Thursday, December 22, 2016
Some rough results on Christmas Cup day at Tara Raceway surely tested punters’ mettle although few would have begrudged Mount Gambier regulars Brad Mitchem, Connie Miller, Tony Harding, Monty Wilson and David Brodhurst their wins at one of the bigger local greyhound meetings of the year.
For Sandford trainer Mitchem the win of Elusive Linda in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 metres) made for a pretty handy long week-end after Ozi Power and Crazy Sprite had both won over 416 metres at Strathalbyn on the Friday.
A litter sister to Ozi Power, the lightly-raced Elusive Linda, a $26 chance, had punters reeling early in the day when leading all the way at only her fourth start in 23.55 seconds at the big odds of $26.
A daughter of Barcia Bale x Quick To Go, the black bitch defeated Goldie’s Run in her maiden at the local track back in August before resuming last week and finding the going pretty tough at Angle Park behind the boom youngster High Eden Snow.
Those keeping the faith with Allendale East trainer Miller were well rewarded when Bushman’s Faith at $11 led all the way in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) to defeat $34 chance Good Yarn in 30.40 seconds.
Miller has done remarkably well with the son of Magic Sprite x Cin Cin Shiraz, a former Victorian chaser who won at his first start at Tara Raceway in August and has since gone on to win another six races.
It took Delcorn Potts, these days trained at Hamilton by Harding, 42 starts to win his first race but only another three to land his second – the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
Jumping from box five at $13, the black dog took the lead mid-race and despite finishing down the extreme outside of the track in the run home he still had 2½ lengths to spare in 30.61 seconds.
Mumbannar-based Wilson’s aim of training a winner a month for the second consecutive year looked somewhat remote a few months ago but a late surge now sees him not too far off the mark after Podium Time’s win.
By Dyna Tron out of the beautifully bred So Faithful, Podium Time went into the Produce Store Stake (512 m) with one win from 26 starts and a price of $31 to go with it.
However the brindle bitch looked anything but the rank outsider when showing plenty of early pace to lead all the way and hold out race favourite Stylish Pursuit.
Cheyenne Black, trained at Serviceton by Brodhurst for his wife Valerie, led all the way in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (400 m) to defeat a pretty handy field in a pretty handy 23.14 seconds.
The daughter of Cosmic Chief x Eva’s Flame was an $8.50 chance, big odds considering her record this year at Tara Raceway resulted in her finishing just outside the top 10 greyhounds and contributing to her trainer’s 21 wins.
CLARISSA ON GREYHOUNDS
For Clarissa Miller, 15, a family involvement in greyhound racing made it pretty easy when it came to choosing a school project.
Clarissa made a 15-minute video titled Greyhounds: Greyhound racing and the back story of how they are looked after and trained.
In the video she appears on camera explaining aspects of the greyhound and greyhound racing, puts her views on various issues and posts pictures of greyhounds in kennel and racing environments.
Greyhounds also includes a piece on the 2012 Adelaide Cup and the sensational events leading up to the final which was won by Spud Regis.
Many will remember the car and trailer crash just outside of Nhill in the early hours after the running of the Adelaide Cup heats a week prior when Spud Regis escaped unscathed.
“This video is for school and Nana,” she said. Nana, of course, being Connie Miller of Allendale East.