Monday, August 21, 2017
Worrolong owned and trained greyhound Azumi Swift moved up another level at Tara Raceway on Sunday with a strong win in the Trackside Meats Free For All (512 metres).
A grade five winner last week in a best of day 30.10 seconds, the black bitch was chasing her first open class win when lining up from box two.
Away fairly, Azumi Swift settled in third spot going down the back straight before pulling wide on the home turn and finishing strongly to edge out Fiorelli Rose and Swift Limes in another good time of 30.08 seconds.
The February 2015 daughter of Cosmic Chief x Azumi Touch is raced by Steve and Lee Bartholomew and trained by the latter who confirmed that the SA Country Cup was now firmly in their sights.
“The local heats are still six weeks away but we’re certainly keen to try and be one of the Mount Gambier representatives in the $7375 series final at Angle Park in October,” she said.
Mount Gambier has a good record in the Country Cup since its re-introduction to the SA racing calendar in 2013 – Tracie Price successful in that year at Gawler with Moorak Hope and Nicole Stanley’s Berry Bling winning at Strathalbyn last year.
Local heats will be run on Sunday, October 1 with two Mount Gambier representatives to contest the $5000-to-the-winner final at Angle Park on Friday, October 13 – Adelaide Cup final night.
LOW GRADE NO SOFT TOUCH
Many of the grade six races, only one step up from maiden class, have been particularly strong at Tara Raceway in recent times and Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) was a case in point.
Away We Go, a nicely bred November 2015 son of Lonesome Cry x Up And Away, led all the way at only his fifth race start to defeat Summer Storm by 1¾ lengths in a quick 29.92 seconds.
Both the winner and runner-up had been nominated for the Winter Classic which ultimately was held over until next month due to a shortage of nominations.
All things being equal, the final would have been run at this meeting, a fact not lost on Away We Go’s trainer Tom Sinnott of Yambuk as he led back his best of day winner.
From a classic point of view, Compton trainer Tracie Price would have been happy with Summer Storm’s time of 30.04 seconds behind Away We Go and also Swift Limes’ effort to run 30.11 seconds when a close third to Azumi Swift and Fiorelli Rose.
These efforts were on top of a day that saw him also land his second successive Tara Raceway treble with Fabregas x Who’s Doing What first starter Same Scenario in the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 m), Scott Brandon’s MTM Syndicate’s Surfing Moment in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and John and Kerry Hawker’s Banjo Queen who made it three wins in a row in the Laser Electrical Mixed Stake (400 m).