Saturday, August 10, 2019
Charlton trainer Kevin Ashton pulled off another remarkable comeback win with one of his greyhounds when Chatty Garry virtually led all the way to defeat Master Winslow in last Thursday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) in 23.36 seconds.
This was the fastest time the four-year-old giveaway had run at the track, the win his first in 13 months and at his first race start in three months, Ashton conceding it had been a frustrating year as far as Chatty Garry had been concerned.
“We were only two days into the year when he failed to finish in a 500 metre event at Bendigo due to a back muscle problem. Then, three months later he resumed at Tara Raceway where he was beaten by 24 lengths and pulled up sore again,” Ashton recalled.
Ashton, and his partner Jan Neil, then spent the next three months making regular 90-minute trips to gallop Chatty Garry up the Bendigo slipping track.
“In the end he didn’t look to be stretching out too badly so I opted to go straight into last week’s race at Tara Raceway where I thought he would be better suited in a six-dog field because he doesn’t really like crowding in his races.”
And naturally enough Ashton had been delighted with his $26 winner – especially considering it had been at only his third race start in eight months.
By Bekim Bale, Chatty Garry is out of seven-race Victorian provincial winner Harper Seven, whose second litter, to Nitro Burst, has produced 14 winners this year at Tara Raceway including the Scott Feltus trained Targeted Missile in last Thursday’s Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m).
For Ashton, last week’s win was his 16th this year at the local track and has him now sitting in 11th spot in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award.
Meanwhile, another greyhound looking to win her first race this year was Kirabilli Poppy, having her first start at Tara Raceway in last Thursday’s Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) for Mount Gambier owner-trainer Amanda Darmanin.
Darmanin picked up the daughter of Dyna Double One x Kirabilli Darcy as a giveaway after she had been advertised last month on Facebook.
According to Darmanin, Kirabilli Poppy had never seen the track and had been ‘just chucked in to see how she would go’ after the trainer and her daughter Jas, 15, had put plenty of road walking into her and kennelmate Miss Jacky.
The training strategy seemed to work pretty well, Kirabilli Poppy quickly finding the front from box seven before running away to a 7¾ length win over No Photos in 23.37 seconds.
This was the third first-up winner Darmanin has been able to produce this year after Sure Load and Miss Jacky had previously been successful on May 16 and May 23.