Saturday, September 9, 2017
Rupanyup greyhound Iroquois Souljah, successful in a time-graded event at Tara Raceway three weeks ago, once again took full advantage of the non-penalty concept to score another win on Friday afternoon in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake.
Lining up from box five as a $19 chance in what looked to be a fair sort of grade five time-graded 400 metre sprint, he displayed plenty of early pace and led all the way to defeat the well-fancied Scot’s Dunker by 1¾ lengths in 23.60 seconds.
Trained by Kath Brooks, Iroquois Souljah was handled by Doug Blake, back at Tara Raceway once again on a regular basis since the introduction of time-graded racing.
Whelped in May 2013, the blue dog has done the rounds as far as trainers are concerned, successful at Geelong and Traralgon before Brooks picked him up for $500 late last year and winning at Shepparton and Mount Gambier since the purchase.
Confirming once again that there is no such thing as a badly-bred greyhound, Iroquois Souljah is by Elite Blue Size – who served only a handful of bitches but who won 33 races for $230,000 in prizemoney – out of the unraced Sandy’s Girl, a daughter of Brett Lee x Eco Eden.
Eco Eden – by Pure Octane x Al Fresco – raced on only five occasions for a third at Goulburn and $45 in prizemoney. However, her litter brother, Mantra Lad won 26 races and collected $456,000.
And Eco Eden’s half-sister Mantra Miss was a Tara Raceway track record holder and later produced Miss Jacovella, one-time 600 metre record holder at the local track.
Iroquois Souljah is now drawn to race at Bendigo over 425 metres on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Ima Caravan continued his recent good form at Tara Raceway with another stylish 600 metres win in the Gambier Vets Stake for Koroit owner-trainer Robert Walsh.
Away well from box four, the son of Cape Hawke x Jamaican Ruby led all the way to defeat Gee She Roks by 5¾ lengths in the good time of 35.32 seconds. The black dog has now won at his past three starts at the track, successful last month over both 512 metres and 600 metres.
Walsh is now keen to breed a second litter with Jamaican Ruby, a well-bred daughter of Bombastic Shiraz x Call Me Shelley, and a winner over 600 metres at The Meadows.
No doubt he still has fond memories of Jamaican Ruby’s litter brother, Ima Harley, whom he raced on 86 occasions for nine wins and 31 minor placings – the last win coming at Ballarat the day after his sixth birthday.