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

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Cee Righty leading in GOTY

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It’s been more than 12 months since Cee Righty won a maiden 512 metre event at Tara Raceway for Portland owner-trainer Andy Graham.

Andy Graham with Cee Righty, currently leading in Warrnambool’s Greyhound of the Year.

Actually, the son of Cosmic Chief x Cee Anna Rose hasn’t raced locally since April, Graham preferring to race the fawn dog at Warrnambool where he has been racing consistently throughout the year.

So consistently, in fact, that Cee Righty has won five races and run seven seconds to take the lead in the Warrnambool Greyhound of the Year by two points from Destroy I Said who he defeated last week.

He will now jump from box five over 450 metres at Warrnambool tomorrow night in an attempt to further increase his lead.

Graham has also been enjoying success at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meetings with Cee Righty’s litter sisters Cee Hannah Rose and Cee Sunrise both winning at the October 20 and November 3 meetings.

Cee Hannah Rose was no match for Nicole Stanley’s Shiney Bling at Warrnambool on Tuesday afternoon but should find Friday’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) more to her liking.

McDonnell Memorial heat winners impress

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dominant wins by Greenback Boogie, Noosa Parade and Lektra Stomp in the heats of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 metres) for grade five greyhounds at Tara Raceway on Sunday have set the scene for a keenly-contested 32nd final this weekend.

Trent Blacker of Ballarat trained his first Tara Raceway winner when Greenback Boogie won a heat of the McDonnell Memorial.

Greenback Boogie, raced by the Parko’s Syndicate which is managed by well-known Victorian breeder and owner Brian Parkinson, was having his first look at the track but quickly crossed from box six to lead the field out of the first turn.

And after a brief challenge from Dream Edition, the black dog strode right away to eventually run out a five length winner over the early challenger – also through to the final – in a pretty tidy 30.15 seconds.

By Barcia Bale x Cosmic Aphrodite, Greenback Boogie is Ballarat trainer Trent Blacker’s first winner at Tara Raceway.

Blacker, whose mother Carolyn formerly successfully trained thoroughbreds at Strathalbyn in SA, became involved in greyhound racing only two years ago after previously working for seven years with leading Victorian thoroughbred trainer Darren Weir.

Blacker took over Greenback Boogie’s training after breaking-in at 16 months of age with the highlight of his involvement so far being the dog’s first two starts 12 months ago.

“He was my first runner so I guess I set my heights fairly high when I nominated him for a maiden series at The Meadows.”

“Anyway, he won his heat and then came out the following week and won the final, giving me a great introduction to the sport,” said Blacker, who when not training greyhounds is sales manager at Ballarat Volkswagen.

Noosa Parade continued his good form at Tara Raceway for Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton with a win in the second heat of the memorial.

Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton continued his terrific run at Tara Raceway with Noosa Parade when the son of Collision and Miss Black Fern scored an impressive 6¼ length win in the second heat over fellow qualifiers Two Jobs and Cryer’s Bob.

Owned by the Noosa Fishing Syndicate, Noosa Parade led all the way from box one to take his record at the local track to three wins and two seconds from six starts, with Fulton believing a couple of weeks freshen-up contributed to the dog’s 29.94 seconds best of day time on Sunday.

Lektra Stomp, who ran one of the fastest 512 metre times at Tara Raceway this year when clocking 29.67 seconds at the end of August, found winning form again after five outs when leading all the way to defeat Signal Peak and Rising Girl – all three through to the final – by 5½ lengths and 1¾ lengths respectively in 29.95 seconds.

The win was the middle leg of a treble for the Lenehan family of Toolong and also for the Walk Hard x Lektra Angie litter – Lektra Jenny leading all the way in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) to defeat litter sister Lektra Miss by 6¼ lengths in 23.31 seconds.

And Lektra Stroll, at his first run on the track, did a good job when chasing Xtreme Notice into the home straight in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) before finishing the stronger to score by two lengths in a quick 29.97 seconds.

Jamie Quinlivian made the seven-hour trip from Merbein South with a team of four, Signal Peak backing up after a close fourth behind Windmill Haze in last Sunday’s Group 3 Gawler Cup and having the misfortune to run into Lektra Stomp on one of his good days – which to be fair, are pretty good.

Lektra Stroll, Lektra Jenny and Lektra Stomp brought up a treble for the Walk Hard x Lektra Angie litter on Sunday. They are pictured with Amanda Darmanin and Phil Lenehan.

By Cape Hawke x Rustic Reeta, Signal Peak was bred by Quinlivian who has enjoyed tremendous success with the litter, Bear’s Gold winning in fast time at Bendigo last Friday after Glory Fire, from Rustic Reeta’s second litter (by Banjo Boy), had won at Dapto a night earlier.

Rustic Reeta certainly didn’t set the world on fire on the track, winning a couple of races – one at Tara Raceway over 400 metres in 23.90 seconds – and with no real winning form around her.

Quinlivian, who raced her only a couple of times at the end of her career, said that he had liked her conformation but admitted that if he knew back in 2014 what he now knew he may not have bred with her – and that’s something he certainly wouldn’t be keen to reflect on in view of the fact that she’s now produced more than 100 winners.

And while Quinlivian had no luck at Tara Raceway on Sunday, Rustic Reeta did keep the flag flying when Banjo Boy youngster Banjo Bonito won the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) for his sire’s owner Andrew Varasdi and Compton trainer Tracie Price who would end the day with a treble.

The Newman McDonnell Memorial, one of the longest-running feature events conducted at Tara Raceway, continues to be sponsored by his family in recognition of his efforts in the early years of greyhound racing in Mount Gambier.

Tara Raceway, the name also carried at the Glenburnie track, was derived from the prefix “Tara” that he used in the naming of many of his racing greyhounds.

Faster Bolt continues on winning way

Thursday, November 9, 2017

After an unlucky third over 425 metres in fast time at Bendigo late last month, locally bred and owned greyhound Faster Bolt was quick to make amends when winning at Warragul last week before following up with another win at Horsham on Sunday afternoon.

This is the dog that ran 22.98 seconds – the fastest maiden 400 metre time ever run at Tara Raceway – when winning at only his second race start back in early October.

Three-month-old pups from Galactic Rumball’s second litter – by Paddy Whacker.

In fact, so dominant was the win that owners Steve Bartholomew jr., Ken Gillespie, Robert Chuck and Jack Peacock had no hesitation in approaching respected Camperdown trainer Steve Elsum to take over the white and fawn dog.

A quick 24.13 seconds at Bendigo preceded near best of day winning times of 22.72 sec. (400 m) and 23.42 sec. (410 m) at Warragul and Horsham with Elsum now likely to look at trying Faster Bolt over more ground.

Meanwhile, litter brother Galactic Panther, owned by Chuck and now trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew sr., will resume at Tara Raceway on Sunday in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

Whelped in January 2016, Galactic Panther, when also trained by Chuck, won two short-course races before performing well in September’s Destini Fireball Winter Classic (512 m), a series in which he was giving away plenty in age and experience.

However, the black dog will be well served on the age scale by the time the Peter Rocket Summer Classic (512 m), for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2016, comes around in February.

Bred by Chuck at Moorak, Faster Bolt and Galactic Panther are by the Irish bred Milldean Panther out of Galactic Rumball (Cosmic Rumble x Elite Touch) who won three races at Tara Raceway in what was an injury-plagued career.

And in August, Galactic Rumball, a litter sister to another proven local producer in Azumi Touch, whelped a second litter – this time to Paddy Whacker, a Canadian bred, US raced greyhound with Australian, Irish, English and US bloodlines.

Buy-backs impact on auction

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Once again, the recent greyhound auction at Angle Park was severely impacted when the majority of the 52 lots that went under the hammer were bought back by their vendors.

In fact, only 13 lots were actually sold, a 10-month-old dog by Dyna Double One x Irish Keepsake being the highest-priced lot to change hands for $7000.

Greyhound auctions no longer offer – if in fact they ever did – prospective buyers any incentive to attend and bid due to the fact that the majority of lots are only there in order that vendors can purchase them back for a minimal commission and thereby become eligible for a $16,000 auction race which, in this case, will be run in 2019.

But one breeder who wasn’t worrying about any buy-backs was Cap Abbott who had made it quite clear that he had no intention of bringing any his five lots back with him to Edenhope.

And the well-bred 10-month-old youngsters – by leading sire Cosmic Rumble x Manila Express – looked to be good value for buyers when selling for a total of $5,250.

Allendale East breeder David Peckham’s three Barcia Bale x Thanks Tubby lots were withdrawn prior to the auction.

Meanwhile, at the forthcoming Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday, November 26 at Angle Park, the future of greyhound auctions will be raised with members.

Issues to be discussed will include whether auctions should be continued and if so should the feature race be removed in order to negate the attraction for buy backs.

Ironically, the feature race was only introduced in the first place as an incentive to breeders to sell their pups through the auction process.

Cup finalist to contest memorial heat

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Signal Peak, a close-up fourth in last Sunday night’s Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup (531 m), will add plenty of interest to Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting when he contests a heat of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m).

The black and white dog qualified for the Gawler Cup final when running a three-quarter length second to Adelaide speedster High Eden Frost before finishing a 3¼ length fourth behind Windmill Haze in the $36,000 final.

Signal Peak will contest a heat of the Newman McDonnell Memorial at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Bred, owned and trained by Jamie Quinlivian of Merbein South, Signal Peak is from the highly successful Cape Hawke x Rustic Reeta mating, having raced on 65 occasions for 23 wins, 23 minor placings and more than $43,000 in prizemoney.

Signal Peak, who has drawn box three in the third and final heat of the memorial, has never raced at Tara Raceway but the June 2014 whelping is well seasoned and looks well-placed in grade five company.

Adding further interest to this heat is box one runner Lektra Stomp who, although coming off a couple of disappointing runs at Horsham, is a very quick dog.

Third in this year’s Winter Classic, the son of Walk Hard x Lektra Angie is a 29.88 seconds winner at The Meadows (525 m) and clocked 29.67 seconds at Tara Raceway (512) in August.

And lining up from box seven will be Chilly Kiss – a winner last Friday – trained by Connie Miller who also trained Kenzel Lad to win the inaugural Newman McDonnell Memorial in 1986.

Penshurst owner-trainer John Cameron, successful in the 2012 McDonnell Memorial with Camo’s Lucky, will be looking for further success when Fascinated jumps from box six in the second heat.

Fascinated, a daughter of Hutmaker and former top Tara Raceway speedster Spellbound, ran a quick 30.17 seconds at the local track back in September and was a winner over 450 metres at Warrnambool last Saturday night.

Peter Fulton’s Noosa Parade, who has drawn box one and races well at Tara Raceway, should keep Fascinated honest while box four runner Glenville Phil will appreciate the drop back to grade five company for trainer Richard Clayfield who won last year’s memorial with Glenville Jester.

The Nicole Stanley trained Rowchester Star, a winner at Tara Raceway last Friday over 512 metres, looks one of the hardest to beat from box one in the opening heat although Spring’s Over, Zorro Creek and Cilla Brown are also likely to be prominent in the run.

Perseverance pays off

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It’s now been 12 months since local greyhound owners Rex Klaassens and his son Chris, together with father and son training team Allan and Tim Holmes, purchased Bull Battle Born.

Alaura Edwards-Stephens, Allan Holmes, Amy Widdicombe and owner-trainer Tim Holmes with Timmy’s Tiger after his maiden win last Sunday.

By Magic Sprite out of Borgata, a winner of 10 short-course races on NSW and Queensland tracks, Bull Battle Born found her way to Moorak and trainer Allan Holmes’ kennels after having won two races at Warrnambool and Bendigo.

As far as connections are concerned it’s been a long year with the 26 kilogram black bitch, Tim Holmes confirming as much after the running of the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway last Friday.

“I reckon we got about five runs in with her before she injured herself at Strathalbyn,” he said. “And as if the injury downtime wasn’t enough, she then came on season which saw her off the track for the first half of this year.

“She came back quite well, beating Arolok Jax in 23.45 seconds at the end of June, however by last Friday it had been something like five months between wins.”

But for all the frustrations of the year, club sponsor Chris Klaassens of Klaassens Contractors was always going to take time out from a busy schedule to check out Bull Battle Born when she lined up from box two in the grade six event.

And this time she repaid connections for their perseverance, leading all the way to defeat odds-on favourite Spring Yankee by two lengths in 23.56 seconds.

Chris Klaassens and Tim Holmes with Bull Battle Born after she found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Friday.

A couple of days later, Tim Holmes was back at Tara Raceway with his own dog – Timmy’s Tiger, still trying to win a race after eight starts but showing promise with three third placings at his most recent runs.

An April 2015 whelping, Timmy’s Tiger has been taken along slowly by the 35-year-old Holmes, mainly due to work commitments with Klaassens Contractors but, also, with the owner-trainer believing his dog needed time to develop.

Jumping from box seven in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m), the brindle dog was away fairly, chasing first starter Tequila Chaser until the home turn where he railed through before finishing the stronger to win by a length in 23.97 seconds.

By Cosmic Rumble x Moorak Hope, Timmy’s Tiger was bred by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member Allan Holmes who owned the dam, a winner of nine races including the 2013 SA Country Cup at Gawler when trained by Tracie Price.

100 winners for leading trainer

Monday, November 6, 2017

Leading trainer Nicole Stanley landed her 100th winner for 2017 when Rowchester Star scored a desperately close win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 metres) at Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.

Nicole Stanley with Rowchester Star, her 100th winner for the year.

For Stanley, of Portland, the win was her 95th at the local track with five other winners coming throughout the year at Warrnambool and Horsham.

Raced by the Phil Forsyth-managed Red Card Syndicate, Rowchester Star showed plenty of early pace from box six to take up the early running but looked to be in trouble when the Kevin Ashton trained pair Mr Perfect and Dream Edition applied the pressure off the back.

And in a terrific three-way clash in the home straight, the son of Nolen x African Wave was able to fight back, defeating Mr Perfect by a nose with Dream Edition a further nose back in third spot – thus depriving the Charlton-based Ashton an ideal 72nd birthday present.

In Stanley’s kennels for all of his 78 starts, Rowchester Star, better known as a short-courser, has now won 13 races with Friday’s win his first over 512 metres in more than 12 months.

Following Sunday’s meeting, Stanley edged closer to 100 winners this year at Tara Raceway when Hit The Runway put in a big effort to win the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) and bring up win number 96.

Hit The Runway, a brilliant 600 metre winner last week, found himself well back early in the four-dog field before working home strongly to wear down tearaway leader Solitary Lad to win by 1½ lengths in a best of day 30.11 seconds.

Weis celebrates in style

Monday, November 6, 2017

Birthdays were running hot in the Weis family at the weekend. Young Zoe turned six on Saturday while her grandfather Brian, of Portland, was 51 on Sunday – and no doubt hoping to celebrate with another winner after Xtreme Caution had won at Warrnambool on Thursday night.

Brian Weis (left) with Big Rough and Scott Blacksell pictured with Spring Ripper after the kennelmates ran the quinella in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Big Rough, owned by Noel and Heather Perry, had been racing consistently and while he hadn’t won in a couple of months did look to be one of Weis’s best chances at Sunday’s meeting.

And that’s how the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) panned out with Big Rough quickly finding the front from box two before leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Spring Ripper by 1¾ lengths in 30.17 seconds.

The win was the black dog’s seventh at Tara Raceway this year and gave him the outright lead in the Greyhound of the Year award – well at least for 45 minutes until Baz’s Moment drew level after winning the Stake (400 m) for Baz Bruce and Tracie Price in a brilliant 23.13 seconds.

Weis, who is enjoying a good year at Tara Raceway, has trained 27 winners and currently sits in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list behind Stanley, Price and David Peckham.

His involvement in greyhound racing goes back more than 20 years to when he purchased a brindle and white pup from Robert Duncan, also of Portland and still actively involved in the sport.

“I purchased a pup by Iago out of Road Riot,” Weis recalled on Sunday. “Originally he was called Tupance but it was later discovered that there was a dog with the same name in New Zealand so he became Bart’s Riot.”

David Peckham with the Clarissa Miller owned-Connie Miller trained Chilly Kiss after her win at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Bart’s Riot went on to race on 64 occasions, winning 14 races, including success at Sandown Park. Weis has been hooked ever since.

Meanwhile, grandmother and granddaughter – Connie and Clarissa Miller – successfully combined at Tara Raceway’s Friday meeting with Chilly Kiss, who had been given to Adelaide-based Clarissa by Weis after he had been looking to make room for some more Matt Morris-bred “Xtreme” youngsters.

Chilly Kiss, also bred at Wagga by Morris, went straight to the front from box four, leading all the way in the Stake (512 m) to bring up her first win since July.

And Connie Miller, currently recovering from a recent hip replacement operation, wrapped up a good weekend when Arolok Jax led all the way in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) on Sunday to defeat Sophie’s Moment and Same Scenario in 23.59 seconds.

No crash landing for Hit The Runway

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Enigmatic greyhound Hit The Runway didn’t put a foot wrong at Tara Raceway last Sunday when winning the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 metres).

This is the dog that was contesting the grade 4/5 middle-distance event after having completed a satisfactory trial – due to an indiscretion at Warrnambool in early October – prior to the first race at Tara Raceway the previous week.

Hit The Runway pictured after his smart 600 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And this in itself can be a logistical nightmare on a 12-race programme. With no spare kennel house room, and greyhounds unable to be left in trailers during the meeting, trainer Nicole Stanley – who had a large team racing – then had to arrange for Hit The Runway to be transported back to her Portland kennels.

A week later, however, he certainly made up for the inconvenience he had caused.

The brindle dog has had something of a chequered racing career on Victorian tracks although his record in Mount Gambier behind the finish-on-lure is pretty good with four wins and five minor placings from 12 starts.

A quick 35.10 seconds 600 metre winner at Tara Raceway in early October, Hit The Runway was just as impressive last Sunday, railing through on Frac Geek going out of the home straight the first time before running away to a seven lengths win in 35.19 seconds on a day certainly not conducive to good times.

By Oaks Road out of Full Noise Turbo, a winner of 10 races including staying success at Sandown Park and Angle Park, Hit The Runway is from a more than handy litter that includes Hit The Highway ($83,000 prizemoney), Vostok ($58,000), Our Turbo Boy ($52,000) and Rig Fifty Five ($24,000).

Stanley has also enjoyed success at the local track with litter brothers Turbo Road and Tiger Bite Turbo.

But, according to his trainer, Hit The Runway does bring one annoying trait to Tara Raceway – he doesn’t like people!

“I have to find someone else to box him because I’m the only one who can catch him after the race. He’s fine in traditional catching pens but behind the finish-on-lure when the catchers converge on their dogs if I’m not there he takes off,” Stanley said.

The unsociable Hit The Runway looks a good chance again on Sunday when he will jump from box four in the five-dog Klaassens Contractors Open Stake (512 m), his trainer once again hoping for another safe landing.

Wednesday meeting for Tara Raceway

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club recently met with Greyhound Racing SA in regard to changing its Friday meetings to Wednesdays – a slot currently held by Angle Park.

At the moment, the Friday meetings, which are time-based fixtures for lower-grade greyhounds, appear to be having an impact on the Sunday nominations.

MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that as rule greyhounds weren’t backing up at Sunday meetings after having raced two days earlier.

“As things stand we generally run on two Fridays a month so if we could work in with Angle Park and switch these to Wednesday we believe that the extra time between meetings would allow for greater Sunday nominations,” he said.

“Originally, we had three Friday meetings scheduled for next month – December 1, 15 and 29 but following discussion with GRSA we have now been able to switch the December 29 fixture to Wednesday, December 27. At least that’s a start.”

No racing on Sunday, December 24 means there will be seven fixtures for the month with the highlight being the Christmas Cup meeting on December 17 – further details being announced in the next few days.

Last year’s Christmas Cup (512 m) was won by the Richard Clayfield trained Glenville Jester who defeated Old Jock and Abbey’s Hand in 30.05 seconds.

Milla Laddrak, of Ozenkadnook, will again sponsor the Royal Fashion Open Maiden (512 m) and the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet for bitches.

The David Williams trained Cilla Brown won last year’s Royal Fashion from Carry On Elvis and Azumi Spice while the Ladies Bracelet saw victory go to Phil Lenehan’s Lektra Hutch by a half head from Brazen Beau.

Also being run at the December 17 meeting will be the Christmas Challenge, last year run over 600 metres and won by Robert Halliday’s Homer from Fascinated and Shannah’s Might in 35.60 seconds.