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Ben’s bursting with pride
Saturday, February 15, 2020
It certainly was a proud Ben Boers who led back Burst Of Yap after her first-up win in the Williams Crane Hire Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting on Thursday.
She’s another one of the Nitro Burst x Lots Of Yap litter to win at Tara Raceway, Boers breeding the litter over at Portland, retaining two dogs and a bitch and later entrusting their rearing to fellow Portland greyhound man Andy Graham.
By the time Boers lined up in Thursday’s race two with his black bitch, Graham, who ended up with three of the litter himself in return for the rearing, had won with all three of his youngsters.
According to her breeder, Burst Of Yap had broken-in quite well but had gone into last week’s race with very little race experience – in fact it had been her first time in a full field.
“I’d been after a G-SIX (six-dog field) with her and after she drew box one I was hoping for a forward showing,” Boers said. “And when she went straight to the front I was confident they wouldn’t run her down because she had been trialling in reasonable time.
“It’s been five years coming and I reckon from an excitement point of view I’d put today’s win by Burst Of Yap on a par with Lots Of Yap’s Mount Gambier Cup win. I’m absolutely delighted with her effort.”
This is the 2015 cup winner’s first litter and while breeding is anything but a cheap exercise, Boers hasn’t written off another litter with the well-bred daughter of Premier Fantasy x Have A Yap.
“She has been in season again since whelping but I opted to let her go,” Boers said. “I’m not sure whether I’ll breed again with her but if I do I’ll be using a Glen Gallon straw that she won as part of the Mount Gambier Cup prize.”
Burst Of Yap is raced by the Boers-managed Three Gen Syndicate, two of the next generation in Trinity, 14, and Kees, 17, on track to witness the win – and now-licensed attendant Trinity catching her first winner.
It was in the race prior, the Winningformula.net.au Maiden Stake (400 m), that Graham, after having previously won twice with Bay Me and Rose Bay, was successful with his other member of the litter in See Nitro.
See Nitro had previously raced on two occasions in January at Warrnambool, finishing down the line both times and Graham later conceding that the black bitch hadn’t really been ready for that track.
But she was ready for Tara Raceway last Thursday, See Nitro running right up to some good recent trial form when winning by 5¼ lengths in 23.42 seconds – the same time her sister ran in the following race.