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Adelaide trainer lands first local winner

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morphett Vale trainer Maurie Kiley landed his first Tara Raceway winner last Sunday but not before the pint-sized Whip Lee withstood a barnstorming finish from McIvor Gordon.

Jumping from box seven in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), the 23 kilogram bitch flew the start and looked set for an easy win after opening up a big break down the back straight.

Handler Lance Simpson with Whip Lee after her win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

And turning for home, Whip Lee still enjoyed a handy lead over McIvor Gordon who had put in a huge effort to run into second spot after losing many lengths at the start.

However, in the run home, McIvor Gordon displayed all the strong-finishing characteristics of the Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar litter when going down by only a nose.

But for all that, Whip Lee did well to score first-up over the tricky 400 metre distance and bring up her fifth win from 28 starts.

Purchased by Kiley prior to racing, the daughter of Brett Lee x Cawbourne Whip had previously won four races over 388 metres at Angle Park.

The winner’s breeding stacks up pretty well with Cawbourne Whip winning 18 races and $90,000 in prizemoney while a couple of Whip Lee’s littermates include Lucky Chap (16 wins, $64,000) and Rohan Hill (11, $32,000).

Involved in the sport for 25 years, Kiley raced Brute Bernard, one of the best greyhounds going around Adelaide tracks in the mid-2000s.

By Jack Junior x Lizzy’s Charm, Brute Bernard won 29 races which included a Doug Payne Memorial. He was runner-up in an Angle Park Breeders Plate as well as being a finalist in the 2005 Adelaide Cup and also in the SA Greyhound of the Year.

Currently, Kiley is also enjoying success on Adelaide tracks with Venetian Mask who has won nine races at Angle Park and two at Strathalbyn.

Meanwhile, McIvor Gordon’s kennelmate and litter sister McIvor Verna will line up from box one tomorrow night for Moyston trainer Peter Frankin in a $12,000-to-the-winner grade five final over 715 metres at Sandown Park.

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