening

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

While passing pretty well unnoticed, Tara Raceway track manager Tim Manterfield did remind us that it was 21 years ago last weekend that the South East Greyhound Racing Club (as it was then known) was officially opened at Lake Terrace East by Allan Scott.

The official opening on Monday, May 18, 1998 came close to 18 months after the first race meeting had been conducted at the new venue in January 1997 and took place on the Adelaide Cup public holiday.

The opening coincided with the running of the Smokefree Mount Gambier Cup final (512 m). And in what was always a terrific weekend, seven heats (winners received $150 each) were run on the Saturday with the draw for the Monday meeting conducted at a dinner that night.

This was the second Mount Gambier Cup to be run at Lake Terrace East, Warrnambool trainer John Drennan ultimately running the quinella with Manawartoo (top seller at the Calcutta with a bid of $212) and Stilson.

And on hand for the official opening was the committee of the day, led by president Craig Collins, vice-president Dean Fennell and secretary/treasurer Connie Miller who were assisted by Steve Bartholomew, Gwen Burdon, Des and Phil Dowdell, Stuart Gardiner, Allen and David Peckham, Terry Smith, Bob Thomson and Allan Virgo.

Callanish Sprite set to make amends

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Murtoa greyhound Callanish Sprite, a desperately unlucky second at her first Tara Raceway start last week, should make amends for trainer Heather Baxter at Thursday’s time-graded meeting.

Mount Duke (No. 4) defeats Callanish Sprite (2) by a half head at Tara Raceway last week.

The daughter of Magic Sprite and Infinite Wish, a city-winning stayer in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA, last week made a real mess of the 512 metre start before finishing strongly to be beaten a half head by Mount Duke in 30.57 seconds.

Callanish Sprite has drawn box two in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m), with Baxter, who rarely races at Tara Raceway, last successful at the track four years ago with Terra Verde.

And Molly’s Wally looks well placed in box one for Portland trainer Robert Halliday in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) as does Serendipity Gold in the Stake (512 m) for trainer Sandra Elmes of Dunolly.

New Wave slips under the radar with quick win

Monday, May 20, 2019

Run of the day at last Thursday’s meeting at Tara Raceway most certainly came from New Wave, a quick 29.83 seconds winner of the Produce Store Stake (512 m) by 7¾ lengths for Dunolly trainer Richard Boehm, a time-graded regular.

The winner is owned by well-known Victorian greyhound identity Geoff Collins who also bred the black bitch as well as breeding, owning and training her sire and dam – Cutting Edge and Enjoy.

Sandra Elmes with New Wave after her quick 29.83 seconds win at Tara Raceway last week.

Boehm, who took over the training of New Wave after she had been unplaced at her first four runs, has now won four races with her and was keen on her chances after she had raced up the straight at Healesville on the Monday prior.

“She’s gradually gaining more confidence and when she ran a close-up fourth at Healesville I thought she would be in with a real chance today from box one.”

Occasionally greyhounds such as New Wave, from a fast winning time point of view, slip under the radar at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings – others springing to mind this year including Molly’s Wally, Rose Ali and Ballet Creek.

Boehm said that with New Wave now likely to struggle in the short term to gain a start in a grade six at a Tara Raceway Thursday meeting because of her sub-30 second winning time he was looking at the Sunday meetings.

“I’m thinking of having a crack at next month’s Iron Dog with Blondy Two. The three rounds are all run at Sunday meetings so if everything goes to plan then I’ll bring New Wave over as well to see how she measures up in Category 3 company over 512 metres.”

New Wave’s win was the third leg of a treble for Boehm after Supasonic Saz led all the way for a 4¼ length win in 23.57 seconds in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) while Lil Black Jess also scored an all the way win in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).

And David Peckham of Allendale East took Sunday’s training honours at Tara Raceway with a treble – Bourne Birdie, Chilly Kiss and Usain Insane – his third this year and complementing local race meetings where he has also trained seven doubles, as well as four and five winners on two other occasions.

Bourne Birdie was the first leg of a treble for David Peckham when she defeated Our Menace (No. 5) and Master Moment at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Bourne Birdie, a daughter of Barcia Bale and Thanks Tubby, snuck through along the rails in the home straight to edge out odds-on favourite Our Menace in the Stake (400 m) and in doing so bring up the first leg of a two-State double for the litter.

Later, Mulla Mulla Lad, back on the track after a career-threatening injury, led all the way to win a maiden 318 metre event at Dubbo’s Sunday night meeting for co-owners Peckham and Parkes trainer Jamie O’Malley.

Chilly Kiss appreciated a drop in class when leading all the way in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m), holding out a fast-finishing Cryer’s Jed to win by 1¼ lengths in a personal best 23.07 seconds.

Raced by Clarissa Miller, Chilly Kiss is approaching 100 race starts and has now won 11 races over three distances since being taken over as a giveaway by Peckham in October 2017.

Hard yards finally pay off for travelling trainer

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weekly trips to Mount Gambier by Victorian greyhound trainer Robert Proctor finally paid off at last Thursday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.

Robert Proctor with Winslow Lodge, his first Tara Raceway winner.

For most of this year, Proctor has been making the trip over from Mininera – a town with a population of something like 60 that is situated down the road from Lake Bolac – and last week brought up his first winner at Tara Raceway with Winslow Lodge.

Winslow Lodge, who had raced over the 400 metre journey on seven previous occasions for a third placing, was only fairly away from box two in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake but found a rails opening down the back before running away to a five length win over Flash Marcia in 23.65 seconds.

Bred by her owner-trainer, the daughter of Vee Man Vane and Proctor Rules was whelped in March 2016 but has raced on only 11 occasions, Proctor saying it taken a long time to get her used to racing and all that goes with it.

“She actually broke in pretty well but is a very ‘spooky’ dog and as a result her first win has certainly been a while coming.”

Pat Kenny and Late Late Show.

Proctor also bred the dam Proctor Rules, a winner of two races at Bendigo and Warrnambool, and a daughter of the legendary Irish greyhound Late Late Show.

Late Late Show ran in the name of Pat Kenny, at the time the host of Irish talk show the Late Late Show, the greyhound becoming a real favourite with racegoers and raising a huge amount of money for various charities.

A son of Spiral Nikita and Ullid Citrate, it took Late Late Show some time to live up to his potential but when he did he was simply sensational, running up a sequence of 16 wins in 2001 and failing by a head to grab Cool Performance in a memorable Irish Derby final.

With Tara Raceway currently racing twice a week, Proctor has at times been at the track for both the Thursday and Sunday meetings – the 500 kilometre round trip obviously not causing him too many concerns.

“No, I don’t mind travelling over here because Tara Raceway is a great place to race,” he said.

Winning run continues for Portland pair

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wins by School Report, Ben Nevis and Joshua Rocks at Tara Raceway last Sunday continued Portland pair Nicole Stanley and Nifty Lenehan’s recent successful run.

For Stanley’s School Report, a son of Barcia Bale and the former versatile bitch Flamin’ Go, the win in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 metres) was his third short-course success from his past four starts.

Ben Nevis defeats Lektra Brandy (No. 8), Dare To Do (4), Black Spring (7) and Cryer’s Plugger (1) in a keenly contested Stake at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And she brought up a double with Ben Nevis, back last month with a new lease of life, making it three wins in succession when defeating the Lenehan-trained Lektra Brandy by a neck with a further neck back to Val and David Brodhurst’s Dare To Do.

By Return The King x Tarks Jewel, Ben Nevis is now racing in the form that saw him win last year’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway, Stanley probably looking at back-to-back cups and in doing so emulating Mojito Mayhem’s 2015-2016 effort.

The Stake (512 m) was a terrific race with Dare To Do, attempting to make it four wins in a row but up in class, giving a great sight all the same for a greyhound picked up for $1100 after having won a maiden at Warragul 12 months ago.

Nifty Lenehan with Joshua Rocks after his win last Sunday.

The lightly-raced Lenehan bred and trained 3½-year-old Joshua Rocks, having only his 18th start in 13 months of racing, turned in a big effort to win the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (512 m).

Last early, the 37 kilogram son of Cosmic Rumble x Obama’s Girl still had plenty of work to do down the back before storming home to defeat Zambora Club by three lengths in 30.26 seconds.

Not bad for a greyhound with a prognosis a short time ago that suggested he might not race again.

“His whole racing career has been a bit that way,” Lenehan said. “Just when you think he’s down for the count he bounces back with another win.

“The trouble is he’s so slow early. I think basically he’s a finish-on-lure dog at Mount Gambier where’s he’s won three races in pretty good fashion but I am thinking of nominating him for a meeting at Horsham next week.”

Lenehan also bred Obama’s Girl’s previous litter, by Kinloch Brae, and is currently rearing two dogs and two bitches (by Fernando Bale) out of Joshua Rocks’ half-sister Herbilly which are now eight months old.

First local win for SA sire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kisses For Cloda after her win last Sunday.

Former SA champion sprinter Worm Burner sired his first Tara Raceway winner last Sunday when the Ray Fewings owned and trained Kisses For Cloda was successful in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m).

By Oaks Road x Little Looper, Worm Burner won 48 races and stakemoney of $380,000 for Cameron and Yvonne Butcher of Meningie.

Kisses For Cloda, who finished strongly to win the grade six event in 30.25 seconds, is out of Sidney’s Shadow, a winner of 22 races and $53,000 in stakemoney.

Fewings has also enjoyed success with Kisses For Cloda’s older half-brother Castle Rock (by Barcia Bale) who has won eight races including one at Tara Raceway last June when he defeated Ethics.

Satisfactory trial change

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trainers should be aware of a change to the Tara Raceway satisfactory trial criteria which now means they will be conducted only on race days when there are less than 12 races scheduled.

These trials must be booked with Greyhound Racing SA by 4.30 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to a Thursday meeting and by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior for a Sunday fixture.

GRSA Racing Manager, Shaun Mathieson, said that the change had been a management decision in regard to trialling at all SA tracks.

“We would like to see how the G-SIX is working and with running two meetings a week in Mount Gambier we would like to see the impact.

“We will be open to review depending on the demand.”

Playing havoc at Tara Raceway

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Greyhound breeding has changed the world over and these days frozen semen is available from many stud dogs, both past and present.

Such was the case at Tara Raceway last Sunday when litter brothers Master Moment and Maunganui  Havoc – by Master Havoc – were successful for Glencoe owner-trainer Dean Fennell.

Master Moment opens his winning account over My Girl Court at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Master Havoc, a beautifully bred son of Head Honcho and Wee Sal, retired 19 years ago after having won 23 races.

Fast forward to early 2015 and by then local breeder Tracie Price had obtained a Master Havoc straw from Ozenkadnook owner Milla Laddrak who had had the frozen semen in storage for a number of years.

Price opted to use Lucy’s Moment (a daughter of Barely A Moment), who had produced 17-race winner Blazing Moment and the dour city-winning stayer Bekim Lucy’s from her previous litter by Bekim Bale.

Dean Fennell with Banjo Lass, the third leg of his treble at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Master Moment, who lined up from box seven in last Sunday’s Fairthorne Forestry Maiden Stake (400 metres) on the back of two second placings, flew the start and opened up a big break mid-race before holding out My Girl Court – surely a coming winner – to win by a length in 23.69 seconds.

And in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m), Maunganui Havoc, gaining a run as a reserve from box four, gave Southern Edge a fair start down the back before railing through in the home straight and running out a 2½ length winner in 23.61 seconds.

Fennell ended the day with a treble, Banjo Lass taking the lead in the back straight in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (400 m) before holding out Lektra Viki to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.41 seconds.

His last treble had been in June 2017 when Stampy Longnose, Morris Peer and Whatta Moment had been successful at Tara Raceway, the latter also a grandson of Barely A Moment.

Prior to that he had trained three winners at a meeting in early 2010 with Leeor Sam and litter brothers Mao and Kruzer Lad who were sons of Barely A Moment.

Athena to make long-awaited debut

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

There’s a bit happening around the country on Thursday night as far as local greyhound racing followers are concerned.

Locally owned and trained Galactic Athena, winner of the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) in March, will make her long-awaited debut at Angle Park.

Trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew for Moorak owner Robert Chuck, the daughter of Paddy Whacker and Galactic Rumball looks well placed from box seven in the Kurt Donsberg Stake (515 m), a grade six G-SIX event for bitches only.

Galactic Athena’s last start was on April 24 at Warrnambool where she ran third in a heat of the Warrnambool Cup (450 m) behind Dyna Patty who the following week won the $47,000-to-the-winner Group 2 final.

Meanwhile, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley is heading to Sandown Park with her stayer Dyna Quota who ran third in last week’s Bay Road Queen Stayers Cup (731 m) final at Angle Park.

Dyna Quota has drawn box two in heat three of the RSN Sandown Cup (715 m), the lure of $175,000-to-the-winner of next week’s final attracting four star-studded heats for the stayers.

There’s plenty of woof woof in the winner

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Moraine Pippa, having her third run back with Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson after a stint of being trained at St Arnaud, enjoyed a change of luck in last Thursday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 m) when scoring a big win from box eight on a heavy track in 30.64 seconds.

Moraine Pippa pictured winning at Tara Raceway last week.

And the daughter of Dyna Double One and Mepunga Lana looks some chance again this Thursday at Tara Raceway’s 12-race time-graded meeting after drawing box eight in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).

Wilson said Moraine Pippa, a half-sister to Victorian city winner Wilbur Deeds, had had four runs at Ballarat during April for one third, the St Arnaud trainer’s resolve being severely tested.

“Yes, I have to admit there is a fair bit of woof woof in her but we’re working on it.”

The win last week took Wilson’s tally for the year to six and has him on track to reach his yearly goal of a winner a month at Tara Raceway meetings with his team of predominantly giveaways.

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