SUNDAY, MARCH 25: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, APRIL 1: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, March 27 with GRSA. SUNDAY, APRIL 8: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, April 3 with GRSA. See “Racing Calendar” for full details. HOT WEATHER POLICY: Please note that when the Mount Gambier temperature is forecast at 32 degrees or higher on a race day the kennels will be open a half hour earlier. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.
Friday, November 6, 2015
First starter Krypton Queen was an impressive winner of the Laser Electrical Open Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway this afternoon.
Trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew, the 19-month-old black bitch jumped well from box four and despite racing greenly impressed with the manner in which she finished powerfully to defeat the seasoned Classy Arrow by 1½ lengths in 23.85 seconds.
By Superman out of Which Class, Krypton Queen was bred at Moorak by Robert Chuck who sold a share in her to Bartholomew, his wife Lehanne and Ken Gillespie.
So it’s not hard to work out the origins of the winner’s name with Krypton being a fictional planet and the original home of the fictional superhero Superman.
Chuck purchased Which Class in late 2010 after she had won a maiden heat and final at Ballarat. He then sent her to race in WA where she won four races at Mandurah before returning to Mount Gambier.
She picked up a win at Tara Raceway and was then retired in late 2011 in readiness for a breeding career.
But as it turned out Chuck was going to have to wait a while for a litter out of the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Cosmic Goddess, herself a winner of eight races at Mandurah.
“To be honest, I was starting to wonder if she was ever going to come on season,” Chuck said. “Finally she did, more than two years later, with a resultant litter producing five dogs and one bitch to Superman.”
Bartholomew, while delighted with the first-up win, is the first to admit that Krypton Queen has “issues”.
“She can be a real handful around the kennels,” he said. “And we quickly gave up trying to break her in ourselves when we couldn’t get her in the boxes.
“She was sent over to Steve Elsum at Camperdown. He sorted her out and after a couple of weeks reckoned she could run a bit.
“I was pleased with the manner in which she ran home today, suggesting that she should run out a strong 512 metres.”
And part-owner Gillespie can also vouch for Krypton Queen’s “issues”.
“Some weeks ago I was getting her out of the kennel at Worrolong and she jumped up and gave me one hell of a bang on the jaw. I’m still feeling the effects of the altercation now.”
Due to an abundance of pups, Chuck leased out Which Class to Compton breeder Tracie Price for a second litter by Cosmic Rumble.
But she will return to Moorak for a third litter by 27-race winner Blazin Wildfire, a US sire by Dragon Fire (by Brett Lee) out of Tin Nee Ann.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Hobby trainer Monty Wilson is being rewarded for the effort he puts in with his small team of racing greyhounds.
Hardly a day goes by that Wilson doesn’t undertake the 80 kilometre round trip from Mumbannar to Mount Gambier and back in order that his dogs can free gallop at the Tara Raceway slipping track.
“It requires a bit of travelling but I’ve certainly had a lot more success on the race track since the slipping track was opened,” he said.
At the beginning of the year Wilson had aimed for one win a month. And through the efforts of Turanza Creek, Mr Spartacus, Charley Arabali, Boolite Bruiser and Fireball Jack the average was being met leading into last month.
But come the October 30 meeting Wilson was cutting things a bit fine as he still hadn’t trained a winner for the month to maintain the status quo.
Kennel newcomer Southwood Rose soon remedied that, though, when leading all the way in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
The strike rate remains intact for “one a month Monty”.
FS NOW BEING STORED LOCALLY
The recent announcement that Gambier Vets had been accredited by Greyhounds Australasia as an approved facility for the storage of canine semen was good news for local breeders.
Even better news is that Gambier Vets now has frozen semen stored from Rocky Ridge Farm sires.
Sires include Lochinvar Marlow (Bombastic Shiraz x Sensation Lee), Swift Fancy (Collision x Flash Fancy), Don’t Knocka Him (Knocka Norris x Surf Queen), Shakey Jakey (Collision x Kiacatoo Pearl) and Zulu Zeus (Where’s Pedro x Fancy Jaffa).
Breeders with any questions regarding frozen semen artificial insemination should contact Rebel Skirving, who is accredited in FSAI, at Gambier Vets.
WHO’S DOING WHAT TO BE MATED
While it’s early days yet, Compton-based Tracie Price reports that Who’s Doing What will be mated next week with Fabregas (Bombastic Shiraz x Wicked Witch).
The daughter of High Earner and No Recall won 16 races and recorded 16 minor placings from 57 starts with Price the trainer for much of her career. He has now retained her for breeding.
One of the best greyhounds to go around Tara Raceway over the past 18 months, Who’s Doing What recorded personal best times of 23.03 seconds (400 m) and 29.72 seconds (512 m). She also won at Cannington, Geelong, Angle Park, Warrnambool, Strathalbyn and Gawler.
Raced by WA father and son team Peter and Andrew Haines, the blue bitch is from a tremendous litter that has won more than 100 races and $520,000 in stake earnings.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Coleraine greyhound Fear Helvetia looks well placed to find winning form again when he tackles the first heat of the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon.
Owned and trained by local-track regular Bob Wombwell, Fear Helvetia, which has drawn box four, should appreciate the drop back to grade five company after two runs in mixed company.
On the back of two consecutive 512 metre wins at Tara Raceway in October, the white and black dog ran fourth behind Carly Jay on October 25 before a 3½ length fourth behind Rumbling Rick last Friday.
Wombwell, who purchased Fear Helvetia in early July after he had won at Tara Raceway, has now won four races from 15 starts with the son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star.
Miss Utopia, which handled herself well last Friday when winning on debut at Tara Raceway looks one of the main dangers.
The Kevin Finn trained bitch railed on the home turn before running out a three-quarter length winner in a handy 30.40 seconds and should be improved by the run on the track.
Sookie’s Fantasy, which ran a handy three length third behind Southwood Rose last week for Lizzie Boers, is also racing consistently while the interesting runner is the Tracie Price trained Whatta Moment – unbeaten in three runs over 400 metres but yet to fire in two attempts at 512 metres.
Heat two of the memorial sees Saint Jane return to Tara Raceway and she should be hard to beat from box two.
Trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Saint Jane has won over 400 metres at Tara Raceway but is yet to race over 512 metres.
However the daughter of Fabregas and Thecla Bale has a handy race record of six wins from 32 starts and boasts a smart 25.38 seconds 450 metre win at Warrnambool.
Old Jock appears as one of the main dangers. Trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley, the black dog hasn’t won since February but gave plenty of cheek last week when chasing Lots Of Yap home to finish a 1¾ length second in 30.29 seconds.
Cryer’s Jack and Boris Bekim, which fought out last week’s 600 metre event, could well do the same again tomorrow in the third and final memorial heat.
Cryer’s Jack, trained at Apsley by Tom Cryer, railed up on Mega Moment down the back to take the lead in the 600 metre event and then held off a determined Boris Bekim in the run home.
Boris Bekim hasn’t won in seven months but has been racing consistently for Warrnambool trainer Brian Fish. The son of Bekim Bale and Southwood Sandy has drawn box eight while Cryer’s Jack will jump from the seven.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham has won the past two time-honoured McDonnell Memorials with Bourne Again.
In 2013 she defeated Cool Tappin’ and then last year, when the event was run as an Open race, she scored a great win over Who’s Doing What in a quick 29.73 seconds.
This year Peckham will be represented by Weblec Angel, Fred Of Lidsdale and Chelsea Bird.
The first two placegetters from each heat, along with the fastest two thirds, will advance to the Sunday, November 15 final which will carry $2025 prizemoney and a trophy to the winner.
BUSY DAY FOR REN SHEN PROGENY
There’ll be something of a Chinese influence at Tara Raceway on Friday with progeny from two Ren Shen litters going around.
By Slater out of Oxley Apache, Ren Shen is owned by Hobart chiropractor Robert English who also specialises in Chinese medicine and acupuncture – hence the Chinese-named greyhounds.
Ren Shen, which won seven races in Tasmania and one at Horsham, actually had a couple of runs at Tara Raceway in 2012, running fourth behind Keep Looking in a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup.
English has bred two litters from Ren Shen – the first to El Grand Senor and then Fear Zafonic – with quite a few of them finding their way to Tara Raceway.
Recent Strathalbyn winner Fu Shen, from the first litter, will line up in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) for Brad Mitchem and will clash with half-brother Ming Men Shen which was a maiden winner last Friday at Tara Raceway for Bernie Rogers.
Other members of the Fear Zafonic litter to race will be Hong Shen, Jen Shen, Dan Shen and Fu Ling Shen.
A couple of other El Grand Senor x Ren Shen bitches that will race on Friday but don’t carry a Chinese name are the Smiley Gordon trained Barmaid and Sweeney Miss.
And John Little’s Bungaloo Diva, which is also in the Produce Store Stake, is by Fear Zafonic out of Dang Shen, a litter sister to Ren Shen.
Monday, November 2, 2015
A Winning Formula promotion at Tara Raceway on Sunday, December 6 will see greyhounds finishing down the line receive a 500g tub of K9 Essential Salts.
“If during the hot weather trainers are thinking panting and body salt loss in regard to their greyhounds then they should be thinking K9 Essential Salts, a formulation of essential body salts and carbohydrate,” Bryce said.
Winning Post Supplies has been a great supporter of Tara Raceway feature grade five races this year with Winning Formula products donated to the added-money events.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Rumbling Rick, owned by Australian cricketing legend Ricky Ponting, brought up win number 87 on SA tracks this year for Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price when successful in the Gordon Refrigeration Free For All (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon.
And while cricket in Australia holds 87 as a superstitiously unlucky number – often referred to as the “devil’s number” due to the fact that 87 is 13 runs short of a century – Price quickly moved on, ending the day with four winners and 89 in total.
His winning day kicked off in the Bartholomew Stake when Whatta Moment maintained his unbeaten record over the 400 metre journey at Tara Raceway.
The 35 kilogram son of Bit Chili and Devil Moon quickly set the scene of the race with a 10.79 seconds first split, and then defied Make Me Classy to run him down, eventually winning his third short-course sprint by 2½ lengths in a best of day 23.20 seconds.
The 4½-year-old Rumbling Rick, at start number 97, had too much dash for his younger rivals when leading all the way to hold out Cryer’s Ricky and Thanks Captain and win in a best of day 30.20 seconds.
This was Rumbling Rick’s third win since joining Price’s kennels a couple of months ago. By Cosmic Rumble out of Ricky’s Angel, the fawn dog has now won 24 races and recorded 32 minor placings for stakemoney of $87,000.
Ex-Victorian Reel Them In made it a treble for the kennel when leading all the way from box six to win the Metal Worx Stake and bring up his third 400 metre win at Tara Raceway.
And Pam’s Boy, probably better suited over more ground, gave Price four winners for the day when turning in a powerful display of chasing in the final event, the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (400 m).
Owned in WA by Andrew and Peter Haines and Chris Halse, the son of Bekim Bale and Not In Kansas chased Alexandra Grace into the home straight before finishing too well to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.39 seconds.
For the 51-year-old Price, enjoying his best year in a 30-year involvement in greyhound racing, his 89 wins place him in the top 30 on the Australian trainers’ list and in the SA top six.
One hundred winners for the year now look extremely likely.
Locally, with an already record-breaking 76 wins at Tara Raceway this year, Price is well-clear of Apsley trainer Tom Cryer, who with 33 winners sits in second spot.
BLAZING NITRO FIRES UP
Long-time Tara Raceway regular Michael Niele, of Berringa, after Alchemist Quest’s win a fortnight ago, followed up again on Friday with Blazing Nitro.
Well drawn in box eight in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), the giant dog quickly found the front before holding out a fast-finishing Ima Blaze to score by a neck in 23.66 seconds.
By Nitro Blaze out of Connemara Suzy, Blazing Nitro is owned by Steve Edgar who purchased the black dog as a pup from Drysdale breeder Jerry Maye.
Edgar, who was on-course to enjoy the win, is Niele’s biggest client with more than 20 pups and racing greyhounds at Berringa Park Kennels.
Connemara Suzy, a 32 kilogram handy race bitch, raced on 94 occasions for 26 wins and 30 minor placings for $43,000 in prizemoney.
And it’s apparent that Blazing Nitro has inherited some of his dam’s size as he weighs in close to 39 kilograms – and they don’t come much bigger than that.
But according to Niele, there was a time when Blazing Nitro was well over the 40 kilogram mark.
“When he went off to be broken-in he was close to 43 kilograms. In fact, he was so big that it was a real effort to get him into the starting box.”
As it turned out, it was a good week for the litter with brother Connemara Black, also a fair size at 37 kilograms, winning at Geelong on the previous Tuesday.
AN IDEAL MATE
The day didn’t start off all that well for Warrnambool trainer Kevin Finn and the Three Gen Syndicate when Miley took a harmless tumble in the Bartholomew Stake (400 m).
However, later in the day things brightened up considerably for the Finn family when Miss Utopia, having her first run at Tara Raceway, was successful in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
Fairly away from box five, the black bitch moved into second spot behind tearaway leader Lektra Dame going out of the first turn.
Lektra Dame, a recent Warrnambool winner, continued to show the way until the home turn where she moved out and allowed Miss Utopia to rail through and go on to a half length win in a handy 30.40 seconds.
Sweeney Miss, a half-sister to Ming Men Shen, winner of the Greyhound-Data Open Maiden Stake (400 m) earlier in the day, continued her consistent form for Millicent connections Smiley Gordon and Gavin Watts when finishing strongly to grab third spot.
Miss Utopia, a July 2013 daughter of Premier Fantasy and Victorian city winner Fast Red, has given the Three Gen Syndicate a quick return on what was a modest investment.
“We were looking for a kennel companion for Miley,” syndicate member Marita Byron said. “Miss Utopia was advertised for a reasonable price after having raced only 14 times for a maiden win at Bendigo. She had also been placed at Bendigo and Geelong.”
Finn, who is Miss Utopia’s fourth trainer, has placed his dogs well to win at Tara Raceway with recent winners also including Spot Me Run and Miley.
Miss Utopia was having only her third start for the Three Gen Syndicate which is managed by Finn’s wife Lorraine, and also comprises their daughter Marita and grandson Anthony Laing-Smith, 21.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Allestree trainer Ben Boers must have been starting to wonder whether Lots Of Yap was ever going to win another race.
Not that he was really complaining. After all, her last win, albeit some seven months ago, was the Mount Gambier Cup.
But the victory celebrations were short-lived as the cup winner shortly afterwards came down with water diabetes which saw her off the scene for some weeks.
Not that her form in the ensuing months was all that bad – among her dozen or so minor placings in that period there had been some really good runs.
Today’s Berringa Park Kennels Stake (512 metres) was a fair sort of grade five with Lots Of Yap looking likely to be tested from box six in a field that included the well-fancied pair of Old Jock and Miss Jacovella.
However, pretty well 12 months to the day that Lots Of Yap had won her maiden at Tara Raceway, she found winning form again.
Taking the lead going out of the first turn, the 26 kilogram bitch never looked like being headed and on the line had 1¾ lengths to spare over Old Jock, a giant of a dog that tips the scales at 38 kilograms.
The overdue win came on the back of a promising middle-distance debut at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Boers believes that run contributed to today’s success.
“Fair enough, she was well beaten by Dee Tee when running second but I reckon the run over 600 metres and then the drop back in distance today was the key to the win.”
Boers said Lots Of Yap would now be set for the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet, which will be run in December over 400 metres for grade five bitches. The $2025 final will also carry a service to the imported Westmead Osprey.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Future Past, which along with Thanks Tubby will represent Mount Gambier in Sunday night’s SA Country Cup final at Gawler, should have benefited from a run at that track last Friday afternoon.
This is the opinion of Peter Franklin who made the long trip from Moyston in Victoria to Gawler last week in order to give Future Past a look at the track under race conditions.
Trained by Franklin for Bendigo builder Barry Priest, Future Past was slowly away from box one and, despite appearing lost on the track, worked home well to finish second to Strathalbyn Country Cup representative Everlasting Gaze.
“I was happy with his first look at the track,” Franklin said. “He’s now experienced the quieter run-up of the Bramich lure and hopefully from box three on Sunday night he can find a forward spot early.”
Franklin said the one to beat in the $7275 final, to be run over 531 metres, was obviously My Excuse which won the Gawler heat in a smart 30.54 seconds.
Thanks Tubby, which also represented Mount Gambier in last year’s SA Country Cup at Strathalbyn, qualified when running a three-quarter length second to Future Past in the local heat (512 m) on October 16.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham, who has guided the 512 metre record holder to 19 wins at Tara Raceway, then transferred Thanks Tubby to Adelaide trainer Laurie Cahalan in order that she could have a look at the Gawler track leading up to the final.
Cahalan trialled her box to box this morning at Gawler and was reasonably pleased with her effort.
“She probably trialled the equivalent of grade five time but should find some improvement on the run,” he said.
“It took her a few days to settle in to the new surroundings in Adelaide, however all’s good now and I’ll round her preparation off with some beach work.”
But Peckham doubts Thanks Tubby can win the final which carries an impressive prizemoney breakdown of $5000, $1250 and $625 along with $100 to unplaced runners.
“She couldn’t win the event 12 months ago and she’s certainly not as good now,” he said. “And box five certainly hasn’t helped her cause.”
The final field is: 1 Gustow Bale (Port Augusta), 2 Everlasting Gaze (Strathalbyn), 3 Future Past (Mount Gambier), 4 Wayne’s Error (Gawler), 5 Thanks Tubby (Mount Gambier), 6 Nit Noi (Strathalbyn), 7 Madam Crash (Port Augusta), 8 My Excuse (Gawler).
CHANGE OF TRACK PAYS OFF
According to Serviceton greyhound trainer David Brodhurst, a change of track was probably the key to Viscount Vane’s win at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon.
Away well from box five in the Premier Boloney @ Stud Stake (400 metres), the three-year-old black dog was never headed when defeating short-price favourite Make Me Classy by 1½ lengths in 23.48 seconds.
Viscount Vane’s last win had been three months ago when he defeated kennelmate Accurso’s Fame by a lip at Tara Raceway.
“To be honest, I think he’d become a little stale at Tara Raceway. So earlier this month we took him up to Strathalbyn and raced him over 319 metres,” Brodhurst said.
“He didn’t perform particularly well there but the change of track seemed to brighten him up and he certainly showed a lot more dash today.”
By Vee Man Vane out of Liza Brown, Viscount Vane was picked up earlier this year from Adelaide for $1400 by Brodhurst and his wife Valerie who owns the dog.
“He’s now won three races at Tara Raceway since we’ve had him and has well and truly paid for himself,” said the trainer.
Viscount Vane’s litter also includes Oz Striker, a winner of 10 races, and She’s So Vain (seven wins), although it’s the dam, Liza Brown, where the most interest lies.
Liza Brown, which won only one race from 12 starts, is beautifully bred, being by Token Prince out of Isa Brown, a winner of 22 races and $172,000 in prizemoney.
In January 2014 Liza Brown whelped a second litter – this time to Lochinvar Marlow – and the performances of a couple of the progeny have been quite remarkable.
Lachlan Brown has won six races and recorded two seconds from only eight starts at Angle Park and Gawler. Included in that form line is an Adelaide Cup heat win and second placing behind Fernando Bale in the final.
Marlow Brown, from only five starts, has won three races and run two seconds at Gawler. One of the seconds was in a Gawler Gold Cup heat on Tuesday and he’ll jump from box three in Sunday night’s final.
Meanwhile, back at Serviceton, the recently-retired David and Valerie Brodhurst can only dare to dream of similar success to that of Viscount Vane’s half-brothers with their own six-month-old pups from a litter by Sure As out of Starpic, a winner of 13 races.
And at the same time keep busy with their team of five racing greyhounds, El Jay Torana included, which went desperately close to giving the couple a double last Sunday when second to Our Blue Earner.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A best of the day win at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon has connections of Thanks Captain reconsidering the greyhound’s future racing plans.
The 36 kilogram son of Fabregas and Zadar Belle led all the way from box one in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake over 512 metres to defeat Our Spinner by five lengths in a smart 30.10 seconds.
Trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Thanks Captain is owned by long-time kennel client Ross Schurgott who purchased the black dog when a five-month-old pup for $1000.
“Ross had been keen to place him in Adelaide for a crack at races at Angle Park and Gawler after he’d won impressively at Tara Raceway at the end of August,” Peckham said.
“But he seemed to struggle a bit after that with last Sunday being his first win since then. However, he looked pretty good in that win and a short-term change of kennels is certainly on the cards.”
Peckham and Schurgott will have an even better idea as to how Thanks Captain is travelling when he takes on a classy field from box eight in Friday’s Gordon Refrigeration Free For All (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
“This is a rise in class for him with dogs such as Fear Helvetia, Rumbling Rick, Cryer’s Fred and Cryer’s Ricky in the field,” Peckham said.
“Realistically, though, he’ll need to be competitive on Friday if he’s to be any chance in Adelaide.”
MIDDLE DISTANCE RACING HOLDING UP WELL
Owners and trainers continue to get behind 600 metre racing at Tara Raceway with Friday’s Premier Boloney @ Stud Free For All attracting eight runners.
And while there’s no Premier Boloney in this race, it has attracted a more than handy line-up with Dee Tee looking to make it two middle-distance wins in a row.
Well drawn in box eight last Sunday, Dee Tee had no trouble in leading all the way to score a comfortable win for Bushfield owner-trainer Gary Lane.
The daughter of El Grand Senor and Mantra Miss has drawn box five on Friday. And while it’s generally accepted that she has to lead to win, her draw is tough given the five’s 8.6% winning strike rate compared to 22.2% from box eight.
Compton trainer Tracie Price steps up former WA chaser Full Effect to 600 metres for the first time at Tara Raceway following a couple of recent fast-finishing placings over 512 metres.
The son of Bekim Bale, which has drawn box two, will have no problems with the distance having won over 642 metres at Cannington in his home state.
Boolite Bruiser is back over 600 metres for the first time since early September when he dead-heated with Upset Boy in the Berringa Park Iron Dog final.
The white and black dog has recently turned in handy efforts at Warrnambool and Tara Raceway for Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson who will be hoping for a forward showing tomorrow as a lead-in to a 570 metre event at Horsham next week.
Boris Bekim doesn’t win out of turn but he was spotted working home quite well in third spot behind Carly Jay over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Trained at Dennington by Brian Fish, Boris Bekim doesn’t have a lot of middle-distance form to his name but he has been placed over 570 metres at Horsham.
CONSECUTIVE FRIDAY MEETINGS
In a change from normal procedure, greyhound racing will be conducted at Tara Raceway on Friday and again on the following Friday (November 6).
The November 6 meeting will feature heats of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial. This year the event will be for grade five greyhounds over the 512 metre journey.
The final, which will be run on Sunday, November 15, will carry prizemoney of $2025 and a trophy donated by members of the McDonnell family who will be on course for the presentation.
Newman McDonnell, a 1983 life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc., raced many successful greyhounds which carried the “Tara” prefix.
And “Tara” continues to be synonymous with greyhound racing in the South-East with the original track at Glenburnie and the present venue on Lake Terrace East both being named Tara Raceway.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Long-time Tara Raceway regulars, David and Toni Jones, were back with a vengeance on Sunday afternoon when landing a treble.
The husband and wife training team, who run a greyhound complex at Devon Meadows in Victoria, were successful with Sage Jay, Carly Jay and Our Blue Earner.
The Jones’, who hadn’t raced at Tara Raceway since August, were quick to find winning form on Sunday when Sage Jay won the first race, the Williams Crane Hire Open Maiden Stake (512 m).
Sage Jay, still looking for her first win after running third in the John Reid Memorial final in July, quickly crossed Nice Hat Dennis to take the lead and from then on never looked in any danger of defeat.
On the line the daughter of Nitro Burst and Padstow Pattie had 3¾ lengths to spare over Nice Hat Dennis (also by Nitro Burst) and Ima Bandit in a handy 30.41 seconds.
The Jones’ had previously won the 2013 Reid Memorial with Sage Jay’s half-brother Fred Best (by Best Score).
Carly Jay, a $6.40 chance from box one in a fair sort of Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (512 m), turned in a terrific effort when worrying Cryer’s Ricky out of first place.
Cryer’s Ricky, a winner of 14 races at the track, quickly found the front from box five but was unable to shake off Carly Jay which stuck to the rails throughout.
In the run to the line, Carly Jay, a daughter of Kinloch Brae and Smart One, was simply too good for Cryer’s Ricky when scoring by three-quarters of a length in a near best of the day 30.11 seconds.
The Jones’ treble came up when Our Blue Earner, a $45.60 chance on the Victorian TAB, scored a real upset in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m).
Out of the winner’s list since June, the son of High Earner and Nikita’s Maxi quickly found the rails from box three – and that’s where he stayed, pushing through down the back before holding out El Jay Torana to score in a desperately tight finish.
Our Blue Earner will now back up at Cranbourne on Wednesday night over 311 metres.
DOUBLES TO LOCAL TRAINERS
Local trainers Dean Fennell and Tracie Price also had good days when leading in doubles.
Fennell finally broke through with Fabless in the winningformula.net.au Open Maiden Stake (400 m) while Cerrone continued his good form when successful in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (400 m).
Placed in six of her 11 starts, Fabless quickly rounded up the early leaders and gained an early break which saw her eventually run out a well-deserved half-length winner over Arcadia Dynasty.
By Fabregas out of Flawless Tears, the black bitch was bred at Portland by Robert Halliday who gave her to Fennell in late June.
Flawless Tears is also the dam of former Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Half Way Home which was trained by Halliday.
Cerrone, a winner of eight races, was taken over in August by the Glencoe-based Fennell who as the dog’s fifth trainer has now been successful on four occasions at Tara Raceway with the son of Where’s Pedro and Vee Girl Vane.
But none of those wins would have been better than Sunday’s when he made a real mess of a more than handy field of short course sprinters.
Away fairly from box five, the black dog really let loose down the back to take up the running before defeating Bomber Osti and Saintly Miss by almost four lengths in 23.47 seconds.
Fennell said he was keen to keep Cerrone, raced by In The Pivot Syndicate, in 400 metre events even though he had won over 515 metres at Angle Park late last year.
Price’s first win of the day came up in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) when My Pal Houston found winning form again.
The son of Fabregas and Valley Power had impressed when winning a heat and the final of this year’s John Reid Memorial before appearing to lose all form.
But the black dog went straight to the front from box one and had no trouble in holding out Glenville Boof to score by 1½ lengths in 30.49 seconds.
The double for the Compton-based trainer came up in the Metal Worx Free For All (400 m) when Marlow Moment continued his push for local Greyhound of the Year honours with a terrific win over short-course specialist Twistex.
Twistex, at that stage looking to give the Jones’ kennel a treble, flew the start from box one and the veteran of 127 starts was always going to take some catching.
But Marlow Moment, a son of Lochinvar Marlow and Solved Moment, loomed large down the back and after eventually getting underneath the leader finished the stronger to win by three-quarters of a length in 23.37 seconds.
STAVING OFF RETIREMENT
Bushfield owner-trainer Gary Lane reckoned Dee Tee’s past three runs had been so disappointing that it would take a pretty fair effort in Sunday’s Berringa Park Kennels Mixed Stake (600 m) for him to not retire the beautifully bred daughter of El Grand Senor and Mantra Miss.
But retirement was the furthest thing from his mind when the fawn and white four-year-old went straight to the front from box eight.
From then on it was a one-act affair with Dee Tee leading all the way to eventually win by seven lengths over Lots Of Yap, on debut at the distance, in 35.58 seconds.
Dee Tee has now raced on 56 occasions for 15 wins and 15 minor placings with two of her wins being over 600 metres.
Litter sister Miss Jacovella, also owned and trained by Lane, has good form as well over the 600 metre journey at Tara Raceway, currently holding the track record at 35.08 seconds.
Lane said it was his intention to eventually breed with both bitches. Dee Tee would more than likely be mated with boom Irish sire Milldean Panther, at one stage billed the fastest thing on four legs in Ireland.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
In 2008 well known Victorian greyhound identities Norm and Janis Rinaldi, of Lethbridge, travelled via a motorhome throughout the US.
During that year they visited many tracks and became acquainted with the American greyhound industry, meeting a host of genuine and helpful people in their travels.
What did hit home to the Rinaldi’s was the strength of the US greyhound (particularly the bitches), the length of their racing careers and track surfaces.
In fact, they were so impressed that they later imported two US bitches, Greys Destiny and Greys Lemon Ice, to mate with Australian sires in the hope of breeding some strong competitors.
Ultimately, the Where’s Pedro x Greys Destiny litter would become one of the highest-earning in Australia ($A1.3m). Eleven from the litter of 12 won at city tracks. Three – Destini Fireball, General Destini and Five Paws – won Group races.
Destini Fireball, which won five Group races over distances ranging from 650 metres to 725 metres, retired having amassed just short of $643,000 in prizemoney.
“He could sprint the 500 but moved to another level when stepped up in distance,” said Norm Rinaldi.
Race times of 29.39 sec. (515 m), 33.98 sec. (595 m) and 42.39 sec. (725 m) only confirm Destini Fireball’s versatility.
General Destini retired to stud having won $270,600 in prizemoney. Included in his wins were the Group 2 Harrison Dawson (515 m) in race record time and the 2013 Group 3 Perth Cup (530 m).
Fifteen of his 23 wins were in best of night times while 29.18 sec. (515 m), 29.72 sec. (525 m) and 34.15 sec. (595 m) demonstrate his powerful sprinting ability.
And in a boost for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, the Rinaldi’s this week donated services to Destini Fireball and General Destini. These will be added to forthcoming feature events to be run at Tara Raceway.
In making the announcement, MGGRC secretary/treasurer, Barry Shepheard, said the services would further add to what promises to be an exciting 2016 season at Tara Raceway.
“This is really good news that Norm and Janis have got behind the club with services to two beautifully bred and outstandingly performed greyhounds. It goes without saying that the club is most grateful for their support.”
Meanwhile, the Milla Laddrak-sponsored Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet will carry a service to the imported Westmead Osprey, donated by Dennis and Nina Uhrhane of Queensland.
Heats of the Ladies Bracelet, for grade five bitches, will be run over 400 metres on Friday, December 11 with the $2025 final on Sunday, December 20.
Financial Bonus, owned and trained at Lake Bolac by Kevin Breen, continued her love affair with Tara Raceway last Friday afternoon in the winningformula.net.au Free For All (400 m).
Jumping from box one, the daughter of Nitro Burst and Lankan Flash held the opposition out early and was never headed when defeating a fast-finishing Cerrone by three-quarters of a length in 23.42 seconds.
Financial Bonus is the bitch that Breen picked up as a give-away at a breaking-in establishment after she had shown no inclination to chase the lure.
She’s now won six races and run three minor placings from only 14 starts.
However, Financial Bonus appears reluctant to run anywhere but Tara Raceway, hence the five-hour round trip regularly undertaken by Breen and his wife Leanne.
“I’ve trialled her at other tracks but Mount Gambier is the only track where she’ll go,” he said. “Still, that’s better than not going around at all.
“She’s certainly a good advertisement for the finish-on-lure because that seems to be the key to her chasing pattern.”
As it turns out, Financial Bonus is not the only member of the litter currently winning races. The big black Ugo Flash, which is racing in NZ, is a winner of 13 races and $32,000 in prizemoney.