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Big day for veteran trainer

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Octogenarian trainer Tom Cryer of Apsley enjoyed his best day this year at Tara Raceway when litter brothers Cryer’s Jed and Cryer’s Bob and half-sister Cryer’s Harper were successful at last Sunday’s meeting.

His last treble was in December when Cryer’s Bob and another litter brother in Cryer’s Plugger both won, along with Cryer’s Harper.

Tom Cryer (Cryer’s Harper) flanked by wife Margaret with Cryer’s Bob and Noel Perry (Cryer’s Jed).

Cryer’s Jed was chasing his first win since October when he lined up in the Winningformula.net.au Stake, the first heat of a 400 metre grade five series.

And he looked to have the job ahead of him early when George Regis bowled along in front but a strong home straight burst saw him get up by 1¾ lengths in 23.56 seconds.

Cryer’s Bob, who also hadn’t won a race this year, led all the way to defeat Kolora Posie by two lengths in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m) in a good time of 35.17 seconds while Cryer’s Harper also led all the way in the JB Irrigation Open Stake (400 m) to defeat Banjo Lass in 23.13 seconds.

The trio is out of Cryer’s prolific producer Cryer’s Midget (Texas Gold x Shady Grove Fox), an 11-race winner at Tara Raceway and flat out tipping the scales at 24 kilograms – Cryer’s Jed and Cryer’s Bob by Spring Gun and Cryer’s Harper by Spud Regis.

All told, Cryer’s Midget whelped three litters – two to Spring Gun – with her number of winners from these matings now totalling 153. Her most successful offspring has been Cryer’s Fred, who raced 120 times for 36 wins and 37 minor placings.

Cryer’s Fred’s litter brother Cryer’s Ricky holds the Tara Raceway 400 metre record at 22.78 seconds, a time that has stood for more than three years.


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