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Carmichael looking to make his ‘presence’ felt
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Howies Flyer is one of the interesting runners in Friday’s Anniversary Cup heats, which promise to be the highlight of a top day of greyhound racing at Tara Raceway.
Three heats of what will be the 32nd running of the cup means the first and second placegetters and two fastest thirds will advance to Sunday week’s $3500 final over 512 metres.
And after a long absence, Paul Carmichael, who trains Howies Flyer for Tarneit owner Mark Howe, is returning to Mount Gambier in a bid to win his third Anniversary Cup.
Carmichael, based at Elliminyt (south of Colac in western Victoria), won the 2006 Anniversary Cup with Black Presence which defeated the Michael Niele trained Hustling Jake in a time of 30.94 seconds.
Black Presence’s litter sister Miss Baracus, after winning four races including one at Tara Raceway, was later mated with Typhoon Tide and produced Calm Presence which was then successful in the 2009 cup for Carmichael.
Second to Calm Presence was the Steve Bartholomew trained Magic Elite, later a successful local producer and dam of the Group-winning Galactic Viper which will clash with Howies Flyer in tomorrow’s third heat.
As an aside, Miss Baracus was also mated with Where’s Pedro with one of her offspring being Tall Presence, a 40 kilogram giant of a greyhound which won a couple of races at Tara Raceway in April-May 2012 when being trained by Ralph Patzel who has Roarsome – in line for a hat-trick – engaged in heat three.
Howies Flyer’s past three starts have been up the straight over 350 metres at Healesville where he impressed with a win on June 19 before an unlucky fourth a week later and then an excellent third on July 3 behind classy chaser One For Me in a heat of the Winter Cup.
The brindle dog also handles the circle, having won six races, while there wasn’t much wrong with his 25.45 seconds third behind eventual winner Zambora Brockie in a heat of the Warrnambool Cup (450 m) in April.
Howies Flyer, a son of El Grand Senor and the unraced Irish Blossom, hasn’t raced at Tara Raceway but does look well drawn in box two.
Fear The Rascal, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, is also well drawn out in box seven – in fact the son of Fear Zafonic and Shannah’s Star is unbeaten in his five starts from the box.
Winner of the 2015 Mount Gambier Christmas Cup, the white and blue dog cramped when looking a winning chance over 450 metres at Warrnambool on June 30 and has since run 23.50 seconds in a satisfactory 400 metre trial at Tara Raceway.
Fiorelli Rose and Sunday Shoes, drawn in boxes one and two respectively, look two of the main chances in heat one of the cup.
Fiorelli Rose, trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who is having her best year ever at Tara Raceway, impressed at the track on Sunday afternoon when holding out last year’s Anniversary Cup winner Mojito Mayhem to win by a half length.
The Nathan Wilson trained Sunday Shoes, a dual feature race winner at Tara Raceway last year, made a real mess of box one on July 1 before finishing fourth to Cryer’s Fred and it would pay to forget that run.
And in the second heat, Moyston trainer Peter Franklin will be hoping for things to turn around with his box six runner Mojito Mayhem which hasn’t had much luck at his past two starts when running second-placings over 512 metres.
Glenville Jester, in career-best form for trainer Richard Clayfield, impressed with a best of day 30.11 seconds win last Sunday and is drawn for another bold showing from box eight.
THE EAGLE FLIES ON FRIDAY
The eagle flies on Friday, as the old saying goes in relation to pay day.
Well, Tarpeena owner-trainer Allen Williams will be hoping for a pay day on Friday when he lines up with four eaglets in heats of the John Reid Memorial Maiden (512 m).
The first starters, also bred by Williams, are by El Grand Senor out of Chilly Patch, a winner of four races at Tara Raceway.
Whelped in August 2014, Proud Eagle and Smooth Eagle will jump from boxes four and five respectively in heat one while Major Eagle and Grand Eagle have drawn boxes three and eight in the second heat.
Williams, who previously won the Reid Memorial in 2010 with Frosted Opal, is one of three trainers chasing another win in the time-honoured race.
Tracie Price, who has Cairnlea Moment and Stormy Moment engaged, was successful last year with My Pal Houston while Nicole Stanley won the 2014 memorial with Eyelandt Princess.
Stanley looks to hold a strong hand in this year’s event with Hay Miss which has drawn box seven in the first heat.
Also whelped in August 2014, the daughter of Bekim Bale and Miss Stackhouse was second on debut at Sandown Park over 515 metres in May before turning in a big effort last week at Horsham.
Having only her fourth start, Hay Miss ran Sooty Epsom to 2½ lengths in 27.50 seconds over 480 metres – an effort made even better after the winner came out and won again at Horsham on Tuesday night.
ONE-OFF RACE FOR MIDDLE-DISTANCE MEMORIAL
The Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m) will be run as a one-off race in conjunction with the Anniversary Cup and John Reid Memorial finals on Sunday, July 24.
The change was necessitated after insufficient nominations were received to run a minimum of two heats at Friday’s meeting.
Nominations for the grade four/five $1500 memorial will now close with GRSA at 9 a.m. on Monday.
The Rock’s Retreat Stake, a grade five over 600 metres, will be run on Friday with Stanley also holding a strong hand in this event with box eight runner Old Jock.
Old Jock ran a terrific 3¾ length second to Brazen Bomber in last month’s Koroit 600 before following up with a strong 600 metre win over proven middle-distance performer Glenville Jester.
Sunday week’s Eric Lewis Memorial will be the third running of the event, with Zipping Basil (Robert Britton) successful in 2014 and Harry Aztec (Kevin Ashton) last year.