Monday, September 17, 2018
Veteran Horsham greyhound Paraphernalia continued his outstanding year at Tara Raceway on Sunday when winning a keenly-contested Metal Worx Iron Dog final (512 metres).
Trained by Jeff Guy, the 4½-year-old son of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco went into the final as second highest point scorer after a second placing over 600 metres and a 400 metre win last week.
Chasing back to back Iron Dog titles, Paraphernalia stalked the speedy Haddi Bale until the home turn where he railed through to take the lead and then held off a fast finishing Noosa Parade and Aeroplane Mo who finished strongly down the middle of the track.
The win was the fawn dog’s ninth at Tara Raceway this year, two more than any other greyhound, and with 40 points now sees him issuing a strong challenge for Greyhound of the Year honours.
Overall, Paraphernalia – the only greyhound this year to reach both the Mount Gambier Cup and Anniversary Cup finals – has now raced on 125 occasions for 32 wins and 29 minor placings.
And speaking at the Iron Dog presentation, Guy didn’t try and hide his feelings for the dog that in late 2016 broke the Tara Raceway 600 metre record and then lowered it again eight months later. “I just love him,” he said.
Paraphernalia will now return to Tara Raceway on Sunday for the Mount Gambier division of the SA Country Cup after having represented the club last year with Colden Girl in the final at Angle Park on Adelaide Cup night.