Parwan trainer Wade Green well remembers the first time he ever raced greyhounds at Tara Raceway. That was back on Friday, November 30, 2018 when he led in five winners – Janray Mazel Tov, Buzz Off Mumma, Conde, Nitro Heroine and Tron’s Empire.
And Green’s success at Mount Gambier’s time-graded meetings continued well into 2019 to the extent that he actually finished fifth in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award with 37 winners.
Now back on the time-graded merry-go-round, he enjoyed another good day on Thursday when Over Load, Black Heel High and Little Tiger were successful.
Over Load brought up his second win from only three starts when leading all the way in the Bourne Kennels 1-4 Wins Stake (400 metres), and defeating Mystic Lane by two lengths in a personal best time of 23.46 seconds.
Purchased by Green for $500 prior to racing, the black two-year-old dog is by Over Limit out of Paua To Load, a granddaughter of Paua To Burn who won 28 races and more than $240,000 in stakemoney.
Black Heel High, a son of Worm Burner and Batty Allen, led all the way in the Winningformula.net.au 1-4 Wins Stake (400 m), eventually running out a 2½ lengths winner over American Mustard in 23.44 seconds.
The black dog commenced his racing career in Broken Hill, winning his maiden at his third start last September before finding his way to Green who has now won a further four races with the February 2019 whelping.
Little Tiger, purchased by Green from NSW after breaking-in, overcame a slow start to record an impressive win in the Gordon Refrigeration 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m).
A winner over 450 metres at Warrnambool last month, the red brindle dog didn’t find the front until approaching the home turn but ran home strongly to defeat the consistent Crackerjack Lach by three lengths in a best of day 30.08 seconds.
By Cosmic Rumble, Little Tiger is out of Little Nangar who won 24 races in NSW, including six at Wentworth Park. Green said he was now hopeful the May 2019 whelping would continue to improve.
“A lot of my racing is done at time-graded meetings and as such I don’t usually pay a lot for my purchases. But I liked the look of this one and as such outlaid a bit more for him.
“He finished the race off well today and, who knows, he could be destined for bigger and better things.”
Bringing over half-sisters Fly By Them and Just A Fidget and accompanying Green on the trip on Thursday was Paul Cusack, who trains in partnership with Donna Beasley at Mount Cottrell.
Cusack had last been successful at Tara Raceway back in April 2019 with White Arandt while Beasley’s last winner at the local track had been with Standing Bear in February of that year.
By Banjo Boy out of As It Goes – a winner of 12 races including 600 metres success at The Meadows and Angle Park – Fly By Them led all the way in the Commercial Hotel 5+ Wins Stake (400 m) to defeat Green’s Ship Of Fools by 3¼ lengths in a best of day 23.13 seconds.
By Fernando Bale, Just A Fidget settled in second spot in the Exchange Printers 1-4 Wins Stake (512 m) before finishing strongly to defeat King Smiley by 4¼ lengths in 30.15 seconds.
The win was the first for Just A Fidget since August last year when she had been successful at Bendigo and made for a successful return to Tara Raceway for Cusack and Beasley.