Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Lewis family had always been keen for the Eric Lewis Memorial to be run over 732 metres. After all, their father had been a great supporter of distance racing and had enjoyed great success back in the 1970s with Victorian city-winning stayer Kori Arc.
An initiative of Dale Lewis back in 2014, the memorial had always been run over 600 metres until this year when the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club decided to take a punt on a 732 metre memorial at its anniversary meeting.
Admittedly, it became somewhat easier with the majority of SA greyhound tracks currently trialling six-dog racing and even more so when Portland trainer Nicole Stanley threw her support behind the event.
Stanley, who opted to miss the race with her best stayer Dyna Quota, had Ethics, Candy Chimes and Night Owl engaged, Ethics looking her best chance after a recent close-up fourth at Angle Park over 731 metres.
In the end, though, it was the $26 rank outsider Candy Chimes who held off an unlucky Ethics and Night Owl to win by a half length in 44.15 seconds and give Stanley the trifecta.
By Mogambo out of former smart NSW stayer Blossom Dior, Candy Chimes had won only one race from 27 starts prior to last Sunday. And while she was having her first start at the 732 metre journey, recent efforts over 600 metres had suggested the extra distance would not trouble her.
Eric Lewis’s daughter, Karen Norman, and her husband Kevin were on track for the memorial, the win of Candy Chimes giving Stanley her first win in the event after success in previous years in the Anniversary Cup and the John Reid Memorial.
Stanley won the 2017 cup with Fiorelli Rose and again last year with Ben Nevis while Reid Memorial success came her way in 2014 with Eylandt Princess and again in 2016 with Hay Miss.