THURSDAY, JUNE 27 (T/G): Nominations closed. SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, June 25 with GRSA. THURSDAY, JULY 4 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Monday, July 1 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.
Monday, April 10, 2017
It took a while, but consistent greyhounds Bekim Lucy’s, Indi’s Fancy and Jaeda Sienn finally broke through for their first wins when successful at Tara Raceway on Friday.
Bekim Lucy’s, after two thirds and three fourths at her past five starts, looked well placed from box three in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 metres).
Down the back straight, though, the November 2014 daughter of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment still had plenty of work to do when a distant fourth behind Morris Peer, race favourite Bushman’s Mate and My Dad’s Dream.
But off the back Bekim Lucy’s, having her thirteenth race start, moved out to make her run before finishing strongly in the home straight to defeat Bushman’s Mate and Morris Peer by 2¼ lengths in 30.67 seconds.
The win was the first leg of a double for the litter with Dimora Bekim, trained at Compton by Tracie Price for Kevin and Bernie Bouchier, leading all the way in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m) and clocking 23.28 seconds, well under the Pathway time standard of 23.69 seconds.
Bekim Lucy’s was purchased by Mount Gambier owner-trainer Willie Vossen as a pup from Price, together with litter sister Cee Jay’s Heart, who he races in partnership with Jodie Freeman.
Cee Jay’s Heart won her maiden at Tara Raceway in February, also at her thirteenth start, and rounded off a pretty good day for connections when a strong-finishing second to Rumbling Moment in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
With eight minor placings from 11 starts, and box one thrown in for good measure, surely the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m) was Indi’s Fancy’s chance to open her winning account for Cashmore trainer Ben Boers.
She had run a distant second behind a pretty smart one in Galactic Spirit – now three from three after another win on Friday – at her previous start but there certainly didn’t appear to be any greyhounds of that calibre in this maiden event.
That’s the way it turned out with Indi’s Fancy virtually leading all the way to defeat first starter Summer Raine by 2½ lengths in 23.85 seconds and give Boers his first winner as a trainer since Lots Of Yap won at Tara Raceway in late November 2015.
By Swift Fancy out of Indi’s My Girl – a winner of three races at Cannington and Mandurah – Indi’s Fancy was a giveaway via the internet site Greyhound-Data.
“Actually, she wasn’t the one I actually rang up about when making original contact,” Boers said. “That one had gone but they did have an unnamed bitch (later to be named Indi’s Fancy) they reckoned was too good for GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) that I could have if I was interested.”
Jaeda Sienn led all the way from box seven to defeat first-starter Colden Blu Boy by 4½ lengths in 23.58 seconds in the Greyhound-Data.com Maiden Stake (400 m).
By Cosmic Chief out of White Butterfly, Jaeda Sienn is trained at Mumbannar by Monty Wilson who also trained White Butterfly, still a maiden upon retirement after racing on 19 occasions at Horsham and Warrnambool for 11 minor placings.
However, her litter was more than handy and included New Tibur ($79,000 in prizemoney) and Soho Rhythm ($55,000).
And it appeared as though Jaeda Sienn – with four minor placings to her name – was heading down the same path as her dam when she lined up for start number 15 on Friday.
But, according to Wilson, several 512 metre runs had really toughened her up and after finding the front she was always going to be hard to run down.
Jaeda Sienn was actually reared by him and wife Jen on a one-for-one basis with Friday a pretty good day for the Wilsons who also led in three seconds – Bushman’s Mate, Bushman’s Shadow and Kylan Brae.
As a result, Monty Wilson, after Friday’s meeting, had worked his way into the top 10 on the Leading Trainers list. Not bad for a bloke who deals mainly with giveaways.
MAIDEN UPSTAGES SEASONED CHASERS
One of the highlights of Tara Raceway’s wet and windy Sunday meeting was the outstanding effort of maiden performer McIvor Verna in defeating a field of seasoned middle-distance performers in the Trackside Meats Stake (600 m).
Trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, the beautifully conformed 30 kilogram bitch came into the race with only four starts to her name but on the back of a handy second over 545 metres at Ballarat last week in a 0-4 wins event.
By US sire Bella Infrared out of Blonde Caviar, herself a winner over 600 metres at The Meadows, the rising two-year-old McIvor Verna found herself well back early from box four in Sunday’s mixed stake for grades 3, 4 and 5 greyhounds.
But down the back she had worked into a forward spot behind tearaway leader Brazen Bomber, a winner of three middle-distance races at Tara Raceway, and in what was a terrific home straight battle McIvor Verna was able to hold out Cryer’s Jack and Berry Bling to score by a head.
Further testament to her effort is the fact that 77-start veteran Cryer’s Jack is a winner of four 600 metre races and Berry Bling a last start 600 metre winner.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Franklin said he was working McIvor Verna up in distance with a view to her eventually running out a strong 700 metres and further.
With that in mind she’s now listed to run from box two in a heat of a GRV Vic Bred 0-6 wins over 650 metres at Warrnambool tomorrow.
Lining up from box one in the same race is Fascinated, owned and trained at Penshurst by John Cameron who was successful with the daughter of Hutmaker and former top local bitch Spellbound in the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway on Friday.
Away well from box five, the diminutive 24 kilogram black bitch took up the running going into the back straight before going on to an easy win – her first since last November – in a best of day 30.33 seconds.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
A recent clean-out of the old green shed at Tara Raceway turned up plenty of rubbish but also some interesting memorabilia – much of it still to be sifted through.
Lying on the top of one of the many boxes in the shed was a dust-covered journal that listed Tara Raceway award winners from the beginning of greyhound racing at Glenburnie in 1979-80 through to the 1986-87 season.
It seems back then that there was an award for pretty well everything – Proud Services Trainer of the Year with Ian Badger Tara Raceway’s first-ever leading trainer followed by Kevin Guthridge (twice), Coralie Allchurch, Connie Miller, John Reid, Peter Black and then Miller again in 1986-87.
Then there was the Proud Services Greyhound of the Year with Plain Bonny the first recipient prior to Tara Topar, Campeador, Endeavour Lee, Versuveus, Kenzel Lad, Kenzel Lad/Reeling Away and then Kenzel Lad again which would have been a fair sort of effort.
There was also a Greyhound of the Year runner-up while Ward Leicester sponsored the Leading Woman Trainer and runner-up and Jim Butchard the Leading Man Trainer and runner-up. Daryl Black was the Owner-Trainer of the Year in 1986-87 and in 1985-86 Allen Williams picked up the Leading Owner award.
Back when there were stud dogs standing locally it was Forest King, Tara Pine and Youthful Prince who figured prominently in the Leading Local Stud Dog while there was also an award for runner-up.
Leading Local Brood Bitch honours went to Miss Lemoss (twice), Happy Hostess, Pine Break and Bianca Sue with runners-up being Peatwood Lass, Cash Supreme, Girl Of Fame and La Fourchette.
It’s worth bearing in mind that back then there were no spreadsheets to record race results in order to keep a running tally of the numerous awards. No, this particular journal listed race results – placegetters, times, margins and trainers – from 1984 through to 1987, all in the hand-written form.
Most certainly there were plenty of blasts from the past when it came to trainers’ names listed in the journal although a few present-day participants to jump out included Miller and Williams, Richard Clayfield, Bob Wombwell and Steve Bartholomew.
And another interesting name to crop up was Jack Casey of Penshurst who was successful in November 1984 with a dog called Calgary in a 479 metre event.
Casey, who no longer trains but is a Tara Raceway regular and has an interest in a couple of greyhounds with Glencoe trainer Barry Shepheard, remembers the dog well.
“He was by Leader’s Jester out of Dinkum Shell and owned at Portland by Graham Cole whom I trained quite a few winners for,” he said.
“I reckon the trainers getting winners at Tara Raceway these days should be thankful that I’m no longer hands-on,” he joked.
Meanwhile, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, after a couple of big meetings, has once again shot away in the male-dominated 2017 Leading Trainer award and with 172 points (32, 15, 14) leads Tracie Price on 141 (23, 18, 13) and David Peckham 140 (21, 20, 16).
Blitz And Bolt, a handy $1200 pick-up for Miller, Peckham and Ross Schurgott, leads the Greyhound of the Year on 24 points (4, 3, 2), one clear of kennelmate Thanks Captain (4, 3, 1) with Tipping Woody sitting in third spot on 22 (3, 3, 4).
However, Blitz And Bolt’s lead could be short-lived with connections now looking at placing the dog in Adelaide.
Briefly, back to that 1984-87 dusty journal that also had a race programme from December 14, 1985 slotted among its many pages.
No 12 races at Tara Raceway back then, only eight, with the prizemoney breakdown being $60, $20, $10. Trainers, these days, pick up $60 just for driving through the gates on a race day.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Local greyhound syndicate, the Southern Bar Boys – comprising Don Gordon, Diesel and Ward Leicester, Rohan Von Stanke and Dion Pannenburg – can’t take the grin off their faces after Print The Money ran second in a Launching Pad heat at Sandown Park last Thursday night and then drew box one in a $14,500 semi-final tomorrow night.
Now, Print The Money will need to run first or second tomorrow night to make it through to next week’s $210,000 Group 2 final which boasts a prizemoney breakdown of $150,000, $40,000 and $20,000.
This is a story that goes back to late 2008 when the syndicate purchased a fawn pup by Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher from Riverland panel beater Bruce Lellmann.
The pup would later be named Red Lesta, subsequently racing on 120 occasions for 22 wins, 34 minor placings and more than $55,000 in prizemoney.
And it seems the Southern Bar Boys were right on the money with this litter – Handsome Shiraz and Honky Tonk Girl both winning 16 races and Stack ‘Em Flat 36.
Speaking on behalf of the syndicate, Gordon said this week that Red Lesta had been unable to attract bitches after retiring and standing at stud.
“I know the stud dog business is a tough gig but we’d been hopeful of attracting a few bitches in order that he could get a few pups on the ground,” he said.
“In the end we decided to purchase a brood bitch of our own and breed a litter by Red Lesta. As luck would have it, Noel Miller, a good friend of ours, stepped in before we did anything silly.”
Miller, well known in local greyhound racing circles for many years, had a bitch called Rellim Lilly who he said the syndicate could use. By Bekim Bale x Rellim Rosie, she had shown ability but was never going to race due to injury.
So, taking heed of some literature written by leading breeder Paul Wheeler, together with the experience of Miller, the Southern Bar Boys set about breeding a litter. Mind you, Gordon is the first to admit that he did have some misgivings.
“To be honest,” he said, “we were just mugs having a go.”
In June 2015 Rellim Lilly whelped a litter of three dogs and three bitches, the syndicate keeping two black dogs to be reared by Ward Leicester at Burrungule while Miller also took a black dog.
Gordon said their two dogs – later to race as Print The Money and Don Lesta – had performed well when sent to Victoria for breaking-in and pre-training with the result that well-known Victorian trainers John Magri and his wife Michelle Mallia-Magri, of Avalon, took over their preparation.
Gordon recalled that Print The Money had always had what appeared to be a thumb print between his eyes and as he had always been called Print that’s how his racing name came about.
Print The Money has now won two races and run five minor placings from eight starts while Don Lesta has had 10 starts for three wins and five minor placings. Miller’s dog, now racing as Rellim Diesel, is based in Adelaide and won at Angle Park last month.
The Launching Pad – which carries $410,000 in prizemoney over a three-week period – is for greyhounds with one to six wins and no more than 30 starts. The series also requires an entry fee of $2000 which Don Lesta actually paid for with a couple of his wins.
“This was the series that Michelle was particularly keen for Print The Money to have a crack at,” Gordon said. “It’s certainly exciting times for us as we prepare to blast off.”
Meanwhile, lining up in box seven in the same heat tomorrow night is another exciting youngster in Jimmy Newob who has won his past six starts – five of them at Sandown Park.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Wentworth Park winner Nosey Rozy is trained at Red Cliffs in Victoria by long-time participant Barry Fullerton for the Newob Syndicate.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Fullerton was at Glenburnie where he won the 1983 Mount Gambier Cup with Magic Fame, a daughter of the imported Magic Typhoon and prolific producer Riverland Belle.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Currently there are quite a few “Galactic” greyhounds – all emanating from Robert Chuck’s Moorak kennels – racing around Tara Raceway.
He’s never minded selling off some of his performed stock if the price was right but the laid-back Chuck reckons he’s hanging on to Galactic Spirit, a brilliant winner of the Metal Worx Open Maiden final (400 metres) on Sunday afternoon.
The 19-month-old daughter of Swift Fancy and Which Class, who impressed on debut last week with an easy five length win in 23.47 seconds, went right on with the job in the final when leading throughout from box four to defeat the consistent Indi’s Fancy by 7½ lengths in a quick 23.28 seconds.
Chuck, who also has pups by Milldean Panther x Galactic Rumball approaching breaking-in age, said Galactic Spirit would probably return to Tara Raceway this Friday to contest a grade six event prior to possibly having a run at Warrnambool.
Other heat winners to impress with final wins at Sunday’s meeting were Glenville Anna and Rowchester Star.
Trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, Glenville Anna had taken 11 runs to win a maiden – a maiden series heat over 512 metres at last week’s Friday meeting – and went right on with the job in the Laser Electrical Open Maiden final.
Away well from box three, the daughter of Fully Advanced x All At Sea was never headed, eventually running out a 2¼ length winner over Gee She Roks in 30.78 seconds.
Rowchester Star, on the back of a tidy heat win over Mo Town Roy in 23.44 seconds last week, was quickly away from box six in the Berringa Park Grade Five final (400 m), leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Bluestone by 3¼ lengths in a best of day 23.16 seconds.
The son of Nolen x African Wave is raced by the Bluey Forsyth-managed Red Card Syndicate and trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who was also successful on the day with Miss Pineapple (managed by Forsyth for the Foridds Syndicate), Berry Bling and Practice Run.
Berry Bling, a finalist in last month’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), lined up from box two in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) on the back of a 9¼ length fifth to cup runner-up Arabella Figg over 600 metres at last week’s Friday meeting.
Having only her third hit-out over the middle distance journey, Berry Bling ranged up down the back straight to join Arabella Figg as they attempted to rein in the tear away leader Homer.
The Robert Halliday trained Homer still had three lengths to spare turning for home and still looked the one to beat although Berry Bling and Arabella Figg were by now making sustained runs.
And in a desperate finish it was Berry Bling who edged out Homer to win by a head in 35.55 seconds with Arabella Figg a further neck back in third spot.
Practice Run’s all-the-way win in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) wrapped up another big day for Stanley who had also trained four winners at the previous meeting.
A LONG TIME BETWEEN DRINKS
Galactic Dragon, after a handy run in second spot behind Black Peer in a Pathway heat last week, went right on with job on Sunday when defeating Podium Bound by seven lengths in the Klaassens Contractors final (400 m).
A giant of a greyhound who tips the scales at 39 kilograms, Galactic Dragon virtually went straight to the front from box six and was never headed, clocking 23.67 seconds – under the Pathway time standard of 23.69 seconds.
Part-owner Kevin Jones of Mount Gambier reckoned it had been a long time between drinks. Surely he didn’t mean that literally!
But as far as Galactic Dragon was concerned his last win had been a while back, November in fact, for track volunteer Jonesy and his part-owners Robert Stafford, Geoff Ward and Barry Shepheard of Glencoe who also trains the black son of Fabregas x Magic Elite.
And Stafford, a race day regular with wife Janet, only just made it back to Mount Gambier in time for the meeting after the couple had enjoyed a New Zealand holiday.
Galactic Dragon was bred and originally raced by Robert Chuck who sold the dog to the quartet for $1200 early last year.
SEVEN MEETINGS IN APRIL
There will be no shortage of greyhound racing at Tara Raceway during April when a record seven meetings will be conducted.
A lower-grade meeting will be run this Friday (April 7) and be followed by the main meeting on the Sunday prior to the Easter meeting on Sunday, April 16 when the Easter Gift (512 m) will be run.
Another double-header follows the next weekend with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club set to run its first time-graded meeting on Friday, April 21 as a lead-in to the ANZAC meeting on Sunday, April 23 which will feature the ANZAC Sprint (400 m), ANZAC Gift (512 m), ANZAC 600 (600 m) and the Ivor Dowdell Memorial for grade five greyhounds over 400 metres.
And then on Sunday, April 30 the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club will sponsor the day with added money plus a trophy and rug for the AGRC Cup (512 m).
Rounding off the 2016-2017 racing season will be six meetings at Tara Raceway in May and seven in June with the three-month period of extra race meetings then being assessed by Greyhound Racing SA with a view to framing a programme for the 2017-2018 season.
Owners and trainers are also reminded that trial mornings, commencing at 9 o’clock, will now be conducted every Tuesday and Saturday, irrespective of race dates.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Not surprisingly, Tara Raceway record holder Thanks Tubby’s first litter – whelped this week by caesarean-section – is attracting plenty of interest.
By high-profile sire Barcia Bale, the litter comprises two dogs and four bitches, with Allendale East breeder David Peckham reporting that mother and pups are doing well and that some of the offspring could be for sale.
It’s now been more than 12 months since Thanks Tubby retired from the track after 64 starts for 21 wins and 23 minor placings – 20 of those wins being at Tara Raceway over the track’s three distances while being trained by Peckham.
By Superman out of Irish Fantasy, Thanks Tubby’s 512 metre track record was established on June 1, 2014 when she led all the way to defeat Rouse Flyer by 8½ lengths in 29.60 seconds.
Later, in the same year, litter sister Striking Viking also got among the Tara Raceway track records when her run of 35.38 seconds was ratified as the initial 600 metre record.
Striking Viking, herself a winner of 15 races, also has a litter by Barcia Bale – now 10 months old – and earlier this month was mated with Dyna Double One.
Tara Raceway track record history is pretty sketchy but in October 2010 Gary Lane’s Mantra Miss ran a record 29.80 seconds over the 512 metre journey. Later, when mated with El Grand Senor, she produced Miss Jacovella who in August 2015 was also a record-breaker with a 35.08 seconds 600 metre run.
Robert Halliday’s Half Way Home lowered Mantra Miss’s time to 29.79 seconds in April 2011 and this stood until March 14, 2014 when Tom Sinnott’s Dub Me In clocked a then unheard of 29.62 seconds.
Several greyhounds have come close to the record – Sir Lenny 29.64, Mojito Mayhem 29.65 and more recently Flying Flutter 29.66.
But for now, Thanks Tubby’s 29.60 seconds continues to stand the test of time.
TREBLE TO GRAHAM
After a quiet start to the year, Tara Raceway regular Andy Graham bounced back at Warrnambool on Tuesday night with an owner-trainer treble.
Cosmic Ann kicked off his night in style with a win at $21 in a maiden 390 metre. Ocean Bay then won a thriller of a grade six (450 m) before Cee Righty rounded off a memorable night with a smart 22.15 seconds win in a grade seven (390 m).
This was Graham’s second treble, his first coming back on June 7, 2013 at Tara Raceway when Stornaway Lad, You Got It and Monty’s Way – all from the Elite State x Senni Wendy litter that he bred – were successful.
Tuesday night’s winners were also bred by Graham, being by Cosmic Chief and Collision and all out of Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of Senni Wendy.
TRAINERS TO TACKLE STRATHALBYN FEATURE WITH LITTERMATES
Compton trainer Tracie Price and Cap Abbott of Edenhope will take on feature race heats at Strathalbyn tomorrow afternoon with littermates from the Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch litter.
Price has drawn box one in the first heat of the Next Lending Autumn Cup (536 m) with Lyon Rose while Mo Town Roy will jump from box six in the second heat for Abbott.
Both greyhounds have previously won over 536 metres at Strathalbyn, Lyon Rose a heat of the SA Country Cup last October and Mo Town Roy the Christmas/New Year Cup in December.
Abbott also has speedy type Just Like Fire engaged in box six in a heat of the 1062 Kennels Autumn Sprint (416 m).
Both finals, to be decided on Friday week (April 7), will carry total prizemoney of a pretty handy $5025 each.
Back at Tara Raceway last Friday after a trip to Adelaide’s Angle Park the night before, a bleary-eyed Price continued on his winning way with Ramified, Lady Shannah and Baz’s Moment topping off a good month which saw him finish with 10 winners.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tara Raceway trial regulars had been waiting some time for Moorak owner-trainer Robert Chuck to finally put his flashy black greyhound in a race.
She’s the one that always went around in a yellow number five rug and from all accounts had been running a bit of time, particularly over the 400 metre journey.
As it turns out, the dog in question was Galactic Spirit, a September 2015 daughter of Swift Fancy and Which Class, with Chuck using a heat of last Friday’s maiden 400 metre series for her debut.
This time, carrying the white number three rug, she went straight to the front and then proceeded to run out a comfortable five length winner over Kalani Wilson in a tidy 23.47 seconds.
The win was the first for Chuck as a trainer since Galactic Tsunami had been successful at Tara Raceway in May last year.
It was also the first leg of a litter double with the Tracie Price trained Baz’s Moment later winning the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), the second heat of a grade six series.
Price had actually bred the litter after obtaining an authority to breed with Which Class from Chuck who had raced the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz x Cosmic Goddess during 2010-2011.
A litter sister to smart chaser Cosmic Cooper – 16 wins and $75,000 in prizemoney – Which Class won seven races at Ballarat, Mandurah and Tara Raceway before Chuck bred a litter with her by Superman which included speedy types Scorpion and Krypton Queen.
Galactic Spirit, who was one of the pups Chuck received in the breeding deal, will jump from box four in Sunday’s final – the Metal Worx Maiden Stake.
And while the final will be a tougher assignment, Kalani Wilson did stamp the form when backing up two days later at Tara Raceway and winning the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (400 m) in 23.52 seconds.
A litter sister to recent smart Tara Raceway winner Big Rough, Kalani Wilson was the start of another big day for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who ended the day with four winners after Practice Run, Rowchester Star and Stylish Pursuit were also successful.
The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Bogie Dawn is the first greyhound Stanley has trained for Nhill breeder-owner Andrea Gurry.
“Andrea rang me late last year to see if I would be interested in training the dog but unfortunately about two days later Kalani Wilson cracked a fibula and went back to Nhill to recover,” Stanley said.
“But by February she was back and ready to go again, with Sunday’s effort hopefully the start of bigger and better things.”
Price, in fact, bred both winners of the maiden 400 metre series after $17 chance Ramified gained a start as a reserve in The Border Watch Stake.
Jumping from box five, the black dog chased Ms. Genius – a litter sister to Kalani Wilson – until the home turn where he railed through before running out a 1¼ length winner in 23.81 seconds.
Ramified, who has drawn box three in the final, is now the fourth member of the August 2015 Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady litter to have won a race at Tara Raceway.
THE PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY
The Pathway Racing format is keeping out-of-form greyhounds on the track – and out of the GAP queues – in grade five non-penalty races that are paying more for fourth placing than a normal grade five does for third.
Fair enough, overall prizemoney is spread more evenly and Pathway races aren’t run at every meeting but last Friday’s two heats typified what the format is all about with only one greyhound, Penny Eagle, having won a race this year.
In the first heat, the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), Penny Eagle’s litter sister Dark Eagle was lining up in box two after having won – as owner Allen Williams put it – only half a race in 12 months.
This was brought about by the dead-heat between Dark Eagle and Penny Eagle in a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway on March 20, 2016.
Dark Eagle, a daughter of Glen Gallon and Keep Looking, showed good pace in her heat, sticking to the rails and holding out Tank Tank and Arbour Bear to win by 1¼ lengths for Tarpeena trainer David Williams.
Black Peer lined up from box five for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell in heat two, the Produce Store Stake, having last won on November 20 – and that was also a Pathway.
The son of Cape Hawke took full advantage of a rails run to finish too well for Galactic Dragon and Cheap As in 23.78 seconds, a time safely outside the Pathway standard of 26.90 seconds, as was Dark Eagle’s 23.88 seconds.
In Sunday’s final, to be run under the banner of the Klaassens Contractors Stake, Tank Tank and Dark Eagle look well drawn in boxes one and two as does Arbour Bear in box eight.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday’s Tara Raceway nine-race meeting ended in sensational fashion when Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Jack, the rank outsider, upstaged a top field in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m).
After results from earlier in the afternoon there was plenty of interest in this race with Portland trainer Nicole Stanley looking to make it five winners for the day – and surely some sort of chance with four runners, including the $2.80 favourite Hit The Runway.
And Allendale East trainer David Peckham had a bag of four in his sights with Anti Dentite who quickly found the front from box three, opening up a handy break down the back and looking likely to give Peckham another big day.
Cryer’s Jack, despite drawing box one, was unwanted at $23. Probably a fair quote considering he hadn’t won a race since last August although during that month he had won three races in succession including a heat of the Iron Dog over 600 metres.
But not much had happened since then with the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget off the scene between November and February before contesting a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup and running into eventual final winner Fabregal.
Sunday’s run was only Cryer’s Jack’s fourth this year so when he railed into second spot going out of the first turn he was always going to have to work hard to rein in the race-fit Anti Dentite, a smart feature grade five winner at the previous meeting.
Work hard he did, though, and by the time the field turned for home he looked a definite chance. More than a chance as it turned out as he stormed home to grab victory by three-quarters of a length in 30.10 seconds.
The win came as a complete surprise to trainer Tom Cryer who said he had been looking at Pathway and Masters options for the February 2013 whelping – now a winner of 15 races from 75 starts.
It was a successful double-header meeting for Cryer and his wife Margaret after Cryer’s Jack’s younger full brother, Cryer’s Sid, led all the way on Friday to win the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) – the first heat of a grade six series – from a fast finishing Cee Jay’s Heart in 30.38 seconds.
Another trainer to enjoy a successful weekend was Peter Byrne of Southern Cross. Byrne stepped up Arabella Figg, runner-up to Fabregal in this year’s Mount Gambier Cup, to 600 metres on Friday and she easily accounted for a handy grade five field in the Williams Crane Hire Stake.
And at Sunday’s meeting, Born Billy broke a long run of outs when successful in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).
Last successful at Bendigo in June 2016, Born Billy quickly shrugged off Miss Pineapple and strode away to an easy seven length victory in 23.28 seconds – his first win for Byrne who took over the son of Velocette and Molly Grace in October.
The winner was bred and is owned by Warrnambool schoolteacher Noel Mugavin who also races litter brother Silverali, a winner of nine races and $65,000 in prizemoney.
The pair’s involvement actually goes back a fair way with Byrne’s first Victorian city winner being the Mugavin-owned Red Beadman who won at The Meadows over 725 metres in April 2001.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Punters brave enough to take the $1.75 on offer about Glenville Anna in Friday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) for maiden greyhounds had to endure a few anxious moments before lining up in the pay-out queue at Tara Raceway.
Owned and trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, Glenville Anna went into the race – the first heat of a maiden series – on the back of five consecutive minor placings at the local track.
Having her eleventh start, this did look to be her race, especially when she stepped well from box two, but by the time the field headed out of the first turn Monty Wilson’s first-starter, Bushman’s Wish, was serving it up to the odds-on favourite.
In fact, heading down the back straight, Glenville Anna looked an odds-on chance to once again run second as Bushman’s Wish opened up a handy break.
However, the favourite rallied again in the home straight, eventually running out a three-quarter length winner over the Wilson-trained youngster in 30.99 seconds. Also through to Sunday week’s final are My Dad’s Dream and Bekim Lucy’s.
And while the winning time was nothing flash, Clayfield was more than happy to take the win – his fourth this season – and quick to point out that there is track record form in Glenville Anna’s pedigree.
She’s by the little-known sire Fully Advanced out of the Sinnott-bred All At Sea (Lonesome Cry x On Shore) who is a litter sister to Dub Me In, one-time Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder at 29.62 seconds.
Clayfield won four races at Tara Raceway with All At Sea who was then acquired by well-known Lara greyhound identity Ron McCullagh who had been looking for a bitch for Fully Advanced.
McCullagh had bred and owned the black son of Collision and Okay Supreme and enjoyed tremendous success with him – 73 starts for 22 wins, 27 minor placings and almost $170,000 in prizemoney.
Another well-known Lara greyhound man in Dennis Trewin then took over All At Sea for a second litter, this time using Okay Supreme’s litter brother Velocette, a winner of 26 races and almost $380,000 in prizemoney.
Gee She Roks had been trying even longer than Glenville Anna to win a race with eight minor placings coming from her 16 starts at Tara Raceway.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham had even resorted to a couple of 600 metre runs but switched the black bitch back to 512 metres for the Rock’s Retreat Stake, the second heat of Friday’s maiden series.
As it turns out, it was a good move. Gee She Roks went straight to the front from box three, eventually running out a 10 length winner over Summer Lad with a further 5¾ lengths back to odds-on favourite Shaniqua in a more than handy 30.48 seconds.
It was an effort that belied her race record with Peckham, who has trained 16 winners this year, claiming her tendency to run wide had cost her races in the past.
Gee She Roks is by Cape Hawke out of Freestyle Lass and is the first winner that has been bred by Ross Schurgott and the Viking Syndicate.
A daughter of Premier Fantasy x Mrs Trickett, Freestyle Lass – now a pet – was obtained on a loan basis for breeding after racing on only seven occasions for a minor placing.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will move to ensure that next year’s Mount Gambier Cup is not run on the same weekend as the Mount Gambier Pacing Gold Cup as was the case earlier this month.
The greyhound club will also ensure that its Cup Calcutta does not clash with the pacing cup which was the case last year when both were run on the same night.
MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that the club was still keen to run the greyhound cup in March but would look to move it to later in the month.
“Our committee felt that with the pacing cup on the Saturday night and the greyhound cup on Sunday afternoon it made for a pretty hectic weekend so we’ll be looking at moving ours forward a couple of weeks if possible.
“Not that we were disappointed with our day, with record gate takings and on-course turnover up considerably on last year it was probably one of the best Mount Gambier Cup days that I have attended.
“And, of course, Greyhound Racing SA chairman, Michael Fabbro, really capped off a magnificent day for us.”
Shepheard was referring to Fabbro’s announcement at the cup presentation to Fabregal’s trainer Robyn Mackellar that next year’s cup would be a Listed race and carry $20,000 in prizemoney with the winner receiving $15,000.
This will be the richest race ever run at Tara Raceway and is sure to attract some outstanding greyhounds.
Fabregal, incidentally, stamped the form of this year’s cup when running second in a heat of the Top Cat Video Traralgon Cup (525 m) and qualifying for Saturday night’s $67,000 Group 2 final.
Meanwhile, work has already commenced on the painting of the outside of the Tara Raceway clubrooms. Inside refurbishment, including a memorabilia area to highlight Mount Gambier’s rich greyhound racing history, is also planned.
Also planned are outdoor covered tables and seats in the playground area of the complex.
DOUBLE-HEADER CATERS FOR MOST
As is generally the case, nominations for the Sunday meeting of this weekend’s double-header have come up a bit thin with nine races and reserves for only one of those.
But with strong nominations for tomorrow’s 12-race lower-grade meeting at Tara Raceway it means 21 races will still be run with few greyhounds missing out on a start – something that does occur when the club runs only one meeting for the weekend.
And with greyhound racing scheduled for every Sunday and alternate Fridays during April, May and June once again there shouldn’t be too many missing out.
The three-month trial period will be interesting with Greyhound Racing SA able to have a good look at the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s nomination flow in regard to extra meetings as it prepares to frame the 2017-2018 racing season.
Sunday’s main race, the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m), sees Portland trainer Nicole Stanley once again holding a strong hand with four runners – Fiorelli Rose looking well drawn in box two for her while kennelmate Hit The Runway finished well to run third behind Fear The Rascal at last Sunday’s meeting.
Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch looks well placed in box eight – the same box he defeated Blitz And Bolt from in the Summer Classic final – for Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and should make amends for an unlucky fourth last Sunday.
Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell, after a quiet start to the year, will be hoping Whatta Moment can continue on his winning way in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake, the main 400 metre race of the day.
The son of Bit Chili x Devil Moon will be chasing his third win this month and looking to break a box eight hoodoo after previously racing from the outside box on five occasions for no wins or placings.
Whatta Moment held out class performer Future Past last week and faces another tough assignment on Sunday with Aston Morris, back after a six-week break but well drawn in box one, looking to win his fourth consecutive 400 metre event at Tara Raceway for Stanley.
A 400 metre feature grade five will also be run with Allendale East trainer David Peckham looking to hold a strong hand in each of the three heats with Thanks Captain, Maximum Bella and Raz’s Girl.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Horsham greyhound trainer Jeff Guy, after a quiet start to the year at Tara Raceway, will be hoping to turn things around at Friday’s meeting with a couple of well-bred young litter brothers.
In fact, they don’t come much better bred than Imperial Fox and Revel with the pair being by high profile sire Cosmic Rumble out of Proven Impala.
Cosmic Rumble’s winners are spread far and wide, with the Golden Easter Egg winner currently sharing the lead with Fabregas for sires’ honours at Tara Raceway while Proven Impala raced on 82 occasions for 31 wins and 21 minor placings with prizemoney totalling in excess of $360,000.
Whelped in March 2015, the brothers are owned by Nick Darragh, whose wife Larissa is heavily involved with the GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) at Seymour in Victoria.
Darragh also owns Proven Impala and bred the litter, later entrusting Guy with the rearing of the nine pups.
And both owner and trainer will be hoping for better luck with the former champion’s second litter after her first, to Where’s Pedro, produced five bitches including Frac Geek who has won six races for Guy and Backflip Kitty who raced only once due to injury but from all accounts could have been anything.
“She had been running phenomenal trial times prior to racing so when she suffered the career-ending injury we ended up spending something like $6000 in veterinary bills in order to save her with a view to breeding,” Guy said.
Imperial Fox has drawn box eight in the second heat of Friday’s maiden series, the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 metres), and comes into the race on the back of three minor placings at Ballarat and Bendigo after having run a good second behind Ruby’s Willow at Tara Raceway.
Revel will be racing at Tara Raceway for the first time but looks well placed in box one in the first heat of the grade six series, the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
According to Guy, the black dog, who recently won his maiden over 425 metres at Bendigo in a smart 24.15 seconds, is probably capable of running sub-30 seconds if he can find the front.
“Look, at this stage they’re no superstars and have a lot to learn but they’re getting better with each run and what I like about them is that they’ll run through the proverbial brick wall.”
The litter has already enjoyed success this week with Black Impala, who at his second start won a 450 metre maiden heat at Shepparton on Monday night in a best of night 25.34 seconds for owner Joe Borg (Proven Impala’s trainer) and Cosgrove trainer Glenn Dainton.
ARABELLA FIGG STEPS UP IN DISTANCE
Arabella Figg, a terrific second behind Fabregal in the recent ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), returns to Tara Raceway on Friday and will step up to middle-distance for the first time when jumping from box six in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m).
Owned by Ian Cockerell of Buckley and trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Arabella Figg has since run seventh at The Meadows (525 m) and third over the 450 metre journey at her home track of Warrnambool.
But the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Finlandia is a litter sister to Sandown Park 595 metre winners Igor Karkaroff and Polijuice Potion, who collectively have amassed something like $250,000 in prizemoney, and gives the impression that the distance shouldn’t worry her.
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley has also stepped up Berry Bling in distance and she’ll jump from box seven in the same race at what will be only her second attempt over the middle-distance after a second to Jen Shen in average time last October.
Berry Bling was the fastest cup qualifier but two subsequent unplaced runs over 512 metres has seen Stanley perhaps looking for a race with less early speed for the predominantly on-pace chaser who has won eight races from 31 starts.
And the David Peckham trained Blitz And Bolt, winner of the Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m), also takes on the middle-distance journey for the first time after finishing strongly to win a Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.