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Fabregal runs right up to her reputation

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lewiston-trained Fabregal ran right up to her reputation with a brilliant win in Sunday’s $10,000 ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.

The ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup presentation to Fabregal and Robyn Mackellar.

One of the best-credentialled greyhounds to ever contest the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s major event of the year, the black daughter of Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay took her race record to 34 wins from 58 starts and more than $160,000 in prizemoney.

Fabregal was expected to improve after her first look at the track last week when winning a heat in 29.87 seconds – and improve the $2.60 favourite did – in front rounding the first before running away to score a 2¼ length win over the $34 rank outsider Arabella Figg with a further 2½ lengths back to Mojito Mayhem.

And the winner’s time of 29.78 seconds was a race record, eclipsing the 29.81 seconds run by the Kevin Mugavin trained Rich Shiraz back in 2012.

Owned at Tumby Bay by Terry McCallum, Fabregal is trained by Robyn Mackellar who broke a 20-year Lake Terrace East venue male training dominance when becoming the first female to win the Mount Gambier Cup.

Cup winner Fabregal with Robyn Mackellar, the first female trainer to win the Mount Gambier Cup at the Lake Terrace East venue.

Female trainers had fared slightly better at the original greyhound track out at Glenburnie with Joan Cruise successful in the inaugural event in 1981 with Tara Topar and Connie Miller winning the 1987 and 1988 cups with Durafi and Mitchell Boy.

Mackellar’s Mount Gambier Cup quest started back in 2014 when second-placed Dee Dee Corsair ran Veetee Express to two lengths in a then near-record 29.82 seconds.

Then the following year Barnes Bay and Lobo Loco ran third and fourth respectively behind Lots Of Yap and Bourne Again.

As far as this year was concerned it was a case of Mackellar going out on a winning note with Fabregal confirmed as changing kennels as early as next week.

“Yes, due to some health issues I’m cutting my team back and she’ll be relocating to Lyn Smith who is based at Nambrok in Victoria,” she said.

Arabella Figg, who chased Fabregal throughout, ran a terrific race for Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne.

By Kinloch Brae, she is out of 12-race winner Finlandia’s fourth litter and owned at Buckley by Ian Cockerell who also owns and trains a couple of handy littermates in Igor Karkaroff (15 wins, $100,000) and Polijuice Potion (18 wins, $140,000).

Todd Nicholson’s shot of Fabregal defeating Arabella Figg and Mojito Mayhem in the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup.

And how about Mojito Mayhem – he gave it his best shot for owner Barry Priest and trainer Peter Franklin when travelling in third spot throughout.

Returning from usually career-ending injuries, the black dog won a heat of the Christmas Cup and then a cup heat last week before attempting to become the first greyhound to win two Mount Gambier Cups.

He lost no friends with his effort on Sunday and with two Anniversary Cups and a Mount Gambier Cup to his credit there haven’t been too many better greyhounds than Mojito Mayhem go around Tara Raceway.


Cup favourite to change kennels

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fabregal, nominal favourite for the Mount Gambier Cup, will be transferred to Victoria after Sunday’s $10,000 final at Tara Raceway.

Robyn Mackellar and Fabregal.

Lewiston trainer Robyn Mackellar said this week that the black bitch, a 29.87 seconds heat winner last Sunday, would be transferred to Lyn Smith of Nambrok.

“I’m cutting back in numbers and suggested to the owner that Fabregal would now be better placed in Victoria,” she said.

A winner of more than $150,000, the daughter of Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay is owned at Tumby Bay by Terry McCallum who purchased her as a five-month-old pup prior to rearing her.

The litter was bred by Morphett Vale couple Tracey and Trevor Davey who have been well rewarded for taking the punt with a well-bred bitch that won only one race.

There are litters by Glen Gallon and Nitro Burst to follow while the Daveys also have a Dyna Double One straw.

Fabregal was broken-in at 14 months of age but according to Mackellar the report was nothing special.

“It wasn’t until she returned from breaking-in that she actually started to put it altogether. But by the time she was ready for her first start I knew we had something special.”

Fabregal winning the final heat of the Mount Gambier Cup at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson (Todd’s Photographics).

And so began the continuation of a successful owner and trainer association after they had previously combined to win 20 races and more than $30,000 in stakemoney with former NSW greyhound Just Shine.

So Robyn Mackellar, whose grandmother Betty Brown started blazing a trail for female greyhound trainers all those years ago, will be looking to blaze her own trail in this year’s cup.

Twenty years of Mount Gambier Cups at the Lake Terrace East venue have yet to deliver a female-trained winner.

Mackellar, along with Nicole Stanley, Bea Bryant and Yvonne King, will all be out to create their own piece of history at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.


Local trainer chasing first cup win

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bourne Kennels trainer David Peckham has plenty of Mount Gambier Cup winning form around him but has yet to win the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s premier event in his own right.

John Little, David Peckham and Connie Miller pictured with Thanks Captain.

Connie Miller, partner in the breeding, rearing and racing operation out at Allendale East, is still the only trainer to have won more than one cup – Mitchell Boy in 1987 and Durafi the following year.

And Peckham’s father, Allen, also a former leading trainer, won the 1994 cup with Argyle Sally.

Not that David Peckham hasn’t been about the place over the past five years – Man Of Mystery ran second to Rich Shiraz in 2012 while Josephine Wiz was also a finalist.

Then in 2013, $2.50 favourite Baurna Paddy ran third to Colville and the Ed Kowalewski-owned Pure Ruler fifth prior to Striking Viking reaching the final in Veetee Express’s 2014 cup.

But the closest Peckham has come to cup success was in 2015 when Bourne Again went down by a lip to Lots Of Yap.

Sunday will see him represented once again, this time with Thanks Captain who kicked the heats off in stunning fashion with an eight length all the way win from box eight in 29.92 seconds.

A $1000 purchase as a five-month-old pup by Ross Schurgott’s Viking Syndicate, the win was the enigmatic chaser’s third this year.

Opening Mount Gambier Cup heat winner Thanks Captain. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson (Todd’s Photographics).

The son of Fabregas and Zadar Belle has drawn the one – a box he’s had little success from – but will lack nothing in support as well-travelled syndicate members, who are currently holidaying in Port Augusta, will be making the trip down for the cup.

Peckham, also, has some reservations regarding Thanks Captain and his draw.

“I certainly can’t fault the way he pulled up after Sunday’s heat win but I would have liked to have seen him draw out wider although he did win once from box one in best of day time, albeit 18 months ago.”

And as the Viking Syndicate also owns Striking Viking – currently in Adelaide for mating with Dyna Double One – they’ll be hoping for better luck than in 2014.


Coming out from among the grapevines

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Long-time trainer Yvonne King made straight for the victory dais after HARRY AZTEC’S Mount Gambier Cup heat win last Sunday at Tara Raceway.

Ed and Marg Kowalewski and Yvonne and Felicity King with Harry Aztec.

A week too soon but she could be excused. After all, this had been her first trip to race at the Mount Gambier track after spending 27 years training greyhounds among the grapevines at Langhorne Creek.

Now she’s wondering why it took her so long to make the trip.

Owner Ed Kowalewski, of Hahndorf, also made the trip and he enjoyed every second of the 30.09 of them that Harry Aztec took to win his way into another country cup final.

Actually, it’s probably fair to say that Kowalewski worked harder up the home straight than the dog did when defeating Blitz And Bolt by half a length.

Purchased as a five-month-old pup, the now four-year-old son of Aston Galilee x Prince’s Faye has won 15 races. He reached the final of last November’s Strathalbyn Cup and in another life had won the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 metres) at Tara Raceway so he did know his way around the track.

Originally, King had planned to also bring down Allinga Val, a winner of 11 races from 30 starts and $22,000 in stakemoney, but a shoulder injury has her sidelined at the moment.

Harry Aztec

By Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay, Allinga Val, a sister to cup favourite Fabregal, is raced by her breeders, Tracey and Trevor Davey of Morphett Vale.

King, who enjoyed plenty of success with Auspicious Girl (23 wins) in the mid-1990s and Fear No One (17 wins) in the mid-2000s, is now hoping her long association with Kowalewski can lead to a cup win on Sunday.

MOJITO MAYHEM is owned at Bendigo by Barry Priest and trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin but ever since the striking-looking son of Fear Zafonic x Graceful Amy won his maiden on debut over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on October 24, 2014 in a best of day 23.14 seconds he’s been considered a Mount Gambier dog.

John Gale and trainer Peter Franklin with Mojito Mayhem.

Having his first race start this year, the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup winner held off a determined Rock Away to win in 29.88 seconds.

He’s been a terrific story, having also won consecutive Anniversary Cups and then coming back from a career-threatening injury to win his way through to the 2016 Christmas Cup final.

But the big story could come on Sunday afternoon when he jumps from box two in the final and attempts to make it back-to-back Mount Gambier Cup victories.

It will be a history-making effort if Mojito Mayhem can match his effort of last year with 36 cups having previously been run but no greyhound yet to win more than one.

All things being equal, ARABELLA FIGG probably shouldn’t have even been running in a heat of the cup but she did and after settling mid-field finished too strongly for Future Past in 30.23 seconds to give easy-going Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne his first finalist.

Arabella Figg (Peter Byrne)

According to Byrne, he really wanted to run Arabella Figg in the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) but couldn’t make it to the Friday meeting so opted for the cup instead.

In Byrne’s kennels since last September, the Ian Cockerell-owned daughter of Kinloch Brae and the city-winning Finlandia has now won more than $20,000 after kicking off her career with a Sandown Park Victorian Breeders success.

From a final point of view, Byrne will now be hoping to go one better after his former smart sprinter Sherlock Bob ran second to Taipan Bale in the 2008 Healesville Cup.

Youngest cup finalist and least experienced is Portland trainer Robert Halliday’s young gun HUTCH who held off Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder Paraphernalia to win heat five in a personal best time of 29.91 seconds.

Hutch (Shirley Halliday)

Whelped in April 2015, the well-bred son of Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie has now won four straight, coming into the cup after an impressive win in the Summer Classic.

With three Summer Classics having now been run, it’s interesting to note that all the winners have reached the Mount Gambier Cup final the following month – Cryer’s Ricky in 2015 and Menzel Boys last year.

Hutch is the youngest cup finalist since Don’t Panic, also an April whelping, started favourite in the 2012 final won by Rich Shiraz.


Colden Girl’s win ‘no real surprise’

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Heathmere greyhound Colden Girl’s outstanding effort to run a quick 29.77 seconds and win a heat of last Sunday’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres) at Tara Raceway came as no real surprise to her part-owner Roger “the Pom” Bryant.

Colden Girl stops the clock at 29.77 seconds at Tara Raceway last Sunday. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson (Todd’s Photographics).

The nicely-conformed black and white bitch, which went into the cup series with two wins from only 17 starts, came out running from box five and looked anything but a relative newcomer to the game when holding out seasoned performers Master Tron and McRay – 124 starts between them – to win in the second fastest time of the day.

According to Bryant, Colden Girl’s lead-up trial to the cup at Tara Raceway had him confident that she would acquit herself well in what was always going to be her biggest test to date.

“No, we weren’t really surprised that she performed so well,” he said. “We always reckoned that she was quick and when she trialled a similar post-to-post time to one of Nicole’s (Stanley) cup contenders we felt that we would be in the mix come race day.”

Colden Girl, bred by Bryant’s wife Bea, who is also the trainer, is raced in partnership with their neighbours Dennis and Colleen Rose.

Dennis, Paije and Colleen Rose and Bea and Roger Bryant with Colden Girl.

And with both Dennis and Roger being called “Pom” it was probably only logical that the syndicate racing name would be “The Two Poms”.

The Bryants had been successfully involved in the sport back in the Glenburnie days but returned only relatively recently after Dennis Rose, also involved in thoroughbred racing, continually pestered them to breed a litter.

“We eventually relented and contacted Robert Britton at Lara who sent us Soul Calibur, a nicely-bred bitch who had won six races at the Meadows,” Roger Bryant said.

A daughter of Surf Lorian x Lucy’s Light, Soul Calibur was mated with Farmor Las Vegas, another Britton-trained dog who won 26 races and close to $200,000 in stakemoney.

The Roses have done pretty well with their involvement. Besides Colden Girl, other members of the litter include Victorian city winners Carry On Pendles and Carry On Quinney and Tara Raceway winner Carry On Elvis.

Speaking on Tuesday, prior to the box draw, Roger Bryant said he would be more than happy if Colden Girl – the Bryants first Mount Gambier Cup finalist – drew out wide in Sunday’s $10,000 final. And draw out wide she did.

 

BERRY BLING’S COME A LONG WAY IN 12 MONTHS

It was at the Mount Gambier Cup’s corresponding meeting last year that Berry Bling first drew attention to herself.

That was when she ran 29.94 seconds to defeat Kryptonian in the final of the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m).

Berry Bling defeats Lyon Rose in a cup heat last Sunday. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson (Todd’s Photographics).

And there’s been a bit of form to come out of the race with Berry Bling later in the year brilliantly winning the SA Country Cup (536 m) at Strathalbyn while heat winner Kryptonian has won a further 12 races.

Nicole Stanley of Portland, describes Berry Bling as a jump and run bitch. And she did just that in her Mount Gambier Cup heat last Sunday, when defeating a gallant Lyon Rose by 1¾ lengths in the quickest of the day – 29.74 seconds.

These days, Stanley, currently Tara Raceway’s leading trainer, owns and trains the best of day winner but initially was training her for well-known Victorian conditioner Jack Westerlo.

“Our association goes back to the days when drag lure coursing meetings were conducted in many country towns,” said Stanley, who was Victorian Coursing Trainer of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

“At the beginning of last year Jack asked me if I’d be interested in training a couple of bitches by Lochinvar Marlow out of Lady Bling who raced as Berry Bling and Let It Bling.

Nicole Stanley with Berry Bling after her best of day 29.74 seconds win.

“Let It Bling actually beat Berry Bling when they met in their first race at Tara Raceway in February last year but even then I had a liking for Berry Bling.”

In fact, so keen was Stanley on her prospects that when Westerlo later offered the pair for sale she took up the offer.

“I took a punt that she would come good,” she said.

Last Sunday’s run was only Berry Bling’s third since the Country Cup success in November with an unsuccessful brief stay in Melbourne and a shoulder injury curtailing her activities.

Stanley, a long-time trainer, rates her as one of her better dogs and already has breeding in mind with the 28 kilogram black bitch – possibly first-up with high-profile sire Barcia Bale.

She will jump from the three in Sunday’s final, with Stanley’s punt well and truly coming good if she can land Mount Gambier’s major greyhound race of the year.


Cup carnival off to sensational start

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Compton trainer Tracie Price’s Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 metres) heats domination, a rare no-race in the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) series and Colden Star’s sub-23 second win in the second heat of the Formula 400 Open (400 m) ensured the first day of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup carnival was off to a sensational start at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Summer Storm (Kerry Hawker), Gangster Of Love (Steve Patzel), Baz’s Moment (Mo Canala), Summer Lad (Tracie Price), Fancy Moment (Karen Price) and Rumbling Moment (Dean Fennell).

Price, who was always going to be a major player in the maiden series with nine youngsters originally engaged, reaped the reward of an extensive breeding programme when running the quinella in the three heats.

The first heat saw Summer Storm, a son of Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady, lead all the way from box one at only his second race start to defeat his first-starter litter brother Gangster Of Love by 7¼ lengths in an outstanding time of 29.98 seconds.

In fact, the time was so outstanding that it was the fastest maiden win at Tara Raceway since June 3 last year when Homer – third behind Arabella Figg in a Mount Gambier Cup heat on Sunday – ran 29.84 seconds.

A couple of first starters in Baz’s Moment and Summer Lad – another son of Hey Sexy Lady – fought  out the second heat with the former, a son of Swift Fancy x Which Class, winning by four lengths in 30.58 seconds.

Barry Bruce, Karen Price and Ra and Harper with Baz’s Moment.

Baz’s Moment is raced by Price in partnership with Kongorong owner Barry Bruce who enjoyed his first success at Tara Raceway after an involvement in the sport 10 years ago in Victoria.

“I actually live next door to local greyhound man Bernie Bouchier and he and Pricey had often been at me to buy a greyhound,” Bruce said.

“Anyway, I eventually weakened, finishing up buying into a pup who has turned out to be Baz’s Moment.”

And then in the final heat a couple of other first starters – Fancy Moment and Rumbling Moment – went over the line with only a neck separating the pair after the latter had led for most of the journey.

Karen Price’s daughter Ra and granddaughter “Happy” Harper enjoyed the Price kennels’ winning day.

Fancy Moment is a litter brother to Baz’s Moment while Rumbling Moment is by Cosmic Rumble out of Stylish Moment, herself a 29.98 seconds maiden winner back in May 2014.

Also through to Sunday’s $2000 Produce Store final are the Monty Wilson trained Jaeda Sienn and Gee She Roks, trained by David Peckham.

Taking a keen interest in Price’s cup time feature maiden domination was long-time Mount Gambier participant Ralph Patzel who still has fond memories of the 2001 series which back then was called the S & J Electrical Maiden.

Sixteen years ago Patzel was training pups from a litter by Cry Havoc x Craig’s Missy for Craig Collins, president of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club at the time.

Patzel won the three heats of the series with littermates Sir Havoc, Havoc Raider and Missy’s Dream before Missy’s Dream defeated Havoc Raider by two lengths in 30.63 seconds in the $690 final.

And in what was a good cup day for Patzel, he also won a Mount Gambier Cup consolation with Aqua Tass.

Thankfully, no-races don’t occur all that often at Tara Raceway but when the lure stopped unexpectedly on the home turn in the first heat of the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) the series was in the short-term thrown into confusion.

Tracie Price with Fear The Rascal after his Formula 400 heat win on Friday at Tara Raceway.

The second heat went ahead without incident, Lektra Destiny impressing with a 9½ length win over Spotted Gunn and Lady Vixyma in a smart 35.55 seconds for Glencoe owner-trainer Barry Shepheard.

Under Rule R57(2)b stewards then conducted a public random ballot from all remaining greyhounds which competed in the abandoned event to determine the greyhounds to be eligible to participate in Sunday’s final.

Price completed a big day with four winners in feature race heats after Fear The Rascal finished too strongly in the home straight for Ming Men Shen to win heat one of the Formula 400 (400 m) in a tidy 23.21 seconds.

Heathmere trainer Bea Bryant’s Colden Star claimed Formula 400 time honours when leading all the way in the second heat, defeating Slipper’s Chance by four lengths with a further 1½ lengths back to Scorpion.

By Collision out of the imported Express Links, Colden Star joined only a handful of dogs to have broken the 23-second mark at Tara Raceway, running 22.97 seconds, the fastest since Future Past’s 22.93 seconds last August.


The highs and lows of the Calcutta

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday night’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Gold Cup Calcutta at Tara Raceway saw outstanding Adelaide bitch Fabregal top the auction at $380.

Bernie to the Max performing at Saturday night’s Calcutta at Tara Raceway.

And at Sunday’s cup heats meeting, when most of the away greyhounds struggled to come to terms with Tara Raceway, it was Fabregal who shrugged off the “first time on the track hoodoo” to defeat a gallant Supreme Deal by 3¼ lengths while Gargle It finished the race off well a further neck behind.

The Robyn Mackellar trained Fabregal’s time of 29.87 seconds wasn’t the fastest but for a greyhound having her first look at the track the effort was still pretty special.

At the other end of the scale was the Peter Byrne trained Arabella Figg who was picked up for $20 on Saturday night and then came out on Sunday afternoon to score a shock win in 30.23 seconds.

Brian Weis’s new dance movement is unlikely to catch on!

Bernie to the Max kept those in attendance at the Calcutta entertained with lead singer Bernie Rogers probably still wondering what might have been had that bloody lure kept going at the Friday meeting when his greyhound Jasmine Lilly was in front.

And MC Kevin “KD” Douglas and auctioneer Chris Manser, as equally as entertaining, kept things moving to the extent that the Calcutta winner will now collect something like $1900. All of a sudden, $380 for Fabregal doesn’t look too bad.

Sunday’s heat winners and Calcutta purchase prices were Thanks Captain ($39), Arabella Figg ($20), Mojito Mayhem ($142), Berry Bling ($86), Hutch ($80), Colden Girl ($56), Harry Aztec ($26), Fabregal ($380).

An interesting line-up for sure and certain to be made even more interesting after the box draw is conducted on Tuesday afternoon.


Third time lucky for Mackellar?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lewiston-based trainer Robyn Mackellar will be hoping for a case of third time lucky when her star bitch Fabregal contests this year’s $10,000 ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres), heats of which will be run at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

From a greyhound racing point of view a fair bit has happened for Mackellar in the three years since she was at Tara Raceway and Dee Dee Corsair led the cup field down the back straight before running a gallant second to Veetee Express in a near race record 29.82 seconds.

She returned again the following year with another strong team, reaching the final with Barnes Bay and Lobo Loco who finished third and fourth respectively behind Lots Of Yap.

Robyn Mackellar with her Queensland Futurity winner Fabregal who will contest a heat of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup on Sunday.

With a record of 56 starts for 32 wins and 18 minor placings and $150,000 in prizemoney, Fabregal will jump from box eight in the final heat as one of the best credentialled greyhounds to contest the Mount Gambier Cup since Banger Harvey was successful in 2011 for Robert Britton.

Owned by Terry McCallum of Tumby Bay, Fabregal is by Fabregas out of Allinga Aye Jay, a winner of only one race at Strathalbyn but boasting a superb pedigree and a pretty handy half-brother in Worm Burner.

Allinga Aye Jay was trained at Langhorne Creek by Yvonne King who also will be at Tara Raceway on Sunday for the cup with Harry Aztec who won the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) at Tara Raceway in 2015 when trained by Kevin Ashton.

The well-travelled Fabregal – she won the Queensland Futurity and was placed in the WA Oaks – will be having her first look at Tara Raceway, an unforgiving track at the best of times for newcomers.

And with record cup nominations, which necessitated eight heats, there’s no margin for error with only the winners advancing to Sunday week’s final while the “near-misses” will contest a $2000 consolation.

Leading local trainer Nicole Stanley, who reached last year’s final with Old Jock but is yet to win a Mount Gambier Cup, will be looking to upstage Fabregal with box three runner Hit The Runway, unraced on the track but reported to have recently trialled well there.

By Oaks Road x Full Noise Turbo, the January 2015 brindle dog ran a sparkling 29.49 seconds over 515 metres at Sandown Park in December and a repeat of that effort would put him right in the mix.

Moyston trainer Peter Franklin will return with Mojito Mayhem in a bid to claim consecutive Mount Gambier Cups – something that has never been achieved in the 36 years that the cup has been run.

Mojito Mayhem last raced in December when fourth in the Christmas Cup final at Tara Raceway but if he can recapture the form that saw him brilliantly win a heat of that event then he should be more than competitive from box three.

Lining up in the same race from box two is Nussin Much, a lightly-raced son of Kinloch Brae and Goldie Bale and trained at Cooke Plains by Paul Barry who 16 years ago won the Mount Gambier Cup with Explosive Doll in a then race record time of 30.24 seconds.

There’ll be plenty of interest in heat five of the cup with the Robert Halliday owned and trained youngster Hutch lining up from box one and facing a fair rise in class.

Whelped in April 2015, the son of Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Elle was an impressive heat and final winner of the recent General Destini Summer Classic (512 m) but runs into Jeff Guy’s Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder Paraphernalia in box two.

Adding further interest to the heat is box eight runner Ruff State who has won 26 races and $47,000 in prizemoney for Lewiston trainer Ken Gill – no stranger to Tara Raceway at cup time.


Price holds strong hand in feature maiden

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Compton trainer Tracie Price, who won the 2015 Produce Store Maiden (512 metres) with Mega Moment, looks to hold a strong hand in Friday’s heats at Tara Raceway with nine runners.

Tracie Price pictured with Hey Sexy Lady after her last win in May 2015 at Tara Raceway.

The meeting, which is the start of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival, will be highlighted by three heats of the feature maiden, two heats of the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) and two heats of the Formula 400 (400 m).

And the action really heats up at Sunday’s meeting when eight heats of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) will be decided.

Mainly, Price’s maiden runners are from the Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady and Swift Fancy x Which Class litters – Hey Sexy Lady, a former WA chaser, winning the majority of her 13 races at Tara Raceway.

One exception, though, is September 2015 first-starter Rumbling Moment who has drawn box seven in the third heat.

Stylish Moment defeats Dr Danny and Sakanon Moment in the 2014 Winter Classic.

By leading sire Cosmic Rumble, Rumbling Moment is out of first-time dam Stylish Moment who created a huge impression when winning over 512 metres on debut by 20 lengths in 29.98 seconds at the local track back in May 2014.

A daughter of Spring Gun x Nicky’s Moment, Stylish Moment later won the inaugural Winter Classic (512 m) before being retired after only 25 starts.

Handler David Williams was pretty happy after Dr Danny won the 2014 Produce Store feature maiden final.

In the second heat, Tarpeena trainer David Williams – his father Allen won the 2014 series with Dr Danny – will rug up an interesting runner in the form of another first-starter in Miss Legality, a June 2015 whelping who has drawn box four for the Ward Leicester-managed Southern Bar Boys Syndicate.

Out of the unraced Rellim Lilly, Miss Legality is by Red Lesta who gave the syndicate the ride of their lives when going around 120 times for 22 wins and 34 minor placings for prizemoney of more than $55,000.

The son of Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher ran fourth in the final of the 2010 Group 1 Maturity at The Meadows behind El Grand Senor before finishing his career with local trainer Ralph Patzel at Tara Raceway where he won over 400 metres in early 2013.

Red Lesta has only the one litter on the ground with Miss Legality’s litter brother Print The Money winning on debut at Geelong and since running two minor placings.

 

NEWCOMERS TO TEST WATER IN BLUE LAKE

Despite drawing box six, Penny Eagle looks well placed in the first heat of the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) for David Williams.

By Glen Gallon out of 2012 Mount Gambier Cup finalist Keep Looking, the black bitch’s last win was at the end of January when she defeated King Obama over the middle-distance journey.

Nifty Lenehan’s King Obama looks a top chance in the second heat of the Blue Lake 600 at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Gargle It has made it pretty tough for Penny Eagle at her past two outings but she doesn’t run too many bad races and as such should be lining up in the $2000 final on Sunday week.

A couple of interesting middle-distance newcomers in the race are McIvor Neville and Cee Jay’s Heart who have drawn boxes seven and eight respectively.

McIvor Neville, a son of Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar, and winner of this year’s Sims Memorial (512 m), is trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin who believes the best won’t be seen of the striking-looking fawn youngster until he steps out over more ground.

And Mount Gambier trainer Willie Vossen has stepped up Cee Jay’s Heart in distance after the 24 kilogram bitch finished strongly to win a 512 metre maiden last Sunday.

King Obama’s consistency was rewarded when he finally broke through for his first win in nine months after defeating the long odds-on chance Texas Titan at last Sunday’s meeting.

Trained at Woolsthorpe by Nifty Lenehan, King Obama looks well placed in the second heat and should make it through to the final along with Odd Boots, Spotted Gunn and Lady Vixyma.


Maiden win a real team effort

Monday, February 20, 2017

According to Mount Gambier hobby owner-trainer Willie Vossen, Sunday’s win by Cee Jay’s Heart was the result of a real team effort.

Lining up from box five in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m), the diminutive black bitch was slowly away and looked anything but a $4.80 chance as the field charged into the back straight.

John Hawker, Jodie Freeman, Willie Vossen, Michael Robinson and Kerry Hawker with Cee Jay’s Heart after her maiden win at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

But off the back Cee Jay’s Heart started to make ground and after finding a rails run turning for home finished full of running to defeat Summer Sprite by 1½ lengths in 31.41 seconds on a rain-affected track.

The win, which came at her 13th start, was the first for part-owner Jodie Freeman and Vossen’s first in almost five years when Kamarooka Girl had been successful over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on July 29, 2012.

By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, Cee Jay’s Heart, along with litter sister Bekim Lucy’s, had been purchased as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price who races litter brother Blazing Moment, successful at Cannington in WA early last week.

But while Blazing Moment quickly set the track alight, the same couldn’t be said for Cee Jay’s Heart who at the half-way point of her breaking-in found herself on the way back to Mount Gambier with a report that she was no good.

Vossen, involved in greyhound racing for 17 years, wasn’t prepared to give up that easily, though, and it was here that long-time local trainer Ralph Patzel stepped in.

“Ralph offered to give her some education behind a drag lure on the Tara Raceway slipping track and she just progressed from there,” Vossen said.

Also lending a hand has been Michael Robinson, a former greyhound steward and Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member.

“Michael comes out most mornings to help work my three dogs and his assistance has been invaluable.”

Bekim Lucy’s, after five unplaced runs at long odds, worked home well to run a 2¼ length third behind her kennelmate/litter sister.

Vossen shouldn’t have to wait another five years for his next winner.