Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Boost for meeting after easing of intra-state travel restrictions

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Greyhound Racing SA’s announcement that the previous restrictions on intra-state travel (within SA) would be removed from Monday, May 11 proved to be a boost for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s meeting on Thursday at Tara Raceway.

The lifting of the restriction, which had prevented greyhound trainer movement between Mount Gambier and Adelaide, now allows south-east region greyhounds to compete at the Adelaide region tracks.

It also means Adelaide trainers will once again be able to travel to Mount Gambier for the club’s weekly Thursday meetings – no second weekly meetings to be considered while the restriction on cross border movement remains in place.

And quick to take advantage of the easing of intra-state travel restrictions were Lewiston trainers Clint and Shelley Trengove whose six runners added to Thursday’s pool and contributed to the framing of a 10-race program – the most races since weekly meetings commenced in early April.

The Trengove family has enjoyed its fair share of success at Tara Raceway over the past nine months, the most successful day being on September 12 when Clint, son Harrison, and Shelley led in six winners.

Zipping Capri defeats Renmore at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Zipping Capri’s good year at Tara Raceway continued last Thursday when the brindle bitch brought up her fifth win, leading all the way in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (400 m) to defeat Renmore by a half length in 23.35 seconds.

A daughter of Kinloch Brae and Zipping Meg who won eight races and $46,000 in stakemoney, Zipping Capri is owned by Damien Smith, formerly of Penola, and trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield.

Actually, it was a couple of successful days for Smith, also the breeder-owner-trainer of first starter De Minaur who won at Murray Bridge up the 300 metre straight the previous day.

No doubt he will be hoping for as much success with De Minaur, named after the Australian tennis player, as he achieved with another Australian tennis player’s namesake in Tomic who in 2009-2010 won 20 races and more than $70,000 in stakemoney.

Smith purchased Zipping Capri from NSW 12 months ago after she had won three races at Nowra. A couple of wins followed in Adelaide but an Achilles injury kept her off the scene for the latter part of 2019 before the brindle bitch strung together three successive wins in January for Clayfield.

Zipping Capri will be back at Tara Raceway on Thursday to tackle the Bartholomew Pick 6 Open Stake. A tougher assignment, for sure, but with a record of five wins and three seconds from 13 starts, she’s generally about the place when it comes to the 400 metres journey.

For the first time in two months, middle-distance racing will return to Tara Raceway with the Bourne Kennels Mixed Stake (600 m) attracting a handy sort of line-up.

The Dean Fennell trained Perseverance has raced over the journey on only two occasions for a second and a fourth but gives the impression that the distance will suit while Dyna Alice is a 731 metres winner at Angle Park and Rebel Ruth a winner of two races at the track and distance.

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