Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Popular local greyhound man Bernie Bouchier must surely have a reserved sign on that coveted seat close to the log fire in the Tara Raceway clubrooms.
There he was again last Sunday perched comfortably in the best seat in the house as he awaited the running of the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (400 metres), a more than handy race that included Dimora Flash, raced by his son Kevin.
“How’s Dimora Flash going in the Greyhound of the Year?” he asked. He probably knew but we humoured him anyway and told him she was still leading the way by five points over Cryer’s Plugger.
Actually, the four-year-old daughter of Cosmic Rumble and the inaugural Winter Classic winner Stylish Moment has been a model of consistency this year – going into last Sunday’s race with seven wins, eight seconds and three thirds at Tara Raceway.
For all her consistency, though, it had been a couple of months since Dimora Flash had last won, her Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell well aware of just how competitive the top grade short course events are.
But last Sunday was Dimora Flash’s day, the black bitch leading all the way from box three at the nice odds of $7 when defeating Our Man Zed by a length in 23.14 seconds and now eight points clear of Black Spring, who ran second later in the day, in the GOTY.
Commencing racing two years ago, she has now started on 65 occasions for 12 wins and 27 minor placings, a delighted Bouchier saying after last Sunday’s win that he was now seriously considering breeding with Dimora Flash after she had finished racing.
And following events that transpired later in the day, it’s probably fair to say that the Tara Raceway top grade 400 metre events aren’t about to get any easier.
At the previous Sunday meeting, the Ken Gillespie trained Faster Bolt ran a near-record 22.82 seconds in grade five company before lowering his personal best time to 22.81 seconds in last week’s Williams Crane Hire Stake for grade four greyhounds.
Meanwhile, Fennell ended the day with a double – his second in the space of a week – when Shannah’s Gift, in the “wilderness” for most of this year, was successful in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m).
Having his third run back after a six-month break, the son of Fabregas x Shannah’s Star settled in third spot before running down Peek’s Gold in the home straight, winning by a length in 23.21 seconds.
The win was his first since January at Tara Raceway, Shannah’s Gift picked up by Fennell in May as a giveaway but not back on the track until the end of July after overcoming a couple of setbacks.
Rupanyup trainer Kath Brooks, who has enjoyed plenty of success at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings this year, landed a good win last Sunday with Saucy Sav in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
Well boxed in the eight, the white and black bitch chased Gold Gem into the home straight before finishing over the top of her for a half length win – her sixth at Tara Raceway – in 23.49 seconds.
By Dyna Double One out of the beautifully bred Honey Boo Boo (Bombastic Shiraz x Leprechaun Chloe), giveaway greyhound Saucy Sav joined Brooks’s kennels in February this year after having won a maiden at Bendigo.
Speaking after the race, handler Doug Blake said Saucy Sav really loved racing at Tara Raceway.
“She seems to be improving with every run here to the extent that she’s now struggling to get a run at the Thursday time-graded fixtures so recently we’ve been making the 3½-hour trip over for both the weekly meetings.”
Saucy Sav’s win was Brooks’s 15th at the track this year and along with 30 seconds and 24 thirds she now sits in sixth spot in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer Award.