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Change of track pays off for Swoosie

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Serviceton couple Valerie and David Brodhurst’s trip to the Murray Bridge track a couple of weeks ago worked out pretty well when Danyo’s Cally led all the way over 455 metres to give them their first win at the new track in a best of day 25.67 seconds.

Swoosie breaks a 12-month losing streak when successful at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

And while kennelmate Swoosie finished well down the line at the same meeting, according to David Brodhurst a change of venue may well have worked in the black bitch’s favour when she returned to Tara Raceway for last Thursday’s time-graded fixture.

Lining up from box two as the rank outsider at $19 in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m), Swoosie led all the way to defeat Quick Sensation by 3¾ lengths in 23.58 seconds – the win ending a 12 month drought for the April 2016 whelping.

“To be honest, I thought she’d become a bit stale just racing at Tara Raceway,” Brodhurst said. “I’d picked her up from Adelaide as a giveaway in January 2018 and prior to going to Murray Bridge she hadn’t raced anywhere but the local track since December 2017.

“Actually, she didn’t have much luck at Murray Bridge but just getting her onto another track seemed to work in her favour when she returned to Mount Gambier and the six-dog field.”

Swoosie is from a handy litter by Oaks Road out of Power Merc, a winner of 14 races at Angle Park and Gawler.

In the following race, the Stake (400 m), 35-year-old Shaun Baulch of Geelong tasted success for the first time at Tara Raceway when $8 chance Nick’s Never virtually led all the way to defeat Patchie Thief in a best of day 23.44 seconds.

A winner at Muswellbrook, Gosford and Maitland prior to being taken over as a giveaway by Baulch early this year, Nick’s Never is by Glen Gallon out of Sandown Park and Wentworth Park winner Nicks Pinch.

Shaun Baulch with Nick’s Never, his first Tara Raceway winner.

Last Thursday’s win was the brindle dog’s second for Baulch who won at Geelong with him in February but readily admitted that he had been on the verge of giving up.

“There hadn’t been a lot happening,” he said. “But I was really pleased with his run today and hopefully he’ll now go on with the job.”

He has been involved in greyhound racing for the past three years, originally becoming interested in order to try and lose some weight.

“At the time I was round about 150 kilograms so I figured walking a couple of greyhounds might help to shed a few kilograms and I’m pleased to say that it has.”

Baulch, who regularly makes the trip over to Mount Gambier with Wade Green – a double on Thursday with Conde and Hahn Road – has Nick’s Never and his only other dog, Pandora’s Glory, engaged at Cranbourne on Monday.

Another greyhound to break a long run of outs last Thursday was Dusty Pearl, who also virtually led all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) to defeat Bab’s Jakit by three lengths in a best of day 29.99 seconds.

A member of the successful Dyna Tron x Azumi Touch litter, Dusty Pearl’s last win for owner Elysia Bartholomew and her father Steve who trains the fawn bitch was back in September at Tara Raceway.

Dusty Pearl, winner of last year’s John Reid Memorial, had been off the scene for close to two months due to niggling injuries although Steve Bartholomew said she had been working well leading into last week’s race.

“She had been solo trialling pretty well so I was reasonably confident she would run a forward race today,” he said.

Dusty Pearl (No. 8) displays plenty of early speed in last Thursday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake.

Bartholomew also reported that his star pair, Galactic Athena and Galactic Titan, after recently running unplaced in heats of the Nestor Memorial at Sandown Park had pulled up with minor injuries.

“We’re now looking at next month’s Champion Puppy (515 m) at Angle Park,” he said. “This is a classic race for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2017 so they are well placed as far as age is concerned because they were whelped in August 2017.”

The Champion Puppy has a long history, first run at Strathalbyn in the early 1970s before being switched to Angle Park once that track commenced racing.

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