Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Koroit greyhound trainer Robert Walsh will be hoping for further success at Tara Raceway when I’m A Princess lines up from box one in Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Maiden final (512 metres).
Having her first race start at the local track last Friday – after two handy runs at Warrnambool – the black bitch justified her solid support from box eight when settling in third spot down the back behind Tipping Woody before railing through on the home turn and running out a 1½ length winner in 30.74 seconds.
Walsh’s last Tara Raceway success had been back in late August-early September when Saint Flynn won a maiden heat over 400 metres and then followed up with another win in the final.
Whelped in April 2015, I’m A Princess is by Cape Hawke out of Jamaican Ruby, a strong type of bitch who raced on 43 occasions for five wins and 16 minor placings, including 600 metre wins at The Meadows and one over 650 metres at Warrnambool.
Walsh trained Jamaican Ruby, a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz x Call Me Shelley, for much of her career and also raced her litter brother, Ima Harley, who won nine races and in fact had his last race start at Tara Raceway on September 25, 2015 at six years of age.
But from a breeding point of view he probably got a bit more than he bargained for when Jamaican Ruby whelped her first litter – two dogs and 10 bitches!
I’m A Princess is the first of the litter to win with Walsh now looking towards the General Destini Summer Classic (512 m), heats of which will be run on Friday, February 3 with the $3000 final on Sunday, February 12.
STANLEY SET FOR ANOTHER BIG DAY
The only rug Old Jock had placed on him last Sunday at Tara Raceway was a presentation one for 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
And while Hamilton syndicate manager Jock Middleton and Portland trainer Nicole Stanley were obviously pleased with the award, the black dog looked like he would have been much happier with a racing rug around his big frame.
Well, the veteran chaser will be back in the boxes on Sunday, jumping from the three in what should be a keenly-contested Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m).
Stanley also has Fiorelli Rose and last week’s 400 metre winner McRay engaged from boxes four and five respectively with the former back at Tara Raceway after running 25.52 seconds in a satisfactory trial over 450 metres at Warrnambool on January 17.
Adding further interest to the race are Horsham trainer Jeff Guy’s well-performed pair of Kryptonian and Brazen Bomber, who will jump from boxes six and eight respectively, while local hopes Glenville Jester (Richard Clayfield) and Supreme Deal (Ralph Patzel) look well placed in the inside boxes.
Stanley, already 29 points clear in the 2017 Mount Gambier Leading Trainer award, looks set for another big day on Sunday with Col’s Wallett jumping from box three in the Winningformula.net.au grade six final (512 m) after an outstanding heat win last week in 29.89 seconds.
Later in the day, in the Produce Store Pathway final (400 m), Aston Morris looks like he’ll be terribly hard to beat from box one after opening his Tara Raceway winning account for Stanley in a heat last week.
In carving out a quick 23.15 seconds, Aston Morris also ensured that after Sunday’s final it will be some time before he finds himself back in time-restricted company.
Stanley also looks to hold a strong hand in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m) with Hay Miss drawn well in box one and Stylish Pursuit, a recent quick 35.35 seconds winner, jumping from box eight.
And in the Berringa Park grade five final (400 m) main focus will be on the Ralph Patzel trained Master Tron who will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record at Tara Raceway after two impressive wins in 23.11 seconds and 23.05 seconds.