Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Mount Gambier representatives Fear The Rascal and Berry Bling, despite drawing awkwardly, look top chances in Sunday night’s SA Country Cup final (536 metres) at Strathalbyn’s Southern Raceway.
Raced by Don Nunn and trained at Compton by Tracie Price, Fear The Rascal, who has drawn box two in the $5000-to-the-winner race, is better suited out wide.
However, the son of Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star is racing in rare form, having won his past three starts at Tara Raceway including a best of day 29.95 seconds when successful in a Country Cup heat over 512 metres.
Despite a race record of 47 starts for 19 wins and 18 minor placings, Fear The Rascal has raced on only one occasion at Strathalbyn although Price believes he’s ready to run a big race.
“He’s only ever run over 416 metres at Strathalbyn and I had considered giving him another run there before the final,” he said.
“He’s been checked out and is pretty good so in the end I decided to keep him up to the mark with some free galloping. I’m confident he’ll give a good sight for Mount Gambier.”
The Price-trained Lyon Rose will represent Strathalbyn after winning that club’s heat on October 21. The black bitch has since run second and fifth at Tara Raceway.
Berry Bling, who has drawn box six, will be the first Strathalbyn runner for long-time trainer Nicole Stanley, of Portland.
The black bitch won her heat in outstanding style in 30.01 seconds with Stanley then opting to make the long drive to Strathalbyn last week in order to give Berry Bling a run on the track – and that in itself wasn’t without its share of complications.
“There were a few issues,” Stanley said. “At one stage it looked like the trials wouldn’t go ahead but fortunately after something like a two-hour delay we were able to trial her.
“I thought she trialled quite well although she’s the sort of dog that generally needs a few runs on a track. Unfortunately there wasn’t time to slip another run in.”
Price will be chasing his second Country Cup after Moorak Hope was successful at Gawler in 2013.
And Moorak Hope produced her first winner last Sunday when Left Moment, at only his second race start, stormed home to score over 400 metres.
By Cosmic Rumble, Left Moment is also trained by Price who tells the story of how the black dog came to be named.
“He was actually purchased as a pup from Moorak breeder Allan Holmes and was on my property to be reared.
“The only trouble was that the would-be purchaser did a runner without paying so I fixed up Allan and kept him myself.
“And when it came to naming him I figured seeing I had been left with him I may as well call him Left Moment (Moment being the tag most of Price’s greyhounds race with).”
Price said the win had been a real surprise after his first start the previous week when he had been really lost in a field.
Left Moment will now line up in the appropriately-named Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) on Sunday from box one in what will be a further test for the April 2015 youngster.
VETERAN TRAINER ON TRACK FOR FIRST MEMORIAL WIN
Veteran Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield looks a good chance of taking out his first Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
In what will be the 31st running of the time-honoured event, the McDonnell Memorial has brought together a good field of grade five greyhounds with Clayfield well represented with Slipper’s Shadow and Glenville Jester.
Glenville Jester, in particular, after drawing box eight, looks well placed to bring up a hat-trick of wins for Clayfield and part-owners Dale Lewis and Kevin Clayfield.
The son of Vapour Whirl x Glenville Maggie enjoyed a confidence-boosting win in a recent Pathway before going right on with the job from box eight in a heat of the Memorial last Sunday.
A quick look at the history of local greyhound racing reveals that on September 14, 1972 a public meeting was held at the Mount Gambier City Hall to form the SE Greyhound Racing Club.
At this meeting Newman McDonnell was elected to the committee as was Eric Lewis (the father of Glenville Jester’s part-owner) with both gentlemen later serving as club president.
Smart Maxwell, trained at Horsham by Helen Hartigan, is the story of the race.
He’s the five-year-old half-brother to Banjo Boy who will be going around on Sunday for the 142nd time and chasing his 22nd win.
Smart Maxwell was well beaten by Glenville Jester in last Sunday’s heat but that was his first look at the track and he’ll jump from box one – seven wins and seven minor placings from 19 starts – in the final.