Not even trainer Cap Abbott, the eternal optimist from Edenhope, would have been counting on bookending Thursday’s Tara Raceway meeting with Foot Peg and Mauritian Rascal.
After all, according to Abbott, Foot Peg only found her way down to Victoria from NSW as part of a greyhound transport “package deal”.
“Back in October I had three pups booked in to be delivered to Edenhope, the transporter prior to taking off from NSW asking me if I was interested in a maiden giveaway by Barcia Bale x Motorette.
“The sweetener was if I took her then I would get a reduced rate on my transport bill. Needless to say, I ended up with four dogs.”
Having her 25th race start, Foot Peg was always on the pace from box one, eventually hanging on to defeat dead-heaters Saint Hannah and Sally Limes by a head in 23.91 seconds in the first heat of the Peter Whitehead Memorial (400 m).
Mauritian Rascal, who had little racing while the border was closed, brought up his fifth win at Tara Raceway when leading all the way to defeat Rocketline by three-quarters of a length in the Progreyhoundtips.com Stake (400 m).
Picked up off an internet greyhound site for owner Kerry Hawker for $800 late last year when still unraced, the son of El Grand Senor x Dee Jay’s Sniper soon found himself stood down for 21 days after being diagnosed with having poor post-race recovery.
And while Mauritian Rascal’s air waves and lungs were given the all clear after a veterinary examination, it had been recommended that the retention of a testis be surgically corrected.
Three wins and a second placing then followed prior to the black dog resuming at Tara Raceway in November with two seconds prior to last week’s win against a pretty handy field in 23.35 seconds.