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Local chaser wins at super odds

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Obviously not many of the off-course punters who were rewarded when taking the $6 on offer about Super Fay at Tara Raceway’s April 30 meeting gave their winnings a ride on the black bitch when she contested last Thursday’s JB Irrigation Stake (400 m).

Dita Mitchell with $71 chance Super Fay after her win at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Raced by Dita Mitchell and “Spanner” Hendy, and trained by the former at Tarpeena, $71 chance Super Fay became one of the track’s longest-priced winners when leading all the way to defeat a more than handy grade four field by 2¾ lengths in 23.21 seconds.

For Mitchell, it was her third win with the December 2016 whelping which she took over from Compton breeder-trainer Tracie Price late last year.

By Cosmic Rumble, Super Fay is out of Cee Me Burst, a nicely-bred daughter of Nitro Burst and Oh Cee Ya. Long-time Tara Raceway regulars may well remember Cee Me Burst winning the 2015 Winter Classic (512 m).

Interestingly, in the race prior last Thursday, the Bourne Kennels Mixed Stake (400 m), Cee Me Burst’s litter brother Smart Missile – a winner of 12 races from 26 starts – figured as the sire of another surprise winner in Our Man Zed.

Out of a bitch called Flying Trance who won two races at Bathurst before relocating to New Zealand where she won a further nine races, Our Man Zed is owned by the Nineofus Syndicate and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham.

And while the black dog had put in a couple of top efforts at the previous two Tara Raceway meetings when running second to kennelmate Squishy Pea, also owned by the Nineofus Syndicate, last week’s race not only included his nemesis but also Galactic Athena, chasing five wins on the trot.

But reputations counted for little with Our Man Zed quickly finding the front from box two and always looking to be travelling like a winner as he strode to the line with 2¾ lengths to spare over Raw Luxury.

Syndicate manager Ross Schurgott said Our Man Zed, whelped in March 2017, had been purchased from NSW for a realistic sum as an unnamed youngster after being advertised on the internet site Greyhound-Data.

Our Man Zed upset his more-fancied rivals in last Thursday’s 400 metre mixed stake for David Peckham.

“He’s certainly no champion, simply an honest dog. But he’s now won 10 races so he’s certainly done the job for us,” Schurgott said.

Meanwhile, Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) is expected to soon make an announcement regarding the easing of the current intra-state travel restriction.

This means not only will south-east based trainers be able to travel to Angle Park, Gawler and Murray Bridge but Adelaide trainers will also be able to travel to Mount Gambier for the Tara Raceway Thursday meetings.

However, with the interstate travel restriction still in place, GRSA is not allowing Victorian-trained greyhounds to race in Mount Gambier nor does it intend to program more than the current weekly Thursday meeting at Tara Raceway.

GRSA also pointed out that approximately 60 nominations were required for the Thursday meetings to be viable.

“These meetings could be at some risk if local trainers choose to race elsewhere during any given week and nomination loss was not compensated for by Adelaide trainers,” a spokesperson said.

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