Wednesday, August 22, 2018
After close recent seconds behind Verev and Quedos, rising four-year-old Cilla Brown enjoyed a change of luck at Tara Raceway last Sunday when scoring a hard-fought win in the South Eastern Hotel Stake, a 400 metre grade five final.
Jumping at the nice odds of $10, she was always on the pace before figuring in a busy finish which saw her ultimately hold out reserve runner Brinza to win by a head with Blazing Moment, George Regis and Big Lebowski all finishing inside two lengths of the winner in a time of 23.23 seconds.
For owner Angela Williams, this was her only greyhound’s first success since early April, and the first for trainer Tracie Price who took over the black bitch a month ago – Williams now helping out at Price’s Compton kennels as well as working in the hospitality industry.
A give away greyhound, Cilla Brown has given her young owner plenty of fun, winning the 2016 Royal Fashion Maiden (512 m) not long after arriving in Mount Gambier from Adelaide before going on to win a further six races and run 14 minor placings.
And following the success last Sunday, she has now won over the three regularly-run Tara Raceway distances – 400 m, 512 m and 600 m.
Cilla Brown is by little-known sire Ivan Brown (Where’s Pedro x Suna Silence) who raced on only 12 occasions for two wins at Albion Park over 395 metres and two 400 metre wins at Maitland. However, his brother, Gnarley Boy, won 32 races and more than $115,000 in stakemoney.