Tarpeena trainer Dita Mitchell landed her first double at Tara Raceway this year when Sidney’s Star and Bob Square Pants were successful at last week’s meeting.
For Mitchell, currently sitting in sixth position in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award, both wins were over the newly re-introduced short-course distance of 277 metres.
Bob Square Pants, a five-year-old son of Banjo Boy x Jeanie’s Wish, brought up his first win since May when turning in a big run to win the Metal Worx Stake for greyhounds four years and older (Masters).
Coming out last in a 277 metres event doesn’t usually end well but the 35½ kilograms dog barged his way through the pack to take the lead turning for home before holding out Azumi Spirit for a three-quarters of a length win in 16.64 seconds.
The Masters events over the short-course have come along at the right time for the sparingly-raced Bob Square Pants who didn’t hit the track until he was three years old. In the ensuing two years he has raced only another 25 times, all told having now won six races.
From an experience and age point of view Sidney’s Star certainly held the edge in the Progreyhoundtips.com Maiden Stake, the 277 metres event being graded youngest-up.
Having her 18th start, but her first for Mitchell, the daughter of Fabregas x Sidney’s Shadow led all the way to defeat Bungaloo Sarah by two lengths in 16.52 seconds.
The trainer’s last double was when Keen One and Galloping Flash were successful at Tara Raceway in October 2019.
Sidney’s Star’s win was also the second leg of a litter double after Rebellious Nick had scored narrowly for Allendale East trainer David Peckham over Foot Peg in the previous race, the Swallow Drive Meats Maiden Stake (400 m).
And the all the way win of $21 chance Errington – a half-brother to Sidney’s Star and Rebellious Nick – in the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (512 m) was the start of a big day for Meningie trainer Tim Richards who finished with a treble after Gold Burner and Almighty Stripe were also successful.
Gold Burner scored an easy all the way win in the Produce Store Stake (400 m), the son of Worm Burner x Molly Be Nimble defeating kennelmate Contrail by five lengths in 23.26 seconds.
Not surprisingly, 400 metres track record holder Almighty Stripe experienced little difficulty in finding the front in the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake.
Then it was a case of how far as the son of Fabregas x Spicy Peppa strode away to his third straight win at the track and distance over Falcon Heavy who battled on well given the quick time of 22.78 seconds.
The treble was the first at Tara Raceway for Richards although on August 12 at Angle Park he trained three winners – Two Hands George, Justice For All and Crush Your Energy – all members of the Aston Dee Bee x Molly Be Nimble litter.