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Classic Moment impresses in Fast Forward heat win

After 24 starts, which resulted in four wins at Warrnambool and Mount Gambier over 390 metres and 400 metres, Killarney owner-trainer Kevin Mugavin reckoned it had been time to step up Classic Moment to 512 metres.

And Thursday’s Fast Forward heats at Tara Raceway were probably as good a starting point as any for the 28 kilogram son of Fernando Bale and More Moment.

Classic Moment after his best of day 512 metre win at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

“Following a few setbacks, I thought he was probably ready for a try over a bit more ground,” Mugavin said. “Especially after his effort last week at Warrnambool when running second over 390 metres in quick time on the back of a month’s break.”

Classic Moment led all the way from box one in the third of the three Fast Forward heats – the Gordon Refrigeration Stake – and carved out a best of day 29.91 seconds when defeating Lewiston trainer Don Turner’s Basso’s Choice by 4½ lengths.

“I was really pleased with the effort,” Mugavin said after the race. “And I reckon there should be more improvement to come.”

Myola Red Boy won the first heat for Purdeet owner-trainer Annette Kampman when leading all the way in the Carlin & Gazzard MG Stake and defeating the Brian Weis trained Rough Girl Kodi by 5½ lengths in 30.41 seconds.

Annette Kampman and Myola Red Boy.

Also bred by Kampman, the fawn son of Lightning Frank and Pocket Queen – runner-up on a couple of occasions this season behind the drag lure at Longwood – has now won three races at the local track.

Lining up from box four in the second heat was the Weis-trained Agent Meatball – the fastest maiden 512 metre winner at Tara Raceway with a time of 29.61 seconds run on May 22 this year when defeating Myola Red Boy by 11¾ lengths.

And the son of Fernando Bale x Sweet About Lola never looked in any danger of defeat after taking the lead down the back before running away to a 5½ length win over Michael Niele’s Crusoe Kid in 30.03 seconds.

But, according to Weis, it hadn’t been all plain sailing for the Meatball after the black dog had found his way to his Portland kennels in March following a 28 day suspension for failing to chase in Hobart.

“Initially I was racing him in a blinkered muzzle and this seemed to be working. He ran quick time to win his maiden and the following week won in a best of day 29.73 seconds at Tara Raceway.
“After that, though, the wheels started to fall off, to the point where he was being beaten by some mighty big margins.

Jarrad Williams and Agent Meatball.

“In the end, Meatball’s previous owner, Craig Alcock, asked me if I wanted him because all he really wanted was for the dog to be placed in a good home. I was happy with that and my wife Sally is now his owner.”

Weis then decided to try racing Agent Meatball without blinkers.

“He ran a satisfactory trial without blinkers at Tara Raceway and after clocking 30.10 seconds over the 512 metres I was pretty happy with the effort. With no blinkers on at his past two starts it’s been a case of so far, so good.”

And as far as Agent Meatball was concerned in Thursday’s Winning Post Supplies Stake it was a case of taking the shortest way home – maybe even taking a short cut!

The Iso-Lynx system was in operation at the Tara Raceway meeting with tracking chips inserted into the race rugs of each greyhound in alternate races.

The system then tracked the exact location of the dog 40 times every second and provided accurate information on speed and distance the dog is travelling in a race.

Agent Meatball took the shortest way home.

Given that the race distances are measured one metre out from the running rail, Agent Meatball must have really been “scraping the paint” following the release of the Iso-Lynx information for the race.

He covered 510.6 metres in the 512 metre race when defeating Crusoe Kid (515.0 m), Midori Splice (515.5 m), Cawbourne Rocky (512.6 m) and Big Leigh (514.2 m).

The Fast Forward heats over 512 metres were graded worst to best with the final made up of the eight fastest heat runners, irrespective of finishing position.

The finalists (not in box order) for next Thursday’s final which will carry Category 2 prizemoney are: 1st Classic Moment (Kevin Mugavin) 29.91, 1st Agent Meatball (Brian Weis) 30.03, 2nd Basso’s Choice (Don Turner) 30.22, 3rd Saint Ollie (Dean Fennell) 30.24, 1st Myola Red Boy (Annette Kampman) 30.41, 2nd Crusoe Kid (Michael Niele) 30.42, 3rd Midori Spice (Adrien Chevalier) 30.53, 4th Cawbourne Rocky (Adrien Chevalier) 30.55. Res. 4th Bungaloo Brooke (John Little) 30.57, 5th Rough Boy Jay (Noel Perry) 30.71.

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