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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.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Allendale East greyhound Anti Dentite displayed some of the form that saw him win 22 races and more than $60,000 in prizemoney on Queensland tracks when he easily accounted for a classy field of grade five performers in the Gambier Vets Feature final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Owned and trained by David Peckham, the black dog went straight to the front from box one and was never headed, eventually running out a 6¾ length winner in 30.22 seconds over Andy Graham’s Cee Rose Black and the winner’s kennelmate Sweeney Miss.
By Turanza Bale out of Sister Ping, a winner of eight races on NSW and Queensland tracks, Anti Dentite, by the middle of last year, had found himself in Adelaide where he won a couple of races at Angle Park.
But by December, connections had been looking to move him on and when he failed to meet the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) requirements Peckham was contacted to see if he wanted a giveaway greyhound to race at Tara Raceway.
“I figured with his pretty impressive record he might be worth a try down here, especially with the finish-on-lure in operation, although his early trials were certainly nothing flash and had me wondering whether I’d made the right call,” Peckham said.
By cup time, though, he was racing quite well with a fourth behind Mojito Mayhem in a cup heat and a subsequent second to kennelmate Blitz And Bolt in the consolation looking to be a good lead-in to the grade five series.
Peckham said he had been asked on several occasions as to the origins of the name Anti Dentite and that he had been unable to shed any light on its origins.
Well, it turns out former Toowoomba owner-trainer Mark Saal, who is a huge fan of the iconic US television comedy Seinfeld, had a couple of handy greyhounds back in late 2014 and named them Yada Yada Yada and Anti Dentite, names he had taken from the show’s episode titled “The Yada Yada”.
Earlier on Sunday, Peckham was successful in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m) with recent Mount Gambier Cup Consolation winner Blitz And Bolt who finished too strongly in a busy finish for kennelmate Maximum Bella, having her first Tara Raceway start, and the ever-consistent Lyon Rose in 30.25 seconds.
Maximum Bella, a winner of nine races from 63 starts, hadn’t raced since the end of January and led pretty well everywhere but on the post, giving the impression that she should be better for the run.
Peckham finished the day with two wins, two seconds and two thirds and in what is one of the most interesting local trainers’ tussles in years stays in touch on 110 points behind Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley who share the lead with 122 points.
SYNDICATE SUCCESS CONTINUES
No one seems to be quite sure how many owners are in the syndicate that races Bluestone, winner of the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
It’s probably around the 20 mark with many of them having previously been involved with a greyhound called Spangher who won five races.
Deb Hicks and Trev Finnis, involved in both ventures, were on track to see Bluestone win his first local race at his seventh Tara Raceway start.
Also on track to witness the blue dog lead all the way and win by six lengths in a quick 23.10 seconds was fellow syndicate member Jeff Cranage who had not previously raced a greyhound but after Sunday’s impressive effort is now probably wondering why.
By 32-race winner Kalden Komoto out of WA bitch Frantic Fusion, Bluestone was selected for the syndicate by Hicks’s husband Craig who found the 32 kilogram dog advertised for sale for $3000 on Greyhound-Data after having won four races at Angle Park and Gawler.
The win was the second leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who previously had been successful with Hay Miss in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
Hay Miss had lined up from box three in a more than handy field that included Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch but was never headed after quickly finding the front, eventually running out an 8¼ length winner in a best of day 29.88 seconds – the first time she had broken the 30-second barrier at Tara Raceway.
And while she can be hard to catch at times, the daughter of Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse – a winner of 18 races and $32,000 in prizemoney – has been a handy little money spinner for connections, winning seven races from 32 starts.
A bag of five winners, two trebles and five doubles in less than three months of racing highlight Stanley’s terrific year so far at Tara Raceway.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
A bag of four winners last Friday – his second this year at Tara Raceway – has seen Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price take a narrow lead over Nicole Stanley, of Portland, in this year’s Leading Trainer award.
And with five of those eight winners being bred at Compton, Price, along with wife Karen and Milla Laddrak and John Dargue, of Ozenkadnook, should be well pleased that three litters to commence racing this year out of Hey Sexy Lady (who has since died of cancer), Stylish Moment and Which Class have all produced winners.
Also sharing in the kennel’s success last Friday was WA father and son team Peter and Andrew Haines who own Gangster Of Love (Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady) a smart winner of the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (512 metres) by five lengths in a quick 30.02 seconds.
They also raced Hey Sexy Lady, a winner of 13 races, and trained for them for much of her career by Price who has enjoyed a successful partnership with the pair over the past few years.
In fact, that success continued through to race five, the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m), when the team combined again to win with Gargle It who defeated kennelmate Lyon Rose in 35.15 seconds – the fastest time run this year at Tara Raceway.
By champion Irish sire Spiral Nikita, Gargle It is out of West On Bluebird who also lacks nothing when it comes to pedigree, being a litter sister to the former champion stayer Miata, along with Deville and Sure As.
But according to Price it could be that the best is still to come with high hopes for three dogs and two bitches whelped in January 2016 by Fabregas out of Who’s Doing What.
From a local point of view, it could be said that Who’s Doing What is probably better known for the race she didn’t win rather than the 14 she did for Price and the Haines’.
Back in 2015, Price looked a good chance of winning his first Mount Gambier Cup when, after a brilliant heat win, Who’s Doing What drew box one in the final.
It’s now history how she came on season on the eve of the race and how rookie trainer Ben Boers gained a start with his reserve runner Lots Of Yap and duly won the cup.
“The Fabregas youngsters will be going off to breaking-in next month,” Price said. “They’re nice pups but I tell you what, her next litter – four dogs and one bitch by Knocka Norris – are probably the best looking pups we’ve ever bred.”
By High Earner x No Recall, Who’s Doing What is from an outstanding litter that includes Star Recall, a winner of 40 races and $445,000 in prizemoney.
In pup, and due to whelp out at Compton next month, is Lucy’s Moment, the dam of Blazing Moment, currently racing in WA and a winner of five races.
This is an interesting mating, with Milla Laddrak and Karen Price using a straw from the 1997 whelping Master Havoc.
By Head Honcho x Wee Sal, Master Havoc raced on 70 occasions for 23 wins and 23 minor placings before running his last race in September 2000.
Lucy’s Moment is by Bombastic Shiraz x Barely A Moment and traces back to Laddrak’s foundation bitch, Milla’s Wish, a daughter of Head Honcho and Sobbing Sal (New Tears x Wee Sal).
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Carrying the same surname as the New Zealand racing driver, Glencoe greyhound Van Gisbergen finally found top gear at Tara Raceway last Friday.
Contesting the second heat of the Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five (512 metres), Van Gisbergen turned in a dominant performance from box seven to lead all the way for a 5¼ length win – his first in four months – over Shannah’s Might in a best of day 29.92 seconds.
It’s probably fair to say that neither trainer Barry Shepheard nor owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman had seen this win coming after the black dog, despite trialling well, had failed to really flatter at his first three Tara Raceway race starts.
By Magic Sprite out of Black Sambuca – a half-sister to Blonde Caviar, the dam of the “McIvor” dogs – Van Gisbergen arrived in the South-East in early January after having won two 520 metre races at Lismore and two over the 610 metre journey at Grafton.
But he also arrived with three strikes against his name, subsequently cleared, although only up to 599 metres.
“He’s run a pretty handy 35.46 seconds for the 610 at Grafton (the record is 34.89 seconds) so I wouldn’t mind getting him in a 600 metre event at Tara Raceway,” Shepheard said.
“The only problem is he still has to run a satisfactory trial over that distance and I’m struggling to find a few runners to go around with him in order to satisfy stewards’ requirements.”
And perhaps it’s Tara Raceway, one of only two tracks in Australia to conduct racing behind the finish-on-lure, that has assisted Van Gisbergen to find winning form again.
As Bruce Teague, writing in Australian Racing Greyhound, noted: “The FOL allows the dogs to complete their mission. Chasing is what they are all about. With the FOL they can succeed in that. With a conventional lure system, they can’t. Why wouldn’t they chase better with the FOL? It makes for a fun afternoon for them.”
Joining Van Gisbergen and Shannah’s Might in Sunday’s $2100 Gambier Vets final will be Sweeney Miss and Master Tron.
Mount Gambier owner-trainer Ken Feltus landed his first Tara Raceway win this year when Lil Arthur defeated Cee Rose Black, Brazen Beau and Anti Dentite in heat one of the feature grade five.
Away well from box four, Lil Arthur couldn’t match the early pace of Brazen Beau but took over the running down the back straight and held off a fast finishing Cee Rose Black and the early leader to win by a half length in 30.50 seconds.
The winner, a four-year-old by Cosmic Chief out of Ocean Magic – a litter sister to 2012 Mount Gambier Cup winner Rich Shiraz – has now won 13 races overall with two for Feltus who took over the black dog late last year.
And while his winning time was somewhat slower than Van Gisbergen in the second heat, Feltus was more than happy with the effort.
“Lil Arthur had been finding plenty of trouble in 400 metre events so I decided to bite the bullet and try him for the first time over the 512 metre journey,” he said.
“He hadn’t trialled over the distance or even trialled post to post so I reckon he’s still got a bit of improvement in him.”
The minor placegetters’ trainers wouldn’t have been too disappointed with the efforts of Cee Rose Black and Brazen Beau, either.
Cee Rose Black, which hadn’t run a place since last winning at Tara Raceway back in late January, pleased Portland trainer Andy Graham with the manner in which she finished off the race.
And Brazen Beau, another one having her first start over 512 metres, surprised Team Williams by the manner in which she battled on in the home straight, going down by only 1½ lengths.
Time-wise it’s hard to go past Van Gisbergen in Sunday’s final although the box draw hasn’t done him too many favours as he’ll jump from the six.
The David Peckham trained Anti Dentite and Ralph Patzel’s Master Tron, short-priced favourites in their respective heats, scraped into the final after both running fourth.
But they’ve drawn well – Anti Dentite in one and Master Tron next to him – boxes that both greyhounds have excellent records from.
Despite disappointing in last week’s heats, they both performed extremely well at Mount Gambier Cup time and a repeat of that sort of form should see them right in the mix.
The Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five final is one of the highlights of what looks to be another outstanding 12-race card at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Three Mount Gambier Cup finalists – Thanks Captain, Colden Girl and Hutch – return for the meeting with the Peckham-trained Thanks Captain, well boxed in the eight in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (512 m), taking on Hit The Runway who will be attempting to win three straight at the track for Nicole Stanley.
Colden Girl, trained by Bea Bryant, will take on a pretty handy field from box eight in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m) while Robert Halliday’s Hutch, who will race at Warrnambool tomorrow night, doesn’t look too badly placed in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).