Monday, October 8, 2018
The youngest greyhound going around Tara Raceway at the moment is the 18-month-old Maunganui Magic who made her debut in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m) on Friday for husband and wife team Tracie and Karen Price of Compton.
And it was a fair sort of debut, the black bitch quickly finding the front from box three before running away to a 3¾ length win over Gold Gem in 23.50 seconds.
By Banjo Boy, Maunganui Magic is out of Golden Show Girl, a winner of nine races from 26 starts on NSW and Victorian provincial tracks.
Originally based in NSW, Maunganui Magic found her way down to Mount Gambier as an unnamed giveaway after being sacked in her home state when an early assessment had suggested that she would never win a race.
But a series of quick trials at Tara Raceway had Karen Price quickly jumping in and staking an ownership claim, the racing name derived from Mount Maunganui, situated on the North Island of New Zealand and Price’s home town.
The win was the first leg of a double for Price, Penny La Moment later successful in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) and setting the scene for what would be another big weekend for the track’s leading trainer.
Come Sunday and Tracie Price-trained runners Dad’s Nitro, Cee Me Snoop, Baz’s Moment and Smart Marty won the first four races before kennelmate Cee Me Turbo ran down last week’s Angle Park winner Lobster Hill to score a great win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) in 30.05 seconds.
By Cosmic Rumble out of Cee Me Burst, Cee Me Turbo is a litter brother to JB Irrigation Stake winner Cee Me Snoop and also to Cee Me Holly, beaten a neck by Dad’s Nitro in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden Stake.
By Nitro Burst, Dad’s Nitro is out of Oh Cee Ya, who is the dam of Cee Me Burst, winner of the 2015 Winter Classic for Price.
Baz Bruce’s Baz’s Moment found winning form for the first time since March when clocking a quick 23.16 seconds in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) while only a head separated Smart Marty and Another Scenario – both out of Who’s Doing What but by Knocka Norris and Fabregas respectively – in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).
Perhaps significantly, six of the leading trainer’s seven winners at the weekend were bred by Tracie and Karen Price at Compton.