Monday, August 7, 2017
Litter brothers Swift Limes and Baz’s Moment, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, look to be on track for the forthcoming Destini Fireball Winter Classic (512 metres), heats of which will be run at Tara Raceway next Sunday.
This follows the efforts of the sons of Swift Fancy x Which Class at Sunday’s meeting when Swift Limes matched it with the 512 metres higher grade greyhounds while Baz’s Moment gave his more seasoned rivals a galloping lesson in a short-course event.
Raced by the Bouchier brothers, Swift Limes was having his first run over 512 metres in five weeks when contesting the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake from box two.
Only fairly away, the brindle dog was checked on the first turn before working into third spot down the back behind Galactic Viper and Cullquin Nikki, holding that position and beaten only 1¾ lengths in a busy finish that saw Cullquin Nikki grab victory in a near best of day 30.18 seconds.
Swift Limes, a September 2015 whelping, will go into the classic – for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015 – with 13 starts to his name and a record of four wins and four minor placings.
Baz’s Moment, after a grade five 400 metre win last week, had no trouble handling the step up in grade when taking on a mixed 3/4/5 field in the JB Irrigation Stake.
The black dog, owned by Baz Bruce and Price, quickly found the front from box three and never looked like being beaten as he careered away to his fifth win from 17 starts when defeating Cryer’s Fred by 7¼ lengths in a best of day 23.30 seconds.
Price was in Darwin on Sunday night for the Group 3 Darwin Cup, hoping for a forward showing from the locally bred and owned Blazing Moment who drew box eight for WA trainer Krystal Shinners.
But the son of Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, who is raced by the Karen Price-managed Moment Syndicate, had no luck in the run, finishing unplaced after a slow start.
Meanwhile, Lektra Aly wrapped up a good weekend for the Lenehan family of Toolong with an all-the-way win on Sunday at Tara Raceway in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m) over Ramified (a classic contender for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell).
The win followed Lektra Forrest’s success the previous night at The Meadows when he won the $6260-to-the-winner Mixed 6/7 final (525 m) in a quick 29.87 seconds. Finishing unplaced was the recent Tara Raceway winner Spring Ripper, trained at Portland by Brian Weis.
Lektra Aly is too old for the classic while Lektra Forrest is the perfect age but is trained in Victoria and most certainly won’t be at Tara Raceway next Sunday.
However, his litter brother Lektra Stomp is now back at Toolong after a stint in Melbourne where he ran 29.88 seconds at The Meadows.
By Walk Hard out of Lektra Angie, he failed to gain a run on Sunday when a reserve but he has seen the track and is likely to line up in the heats in a bid to give the Lenehans their second consecutive Winter Classic after Lektra Munster was successful last year.
CALLING HOME A WINNER
Sunday’s race caller Ray Fewings, these days actively involved in greyhound racing, took the opportunity to bring down a couple of runners – Vico Road and Michele Quick – for the meeting.
Vico Road ran a 1¼ length second to Outlaw Eddie in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) and promptly found a new home with Tom Cryer at Apsley while Michele Quick took her record to four wins from five starts when successful in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m).
An odds-on favourite from box one, Michele Quick went straight to front and was never headed, Fewings remaining cool, calm and collected as he called her a 2¾ length winner over Macarthur Road in 23.52 seconds.
By high profile sire Barcia Bale, the winner is out of Bally Swift (Mogambo x Swift Flyer), and was bred by long-time participant Barry Stewart of Glengowrie.
Bally Swift was well travelled, winning 11 races and running 22 minor placings in Victoria, WA, Queensland and SA, Fewings later rearing her litter at Williamstown for the breeder.
“I actually took a liking to a fawn bitch pup which I ultimately purchased from Barry and later named her Michele Quick,” he said.
“Almost 50 years ago in the pre-betting days I had raced a fawn bitch, also called Michele Quick, at the Bolivar track. She made the final of an Adelaide Cup and I still remember her having no luck in that race when she drew box six.”