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‘Captain Kilometre’ hits the highway
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
It was just another typical week for Edenhope greyhound trainer Captain Abbott.
Last Thursday off to Angle Park, to Mount Gambier and Tara Raceway’s trials on Saturday morning before returning again the following day for the local race meeting and then back to Angle Park for Monday night’s fixture. All told, more than 2000 kilometres in the space of five days.
Things didn’t go too badly for Abbott at the Thursday night Angle Park main meeting, litter brothers Spinning Jakit and Black Spring both finishing strongly to run third over 515 metres and 600 metres respectively.
Then, Sunday’s meeting saw the veteran trainer land his ninth double for the year at Tara Raceway, this time with his well-bred pair of Dodge Coupe in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and Blonde Barbados in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m).
A $10 chance, Dodge Coupe, by Kinloch Brae out of Secret Spell (a winner more than $275,000), took the lead down the back straight before holding out Dad’s Nitro to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.40 seconds.
Later in the day, the well-fancied Blonde Barbados chased rank outsider Cosmic Ann until the home turn where she railed through to find the front and ultimately held on to win by a neck in 23.21 seconds.
By Cosmic Rumble out of New Year’s Punch, Blonde Barbados – a winner of five races since being taken over by Abbott late last year – is from a repeat mating, the first litter including Bruce Typhoon ($270,000) and Sweet Barbados ($60,000).
Complementing the double was a third placing from Luca Flyer while Spinning Jakit backed up for his first attempt over 600 metres, showing promise of better things to come when going down by a half length to Goldie’s Run.
Black Spring went one better the next night at Angle Park, though, turning in a terrific effort in a grade six 600 metre event to run down odds-on favourite Spring Kudu in the shadows of the post while kennelmates Pool Hall and Big Casey – having his first SA start – paid their way with third placings.
In Abbott’s kennels for only a week, the appropriately-named Big Casey, who has raced as heavy as 41 kilograms, was always on the pace on Monday night and the Bulli and Goulburn winner looks well-placed in Friday’s Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.
And at this Sunday’s meeting, Spinning Jakit will take on a fair sort of mixed field that includes Noosa Parade and Cryer’s Bob when he jumps from box four in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m).
All told, Abbott has six runners engaged at the Friday and Sunday meetings and already with 41 wins, 37 seconds and 44 thirds will be looking to improve upon what has already been his best year ever at Tara Raceway.