Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Kongorong trained Springvale Alysa will be the only local greyhound making the trip to Murray Bridge on Friday to contest a heat of the inaugural Daish Irrigation and Fodder Murray Bridge Cup.
Five heats of the Group Listed event, to be run over 455 metres, will be decided at the afternoon meeting with the five winners and three fastest seconds making up the $15,000-to-the-winner final which will be conducted on Sunday, March 17.
Raced by Liz Newberry, Kevan Mullan and John Little, and trained by the latter, Springvale Alysa is one of the best Open class chasers going around Tara Raceway at the moment with a personal best 512 metre time of 29.79 seconds.
The black bitch will jump from box six in the second heat on the back of her past three runs all being over 455 metres at Murray Bridge where she won her first two starts before narrowly going down to Go Brandi on February 17.
With the final of the TAB Australian Cup (525 m) run at The Meadows last Saturday night and six heats of the Group 2 $47,000-to-the-winner CHS Group Horsham Cup (485 m) run today, the big names are missing from Murray Bridge – although Victorian greyhounds Kouta Mayhem and Eye Got It are interesting runners.
Kouta Mayhem, trained at Avalon by Jason Sharp, has won 26 races from 67 starts for stakemoney in excess of $187,000, the son Fabregas x Belle’s Melody drawing box four in heat four on Friday afternoon.
Cranbourne South trainer Andrew Paraskevas has drawn box six with Eye Got It in the final heat, the son of Barcia Bale x Father Of Mine having won 19 races from 24 starts, including a last start 23.80 seconds win over 425 metres at Bendigo.
Eye Got It is a litter brother to Pure White Evil who Paraskevas had at Tara Raceway recently for a look at the track with the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup in mind.
And he’s likely to be back for the Mount Gambier heats on Sunday, March 24 after Pure White Evil impressed with a 29.65 seconds 512 metre win.
Paraskevas, like Little, is also likely to be eyeing off the Greyhound Racing SA bonuses that link both the Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier Cups – a $5000 bonus if the same dog can win both cups and a $5000 bonus if the same trainer can win both cups with the same or different dogs.
Meanwhile, Little has two kennel newcomers in Wendell Allen and Xela Allen lining up at tomorrow’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).
Wendell Allen, a son of Taylors Sky and Dyna Glinda is a last start Ballarat maiden winner over 390 metres while Xela Allen, also by Taylors Sky out of Chloe Allen, has won two races over 390 metres at Warrnambool and Shepparton.