Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Regular 100 kilometre trips from Coleraine over to Mount Gambier to exercise greyhound pups at the Tara Raceway slipping track finally paid off for Steve and Sindy Colpoys when Villa Maldini was successful at last Sunday’s end of year race meeting.
Lining up for start number three, the 21-month-old black dog led all the way from box two in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 metres), eventually defeating Hard Call by two lengths in the handy time of 23.69 seconds.
This was the first win at Tara Raceway for the Colpoys who have been based at Coleraine for the past 15 months. Also on track to enjoy his first win with his first dog was Villa Maldini’s owner, Melbourne-based Mick Kemp – Sindy Colpoys’ son.
By Group 1 winning Australian sire Dyna Villa, Villa Maldini is out of four-race Victorian winner Mizzy Maldini, a daughter of Group 1 winning Irish sire Droopys Maldini and Latin Sal who traces back to the prolific producer Wee Sal.
This is Mizzy Maldini’s second litter, the first being by Fear Zafonic and producing five individual winners, including Sloan Ranger who long-time participant Steve Colpoys has no hesitation in naming as the best dog he has been associated with.
“We had a lot of fun with him, winning races at Shepparton, Bendigo, Sale, Geelong, Ballarat, Warragul and Warrnambool,” he recalled.
The second time round, the Colpoys were kept busy after the Dyna Villa mating produced a litter of 11 with four ultimately being kept by them.
“When we first moved to Coleraine we didn’t have a lot of room so we purchased a Tara Raceway slipping track key and made frequent trips to Mount Gambier in order that the pups could get plenty of galloping as they were growing up,” Sindy Colpoys said.
Three other members of the litter, now racing as Ebonique, Yelredda Saint and Kimani (the Colpoys have retained an interest in this one), are being trained by Jeanette Imlach of Pearcedale and went around in the first race at Sandown Park on Monday afternoon with Yelredda Saint the pick of the trio when finishing fourth after showing early pace.