Monday, May 1, 2017
Despite having now won 17 races and run 19 minor placings from 80 starts, Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Jack has spent most of his career living in the shadows of his litter brothers Cryer’s Fred (104 starts for 33 wins and 34 minor placings) and 22-race winner Cryer’s Ricky who has held the Tara Raceway 400 metre track record for the past 14 months.
But the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget recently stepped out of the shadows with his first win in six months when successful at long odds at the end of March prior to two seconds and a 600 metre win.
And at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon, the Margaret Cryer owned-Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Jack wrapped up a productive April with an outstanding win in the AGRC Sprint (512 m) in a best of day 30.03 seconds.
Away well from box one, the brindle dog went out of the first turn in front and led last week’s ANZAC Gift winner Blitz And Bolt – who had done a good job from box six to work into second spot – down the back straight.
The strong-finishing Blitz And Bolt, trained by David Peckham, kept coming but Cryer’s Jack always had the race in his keeping, eventually running out a two length winner with veteran chaser Old Jock working home well for Nicole Stanley to finish a further 2¼ lengths back in third spot.
Speaking after the race Tom Cryer said a persistent bronchial infection had severely impacted on Cryer’s Jack performances.
“Initially we thought all he had was a touch of kennel cough but it turned out far more severe than that and it was some months before he found form again.”
Sunday’s 12 races carried extra prizemoney donated by the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club which had previously sponsored race meetings at Angle Park, Gawler, Strathalbyn and Port Augusta.
Making the presentation to the husband and wife team was AGRC chairman Alan Amezdroz who made the trip down to Mount Gambier with secretary Gavin Harris who reported that his former outstanding stayer Luna Jinx (29 wins and $260,000 in prizemoney) had recently been mated with Worm Burner.
Also on track was AGRC member Bob May, secretary of the Gawler Greyhound Racing Club.
ANOTHER DAY OF DOMINATION
Stylish Pursuit ran right up to her fast-finishing third behind Cryer’s Jack over 600 metres at last week’s meeting when leading all the way in Sunday’s ClassicBet Stake (600 m), eventually running out a 3¾ length winner over a determined Goldie’s Run in 35.52 seconds.
And in doing so the daughter of Mogambo and Butterfly Bling continued this year’s amazing run of Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who would end the day with another bag of four winners.
In fact, Stanley has now trained four winners in a day on three occasions this year at Tara Raceway along with three trebles and, as if to signal her intentions, five winners at the 2017 opening meeting in January.
With scoring done on a 4, 2, 1 points basis, she now leads the Leading Trainer award with 232 points from Tracie Price (208) and David Peckham (184).
Stanley rounded off another big day with a running treble in the final three races with Miss Pineapple, Ridd’s Flyer and Rising Girl.
Miss Pineapple, a daughter of Bit Chili x Classy Bling, went straight to the front from box one and was never headed, eventually running out a 6½ length winner in 23.31 seconds over kennelmate Col’s Wallett in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m).
Litter brother Ridd’s Flyer, tipping the scales at a hefty 36 kilograms, then followed up in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) with a well-timed run that saw him finish too strongly for Cousin Ann and Red River Rufus, who displayed her customary early pace, in 23.54 seconds.
Rising Girl, an impressive short-course winner earlier this month, went right on with the job in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) for owner Nifty Lenehan who has had a bit of success with members of the Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl litter.
Away well from box six, Rising Girl fought off early challenges from Raz’s Girl and Cheyenne Black before finishing the race off strongly to win by 3¼ lengths in an equal best of day 23.18 seconds.
Price was successful in the Produce Store Stake (512 m) with Shannah’s Might who took full advantage of box one, chasing Lektra Dame until the home turn where he took over the running and held out Chilly Kiss to score by 1¼ lengths in 30.39 seconds.
The win was the thirteenth for the son of Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star and broke a run of outs, his last win being back in November for Mount Gambier owner Don Nunn who was at Tara Raceway trials on Saturday with one of Shannah’s Might’s half-brothers – a giant of a pup (more than 41 kilograms) by Fabregas.
And Anti Dentite made it two wins in succession for the Allendale East-based Peckham when successful in the Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (400 m).
An 11 length winner at the previous meeting, the black dog chased the David Williams trained Ming Men Shen down the back straight and with Miss Legality and Cilla Brown having won earlier in the day the Tarpeena trainer looked to be on the cusp of his first-ever treble.
But Anti Dentite took the rails run turning for home, eventually running out a 2¾ length winner over Rowchester Star with Ming Men Shen a further neck back in third spot in 23.18 seconds.
No treble for Williams but his first double for the year – his best year ever, in fact, and one that sees him now sitting in sixth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list.