Thursday, October 24, 2019
Cryer’s Plugger and Spinning Jakit, who dead-heated for first in last Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Free For All (600 metres), will clash again in this Sunday’s middle-distance K9 Race Recovery FFA at Tara Raceway.
In fact, five of the original nominated greyhounds from last week will be going around again in the one-off final after being re-nominated for Sunday when the K9 failed to attract sufficient entries to run at least two heats.
And this should make for another terrific race after only 2¾ lengths separated the dead-heaters and Saint David, Spring Spinner and Banjo Fozz at the end of last week’s keenly-contested event which was won in 35.44 seconds.
The only greyhound missing is Bisenti – Black Spring back from a minor injury and taking the spot after Edenhope owner-trainer Cap Abbott rolled the dice and threw in a nomination in the hope of gaining a start.
The son of Spring Gun and Lektra Scarlett has won nine 600 metre races at Tara Raceway, Abbott looking to hold a strong hand with Black Spring and litter brother Spinning Jakit – the trainer having now been involved in two first place dead-heats this year after Big Casey and Lone Star (Richard Clayfield) couldn’t be separated at Tara Raceway on April 21.
For a long time now it’s been a case of disregarding Tom Cryer-trained greyhounds at your own peril. Case in point, Cryer’s Plugger, a rising five-year-old with 29 wins from 108 starts but having disappointed at his past couple of starts over the middle-distance journey.
But the brindle dog quickly took up the running last week from box one and had the race won outright everywhere but in the shadows of the post while the Peter Byrne owned and trained Saint David finished the race off nicely for a two length third.
Serviceton owner-trainer David Brodhurst said Banjo Fozz didn’t have a lot of luck in the run but he was more than happy with the effort considering it was only her second 600 metre start.
And Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, fresh from a Horsham 410 metre win on Tuesday night with Bereluke, heads to Gawler tomorrow for heats of the Gawler Stayers Cup (643 m) with Spring Spinner and Dyna Quota. The $8500 final will be run on Sunday week in conjunction with the Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup (531 m).
The K9 Race Recovery FFA is being sponsored by Peter Bryce of Winning Post Supplies. A new product release, K9 Race Recovery for Greyhounds comes in a 200 ml bottle – no fuss, no mixing and ready to pour into a bowl.