Local sporting identity Kevin “KD” Douglas’s ‘Catch for Cash’ initiative at Tara Raceway will come to fruition at next Thursday’s meeting with the running of the Sunset Community Kitchen final (512 metres).
Earlier this year he came up with a format called ‘Catch for Cash’ whereby any trainer whose greyhound he caught on a race day could, if he or she so desired, place a gold coin in the CfC jar.
Douglas’s charity of choice for the initiative was the Sunset Community Kitchen which provides meals for people in need on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6 and 6.30 at the John Frew Centre (Frew Park).
When introducing the initiative at Tara Raceway, he said that he saw ‘Catch for Cash’ as a small way of assisting with the costs incurred by the Sunset Community Kitchen.
Douglas had also said that he was hopeful the CfC jar could be filled by the end of the year. Then SCK representatives could come out to Tara Raceway on a given day and receive the proceeds of the initiative.
Well, there were never any worries about the filling of the jar. Many participants got right behind the concept while Michael Robinson’s tipping contestants also contributed to the overall total.
Cape Bridgewater trainer Scott Blacksell came on board, offering his greyhound Rooster as the SCK ambassador and pledging $50 every time the dog won a race.
Rooster won a couple of races and, in an unsuccessful belated bid to further boost the jar, he gave his all for the cause when a gallant second behind Crown Simba in last Thursday’s Rock’s Tavern Mixed Stake (400 m).
So, with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club donating $500, SCK representatives will receive a cheque for $2,060 after the running of the final. And the winner of the race will receive a trophy, donated by Douglas.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham provided both heat winners – Angelo’s Entity and Midnight Daisy – the former unable to go the early pace but finishing strongly when defeating Compton Peggy by 1½ lengths in 30.37 seconds.
Midnight Daisy took the lead going out of the first turn and opened up a big break down the back. Left to do the chasing was Permit Granted for trainer Paul Hammerstein, back at Tara Raceway for the first time since March when he was successful with Jacobite Jye.
Even half-way up the home straight Midnight Daisy, of which Douglas is a part-owner, looked to have the race comfortably in her keeping. But Permit Granted just kept coming, eventually going down by a half head in 30.19 seconds.
Hammerstein’s big fawn dog, which joined his kennels after winning a maiden at Ballarat in February, was having his first run on the track. From a SCK final point of view there probably should be further improvement in him.
And for the Ararat visiting trainer, patiently waiting all these months for a permit to cross the border, the name of his greyhound would seem quite appropriate.
Also through to the SCK final are He’s Alexis, Cadillac Prince, Local Brew and Nitro Yap.
All told, it was another big day for Peckham – the fourth time this year he has trained five winners on the card – after Aston Model, Bourne Blue and Crown Simba (currently on the market for $2750) were also successful.
Actually, it was a couple of big days for this year’s leading local trainer with Aston Hayato and Rebellious Nick both winning at Murray Bridge the following day.
Thursday week’s meeting (December 17) will be a non-penalty time-graded fixture for all grades and distances with greyhounds grouped subject to race wins – Maiden 0 wins, Novice 1-4 wins and Open 5+ wins. Worst to best grading will apply.
The following Sunday (December 20) will feature the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m), the Santa Sprint (400 m), the Peter Whitehead Memorial Maiden (400 m) and the Christmas Challenge (600 m).