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Dita looking to go the distance
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Tarpeena owner-trainer Dita Mitchell is hopeful that in Galloping Flash she could have a greyhound capable of winning beyond 400 metres.
This follows the son of Cosmic Rumble x Select Octane’s all the way win over odds-on favourite Walk On Water in last Sunday’s Gambier Vet Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway in a tidy 23.13 seconds.
The win was Galloping Flash’s first at Tara Raceway for Mitchell, who picked him up as a giveaway from Victoria a couple of months ago, the black dog also breaking a 16-month losing streak.
“Most of my greyhounds in the past had been 400 metre sprinters. I’ve never trained a middle-distance or staying type of dog but Galloping Flash’s three wins in Victoria had all been over a bit of ground,” she said.
Now, it’s fair to say that the majority of giveaway greyhounds come with a few issues – in this case the March 2016 dog missing a toe on a front foot and having previously raced inconsistently at times in his 41 starts on Victorian tracks.
But for all that, his wins prior to re-locating had been at Ballarat 660 m, The Meadows 725 m and Warragul 680 m – suggesting Mitchell could have something to work with, especially with the K9 Race Recovery FFA (600 m) coming up at Tara Raceway later in the month.
Meanwhile, a couple of races later, there was probably no real surprise when odds-on favourite Unique Edition, after taking the lead down the back, ran out a 2½ length winner of the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (600 m).
Purchased from Victoria in late 2018 after having won four provincial races, last Sunday’s win came after some solid Adelaide middle-distance form for Meningie owner-trainer Tim Richards, back at Tara Raceway for the first time since May.
By Collision out of Cheap Chloe, Unique Edition’s winning time of 35.00 seconds was the fastest run at Tara Raceway since April 21 when Pirate’s Curse ran a track record 34.79 seconds.
Actually, the surprise of the race was runner-up Banjo Fozz, rank outsider in the four-dog race at $14 and having her first start over the middle-distance journey for Val and David Brodhurst who later in the day brought up their 19th winner for the year when Dare To Do was successful.
The Serviceton couple picked up Banjo Fozz, a daughter of Banjo Boy x Fire Stricker, for $600 after she had run second in a time-graded maiden at Tara Raceway in late June. She has now raced on 11 occasions for her new connections with three wins and eight minor placings resulting.
Her second placing to Unique Edition saw her clock a personal time of 35.17 seconds – and that will win plenty of 600 metre races at Tara Raceway. In fact, such was the effort that the Brodhursts may also give serious thought to the forthcoming K9 Race Recovery FFA.
Disappointingly, one greyhound missing from the K9 will be Black Spring, a winner of nine 600 metre races at Tara Raceway from 13 starts, Edenhope owner-trainer Cap Abbott reporting this week that the son of Spring Gun x Lektra Scarlett would be off the scene for a month due to a back leg injury.
Locally, Black Spring has enjoyed a terrific year, winning 12 races and currently leading Cryer’s Plugger by seven points in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.