Monday, October 2, 2017
After the running of the local SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway over 512 metres on Sunday afternoon, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club looks to be well represented in next week’s $7375 final (515 m) at Angle Park.
Making the trip to Adelaide for the final on Friday, October 13 – a night highlighted by the running of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final – will be heat winner Colden Girl, owned by the Two Poms Syndicate and trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, together with runner-up Paraphernalia who is owned by Chris Johnson and trained by Jeff Guy of Horsham.
Despite a quick 29.77 seconds 512 metre Mount Gambier Cup heat win earlier this year, Colden Girl was a $19 chance from box six after several recent unplaced efforts at Warrnambool, Ballarat and Horsham.
But the black and white bitch ran right up to a quick trial at Tara Raceway last Tuesday morning when finding the front going out of the first turn and then holding off strong challenges from Paraphernalia and Fiorelli Rose to run her down.
And on the line, Colden Girl, who carved out a slick 30.04 seconds, had a nose to spare over Paraphernalia with a further half-length back to Fiorelli Rose.
Now, for the first time, after a long involvement in greyhound racing, Bea and Roger Bryant will head to Angle Park, to take in what is the biggest night of the year at the city track.
By Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur, Colden Girl has raced on 37 occasions for seven wins and 11 minor placings, earning prizemoney of more than $13,000.
According to Bea Bryant, Colden Girl, despite having never raced at Angle Park, would not trial there as she believed the June 2014 whelping was experienced enough to handle the change of track.
“Besides Mount Gambier, she’s also raced at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Geelong, Horsham and Warrnambool so I think she should be able to adapt to Angle Park,” she said.
Paraphernalia, a son of Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco and whelped in April 2014, will head to Angle Park with a fair sort of record of 20 wins, 18 minor placings and more than $60,000 in prizemoney from 74 starts.
A dashing winner of last week’s Metal Worx Iron Dog final at Tara Raceway, the fawn dog was gallant in defeat on Sunday and will go into the Country Cup final with the advantage of having raced, and won, at Angle Park.
“He’s racing well at the moment and certainly won’t need a trial at the track,” Guy said after the race. “I’m confident that he will give a great sight for the Mount Gambier club next week.”
Meanwhile, the SA Country Cup field was finalised with the running of the Gawler heat over 531 metres on Sunday night when the Troy Murray trained Winsome Summer finished strongly to defeat Colin Swain’s Mr. Arjay in a time of 31.21 seconds.
Previous heats at Strathalbyn and Port Augusta had resulted in Memory Assassin, Stick Figure, Aussie Steel and Croydon Boys qualifying for the final which will carry prizemoney of $5000, $1250, $625 and others $100 each.