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A day of doubles at Tara Raceway

Monday, January 9, 2017

Peter Franklin wasn’t the only trainer to land a running double with littermates at Tara Raceway last Friday.

On a day of doubles, Portland trainer Robert Halliday was successful in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) with Brinza and followed up in the next race with Odd Boots in the ClassicBet Stake (600 m).

Robert Halliday pictured with granddaughters Ella (left) and Jenna after Odd Boots’ win over 600 metres.

Also, Heathmere owner-trainer Bea Bryant won the two Laser Electrical Feature Grade Five heats (512 m) with Colden Girl and Carry On Elvis.

And Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield led in two winners – although unrelated – in the form of Glenville Jester in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (512 m) and Slipper’s Shadow in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m).

Brinza, by Cosmic Rumble out of Guru Doll, a city-winning bitch who raced on only 14 occasions, chased Another Rouse for much of the journey before closing late for a three-quarters of a length win in 30.36 seconds.

While Odd Boots continued his good middle-distance form at Tara Raceway when making it three wins from five starts over 600 metres in 0-4 wins non penalty event.

The white dog was always going to be hard to beat after finding the front from box two and that’s the way the raced panned out, never looking like being run down when defeating Spotted Gunn by 4¾ lengths in a personal best time of 35.44 seconds.

Meanwhile, at the finish-line fence, two young racegoers taking a keen interest in Brinza and Odd Boots were sisters Ella, 11, and Jenna, 10, who obviously enjoyed the wins of their grandfather’s greyhounds.

Colden Girl, a daughter of Farmor Las Vegas and The Meadows 600 metre winner Soul Calibur, opened her winning account over 512 metres after quickly finding the front from box four and leading all the way in 30.06 seconds.

This was a good race with Digger Two, Blitz And Bolt and Hay Miss not being beaten far and also through to the final.

Paije, 13, Russell Finck and Bea and Roger Bryant pictured with Carry On Elvis after his 512 metre heat win.

Carry On Elvis made it three wins from five starts over the distance when chasing Jasmine Lilly until well into the home straight before pulling out all stops to grab a three-quarter length victory over that greyhound in a personal best 30.14 seconds.

Sunday’s final, which will complement the Val and Cols Sims Memorial, also includes Penny Eagle, who worked home well for third, and Bushman’s Shadow.

Joining Bea and Roger Bryant to celebrate the wins of Colden Girl and Carry On Elvis was Darwin businessman Russell Finck.

Last Friday was his first time at the Lake Terrace East venue although he still has fond memories of the old track at Glenburnie where back in 1987 he was a part-owner of the Mount Gambier Cup winner Durafi, trained by Connie Miller.

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