Saturday, May 30, 2020
The feel-good story to come out of last Thursday’s greyhound meeting at Tara Raceway had to be that of Tarpeena trainer Dita Mitchell’s big black dog with the unlikely racing name of Bob Square Pants.
He was having his third run back, in race six, the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 metres), after having recently completed a mandatory satisfactory trial due to the length of time he had been away from the track.
Only fairly away from box seven, Bob Square Pants was able to find the front down the back straight before running away to a 3½ lengths win over Fernando Deeds in a more than handy 23.19 seconds – his first victory since July 2019.
The lightly-raced dog’s record currently stands at 16 starts for five wins and eight minor placings. By the end of the year he’ll be five years old, his race debut at Tara Raceway coming at three years of age.
That was back in December 2018 when he led all the way over 400 metres to win by 10¼ lengths in 22.96 seconds – then the second-fastest maiden winner ever behind Wise Stella who had run 22.89 seconds.
At the time Mitchell, over the moon with the win, had said Bob Square Pants had been off the scene due to injury for something like six months and that she hadn’t really expected him to ever race, let alone win in that sort of time.
He followed up with another win at his next start, however by March 2019 he was back on the injured list and off the scene until June. A couple of wins followed in July before a further setback in August resulted in him being sidelined until April this year.
Bob Square Pants is by Banjo Boy out of Jeanie’s Wish, a daughter of Go Wild Jack and maiden bitch Groupie, who was purchased by Mitchell as a five-month-old pup for $100 before winning four races on Victorian tracks.
The win last Thursday continued Mitchell’s good run at Tara Raceway this year – five wins, 11 seconds and 12 thirds resulting in her sneaking into the top 10 trainers’ list.