Tuesday, May 19, 2020
After a dashing all-the-way-win over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last Thursday, local greyhound Vossy has now joined the Lewiston kennel of leading Adelaide trainer Troy Murray.
Owned locally by Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen, Vossy is a winner of six races this year at the local track for Compton trainer Tracie Price who said connections believed the fawn bitch had been worthy of a try in the Adelaide region where prizemoney was considerably higher.
“She’s racing really well at the moment so when Troy expressed interest in having a go with her the owners were more than happy to give her the opportunity to contest a few lower grade races in Adelaide and hopefully win a race or two.”
Vossy, one of three winners for her litter at Tara Raceway last Thursday, is by Dyna Double One out of Miss Freelove who in November last year whelped two dogs and five bitches – all black – by Mepunga Blazer.
The Murray-Price hook-up is the first time the pair has worked together, Murray at the end of March sitting in fifth spot on the TAB Trainers’ list with 36 winners.
Meanwhile, Price has an interesting newcomer in the form of Selfless engaged at Thursday’s Tara Raceway meeting in the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake (512 metres).
Selfless, raced by well-known Victorian greyhound veterinary surgeon Des Fegan, is by Kinloch Brae out of Irisize (Brett Lee x Ima Geisha Girl), a litter sister to Pop The Cork who won 19 races and close to $100,000 in stakemoney – the line tracing back to successful stud dog Knocka Norris.
A rising four-year-old, Selfless has raced on only 26 occasions for six wins in Victoria, a couple of those over the middle-distance journey at The Meadows and Sandown Park.
But her racing career has been one of seasonal and injury setbacks – on the sidelines for half of last year with a chronic wrist injury – Price now hoping the black bitch will be able to string together a few runs in succession.
With the border continuing to remain closed, and SA Premier Steven Marshall reiterating this week that the re-opening wasn’t about to happen “anytime soon”, the easing of intra-state travel restrictions has certainly helped to once again boost Tara Raceway numbers this week.
Team Trengove – Clint, Shelley and Harrison – of Lewiston, returns with seven runners while fellow Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley will be bringing down a team of nine for the 11-race program.
One of Bewley’s better chances looks to be in the Bourne Kennels Stake (512 m) with Lektra Style, a daughter of KC And All and Lektra Kelly, winner of the 600 metres feature at the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup carnival.
Raced by former North Adelaide and Glenelg South Australian National Football League player Clint Alleway, Lektra Style led all the way last Thursday night over 515 metres at Angle Park when clocking 30.20 seconds – an effort such as that likely to make her competitive in Thursday’s grade six event.
And Rough Pearl, trained at Worrolong by part-owner Lee Bartholomew, who races the black dog in partnership with her daughter Elysia, has snuck into Thursday night’s Howard Ashton semi-finals (515 m) at Angle Park.
The son of Dyna Double One x West On Jorji ran a top race last week in the heat won by Air Marshall – a younger half-brother to 2019 Mount Gambier Cup finalist Wanchai Express – gaining a semi-final berth with the fastest fourth placing.
Rough Pearl, having his third run on the city track, displayed marked improvement when finishing strongly and going down by only 2¾ lengths in 30.04 seconds.
Rough Pearl has drawn box three in the second of two strong semi-finals, the first four through to next week’s $37,500 Group 3 final for SA-bred greyhounds.