CELEBRATING IN STYLE – Tara Raceway, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Moesha “Mo” Canala must have been wondering what was going on when she was led, blindfolded, from the clubrooms at Tara Raceway on Sunday. But Mo, who celebrated her 16th birthday on Sunday, received the surprise of her life when removing the blindfold. A regular catcher at the race meetings, Mo had been putting away her catching fees towards the purchase of a new car. But with the help of family, a slick little black Suzuki adorned with a big red bow and custom plates had been fast-tracked for her birthday and was waiting for her at the track.
KC ON THE TROPHY TRAIL AGAIN – Tara Raceway, Sunday, December 18, 2016
The last time we caught up with Kevin “KC” Clayfield was back in November when he was making a mad dash into the Tara Raceway clubrooms with a whopping big cutlery set that Glenville Jester, which he part-owns, had received after winning the Newman McDonnell Memorial. Well, he was on the trophy trail again last Sunday, quickly grabbing the presentation rug and cup after the Jester, who is trained by his brother Richard, continued on his winning way in the Christmas Cup final. “Richard can have the cup but I’m keeping the rug,” KC was heard to say. KC looked the worst for wear when this picture was taken as he had just fallen when catching Glenville Jester after the win. He was actually taken to hospital for observation but we’re pleased to report that all is good and he’s now home.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES! – Tara Raceway, Friday, December 9, 2016
Normally the Tara Raceway greyhound fields, whether for Friday or Sunday meetings, are published in the Mount Gambier newspaper The Border Watch on a Friday. But for some reason fields for the December 9 meeting were run in the Thursday edition. It seems one regular racegoer, who shall remain nameless, was totally thrown by the change in procedure and figured when he saw the fields that it must have been Friday and he duly turned up at the track for the 12-race card. Needless to say, from a racing point of view there wasn’t much happening at the track on the Thursday. Still convinced it was Friday and at a loss as to why there was no race meeting, the unnamed racegoer sought out a local trainer at home who pointed out that it was Thursday and the dogs were on the next day. The unnamed racegoer then asked the trainer if he could keep the incident quiet. Yeah, like that was going to happen!
Picture: The unnamed racegoer spotted at Tara Raceway’s “phantom meeting” on Thursday.
JONESY TAKES THE X380 FOR A SPIN – Tara Raceway, Monday, December 5, 2016
Talk about kids with new toys! Seems Tara Raceway groundsman Monty Wilson and his volunteer assistant Kevin Jones are fighting over who gets to sit on the club’s newly-acquired John Deere X380 ride-on mower. Well, not really but it is a nice unit and with a 48 inch cut will make the job of cutting the extensive grassed areas somewhat easier. And with automatic sprinklers to be installed next week to cover much of the area in front of the clubhouse and surrounds, Tara Raceway should be a treat come Mount Gambier Cup time in late February-early March.
A HOME FROM HOME FOR DAVID AND TONI – Tara Raceway, Sunday, August 28, 2016
David and Toni Jones, of Devon Meadows, did it in style when they travelled over to Mount Gambier for the double-header meeting in their Jayco Conquest motor home. It was perhaps a trial run for when they take off later this year on a round-Australia trip. David is pictured with Twistex which was successful at the August 26 meeting and will join the couple when they embark on their forthcoming trip.
BARING IT ALL AT TARA RACEWAY
No, this Todd Nicholson photograph certainly wasn’t taken at the Anniversary Cup meeting on Sunday, July 24, 2016 which turned out to be very ordinary from a weather point of view although a large crowd enjoyed some outstanding racing. The photograph was discovered by pure chance in the office during the day and goes back to 2003 when members of the Ballarat Umpires League stripped off for the Open Sprint.
WAITING IN THE SHADOWS – Tara Raceway, Sunday, May 29
Kevin Clayfield and course photographer Bronny Nicholson wait for the Richard Clayfield trained Slipper’s Shadow to return after an impressive win in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 metres). And below, the Clayfield brothers after Slipper’s Shadow’s win in 23.30 seconds.
JACK GETS THE CHOP – Tara Raceway, Friday, April 8
Penshurst owner Jack Casey, a Tara Raceway regular, after much coaxing finally joined up as a member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club last week. And with a members’ meat tray draw conducted at every race meeting Casey was hopeful of getting a quick return on his membership fee – which wasn’t all that much really considering he exercised his right and claimed concession privileges! Members must be on course to claim the meat tray, which is donated by Swallow Drive Meats, and last Friday after six marbles had been drawn there was still no on-course winner. No prizes for guessing whose number came out in the seventh draw. The Dawn and David Kay cash draw, which jackpots if the winning member is not on course, was not won. Casey now has sights set firmly on that.
LEE BARTHOLOMEW WINS THE EASTER RAFFLE – Tara Raceway, Sunday, March 27
Megan Manterfield draws the winning Easter Raffle ticket for Allen Williams to announce while Lee Bartholomew was pretty happy when her number came out of the basket.
CANTEEN LADIES TRY ON THEIR NEW SHIRTS – Tara Raceway, Sunday, March 27
Canteen ladies Carol (left) and Tania pictured at Tara Raceway’s Easter meeting in their new Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club shirts.
2016 MOUNT GAMBIER CUP DAY – Tara Raceway, Sunday, March 6
MOUNT GAMBIER 2015 AWARDS – Tara Raceway, Sunday, March 6, 2016
HEY DUDE, THE PLAYGROUND WILL SOON BE UP AND RUNNING! Tara Raceway, December 6, 2015
The fact that the automatic track watering system is now operational, along with a revamped TAB facility, was of little consequence to this “Little Rock Dude” who was anything but impressed that the playground is not yet open for business. But young Wesley won’t have to wait much longer with the facility expected to be operational for the Christmas meeting on December 20.
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
On a warm day, handlers took advantage of the newly-erected shade sails in the marshalling area prior to proceeding to the boxes for the second race. Meanwhile, 11 races were just too many for a couple of young racegoers.
MEN’S CLUB ENJOYS A DAY AT TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015
The South East Regional Community Health Service Men’s Club attended Tara Raceway on October 16, this time taking in greyhound racing up close from the confines of the clubrooms where they also enjoyed lunch supplied by the club canteen. Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member and current committee member Allen Williams is pictured making the members welcome.
RAINBOW CLUB PAYS A VISIT TO THE DOGS – FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
Volunteer bus driver Rob Irving and co-ordinator Keva Buckell brought the Friday group of Mount Gambier’s Rainbow Club out to Tara Raceway on Friday afternoon to witness the running of the Winter Classic.
The Rainbow Club, which is part of the South East Regional Community Health Service, meets Monday to Friday at its James Street venue, and gives older people a safe environment for a variety of activities.
Ms Buckell said the group had really enjoyed watching several races and that she was hopeful of getting them back for another Friday race meeting.
“As an example, during September we have bus trips planned for luncheons at Millicent, Tantanoola, Flanagans, Port MacDonnell and the Bellum Hotel.
“I think the Friday group would really enjoy lunch in the Tara Raceway clubrooms from where they would also have an unobstructed view of all the greyhound racing action.”
Pictured are Keva Buckell with the Community Health bus and members of the Rainbow Club at Tara Raceway.
THERA WAVE ON SHOW AT TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015
Peter Bryce, of Winning Post Supplies, was on track on Sunday and demonstrated the Thera Wave Neuromuscular Stimulator for the benefit of trainers. Bryce, who is the exclusive distributor, said it was easier for trainers to evaluate the results on themselves rather than with a greyhound. He is pictured treating Moorak trainer Allan Holmes with the Thera Wave. Winning connections of the forthcoming Berringa Park Kennels Iron Dog Three-Distance Series will receive one of the units as part of the prize.
PROPOSED ENTRANCE SIGN FOR TARA RACEWAY
This is a copy of a proposed sign, utilising a Todd Nicholson photograph, to be erected at the Tara Raceway entrance on Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier.
GREYHOUND RACING SA DIRECTORS ATTEND TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
Greyhound Racing SA directors, following a board meeting in Mount Gambier on Friday morning, attended Tara Raceway’s 12-race meeting in the afternoon to catch up with participants. Pictured (from left) are: Chris Doyle, Paul Preiss, Matt Corby (GRSA CEO), Michael Fabbro, David Spear and Grantley Stevens with Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard after his greyhound Arbour Bear had won.
A WET DAY AT TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
Heavy rain resulted in a delay in racing while Allan Holmes (left), Brett Polson and Tim Holmes worked on the track.
JOHNNY’S YES MEN’S DAY OUT AT TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
The Johnny’s Yes Men Syndicate took advantage of the sunny conditions and enjoyed the day out at Tara Raceway. Their greyhound, Sarge’s Yes Men, failed to run a place but had given the syndicate its first win when successful at the previous meeting.
NESCIA AND STEVE’S ENGAGEMENT PARTY AT TARA RACEWAY
Congratulations to popular Tara Raceway identities Nescia Mangan and Steve Patzel who recently celebrated their engagement at a party held in the clubrooms.
ANZAC MEETING AT TARA RACEWAY ON FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
MEGAN MANTERFIELD’S MOUNT GAMBIER CUP DAY PICS – SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015
MOUNT GAMBIER AWARDS PRESENTATIONS – SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015
MEGAN MANTERFIELD’S PICS FROM THE MOUNT GAMBIER CUP HEAT DAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015
NEW PROJECTS AT TARA RACEWAY – FEBRUARY 2015
TIDYING UP TARA ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015
TAKING A SAMPLE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 23/VIKING SYNDICATE ON TRACK, SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
GROUNDSMAN JOHN LITTLE GIVES A NEW SET OF HARROWS A TRIAL RUN ON THE SLIPPING TRACK –
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015
LARGE CROWD ATTENDS 2015 SEASON OPENER AT TARA RACEWAY ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
TARA RACEWAY MISCELLANEOUS PICTURES
MEMBERS’ CHRISTMAS BARBECUE – TARA RACEWAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
TARA RACEWAY’S DOUBLE-HEADER – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
THE DAY THE WATER TANKER BECAME BOGGED AT TARA RACEWAY
FIVE-MONTH-OLD GLEN GALLON x KEEP LOOKING PUPS AT ALLEN WILLIAMS’ TARPEENA KENNELS – NOVEMBER 25, 2014
TAKING IT EASY AT TARA – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
MOUNT GAMBIER’S CUP CONTENDERS AT STRATHALBYN ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
MUFFIN BREAK HEAT WINNERS – TARA RACEWAY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014
WINNING FORMULA AT TARA RACEWAY ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014
TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
TUESDAY MORNING TRIALS AT TARA RACEWAY
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
TARA TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
TARA RACEWAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
TARA RACEWAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
THE CLASSIC BET GIRLS AT TARA RACEWAY
TOP TRAINING EFFORTS AT TARA RACEWAY