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Kryptonian impresses in feature maiden heats

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Horsham trainer Jeff Guy has had his fair share of more than handy greyhounds over the years, although it would probably be fair to say there wouldn’t have been too many better than Boozeroo.

By Big Daddy Cool out of Explosive Flash, she won the 2009 Group 1 Maturity and all told raced on 55 occasions for 20 wins and $113,000 in prizemoney.

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Kryptonian looks a top chance in Sunday’s Produce Store Feature Maiden final (512 metres).

Guy, looking to improve on his already outstanding strike rate at Tara Raceway, was back last Sunday for the Mount Gambier Cup carnival heats.

And he was keen to talk up the chances of a youngster called Kryptonian that he had engaged in a heat of the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 metres).

Also by Big Daddy Cool, Kryptonian is out of Scrappy Coco – a beautifully-bred daughter of Pure Octane and Witch Magic – which has produced 99 winners, among them plenty for Guy and owner Chris Johnson.

“Kryptonian trialled brilliantly at Bendigo prior to racing,” he said. “And I remember saying to Chris at the time that if he stays sound I reckon he could be the best dog I’ve ever put a collar and lead on.”

On the back of two minor placings at Bendigo and Warrnambool, the black dog jumped a $3 favourite in his heat, despite drawing box five and having his first run on the track.

And after a slow start and a check on the first turn, Kryptonian looked anything but a $3 chance as the field made its way into the back straight.

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Andy Graham with He’s Got It, winner of heat 1 of the Produce Store Maiden.

By mid-race, though, he’d found some galloping room and in the run home finished too strongly for Tally Ho Kate to win by two lengths.

Although Kryptonian’s time of 30.75 seconds was the slowest of the three heats, his effort couldn’t have been more impressive. From box three in Sunday’s $2000 final he looks the one to beat.

Guy and Johnson look to hold a strong hand in the final with Brazen Fool, a litter sister to Kryptonian, drawn in box four after running a 3¾ length second in the first heat.

Also holding a strong hand is Portland trainer Andy Graham who won the first two heats with He’s Got It and Urie. Their final hopes were further enhanced after drawing boxes two and one respectively.

By Spring Gun x Senni Wendy, He’s Got It became the third member of the litter to win when, after settling in third spot down the back, he railed through on the home turn to hold out Brazen Fool in 30.43 seconds.

Urie, a son of Collision and Cee Anna Rose (a daughter of Senni Wendy), had been crying out for 512 metres and from box one was able to hold out Berry Bling to win by 1¼ lengths in a quick 30.26 seconds.

And Graham’s winning run continued into Tuesday when Back Road, a litter brother to Urie, was an impressive 480 metre winner at Horsham.

Having only his fourth start, on the back of two well-beaten efforts at Tara Raceway in January, Back Road gained a run as a reserve and at $27 made a real mess of the maiden field.

The black dog quickly found the front and on the line had close to 10 lengths to spare in the outstanding time of 27.23 seconds.

Graham, who previously enjoyed plenty of success with Senni Wendy’s litters by Bombastic Shiraz and Elite State, looks set for a good year with youngsters from both the Spring Gun and Collision litters finding plenty in recent runs.

 

LUCK OF THE DRAW

Palmer trainer Michael Stewart fared pretty well with the draw for Sunday’s Mount Gambier Cup day with Wave To Kirra drawing box one in the cup while Scottish Thistle has also drawn the inside in The Fireball (600 m).

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Peter Hubbard with Fireball finalist Cairnlea Lewis.

Despite the fact that Scottish Thistle hadn’t won since last August when successful over 416 metres at Strathalbyn, the white and black bitch came in for plenty of support in the first heat of last Sunday’s The Fireball.

In the end she qualified for the final after running fourth, beaten 5¼ lengths by Full Effect.

However, it was a fair effort from the daughter of Cosmic Chief and 21-race winner Flying Molly after running very wide on the second bend and finding herself off the track down the back straight.

Scottish Thistle should be improved by the run on the track and the drawing of box one but The Fireball final, which also carries a service to former super stayer Destini Fireball, boasts an outstanding line-up.

In fact, with young gun Cairnlea Lewis looking to once again upstage the big guns such as Lektra Kelly, Danyo’s Tom, Dyna Inca, Full Effect and co, this will be the best 600 metre race run at Tara Raceway since middle-distance racing was introduced on June 20, 2014.


Taking time out to smell the roses

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

As far as Grimsby Girl’s appearance in a heat of last Sunday’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup, according to leading local greyhound trainer Tracie Price it was an ideal time for her to step up to the plate, race into the spotlight and knock their socks off.

And step up to the plate she did, winning her way into Sunday’s $10,000 final when leaving a field of seasoned chasers – including last year’s cup winner Lots Of Yap, Future Past, Lektra Outlaw and the 2015 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Cryer’s Fred – in her wake.

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Smelling the roses . . . Tracie Price and Karen Van Der Laan, who will be married next week, pictured yesterday in their Compton garden with Mount Gambier Cup finalist Grimsby Girl.

Grimsby Girl, whelped in March 2014, will now line up from box four in the thirty-sixth Mount Gambier Cup as the youngest runner and the least experienced with only 12 race starts to her name.

It’s a fair ask although Price remains positive about the only local representative’s chances in the time-honoured race.

“For sure, she’ll have to lead to win but she’s the quickest dog early that I’ve got and she pulled up a treat after her heat run.”

Owned by Australian international cricketer James Pattinson, Grimsby Girl has come a fair way since arriving at Price’s Compton kennels last August – unnamed and not rated up to Victorian standard.

And it’s probably fair to say that even Price wasn’t getting too excited after her early trials at Tara Raceway produced only ordinary results.

“At the end of August she actually ran 24.18 seconds with a first split of a very slow 11.31 seconds in a Tara Raceway trial over 400 metres,” said Price’s partner Karen Van Der Laan who produced a trial time book to confirm Grimsby Girl’s inauspicious early runs.

However, Grimsby Girl actually won first up over 416 metres in November at Strathalbyn and by the time the General Destini Summer Classic (512 m) at Tara Raceway came along in early February she had won another three races over 400 metres.

Top efforts behind Cairnlea Lewis in a heat and a 3¼ length third to Menzel Boys in the final were enough to convince Price to include Grimsby Girl among his Mount Gambier Cup nominations although Fear The Rascal and Shannah’s Might were always going to be the kennel’s headline acts.

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Grimsby Girl gets away to a flying start in her Mount Gambier Cup heat at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

But Fear The Rascal had little luck in his heat, eventually running third to Caustic Bale, while Shannah’s Might, back after a long injury break, pleased connections with his fourth placing and the manner in which he pulled up.

By Kinloch Brae out of Oh Cee Ya, Grimsby Girl is a half-sister to Cee Me Burst (by Nitro Burst) which won the 2015 Spring Gun Winter Classic at Tara Raceway for Price.

A lightly raced winner of three races from 11 starts, Oh Cee Ya is by Premier Fantasy out of Oh Behave, a winner of 34 races and $207,000 in prizemoney. She is now based at Compton with Price looking to breed another litter.

Price, still chasing his first Mount Gambier Cup winner, recalls making the 2002 final, won by Penny Melody, with Miss Bongoola and Panda Hand. In 2011 he ran third with Suzy’s Moment behind Banger Harvey.

Last year, Who’s Doing What, after winning her heat in a brilliant 29.75 seconds and then drawing box one in the final, had to be scratched on cup eve by Price after coming on season.

Twelve months later, Who’s Doing What is now keeping a watchful eye on her five pups by Fabregas.

And while Sunday could be a big day for Price with a cup finalist and Full Effect in The Fireball (600 m) final, the following Saturday promises to be even more eventful with Tracie Price and Karen Van Der Laan, his partner of eight years, to be married.

A Mount Gambier Cup win by Grimsby Girl wouldn’t be a bad early wedding present.


Time honours to Mojito Mayhem

Monday, February 29, 2016

Moyston greyhound Mojito Mayhem brought up his fourth successive win when turning in a brilliant effort in the final heat of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

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Julie and Barry Priest and trainer Peter Franklin pictured after Mojito Mayhem’s best of day ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup heat win.

Owned at Bendigo by Barry Priest and trained by Peter Franklin, the versatile Mojito Mayhem commenced his winning streak at Ballarat in January over 545 metres before winning a heat and final feature grade five 400 metre series at Tara Raceway earlier this month.

The son of Fear Zafonic and Graceful Amy jumped a $2 favourite from box one and after a brief early tussle with 2015 cup finalist Cryer’s Ricky he powered away down the back straight in a manner that highlighted just how far he’s come since winning his maiden over 400 metres at Tara Raceway in October 2014.

Mojito Mayhem turned for home well in front and wrapped up the seven cup heats with a seven length win in a best of day 29.67 seconds – only a length outside the track record.

Franklin will return on Sunday with what will be his first Mount Gambier Cup finalist when Mojito Mayhem takes on a top field in the $10,000 event.

Old Jock kicked off the heats in fine fashion for Portland regular Nicole Stanley when leading all the way from box one to defeat King Size Shambi by seven lengths in a personal best time of 29.75 seconds.

It was the second win this year at Tara Raceway for Old Jock which at one stage last year had gone 10 months without a win.

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Old Jock kicked off the cup heats in fine style with a 29.75 sec. win. He is pictured with Nicole Stanley.

By Bekim Bale out of Swift Blaze, the 37 kilogram black dog is raced by the Jock’s Lot Syndicate which is managed by Jock Middleton of Hamilton.

Old Jock will be Stanley’s third Mount Gambier Cup finalist with Wagsalini finishing unplaced behind the Norm McCullagh trained Bay Rhode in 2004 and Waymy unplaced the following year to Terry Scanlon’s Ripin Ruby.

Reputations counted for nothing when promising youngster Grimsby Girl led all the way from box one in the second heat.

The daughter of Kinloch Brae and Oh Cee Ya, having only her twelfth race start, was taking on seasoned proven performers such as Future Past, Cuervo Shot, Lektra Outlaw and Cryer’s Fred.

But in the end it was last year’s cup winner Lots Of Yap that chased her home, eventually going down by three-quarters of a length in 30.07 seconds.

Owned by international Australian cricketer James Pattinson, Grimsby Girl is trained at Compton by Tracie Price and will be the only local runner in Sunday’s final.

Price, who is yet to win the cup, ran third behind Banger Harvey with Suzy’s Moment in 2011.

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Caustic Bale is through to the final for Lewiston trainer Ben Rawlings. Also pictured are Ricky Smith, Mark Polkinghorne and Meg Rawlings.

Ben Rawlings, 25, landed at Tara Raceway on Sunday with pretty impressive credentials – 2015 Leading SA trainer, 2015 SA City Strike Rate Trainer and 2015 SA Country Trainer of the Year.

And Caustic Bale boasted an impressive record as well. A recent addition to Rawlings’ Lewiston kennels after being purchased by the Portlana Syndicate, the brindle son of Bartrim Bale and Tonneli Bale came into heat three with 20 wins and close to $87,000 in prizemoney to his name.

A $2 chance despite drawing box five and having his first run on the track, Caustic Bale was last early before gaining a dream rails run going out of the first turn.

Down the back straight he took over the running from Brazen Bull and finished the race off strongly with a 3¼ length win over Lektra Oscar in 29.95 seconds.

There weren’t any happier winners at Tara Raceway on Sunday than Palmer-based trainer Michael Stewart and his partner Tamica Dunn who landed their first winner at their first trip to Tara Raceway when Wave To Kirra was successful in heat four of the cup.

Away well from box five, the daughter of Collision and Rockarena led all the way to defeat Abscond, which had no luck in the run, by a length in 30.05 seconds.

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Tamica Dunn and Michael Stewart, of Palmer, enjoyed their first visit to Tara Raceway when Wave To Kirra clocked 30.05 sec. to win heat four.

Wave To Kirra, purchased last October from NSW for $6000, is owned by Sean Reynolds with Stewart recently running second in the St Leger (515 m) at Angle Park with the black bitch.

Involved in greyhound racing all his life, Stewart currently has 12 in work including Kas Kahn which ran second to Menzel Boys in the following heat and will be a reserve in the final.

Menzel Boys, owned by Tony Hinrichsen and trained at Gifford Hill by Lisa Rasmussen, maintained his unbeaten record at Tara Raceway when leading all the way to score by 5¼ lengths in a personal best 29.73 seconds.

The son of Dyna Tron and Fighting Fury (an unplaced finalist in Banger Harvey’s 2011 cup) created a huge impression when winning a heat and the final of the recent General Destini Summer Classic at Tara Raceway.

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Tony Rasmussen with Menzel Boys which continued his love affair with Tara Raceway when qualifying for the cup final with a 29.73 sec. heat win.

He then ran a terrific second over 515 metres at Sandown Park last week as a lead-up to the Mount Gambier Cup heats.

The highly anticipated clash between Menzel Boys and Cairnlea Deano failed to materialise when the latter was scratched.

Speaking at the track on Sunday, owner-trainer Peter Hubbard of Grassmere said Cairnlea Deano, a son of Superman and Baurna Molly, had been sold and was now being trained by Brooke Ennis at Lara.

“I was really looking forward to the cup with Cairnlea Deano,” Hubbard said. “In fact, I really enjoy getting over to Mount Gambier with my dogs.

“I had previously refused a few offers for him but when $40,000 was offered I just had to let him go.”

Fluke Of Fantasy, despite looking to be drawn on the wrong side of the track, turned in a top effort to win heat six for Mortlake trainer Peter Crawley.

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He’s the oldest runner in the final but four-year-old Fluke Of Fantasy has never been racing better as indicated by his 29.96 sec. heat. He’s pictured with trainer Peter Crawley of Mortlake.

The son of Premier Fantasy and maiden bitch Lady Juma began quickly from box eight and then chased Danyo’s Frank for the majority of the journey before finishing the stronger to win by a half length in a personal best 29.96 seconds.

The win continued the terrific run the Terang-based Kings Choice Syndicate is having with Fluke Of Fantasy. Managed by Frank Kenna, the black dog has now won 16 races and given the syndicate a successful introduction into greyhound racing.

Crawley, who delivers the Mortlake mail, rates Fluke Of Fantasy as one of his better performers in a 40-year involvement in the sport.

Also through to the thirty-sixth Mount Gambier Cup final is Danyo’s Frank on the strength of his fastest second placing for Callington trainer Lauren Harris.


Menzel Boys tops Calcutta bidding

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Auctioneer Allen Williams knocks down Menzel Boys for $310 at tonight’s Mount Gambier Cup Calcutta at Tara Raceway.

Menzel Boys, recent winner of the General Destini Summer Classic at Tara Raceway, was the most sought-after Mount Gambier Cup runner when bringing $310 at tonight’s Calcutta.

Trained by Lisa Rasmussen, the black son of Dyna Tron and Fighting Fury has drawn box one in the fifth heat with his odds shortening dramatically after the shock scratching of box three runner Cairnlea Deano which has reportedly been sold.

Other runners to attract plenty of interest included Blurred Lines ($250), Lektra Outlaw ($230), Cryer’s Ricky ($170), Shannah’s Might ($170), Mojito Mayhem ($150) and Rhapsody Twist ($150).

The prizemoney breakdown for the Calcutta is $2100, $780 and $400.

 


A work in progress

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sandford trainer Brad Mitchem reckons the Paul White-owned Crazy Sprite is a work in progress.

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Brad and Emily Mitchem with Crazy Sprite, an impressive maiden winner at Tara Raceway last week.

Well, the son of Magic Sprite and three-race winner Our Nanz Awesome appears to be progressing pretty well judging by his latest effort at Tara Raceway last Friday.

Crazy Sprite flew the start from box three in the Trackside Meats Maiden Stake (400 m) and never looked like being beaten, eventually running out an eight length winner over Urie in a more than handy 23.27 seconds.

The black dog, which joined Mitchem’s kennels in October, has raced on only five occasions for his new trainer, having now recorded a win and two minor placings.

And boxing her first winner was Emily Mitchem, the 16-year-old daughter of the trainer, who only recently was granted her handler’s licence.

The litter also continued on its winning way on Monday night at Angle Park when Awesome Nemo was successful for Cooke Plains trainer Wendy Sebastyan who had several runners at Tara Raceway last Friday.

 

BACK YARD BLITZ

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Amanda Darmanin and Tear Away Lucy.

“Back yard” trainer Amanda Darmanin continued her good run with give away greyhounds when Tear Away Lucy was successful in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) last Friday.

The black bitch was quickly away from box two and defied short-priced favourite Lady Vixyma to run her down, eventually winning by 2¼ lengths in 23.31 seconds.

It was a quick return for Darmanin with the winner having joined her kennel only a week prior.

By Fabregas out of Minni Mooksta, Tear Away Lucy is a litter sister to Tear Away Moon which will contest a heat of Sunday’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup.

 

CUTTING IT FINE

Dean Fennell of Glencoe opened his winning account for 2016 at Tara Raceway last Friday when he took training honours for the day with Stampy Longnose and Cerrone.

But it was a case of cutting things pretty fine all-round.

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Stampy Longnose . . . the first leg of a double for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell.

Stampy Longnose, out of the winner’s list since last November when he defeated Fred Of Lidsdale, jumped from box three as a $16 chance in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m).

Mid-field down the back, the son of Fabregas and Lemon Cruiser took a rails run on the home turn and in a desperately close finish he once again got the nod, this time by a half head, over the luckless Fred Of Lidsdale which seems to specialise in close finishes.

The win was Stampy Longnose’s fourth with Fennell putting the return to form down to a change of training tactics.

“I decided to cut his work back a bit and keep him away from the track for a while. The freshen up plus dodging dogs such as Future Past, Cryer’s Ricky and Fear Helvetia also helped.”

Things got even closer later in the day when Cerrone lined up from box one in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m).

Looking for his first win since December, Cerrone was away well from box one and chased $47 rank outsider Penny Blossom until the home turn where they levelled up before slogging it out in the home straight before going over the line as one.

Ultimately the judge settled for a dead-heat. For Fennell it was his first double since December 11 when Cerrone also figured, along with Bumptious. And the shared win saw Penny Blossom back among the winners for local owner Deb Hicks after a five month run of outs.


Local greyhounds on the comeback trail

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Local greyhound trainers Tracie Price and Barry Shepheard haven’t opted for the soft option on Sunday as far as the comeback bids for Shannah’s Might and Allen Wake are concerned.

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Barry Shepheard with Allen Wake which returns to racing on Sunday in a heat of The Fireball (600 m).

Shannah’s Might, a winner of eight races from only 15 starts, hasn’t raced since winning over 515 metres at Angle Park in 29.91 seconds in late August.

However, several recent smart trials at Tara Raceway convinced Mingbool owner Don Nunn and Price to push on to the Mount Gambier Cup with the son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star.

And while Shannah’s Might doesn’t look too badly drawn in box seven in heat four of the cup this heat is no different from the other six insomuch that it possesses plenty of depth – including recent Wentworth Park, Sandown Park, Angle Park and Shepparton winners.

For Allen Wake, trainer Barry Shepheard and co-owners Kevin Jones and Jack Casey, it’s been a long road back.

A winner of 11 races from 53 starts, Allen Wake hasn’t raced since late May with Shepheard displaying plenty of patience with the son of Bekim Bale and Horizon Bale.

The black dog, which will return to racing in the second heat of The Fireball (600 metres), has drawn awkwardly in box five and meets a fair sort of field that includes Lektra Kelly, Cairnlea Lewis and Danyo’s Tom.


Record nominations for Mount Gambier Cup Carnival

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Record nominations for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s cup carnival heats at Tara Raceway on Sunday have ensured an outstanding day of racing.

The 12-race “Super Sunday” will incorporate the thirty-sixth running of the Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres), sponsored for the second consecutive year by ClassicBet, three heats of the Produce Store Maiden (512 m) and two heats of The Fireball (600 m).

And as far as the cup is concerned there will be no margin for error with only the seven heat winners and the fastest second placegetter advancing to Sunday week’s $10,000 final.

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Keira (left) and owner Tony Hinrichsen, and Lauren Harris with Menzel Boys, which has drawn box one in heat five of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup.

ADELAIDE-trained chaser Blurred Lines (Ben Rawlings) looks well drawn in box two in the first heat (race six). The beautifully bred son of Bartrim Bale and Witch Fantasy has won 26 races and close to $110,000 in prizemoney. King Size Shambi, which is big in stature (38 kilograms), has a big motor and will be running home strongly for Daisy Hill trainer Gary Hansen while 2014 Adelaide Cup finalist Valladares (Lauren Harris) hasn’t raced since November when winning at Gawler but still warrants respect.

THE Peter Franklin trained Future Past (box two) and Cryer’s Fred (box eight), trained at Apsley by Tom Cryer, know the track backwards and look likely to figure prominently in the second heat. Lektra Outlaw (box seven), now back with owner Phil Lenehan, has won 12 races from 75 starts for close to $75,000 in prizemoney. He’s trialled at Tara Raceway but has never won from box seven.

IN heat three, former Victorian Caustic Bale (box five), a winner of almost $87,000, will be having his first start for Rawlings and looks the testing material here even though he hasn’t won since November. A winner of 20 races from 66 starts, Caustic Bale was a luckless fourth at Sandown Park at the end of January. The Tracie Price trained Fear The Rascal (box two) has a tremendous record at Tara Raceway and looks one of the better local hopes. Harris’ Nit Noi (box three) showed plenty of pace at Angle Park on Monday night before running second.

THERE’S plenty of interest in heat four with the Price-trained Shannah’s Might (box seven) returning to the race track for the first time since winning three in succession at Angle Park last August. He’s been trialling well after a long injury break. Tear Away Moon (box four), trained at Koroit by Ray Mahony, is yet to win over 512 metres at Tara Raceway but did the job well when winning in 29.92 seconds at Sandown (515 m) earlier this month. Abscond (box six) was an impressive recent winner at Shepparton over 450 metres from the same box for leading Victorian trainer Robert Britton who last won the Mount Gambier Cup in 2011 with Banger Harvey.

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Former WA chaser Becami Benny, an impressive Tara Raceway winner last week, has drawn box six in the final heat of the cup. He is pictured with Tracie Price and Karen Van Der Laan.

THE Lisa Rasmussen trained Menzel Boys (box one) will be out to maintain his unbeaten Tara Raceway record in heat five. A heat and final winner of the recent General Destini Summer Classic, he followed up with an excellent second at Sandown over 515 metres last Sunday. Peter Hubbard’s Cairnlea Deano (box three) is a recent 29.70 seconds Tara Raceway winner and a repeat of that effort will make him mighty hard to beat. Ponting’s Nail (box eight) looks well drawn for Lenehan and should be further improved on his first-up third over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last week.

IN heat six, Liam’s Entity (box five) looks another top chance for Rawlings. A winner of 16 races, the son of El Galo and Westmead Tina looked impressive when winning at Angle Park over 515 metres last Thursday night in a quick 29.57 seconds. The Harris-trained Danyo’s Frank (box six) was a winner at Tara Raceway earlier this month and should be better for that run. Bob Wombwell’s Fear Helvetia (box one) was too good for Future Past a couple of weeks ago and is well drawn.

IN the final heat Cryer’s Ricky (box two) is coming off a track record run over 400 metres at last week’s Tara Raceway meeting. But he’s also won 15 races over the 512 metres and looks another top chance for Cryer. Mojito Mayhem (box one) has won his past three starts for Franklin – one at Ballarat over 545 metres and two 400 metre races locally. His record from box one is nothing special but he’s too good to dismiss from any box. Another Price runner in Becami Benny (box six) did the job well to win first-up at Tara Raceway last week and should be further improved.

 

SPIRITED BIDDING LIKELY AT CALCUTTA

Seven evenly-graded ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup heats should ensure plenty of spirited bidding at Saturday night’s Calcutta at Tara Raceway.

Last year the top-priced greyhound was the Tracie Price trained Who’s Doing What which sold for $185.

It’s now history how she was scratched from the final with reserve runner Lots Of Yap taking her place from box one and winning the cup.

Lots Of Yap sold for $30 at the Calcutta with the purchasers receiving a return of $1500.

Prior to the Calcutta, the Leading Trainer award will be presented to Tracie Price and the Greyhound of the Year award to Cryer’s Fred’s connections, Margaret and Tom Cryer.

All are welcome to attend the night, with meals available from 6.30. Calcutta raffle tickets will also be on sale prior to the auctioning of all cup runners.


Winning line continues for Portland breeder

Monday, February 22, 2016

While Portland breeder-owner-trainer Andy Graham continues to enjoy success with progeny from Senni Wendy, one of her daughters – Cee Anna Rose – also looks to have produced a promising type in the form of Southy.

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Andy Graham pictured with Southy after his impressive maiden win at Tara Raceway last Friday.

After three unplaced short-course runs at Warrnambool and Tara Raceway, Graham stepped the son of Collision up to 512 metres last Friday in The Border Watch Maiden Stake.

And Southy never looked like being beaten, leading all the way from box one to defeat Dark Nemesis by 4¼ lengths in 30.37 seconds and give his dam her first winner.

Graham said Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz, was the best of Senni Wendy’s offspring even though Street Life, from a later litter by Elite State, won 17 races and close to $40,000.

“Cee Anna Rose raced on only 18 occasions but won six races including two in succession at The Meadows.

“I don’t believe we ever saw the best of her so hopefully some of her progeny will now go on and make their mark on the track.”

She also has another litter – by Cosmic Chief – to follow.

 

SECOND TIME LUCKY

Mortlake trainer Paul Herry has had more luck the second time around with the much-travelled Cairnlea Red which is now on his sixth trainer.

Herry actually trained the fawn dog for a fortnight in March last year when he had one unplaced run at Warrnambool before being transferred to Adelaide.

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Paul Herry’s Cairnlea Red found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Friday when finishing strongly in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 m).

Cairnlea Red later found his way back to Portland and trainer Robert Halliday who won two races with him at Tara Raceway.

By late January he was back in Mortlake, where he is owned by service station proprietor Dean McKenzie, with Cairnlea Red having his first start for his “new” kennel last Monday over 450 metres at Ballarat.

Displaying his customary lack of early pace, he was last early at Ballarat before working home well to run third.

While there wasn’t much wrong with the run, Cairnlea Red didn’t look all that well drawn in box six in Friday’s more than handy Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 m).

Once again he was a clear last early before winding up off the back and finishing strongly to score by three-quarters of a length over Miss Petrova in 30.30 seconds.

By El Grand Senor, Cairnlea Red is out of the unraced Lemon Ice, which is a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and the US bred Greys Lemon Ice.

And a couple of hours after winning his first race since last July his litter sister Latino Ice, in direct contrast to her brother, led all the way to win over 500 metres at Bendigo.

Cairnlea Red will now clash with Cairnlea Lewis and Lektra Kelly over 570 metres at Horsham tomorrow night prior to Herry returning to Tara Raceway on Sunday for the commencement of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival.


Maiden win a real family affair

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The locally-based Holmes-Klaassens team celebrated in style at Tara Raceway last Friday after Lady Tarc scored an improbable last-gasp victory in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 metres).

Improbable insomuch that down the back straight the 26 kilogram black bitch looked anything but a winning chance as My Only Sunshine bowled along in front with what appeared to be a winning break.

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Tim (left) and Allan Holmes and Chris and Rex Klaassens after Lady Tarc opened her winning account at Tara Raceway last Friday.

But off the back Lady Tarc found the rails before unleashing a strong home straight finish and grabbing the leader in the shadows of the post to score by a head in 30.85 seconds.

By Spring Gun out of Suzy’s Moment, the May 2014 whelping, after four previous promising efforts at Tara Raceway, jumped a $3.20 favourite and didn’t let her band of supporters down.

Lady Tarc is raced by Allan Holmes and son Tim, together with Rex Klaassens and his son, local electrician and club sponsor Chris.

The win broke a run of outs for long-time Moorak trainer Allan Holmes whose last winners had been more than 12 months ago when Michael Allan and Eumeralla Boss had been successful at Tara Raceway on January 4, 2015.

And for Rex Klaassens, it’s been a case of landing a winner with his very first greyhound.

Tracie Price, of Compton, bred Lady Tarc – a litter sister to recent General Destini Summer Classic  finalist Real Moment – with Tim Holmes recalling how the quartet came to purchase last Friday’s winner.

“We were out at Tracie’s one day and this black bitch really took our fancy,” he said. “It turned out she was 11 months old and a daughter of Suzy’s Moment which had run third in a Mount Gambier Cup.

“Tracie said she was for sale for $2000 so by the next day we had ourselves a greyhound and she moved out to Moorak to complete her rearing.”


Cryer’s Ricky lowers own track record

Friday, February 19, 2016

Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Ricky brought up win number 21 and claimed outright short course honours at Tara Raceway this afternoon when he lowered his own 400 metre track record.

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Margaret and Tom Cryer with Cryer’s Ricky after his record-breaking run over 400 metres at Tara Raceway this afternoon.

Only a fortnight ago the son of Spring Gun and Cryer’s Midget equalled Ireland’s Oyster’s then-record of 22.83 seconds.

Quickly away today from box three in the Berringa Park Kennels Mixed Stake, Cryer’s Ricky carved out splits of 10.67 seconds and 12.11 seconds to post 22.78 seconds when defeating Rowchester King by 8½ lengths.

Owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom, Cryer’s Ricky’s record-breaking run turned out to be quite timely with Cryer’s Midget currently in Bendigo to be mated with Spud Regis.

Cryer’s Ricky, together with litter brother Cryer’s Fred, will now contest Sunday week’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup heats.

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Lektra Kelly recorded another stylish 600 metre win at Tara Raceway today for owner-trainer Phil Lenehan.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Lektra Kelly maintained her unbeaten middle-distance Tara Raceway record when brilliantly winning her fourth 600 metre race.

The stoutly-bred daughter of Bobby Boucheau and Dohtmann led all the way in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake, eventually running out a 10½ length winner over Big Black Rusty in another quick time of 35.24 seconds.

Lektra Kelly was coming off the back of a fifth-placing over 570 metres at Horsham on January 26 with Toolong owner-trainer Phil Lenehan believing the 23½ kilogram bitch should have been improved by today’s run.

“This was her first run for three weeks. She’ll now go around over 570 metres at Horsham on Tuesday night as a lead-up to Sunday week’s Tara Raceway meeting,” he said.

Also in Tuesday’s race is Cairnlea Lewis, runner-up in last week’s General Destini Summer Classic at Tara Raceway.

Lenehan is setting Lektra Kelly for The Fireball, heats of which will be run over 600 metres on February 28. The final will be run on Mount Gambier Cup day (Sunday, March 6) and will also carry a service to former champion stayer Destini Fireball.