Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Distance winner almost goes the whole way

Whole Way, following on from a couple of more than handy minor placings over 600 metres behind Victa Jess, made an impressive 732 metres debut at yesterday’s Tara Raceway meeting in the Rock’s Tavern Back to Distance Racing Stake.

Last early, the Michael Ceravolo and Daniella Madalinski owned black dog quickly worked into second spot behind Born A Runner before taking the lead turning for home and running away to a three lengths win over Stella Stone.

Kevin Patzel (left) and Tracie Price with Whole Way after his near-record run over 732 metres at yesterday’s meeting at Tara Raceway.

And the second stayers’ event at the track in the space of a week was still generating plenty of interest even after it had been run and won due to the initial unofficial race time being semaphored as 43.4 seconds.

The official time could go either way, Whole Way possibly eclipsing Nellie Noodles’ long-standing record of 43.45 seconds which had stood since March 27, 2011.

This would give Compton trainer Tracie Price another Tara Raceway track record holder, joining Rockoon who ran a 512 metres record of 29.28 seconds back on July 1, 2018.

But it wasn’t to be. The official time was 43.47 seconds – still the second-fastest time at the track and certainly quick enough to have Price confident that there should be bigger and better things to come for the son of Spring Gun x Springvale Hope.

Lewiston husband and wife team Clint and Shelley Trengove combined for an early litter double when Logan’s Hero and Gypsy Boy were successful in the opening two races over 305 metres.

By Fernando Bale x Ima Misha Doll, both greyhounds drew box four and both led all the way for comfortable wins in 17.70 seconds and 17.57 seconds respectively in the Williams Crane Hire Maiden Stake and the Todd’s Photographics Juvenile Stake.

Speaking at Tara Raceway yesterday, Clint Trengove said that from a breeding point of view he was still hopeful of further success with Ima Misha Doll.

“We purchased her for $6000 with racing and breeding in mind after she had won 14 races and $82,000 in stakemoney,” he said.

“Unfortunately she broke down at her first start for us. But being by College Causeway out of a Premier Fantasy bitch in Lever Footprint she still looked to be a valuable breeding proposition.

“Her first litter didn’t produce a lot so we are now hoping this Fernando Bale litter, which was whelped in February 2020, will continue to improve.

“Ima Misha Doll is now a pet after whelping a third litter of three dogs and four bitches to Hard Style Rico in April 2021.”


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