Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Heathmere greyhound Shotgun Doll, a smart winner of the third of four Allestree Holiday Units Feature Grade Five (400 metres) heats at Tara Raceway last weekend, looks one of the hardest to beat in Sunday’s $2100 final.
Trained by Garry Marshman, Shotgun Doll raced into the final with an all-the-way win from the six, defeating Goldie’s Run by two lengths in a smart 23.19 seconds.
By Collision out of Flaming Doll, the brindle bitch – a winner of seven races on Victorian provincial tracks – should be improved by the run as she was having her first race start in more than a month and her first look under racing conditions at Tara Raceway.
With the first two from each heat through to the final, Goldie’s Run, trained at Compton by Tracie Price, should also be able to find a bit as he had been coming off a couple of 600 metre runs and was having his first race start over the short course.
For Marshman, his association with the “Doll” greyhounds goes back to the early 2000s and a brindle bitch called Hot Doll who won eight races on Victorian provincial tracks.
Later, Hot Doll was mated with Ginger Bread Man and produced Flaming Doll, a winner of 10 races on a variety of tracks including Sandown Park and The Meadows.
Three years prior to Flaming Doll being mated with Collision, she had whelped to Knocka Norris, producing Kokoda Spirit, winner of an SA Oaks at Angle Park, and Star Doll who ran a 23.05 seconds then track record over 400 metres for Marshman at Tara Raceway in April 2013.
He’s now rearing Flaming Doll’s final litter – a dog and bitch whelped in January 2016 by Awesome Project (a son of Collision), a winner of 31 races and more than $350,000 in prizemoney.
The heats kicked off with Fascinated and Monster Deeds, owned and trained at Koroit by Garry Anders, going stride for stride for much of the race, before the former finished the stronger in the home straight to score by three-quarters of a length in 23.41 seconds.
By Hutmaker out of former top Tara Raceway chaser Spellbound, Fascinated is owned and trained at Penshurst by John Cameron who lined up the lightly-framed 24 kilogram bitch in the short-course series on the back of two 650 metre runs at Warrnambool and one at the local track over 600 metres.
This was Fascinated’s first 400 metre win and her fifth overall at Tara Raceway with Cameron saying that a couple of very easy weeks after the three middle-distance runs seemed to pay off.
Hamilton trainer Tony Harding continues to do well with Saint Elite, a giveaway greyhound he took over owning and training at the beginning of last month.
Despite not having missed a place in his four starts for Harding, the son of Magic Sprite and Mepunga Kirsty was still a $13 chance when lining up from box two in the second heat.
Saint Elite settled in third spot before railing through off the back and finishing too well for a 3¾ length win in 23.57 seconds over the Dean Fennell trained Ramified – another one that continues to race consistently.
Fastest heat winner was the Nicole Stanley trained Bluestone who led all the way from box four to defeat Baz’s Moment and bring up his second win at the track in 23.10 seconds, the same time he recorded when successful at Tara Raceway on March 19.
By Kalden Komoto, who won five races in WA before a further 27 at Angle Park, Gawler and Strathalbyn, out of eight-race WA winner Frantic Fusion, Bluestone was purchased from Adelaide early this year by a local 20-member syndicate that is managed by Deb Hicks.
The win was the second leg of a double for Stanley who earlier in the day made a clean sweep of the Trackside Meats Free For All (400 m) when $21 chance Miss Pineapple led all the way from box six to defeat her kennelmates Aston Morris and Rising Girl in 23.35 seconds.
Such has been Baz’s Moment’s consistency that he’s now sitting in the Greyhound of the Year top 10 and he’ll give Price, who also bred the son of Swift Fancy x Which Class, two runners in the final.
The 400 metre scampers are always hard races to assess but after Tuesday’s box draw when Shotgun Doll came up with the one it’s hard to pick against her, especially as she boasts a record from the inside of one win and two minor placings from four starts.
And with Fascinated likely to move out from box two, she should have plenty of room to move while, out wide, Monster Deeds doesn’t look badly drawn in box eight considering his record of two wins and four minor placings from nine starts wearing the pink rug.
Goldie’s Run, a litter brother to GOTY leader Blitz And Bolt, will be attempting to win his second feature grade five in as many months after success in the South Eastern Hotel Feature Grade 5 (512 m) on April 16.
The son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally, raced by Will Kelly, has drawn box seven on Sunday and doesn’t look too badly served considering his win last month came from box eight.