Tuesday, February 20, 2018
It’s not that Chilly Kiss had been racing badly, because she hadn’t. Five starts this year for five minor placings suggested it was only a matter of time before she broke through for another win.
But surely last Sunday’s Metal Worx feature over 512 metres – a final that contained some pretty handy grade five greyhounds – wasn’t going to be the race that saw the daughter of Spring Gun and Chilly Babe finally break through for her first win since early November.
Punters certainly didn’t think so, Chilly Kiss going to the boxes a despised $66 tote outsider, although “only” $34 on fixed odds – these prices, mind you, despite running Sunday’s even money favourite, Signal Peak, to 3½ lengths in a heat the previous week.
As it turned out, reputations counted for nothing as Chilly Kiss flew the start from box five and was never headed, eventually running out a 5½ length winner over Blazing Moment and Xtreme Notice in a personal best time of 29.84 seconds.
Long-time Allendale East greyhound participant Connie Miller, who trains the brindle bitch for her Adelaide-based 16-year-old granddaughter Clarissa, would have loved to have been at Tara Raceway to savour this win.
However, she’s currently recovering at the Mount Gambier Hospital from a second hip replacement in only a matter of months.
Representing Miller on Sunday at Tara Raceway was David Peckham who admitted the win had come as a real surprise.
“She’d been going alright but I certainly didn’t rate her much chance in the grade five final,” he said. “Judging by the time she recorded today, though, a couple of recent 600 metre runs seemed to have topped her off nicely.”
Chilly Kiss has now won six races, two of those for Clarissa Miller – no doubt suitably impressed by the final’s added prizemoney – who took her over as a give away last October.
Speaking later in the week, Peckham said in view of Chilly Kiss’s sub-30 second win last Sunday they would probably run her in a heat of the forthcoming Mount Gambier Cup although a trip to Angle Park wasn’t out of the question in order that the young owner could catch up with her favourite greyhound.