Monday, August 15, 2016
For Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson it’s now been close on 12 months since he enjoyed his first feature race success on a greyhound track.
That was with Boolite Bruiser which dead-heated in the Berringa Park Iron Dog three-distance series with the Richard Clayfield trained Upset Boy.
The white and black dog had come to Wilson’s kennels via Jason Thomson of Boolite, a small wheat farming town near Warracknabeal.
And now he’s looking at this year’s Iron Dog with the Warracknabeal bred Kylan Brae which continued the successful Thomson-Wilson association with a win in Friday’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m).
Kylan Brae turned in a big effort to open his winning account at his eighth start when storming home after being last early to run down tearaway leader Cee Righty and win by two lengths in 30.56 seconds.
According to Wilson, much of the credit for the win has to go to his wife Jen who also now owns the son of Kinloch Brae and Sionara Milly (which raced on only six occasions for three third placings).
“When he first arrived eight months ago he was so timid that we struggled to get him out of his kennel but over time he has responded to Jen’s efforts with him and he is now a different dog.
“Also, he has benefited from frequent gallops on the Tara Raceway slipping track – a terrific innovation on the part of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.”
Kylan Brae does, however, still have an issue with the hurly-burly of the catching area at the end of a race, sometimes taking off from his designated catcher before being rounded-up on the other side of the track.
But Wilson can live with the idiosyncrasy, believing that Kylan Brae has a future as a middle-distance performer.
“I’ve always been of the opinion that he would be better suited over a bit more ground and he certainly finished the race off well today,” he said.
“I reckon the Iron Dog would be good fit for him with the first round being over 600 metres, followed by the 400 metre dash and then a 512 metre final.”
Round one of the Berringa Park Iron Dog will be run on Sunday, August 28, with round two on Sunday, September 4 and the leading point scorers from these two rounds then contesting the final on Friday, September 9.
NEVER KNOCK A WIN, BUT . . .
As far as Serviceton trainer David Brodhurst and his greyhound Rally were concerned it was a case last Friday of what might have been.
Brodhurst had taken over the training of the daughter of Radley Bale and Izzy Mai in June for Lewiston owner Don Turner who had been keen to see Rally tried over the 600 metre journey at Tara Raceway.
An August 2014 whelping, the black bitch had been nominated for a 600 metre event last Friday with Brodhurst believing she would be graded into the Winter Classic if there was no middle-distance race.
Well, there was no 600 metre race but Rally ended up in the Metal Worx Stake, a 512 metre event for grade six greyhounds.
A $20 chance from box seven, Rally chased the leader Gentle Moment until railing through on the home turn and finishing like a middle-distance performer to win by 1¾ lengths in 30.36 seconds – a time quicker than either of the Winter Classic heats.
The win continued Brodhurst’s good run at Tara Raceway this year and took his training tally to 11 wins. It was also an early birthday present for his wife Valerie who turned 66 the following day.
He did admit, however, that he probably could have made his intentions a little clearer on Rally’s nomination form.
Also in the same boat as far as nomination intentions were concerned was Portland trainer Andy Graham who initially had the classic-aged Breakwater Bay engaged in the same race as Rally before he was scratched due to injury.
And litter brother Cee Righty found himself as a reserve in a maiden 512 metre race only to gain a start, leading the field into the home straight before running second in 30.69 seconds, a time that would have had him right in the mix from a classic point of view.
Fair enough, you never knock a win – or a second placing for that matter – but maiden and grade six races are run every week at Tara Raceway.
Greyhounds get only one crack at the Winter Classic.