Thursday, April 5, 2018
Back after a couple of months’ break, Tarpeena trainer David Williams reckons he didn’t really expect a start with Cilla Brown when he nominated her for a 512 metre event at last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
After all, the black bitch hadn’t raced since February 4 when she finished a distant fourth to Cryer’s Bob over 732 metres. And prior to that, a couple of runs in January over 512 metres and 600 metres hadn’t been all that flash.
But a handy recent trial over 400 metres had Williams believing Cilla Brown, who he trains for his 18-year-old daughter Angela, wasn’t too far away from winning her first race this year.
And when the $21 chance went straight to the front from box three in the Klaassens Contractors Stake the only worry for connections was whether she would be able to hang on.
At the end of the 512 metre journey, though, she still had a length to spare, defying handy chasers Big Lebowski, Swift Limes and Big Rough to run her down in a personal best time of 30.17 seconds.
It was a satisfying return for the trainer who at the middle of last year had been figuring in the top 10 at Tara Raceway with 12 winners but who was also finding the pressure of a larger kennel starting to get him down.
“In the end, it was really a case of us getting back to basics,” Williams said this week. “We’ve downsized considerably to the extent that we are now treating it as a hobby and, to be honest, I’m enjoying greyhound racing again.”
Cilla Brown has now won six races at Tara Raceway, including the 2016 Royal Fashion Maiden, and has proven to be a good pickup for Angela Williams who in November 2016 received the maiden daughter of Ivan Brown x Surfing Blonde as a gift from John Spoolder of Adelaide.