Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Blitz And Bolt and Cryer’s Jack, after hard-fought victories in the ANZAC Gift and ANZAC 600 at Tara Raceway last Sunday, will clash in this Sunday’s main race, the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club Cup (512 metres).
The AGRC Cup, for open class greyhounds, is being sponsored by the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club which is also adding extra prizemoney to all other races on the day.
Owned by Connie Miller, Ross Schurgott and David Peckham and trained by the latter at Allendale East, Blitz And Bolt turned in a big effort to give Peckham his third ANZAC Gift win – Thanks Tubby and Weblec Angel previously being successful.
Blitz And Bolt, although away well from box two, couldn’t match the early pace of the Barry Shepheard owned and trained Galactic Viper, back over the 512 metre journey for the first since early March after a couple of recent smart 400 metre wins.
In fact, after crossing the field from the outside box and taking the lead out of the first turn, Galactic Viper looked to be travelling like a winner as he charged down the back straight with Blitz And Bolt and Hay Miss giving chase.
But turning for home, the Peckham-trained son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally was steadily making ground and, despite moving out on the bend, was able to gain the upper hand in a slogging finish to score by a head over the early leader in 30.19 seconds.
The win took Blitz And Bolt’s race record this year to six wins and five minor placings for a tally of 32 points, four clear of second-placed Tipping Woody in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
Prior to the running of the ANZAC Gift, Legacy representative Ron Smith recited the Ode of Remembrance and later gratefully accepted a $1000 donation to the Legacy Lower South East Group presented by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee member Allen Williams on behalf of the club.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Cryer’s Jack continued his good form of late to hold on and bring up win number 16 when successful in the inaugural ANZAC 600 (600 m).
Raced by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom, of Apsley, Cryer’s Jack quickly found the front from box one, ultimately holding out the consistent Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose to win by a neck in a quick 35.48 seconds.
By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, Cryer’s Jack now seems to have shaken off the injuries and illness that plagued him for much of last year.
And after drawing box one again he looks well placed in Sunday’s AGRC Cup although Blitz And Bolt hasn’t fared as well, coming up with box six in what looks to be a really good one-off race.
Galactic Viper has drawn box eight again with Shepheard no doubt hoping the four-year-old son of
Velocette x Magic Elite can once again cross the field and give them something to catch.
Leading trainer Nicole Stanley looks to hold a strong hand in the race with box seven runner Hay Miss not losing too many friends with her strong-finishing 2½ length third from the same box behind Blitz And Bolt at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Stanley also has the 112-start 4½-year-old veteran Old Jock engaged in box three. A recent Masters 400 metre winner in quick time, he went out first course at the Benalla coursing meeting last weekend but could well be re-invigorated by a run behind the drag lure.
QUALITY MAKES UP FOR LACK OF QUANTITY
Sunday’s ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) might have only six runners but it looks like being a keenly-contested affair.
Nicole Stanley’s Stylish Pursuit, who has run a quick 35.35 seconds over the distance, stormed home to be beaten just over a length by Cryer’s Jack and Lyon Rose last Sunday and looks the testing material from box one.
Berry Bling, also trained by Stanley, was a recent 600 metre winner at the track. She comes into the race from box five on the back of a Benalla coursing stake win last Sunday.
The Cap Abbott trained Mo Town Roy, to jump from box four, returns to Tara Raceway with winning Angle Park form after recently leading all the way over 600 metres at the city track.
Tracie Price’s Lyon Rose, after a 512 metre win at last week’s Friday meeting, had no trouble backing up two days later when running Cryer’s Jack to a neck over 600 metres. Not badly drawn in box seven, the nine-race winner rarely runs a bad race.
And Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne will be hoping Arabella Figg, drawn in box eight, can recapture some of the form that saw her score an easy Tara Raceway 600 metre win at the end of March.