Monday, April 10, 2017
It took a while, but consistent greyhounds Bekim Lucy’s, Indi’s Fancy and Jaeda Sienn finally broke through for their first wins when successful at Tara Raceway on Friday.
Bekim Lucy’s, after two thirds and three fourths at her past five starts, looked well placed from box three in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 metres).
Down the back straight, though, the November 2014 daughter of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment still had plenty of work to do when a distant fourth behind Morris Peer, race favourite Bushman’s Mate and My Dad’s Dream.
But off the back Bekim Lucy’s, having her thirteenth race start, moved out to make her run before finishing strongly in the home straight to defeat Bushman’s Mate and Morris Peer by 2¼ lengths in 30.67 seconds.
The win was the first leg of a double for the litter with Dimora Bekim, trained at Compton by Tracie Price for Kevin and Bernie Bouchier, leading all the way in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m) and clocking 23.28 seconds, well under the Pathway time standard of 23.69 seconds.
Bekim Lucy’s was purchased by Mount Gambier owner-trainer Willie Vossen as a pup from Price, together with litter sister Cee Jay’s Heart, who he races in partnership with Jodie Freeman.
Cee Jay’s Heart won her maiden at Tara Raceway in February, also at her thirteenth start, and rounded off a pretty good day for connections when a strong-finishing second to Rumbling Moment in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
With eight minor placings from 11 starts, and box one thrown in for good measure, surely the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m) was Indi’s Fancy’s chance to open her winning account for Cashmore trainer Ben Boers.
She had run a distant second behind a pretty smart one in Galactic Spirit – now three from three after another win on Friday – at her previous start but there certainly didn’t appear to be any greyhounds of that calibre in this maiden event.
That’s the way it turned out with Indi’s Fancy virtually leading all the way to defeat first starter Summer Raine by 2½ lengths in 23.85 seconds and give Boers his first winner as a trainer since Lots Of Yap won at Tara Raceway in late November 2015.
By Swift Fancy out of Indi’s My Girl – a winner of three races at Cannington and Mandurah – Indi’s Fancy was a giveaway via the internet site Greyhound-Data.
“Actually, she wasn’t the one I actually rang up about when making original contact,” Boers said. “That one had gone but they did have an unnamed bitch (later to be named Indi’s Fancy) they reckoned was too good for GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) that I could have if I was interested.”
Jaeda Sienn led all the way from box seven to defeat first-starter Colden Blu Boy by 4½ lengths in 23.58 seconds in the Greyhound-Data.com Maiden Stake (400 m).
By Cosmic Chief out of White Butterfly, Jaeda Sienn is trained at Mumbannar by Monty Wilson who also trained White Butterfly, still a maiden upon retirement after racing on 19 occasions at Horsham and Warrnambool for 11 minor placings.
However, her litter was more than handy and included New Tibur ($79,000 in prizemoney) and Soho Rhythm ($55,000).
And it appeared as though Jaeda Sienn – with four minor placings to her name – was heading down the same path as her dam when she lined up for start number 15 on Friday.
But, according to Wilson, several 512 metre runs had really toughened her up and after finding the front she was always going to be hard to run down.
Jaeda Sienn was actually reared by him and wife Jen on a one-for-one basis with Friday a pretty good day for the Wilsons who also led in three seconds – Bushman’s Mate, Bushman’s Shadow and Kylan Brae.
As a result, Monty Wilson, after Friday’s meeting, had worked his way into the top 10 on the Leading Trainers list. Not bad for a bloke who deals mainly with giveaways.
MAIDEN UPSTAGES SEASONED CHASERS
One of the highlights of Tara Raceway’s wet and windy Sunday meeting was the outstanding effort of maiden performer McIvor Verna in defeating a field of seasoned middle-distance performers in the Trackside Meats Stake (600 m).
Trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, the beautifully conformed 30 kilogram bitch came into the race with only four starts to her name but on the back of a handy second over 545 metres at Ballarat last week in a 0-4 wins event.
By US sire Bella Infrared out of Blonde Caviar, herself a winner over 600 metres at The Meadows, the rising two-year-old McIvor Verna found herself well back early from box four in Sunday’s mixed stake for grades 3, 4 and 5 greyhounds.
But down the back she had worked into a forward spot behind tearaway leader Brazen Bomber, a winner of three middle-distance races at Tara Raceway, and in what was a terrific home straight battle McIvor Verna was able to hold out Cryer’s Jack and Berry Bling to score by a head.
Further testament to her effort is the fact that 77-start veteran Cryer’s Jack is a winner of four 600 metre races and Berry Bling a last start 600 metre winner.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Franklin said he was working McIvor Verna up in distance with a view to her eventually running out a strong 700 metres and further.
With that in mind she’s now listed to run from box two in a heat of a GRV Vic Bred 0-6 wins over 650 metres at Warrnambool tomorrow.
Lining up from box one in the same race is Fascinated, owned and trained at Penshurst by John Cameron who was successful with the daughter of Hutmaker and former top local bitch Spellbound in the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway on Friday.
Away well from box five, the diminutive 24 kilogram black bitch took up the running going into the back straight before going on to an easy win – her first since last November – in a best of day 30.33 seconds.