Thursday, October 27, 2016
When it comes to greyhounds, pedigree and performance don’t always go together but the well-bred Baurna Sal certainly couldn’t have been any more impressive when winning the ClassicBet Maiden final (400 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Into the final on the back of a fast-finishing third on debut at the previous meeting, the solid 31½ kilogram bitch was fairly away from box four before quickly taking up the running and powering away to five length win over Moth Attack in 23.34 seconds which as it turned out was the best of the day. Not bad for a 20-month-old pup having only her second race start.
And with a run home time of 12.40 seconds there certainly won’t be too many problems with her running out the 512 metre journey – or further – for Portland owner-trainer Brian Weis.
Baurna Sal is by Spring Gun out of Baurna Molly, a winner of 10 Victorian city races, and was bred at Portland by Robert Halliday who sold her as a pup to Weis for “a reasonable price”.
“Brian had been looking for a pup so I offered him a fawn bitch at the right price because he had been helping me out at the time. As it’s turned out, I reckon the price was very, very reasonable,” Halliday said.
Baurna Sal’s breeding is interesting with her 33 kilogram dam Baurna Molly being by the Irish-bred Baurnahulla Hero – which competed in Ireland, Australia and the US – out of the unraced Record Keeper.
Baurna Molly found her way over to Halliday after Grassmere breeder Peter Hubbard had bred a couple of handy types out of her by Superman – Cairnlea Deano and Cairnlea Lewis.
Cairnlea Deano was scratched from a heat of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup following his sale for $40,000. He was recently transferred to WA trainer Paul Stuart (of Miata fame) after winning at Shepparton and The Meadows.
Cairnlea Lewis kicked off his career at Tara Raceway with a resounding 11½ length win in 30.18 seconds in the Royal Fashion Maiden final (512 m) last December.
After a best of day 29.77 seconds Tara Raceway win in September, Cairnlea Lewis was sold and a nine length win over 600 metres at Bendigo followed earlier this month.
In July this year Baurna Molly whelped two dogs and two bitches to Kilty Lad (a son of Superman). And being an old coursing man, Robert Halliday would probably tell you that they are the perfect-aged pups.
PRESIDENT, SECRETARY TO CONTINUE
Steve Bartholomew and Barry Shepheard will continue in their roles as president and secretary of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. for an eighth consecutive year.
This follows the club’s Annual General Meeting at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon.
Bartholomew reported that major improvements continue to be undertaken at Tara Raceway while secretary/treasurer Shepheard said the club had enjoyed another successful year and was in a sound financial position.
Canteen manager Tania Charman and club life member Ralph Patzel are new committee members for 2016-17 while Lee Bartholomew has stepped down.
There was no joy for Glencoe owner-trainer Barry Shepheard and Galactic Viper in the third heat of the Gawler Gold Cup (531 m) on Tuesday afternoon when the lure lost power rounding the first turn.
With the race requiring to be re-run on the day due to Sunday night’s final, trainers were given the option by stewards of scratching with no penalty or lining up again after undergoing a veterinary inspection.
Seven greyhounds eventually contested the third of four heats with Shepheard scratching Galactic Viper from the re-run.
The remainder of the meeting was run without incident.