Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will move to ensure that next year’s Mount Gambier Cup is not run on the same weekend as the Mount Gambier Pacing Gold Cup as was the case earlier this month.
The greyhound club will also ensure that its Cup Calcutta does not clash with the pacing cup which was the case last year when both were run on the same night.
MGGRC secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard said this week that the club was still keen to run the greyhound cup in March but would look to move it to later in the month.
“Our committee felt that with the pacing cup on the Saturday night and the greyhound cup on Sunday afternoon it made for a pretty hectic weekend so we’ll be looking at moving ours forward a couple of weeks if possible.
“Not that we were disappointed with our day, with record gate takings and on-course turnover up considerably on last year it was probably one of the best Mount Gambier Cup days that I have attended.
“And, of course, Greyhound Racing SA chairman, Michael Fabbro, really capped off a magnificent day for us.”
Shepheard was referring to Fabbro’s announcement at the cup presentation to Fabregal’s trainer Robyn Mackellar that next year’s cup would be a Listed race and carry $20,000 in prizemoney with the winner receiving $15,000.
This will be the richest race ever run at Tara Raceway and is sure to attract some outstanding greyhounds.
Fabregal, incidentally, stamped the form of this year’s cup when running second in a heat of the Top Cat Video Traralgon Cup (525 m) and qualifying for Saturday night’s $67,000 Group 2 final.
Meanwhile, work has already commenced on the painting of the outside of the Tara Raceway clubrooms. Inside refurbishment, including a memorabilia area to highlight Mount Gambier’s rich greyhound racing history, is also planned.
Also planned are outdoor covered tables and seats in the playground area of the complex.
DOUBLE-HEADER CATERS FOR MOST
As is generally the case, nominations for the Sunday meeting of this weekend’s double-header have come up a bit thin with nine races and reserves for only one of those.
But with strong nominations for tomorrow’s 12-race lower-grade meeting at Tara Raceway it means 21 races will still be run with few greyhounds missing out on a start – something that does occur when the club runs only one meeting for the weekend.
And with greyhound racing scheduled for every Sunday and alternate Fridays during April, May and June once again there shouldn’t be too many missing out.
The three-month trial period will be interesting with Greyhound Racing SA able to have a good look at the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s nomination flow in regard to extra meetings as it prepares to frame the 2017-2018 racing season.
Sunday’s main race, the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m), sees Portland trainer Nicole Stanley once again holding a strong hand with four runners – Fiorelli Rose looking well drawn in box two for her while kennelmate Hit The Runway finished well to run third behind Fear The Rascal at last Sunday’s meeting.
Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch looks well placed in box eight – the same box he defeated Blitz And Bolt from in the Summer Classic final – for Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and should make amends for an unlucky fourth last Sunday.
Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell, after a quiet start to the year, will be hoping Whatta Moment can continue on his winning way in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake, the main 400 metre race of the day.
The son of Bit Chili x Devil Moon will be chasing his third win this month and looking to break a box eight hoodoo after previously racing from the outside box on five occasions for no wins or placings.
Whatta Moment held out class performer Future Past last week and faces another tough assignment on Sunday with Aston Morris, back after a six-week break but well drawn in box one, looking to win his fourth consecutive 400 metre event at Tara Raceway for Stanley.
A 400 metre feature grade five will also be run with Allendale East trainer David Peckham looking to hold a strong hand in each of the three heats with Thanks Captain, Maximum Bella and Raz’s Girl.