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A day of doubles at time-graded meeting

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kongorong trainer John Little broke an exasperating run of outs with a running double; Tracie Price, of Compton, returned after a two-month break for wins in consecutive races, and Moyston trainer Peter Franklin continued his successful run with a littermate double in races four and five.

The running doubles highlighted Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway where the popular format caters, by and large, for lower-grade greyhounds racing for prizemoney that rewards all runners.

John Little and Liz Newberry with Bungaloo Lucy after her maiden win at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Little, whose first winner as a trainer was Bungaloo Diva almost two years at Tara Raceway, had been enduring a lean patch – Bungaloo Sunset being his last winner 15 months ago when she defeated Cryer’s Fred over 512 metres in a best of day 30.01 seconds.

Friday’s first race, the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m), saw the Little trained Bungaloo Lucy drawn in box eight and attempting to win her first race at her eleventh start after kicking off her career in January.

By Cosmic Rumble out of Lady Grey, a more than handy 13-race winner who was successful over 595 metres at Sandown Park and 725 metres at The Meadows, Bungaloo Lucy is a litter sister to recent Traralgon winners Grand Cayman and Laurentide Ice and Permafrost, successful at Sandown Park last Sunday.

The blue bitch had been advertised for sale for $500 as an unnamed, broken-in youngster when Little first spotted her on Greyhound-Data and opted to look a little further into her pedigree.

“I did some research and decided about two hours later to ring up and see if she was still available. As it turned out she was, but the owners had obviously got sick of trying to sell her and had just re-listed her as a giveaway. I guess it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.”

Despite the long period between wins, Little had been reasonably confident that Bungaloo Lucy would run well even though her form was nothing flash.

“I’d kept her on the lead since her last run so I knew she’d be fresh and being a very wide runner she was always going to be suited out in box eight,” he said.

And the drought ended after Bungaloo Lucy quickly found the front before running out a comfortable four length winner – despite running extremely wide in the home straight – in a personal best 23.74 seconds.

The pint-sized 24½ kilogram Bungaloo Ruby came into the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (512 m) from box three on the back of a handy second behind McIvor Patsy at the previous meeting.

One of the youngest greyhounds going around Tara Raceway at the moment, the December 2015 blue bitch went straight to the front at what was her seventh race start and never looked like being beaten, eventually running out an eight length winner in a handy 30.67 seconds.

This was Little’s first double at Tara Raceway and only his second all told after Banjo Breeze and Bungaloo Pearl had won at Strathalbyn in April last year.

By Addis Boy, who was whelped in 2001, out of 2013 Mount Gambier Anniversary Cup winner Camo’s Prinny, Bungaloo Ruby was bred by Little who is now contemplating breeding with the seven-race winner for a second time.

“I have a Lochinvar Jet straw which I reckon would match up pretty well with Camo’s Prinny so that could be a possibility down the track,” he said.

Price took over from where he left off a couple of months ago with Surfing Moment and Banjo Queen – both having their first race starts on the track – winning like odds-on chances should.

Beaten for early pace from box two in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m), Surfing Moment quickly found a forward spot and railed through on Jimbo Jet on the home turn, going away to score a 2¼ length win in 23.70 seconds.

Raced by the Scott Brandon-managed MTM Syndicate, Surfing Moment had previously done all his racing in WA where he had won four races at Cannington.

The black dog is by Fabregas out of Skye Surfer, a winner of 13 races, including Sandown Park, The Meadows and Cannington, and is a brother to smart WA chaser Wild Aaron who has won nine races and $42,000 in prizemoney.

Banjo Queen led all the way from box one in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m), running out a 2½ length winner in a near best of day 23.23 seconds for new owners, Tara Raceway regulars John and Kerry Hawker.

Karen and Tracie Price, John Hawker, Kara Lawson, Kerry Hawker and Elisha Antunov pictured with Banjo Queen after her first-up win at Tara Raceway on Friday.

By Banjo Boy out of eight-race winner Black Traminer, Banjo Queen was purchased recently by the Hawkers who were looking for a dog to race while waiting for a young pup to be broken-in and pre-trained.

As Kerry Hawker tells it, the blue bitch, a winner of two 440 metre races at Canberra, had previously been owned by Andrew Varasdi (the owner of Banjo Boy) who had been looking to place Banjo Queen in Mount Gambier.

“And when Andrew heard we were looking for a dog to have a bit of fun with, he generously let us have her ‘very cheaply’,” she said.

The “McIvor” dogs continued on their winning way for Franklin with McIvor Patsy, after a maiden 512 metre win on a rain-affected track at the previous meeting, looking impressive in a three length all the way win in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m) in a more than handy 30.19 seconds.

In the following race, the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m), McIvor Gordon also found the front early and just held out Gateway To Eden to win by a head in 30.26 seconds.

Both McIvor Patsy and McIvor Gordon are members of the Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar litter which has produced 15 winners at Tara Raceway this year, the highlight being McIvor Verna’s 34.84 seconds 600 metre track record on June 18.


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