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

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Adelaide trainer lands first local winner

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morphett Vale trainer Maurie Kiley landed his first Tara Raceway winner last Sunday but not before the pint-sized Whip Lee withstood a barnstorming finish from McIvor Gordon.

Jumping from box seven in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), the 23 kilogram bitch flew the start and looked set for an easy win after opening up a big break down the back straight.

Handler Lance Simpson with Whip Lee after her win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And turning for home, Whip Lee still enjoyed a handy lead over McIvor Gordon who had put in a huge effort to run into second spot after losing many lengths at the start.

However, in the run home, McIvor Gordon displayed all the strong-finishing characteristics of the Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar litter when going down by only a nose.

But for all that, Whip Lee did well to score first-up over the tricky 400 metre distance and bring up her fifth win from 28 starts.

Purchased by Kiley prior to racing, the daughter of Brett Lee x Cawbourne Whip had previously won four races over 388 metres at Angle Park.

The winner’s breeding stacks up pretty well with Cawbourne Whip winning 18 races and $90,000 in prizemoney while a couple of Whip Lee’s littermates include Lucky Chap (16 wins, $64,000) and Rohan Hill (11, $32,000).

Involved in the sport for 25 years, Kiley raced Brute Bernard, one of the best greyhounds going around Adelaide tracks in the mid-2000s.

By Jack Junior x Lizzy’s Charm, Brute Bernard won 29 races which included a Doug Payne Memorial. He was runner-up in an Angle Park Breeders Plate as well as being a finalist in the 2005 Adelaide Cup and also in the SA Greyhound of the Year.

Currently, Kiley is also enjoying success on Adelaide tracks with Venetian Mask who has won nine races at Angle Park and two at Strathalbyn.

Meanwhile, McIvor Gordon’s kennelmate and litter sister McIvor Verna will line up from box one tomorrow night for Moyston trainer Peter Frankin in a $12,000-to-the-winner grade five final over 715 metres at Sandown Park.

Going out in a blaze of glory

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cryer’s Plugger, who left today for Buln Buln East to be trained for Tom and Margaret Cryer by Steve White, went out in a blaze of glory at Tara Raceway’s Sunday meeting.

Steward Kel Dalton and owner Margaret Cryer were all smiles after Cryer’s Plugger’s outstanding 512 metre win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Coming into the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) from box one after an outstanding 732 metre win the previous week, Cryer’s Plugger displayed amazing versatility to lead all the way and win in emphatic style by 7¾ lengths.

By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, the brindle dog clocked a brilliant 29.64 seconds – the third fastest time run at Tara Raceway this year, bettered only by former record holder Brazen Bomber (29.55) and current record holder Mojito Mayhem (29.52).

Cryer’s Plugger’s time was three-quarters of a length faster than that of the Peter Crawley trained Zuma Creek who made it consecutive wins at Tara Raceway when defeating Fiorelli Rose and Old Jock in the Stake (512 m) in 29.69 seconds.

It turned out to be a good weekend for the Cryer breed with litter brother Cryer’s Bob taking the time honours at the Friday meeting with an 11 length win in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) in 29.78 seconds.

And wrapping up Sunday’s meeting was older full brother Cryer’s Jack who led all the way from box one in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m) to defeat McIvor Neville by 1¾ lengths in another sub-30 seconds time of 29.99.

This was win number 19 at start 96 for the 4½-year-old who last won at Tara Raceway over 600 metres in May and who is currently booked into the Greyhound Adoption Program for assessment next month.

Bolting in with the bonus

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Connections of promising young greyhound Faster Bolt picked up a handy SA-bred bonus after his sensational win in the Gordon Refrigeration Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon.

Rowan Cram, Ken Gillespie, Steve Bartholomew jnr., Jack Peacock, Koby and Cameryn Bartholomew, Elysia Bartholomew and Harry Hicks with Faster Bolt after his quick maiden win at Tara Raceway on Friday.

A luckless fourth at his first race start five days earlier, Faster Bolt was slowly away from box eight in Friday’s time-graded event but into the back straight quickly railed through on Hard Call to take the lead before racing away to an eight length win.

The winning time of 22.98 seconds was the fastest ever run for a maiden 400 metre race at Tara Raceway and eclipsed the previous best 23.02 seconds recorded by Solitary Girl in June this year.

By Irish-bred sire Milldean Panther out of Galactic Rumball, a winner of three races at Tara Raceway, Faster Bolt qualified for the recently-introduced $1000 Greyhound Racing SA bonus which is for SA-bred (2016 onwards) maiden winners on SA tracks.

The January 2016 white and fawn dog was bred at Moorak by Robert Chuck who receives $500 of the bonus while the Gillespie-Chuck Syndicate will share the other half, along with the race prizemoney.

Robert Chuck and Galactic Cat.

Syndicate members are workmates – and former workmates – Ken Gillespie (also the trainer), Jack Peacock, Steve Bartholomew, Steve Bartholomew jnr., along with Chuck, who maintained a share in Faster Bolt after selling him to the syndicate at eight months of age.

This is a syndicate formed some 12 years ago when the boys put in to buy a greyhound called Modern Joy. Since then plenty of other winners have followed – Magic State, Magic Elite, Scull Magic, Cape Roxy, Sharkaris, Galactic Tsunami and now Faster Bolt ensuring they have never since had to draw on their reserves.

Chuck is also enjoying success in his own right with the litter, Galactic Panther and Galactic Cat both having won at Tara Raceway.

Meanwhile, connections have since announced that Faster Bolt would join Steve Elsum’s Camperdown kennels next week.

Trainer lands first Tara Raceway winner

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton landed his first Tara Raceway winner last Friday when Noosa Parade scored an impressive win in the time-graded JB Irrigation Stake (512 m).

Peter Fulton with Noosa Parade, his first Tara Raceway winner.

Noosa Parade, who had put the writing on the wall for a Tara Raceway win when running a 1¾ length second to Lektra Lucy on September 22, turned the tables on that greyhound on Friday when leading all the way to win by 2¼ lengths in a pretty handy 30.12 seconds.

Fulton, 24, who has been training for four years, has now won four races with Noosa Parade which he took over 12 months ago for the three-member Noosa Fishing Syndicate prior to the black dog commencing his racing career in January.

Whelped in January 2015, there’s not much wrong with his breeding as he’s by high profile sire Collision out of the unraced Miss Black Fern and boasts a couple of handy littermates in Kiwi Collision and Night King.

Miss Black Fern also has an interesting pedigree, being by the Irish bred Spiral Nikita out of another unraced bitch in Miss Yap (Brett Lee x Leprechaun Miss) with this litter including Hurunui Hitman, a winner of 20 races and $182,000 in prizemoney.

Noosa Parade, also a winner at Warrnambool and Ballarat, will now line up on Tuesday night from box five over 485 metres for what will be his first race start at Horsham.

Change of kennels for Plugger

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cryer’s Plugger, an impressive distance winner over 732 metres in 44.03 seconds at Tara Raceway last Sunday, will change kennels next week.

Apsley trainer Tom Cryer – whose wife Margaret owns the brindle dog – said Cryer’s Plugger would be transferred to the Buln Buln East kennels of highly-respected trainer Steve White who moved from NSW to Victoria in 2015.

Steve White is set to take over the training of Cryer’s Plugger.

“Steve comes highly recommended and because we’re not really in a position to travel extensively with our greyhounds the move will give Plugger the opportunity of racing regularly over more suitable longer distances,” Cryer said.

White and his family commenced the ride of a lifetime back in the mid-2000s when Paua To Burn broke five track records, won the 2005 Golden Easter Egg, Sandown Laurels, two Sapphire Crown Classics, Temlee, Rookie Rebel and was a finalist in the Melbourne, Australian and Brisbane Cups.

All told, the black and white daughter of Awesome Assassin x Alice Dooley won prizemoney of $434,705.

The Ray Fewings owned Don’t Kid Me, shortly after winning at Tara Raceway in July 2016, was transferred to White and subsequently won at The Meadows, Bendigo, Ballarat, Sale, Warragul and Traralgon. He also ran fourth in this year’s Group 2 Traralgon Cup final behind Jesaulenko and Mount Gambier Cup winner Fabregal.

And White’s wife, Kerrie, was successful earlier this year with Suffragette who won the $210,000 Sandown Park Launching Pad by 10 lengths.

Whelped in January 2015, and with a record of seven wins and 15 minor placings from 30 starts, Cryer’s Plugger is from a repeat mating by Spring Gun out of Cryer’s Midget – an 11-race winner at Tara Raceway.

Collectively, the two litters have now produced 93 winners for Tom and Margaret Cryer – another family enjoying the ride of a lifetime.

Syndicate in the money

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cranbourne-based Scott Brandon and his partner Debbie took advantage of the long week-end to catch up with Allen Unther who was racing in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Scott Brandon and Dean Fennell with Allen Unther after his 400 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The black dog is raced by the Brandon-managed MTM (Money To Money) Syndicate which also comprises Anthony Calvert, Ryan Hendy, Matt Brooks and Danny Frazer.

In Dean Fennell’s kennels since August, Allen Unther was having his fifth start at Tara Raceway for the Glencoe trainer and really made Brandon’s day when opening his SA winning account with an all the way win in 23.63 seconds.

Brandon, 42, said Allen Unther, who had previously won three races over the Traralgon short course when trained at Rosedale by Peter Borradale, had turned out to be a handy pick-up for the MTM boys.

“We actually came across him advertised for $500 in the Buy, Swap and Sell section of Facebook. And while he hadn’t raced, he was well bred and ready to go so we thought he might be worth having a crack with,” he said.

He certainly is well bred, and with a pedigree that would suggest he should be able to run a bit further, being by Magic Sprite out of the stayer Dyna Willow who won 20 races and $260,000 in prizemoney.

But for the time being, at least, Allen Unther will stick to the short course, lining up from box two in a heat of the Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Chasing that ‘million dollar feeling’

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When owner-trainer Paul Herry bobbed at Tara Raceway last Sunday with the little-known Garku Bale there were probably plenty who weren’t even aware that the maiden greyhound with stake earnings of $570 is a litter brother to the mighty Fanta Bale.

She’s the champion bitch who raced the previous night at The Meadows where she won the Top Cat Video Cup (725 metres) final, taking her record to 31 wins and 10 minor placings from 47 starts for stake earnings now approaching a million dollars.

Garku Bale on the way to the boxes at Tara Raceway last Sunday with owner-trainer Paul Herry.

At Tara Raceway for the first time, Garku Bale had raced on only 12 occasions for a couple of seconds in steady time at The Meadows back in late 2016 prior to a frustrating run of injuries that saw him off the scene for the first eight months of this year.

But a for sale advertisement placed last month for the son of $300,000 winner David Bale and the US bred Ucme Typhoon – a Victorian city middle-distance winner – caught the attention of Herry who figured that the lightly-raced black dog was probably worth a go at the asking price of $500.

Originally a reserve, Garku Bale gained a start from box two following the scratching of Brazen Blue in last Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m).

However, it was always going to be a tough introduction to Tara Raceway for Herry’s dog, especially with Hit The Runway racing in good form and looking well placed in the grade 4/5 middle-distance affair.

Hit The Runway ultimately ran out a comfortable winner in a quick 35.10 seconds while $50 chance Garku Bale ran a 12 length sixth although Herry was more than happy with the effort.

“I was happy with the way in which he handled himself and his actual time of 35.94 seconds should see him competitive in a lower grade of race,” he said.

Garku Bale will be back on Friday for Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting and looks much better placed in the Trackside Meats Stake, a 0-4 wins event over 600 metres.

He’ll be chasing a $415 first prize in the non-penalty race while Fanta Bale will be going around the following night at Wentworth Park for $6200 in a heat of the Sydney Cup (720 m).

But Friday won’t be about the money. Because if Garku Bale can open his winning account then Herry most certainly will head back to Mortlake feeling like a million dollars anyway.

Club well represented in SA Country Cup final

Monday, October 2, 2017

After the running of the local SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway over 512 metres on Sunday afternoon, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club looks to be well represented in next week’s $7375 final (515 m) at Angle Park.

Making the trip to Adelaide for the final on Friday, October 13 – a night highlighted by the running of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final – will be heat winner Colden Girl, owned by the Two Poms Syndicate and trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, together with runner-up Paraphernalia who is owned by Chris Johnson and trained by Jeff Guy of Horsham.

Bea Bryant and Jeff Guy with Mount Gambier’s SA Country Cup representatives Colden Girl and Paraphernalia.

Despite a quick 29.77 seconds 512 metre Mount Gambier Cup heat win earlier this year, Colden Girl was a $19 chance from box six after several recent unplaced efforts at Warrnambool, Ballarat and Horsham.

But the black and white bitch ran right up to a quick trial at Tara Raceway last Tuesday morning when finding the front going out of the first turn and then holding off strong challenges from Paraphernalia and Fiorelli Rose to run her down.

And on the line, Colden Girl, who carved out a slick 30.04 seconds, had a nose to spare over Paraphernalia with a further half-length back to Fiorelli Rose.

Now, for the first time, after a long involvement in greyhound racing, Bea and Roger Bryant will head to Angle Park, to take in what is the biggest night of the year at the city track.

By Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur, Colden Girl has raced on 37 occasions for seven wins and 11 minor placings, earning prizemoney of more than $13,000.

According to Bea Bryant, Colden Girl, despite having never raced at Angle Park, would not trial there as she believed the June 2014 whelping was experienced enough to handle the change of track.

“Besides Mount Gambier, she’s also raced at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Geelong, Horsham and Warrnambool so I think she should be able to adapt to Angle Park,” she said.

Paraphernalia, a son of Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco and whelped in April 2014, will head to Angle Park with a fair sort of record of 20 wins, 18 minor placings and more than $60,000 in prizemoney from 74 starts.

A dashing winner of last week’s Metal Worx Iron Dog final at Tara Raceway, the fawn dog was gallant in defeat on Sunday and will go into the Country Cup final with the advantage of having raced, and won, at Angle Park.

“He’s racing well at the moment and certainly won’t need a trial at the track,” Guy said after the race. “I’m confident that he will give a great sight for the Mount Gambier club next week.”

Meanwhile, the SA Country Cup field was finalised with the running of the Gawler heat over 531 metres on Sunday night when the Troy Murray trained Winsome Summer finished strongly to defeat Colin Swain’s Mr. Arjay in a time of 31.21 seconds.

Previous heats at Strathalbyn and Port Augusta had resulted in Memory Assassin, Stick Figure, Aussie Steel and Croydon Boys qualifying for the final which will carry prizemoney of $5000, $1250, $625 and others $100 each.

Plugger impresses in distance debut

Monday, October 2, 2017

Taking a line on McIvor Verna, the 732 metre staying debut of Cryer’s Plugger in Sunday’s Greyhound-Data Mixed Stake was, to say the least, pretty impressive.

Tom Cryer pictured with Cryer’s Plugger after his impressive 732 metre distance debut at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

A winner of four 600 metre races at Tara Raceway, Cryer’s Plugger had been drawn to clash with Silverali in a heat of the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing at the end of August but was scratched due to injury.

Silverali ultimately won the heat in a hand-timed 43.99 seconds while McIvor Verna was successful in the second heat in a hand-timed 44.00 seconds prior to bolting the final in a week later on a rain-affected track in 44.45 seconds.

On Saturday night, McIvor Verna was beaten just over five lengths in the Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup (725 m) final at The Meadows which saw Australia’s best stayers Fanta Bale and Burn One Down fight out the finish.

The next day Cryer’s Plugger gave notice of bigger and better things to come when he burst from the pack down the back straight to chase after the tearaway leader Gee She Roks, also making her distance debut.

And in the run home, the odds-on favourite Cryer’s Plugger was simply too strong, running out a seven length winner over Gee She Roks in a time of 44.03 seconds.

Owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom at Apsley, the winner is by Spring Gun out of Cryer’s Midget who never won beyond 512 metres but is by former top stayer Texas Gold who won 21 races ranging in distance from 535 metres to 771 metres.

Judging on Sunday’s effort, Cryer’s Plugger gives the impression of being an out and out stayer. As such, it’s now going to be interesting to see how Cryer goes about placing the January 2015 brindle dog in races of a suitable distance.

Mount Gambier looking to boost cup record

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A strong line-up in Sunday’s SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway should ensure that the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is once again well represented in this year’s $7375 final which will be run at Angle Park on Friday, October 13.

Since the re-introduction of the Country Cup four years ago, Mount Gambier has figured prominently – Moorak Hope successful at Gawler in 2013 for Allan Holmes and Tracie Price while Berry Bling won last year’s event at Strathalbyn for Portland owner-trainer Nicole Stanley.

Part-owners Connie Miller and David Peckham with Blitz And Bolt.

In the past, the Country Cup final alternated between Gawler and Strathalbyn and was run in conjunction with those clubs’ own cups.

However, in a bid to further lift the profile of the Country Cup, Greyhound Racing SA this year agreed to a recommendation from the Mount Gambier club that the final be run over 515 metres at Angle Park on the same night as the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final.

With the first two placegetters in Sunday’s 512 metre heat to represent Mount Gambier, both Paraphernalia and Frac Geek look well placed for Horsham trainer Jeff Guy.

Paraphernalia, a winner of $60,000 in prizemoney and fresh from Iron Dog success last Sunday, knows Angle Park, running Weekend Binge to 1¾ lengths in the 2016 Derby final as well as winning over 600 metres at the city track.

And Frac Geek, who strung together three successive wins over different distances at Tara Raceway earlier this month, looks well drawn on Sunday in box eight.

Back in 2014, Mount Gambier’s two Country Cup representatives at Strathalbyn were the David Peckham trained Bourne Again and Thanks Tubby with the latter representing the club again the following year at Gawler.

The Allendale East-based Peckham will be looking for a trip to Angle Park with Blitz And Bolt who earlier this year won three races at that track when being trained in Adelaide.

A winner of seven races this year at Tara Raceway, Blitz And Bolt has raced only once since returning, that run resulting in a 6¾ length fourth to Rowchester Star over 400 metres earlier this month.

Stanley’s best chance this year looks to be with Fiorelli Rose – currently sharing the lead in the local Greyhound of the Year award – who missed a spot in last year’s final when runner-up to Fear The Rascal in the second of two heats.

Country Cup contender Colden Girl defeats Master Tron and McRay in a heat of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup.

And if Colden Girl can recapture the form that saw her win a Mount Gambier Cup heat earlier this year in 29.77 seconds then Heathmere couple Bea and Roger Bryant could well be hitting the highway to Adelaide.

Meanwhile, Aussie Steel and Croydon Boys have booked a trip to Angle Park after the running of the Port Augusta heat (503 m) on Saturday afternoon.

Aussie Steel is trained at Whyalla by Graham Brown while Michael Stewart made the long trip from Palmer with Croydon Boys who had failed to qualify in the Strathalbyn heat of the Country Cup.

By Elite State, Aussie Steel is out of 22-race winner Mighty Chaos who made a trip to Tara Raceway for the 2013 Mount Gambier Cup but failed to qualify when finishing unplaced in a heat behind Baurna Paddy.

Brown, a long-time participant, was heavily involved in the Whyalla Greyhound Racing Club as was his father Max, who held the seat of Whyalla for the Australian Labor Party from 1970 to 1985.

The Whyalla club was actually the first track to run registered greyhound meetings in SA in 1971 on its grass track and under lights during the summer months before closing more than 30 years later.

But greyhound racing in Whyalla heralded the beginning of a halcyon era for the sport in SA and saw the emergence of Laurie King’s mighty North Kinta (Kinta’s Son x Canavan Queen) – inaugural winner of the SA Derby in 1971 and one of the best dogs to come out of the north.