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Dunolly dogs off to a flying start
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sandra Elmes and Richard Boehm, based in the Victorian goldfields town of Dunolly, struck gold in a manner of speaking at last Thursday’s waterlogged time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway when their greyhounds won the first three races.
The Boehm-owned Serendipity Babe, twice-placed at the track from five starts, never looked like being beaten when leading all the way from box five in the opening event, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres), eventually winning by 6¼ lengths in 23.69 seconds.
The win was Elmes’s second this year at Tara Raceway as a trainer after the winner’s litter brother Serendipity Gold had won at the previous time-graded meeting.
At 3½ years of age, Serendipity Babe was having only her 12th start last Thursday, Elmes left lamenting as to the brindle bitch’s interrupted racing career.
“We had a lot of trouble with her with grass seeds and a subsequent ear infection,” she said. “Throw in some seasonal issues as well and all of a sudden they’re three years old before you know it.”
Bred by the pair, Serendipity Babe is a daughter of Kinloch Brae and Helga, who won five races on Victorian provincial tracks for Elmes and Boehm.
Only a month younger than the first race winner, Serendipity Sam lined up for Elmes in the following race, the Metal Worx Maiden (400 m), for what would be his first race start.
By Radley Bale out of the lightly-raced Sandown Park winner Giacometti, Serendipity Sam led all the way from box four, holding off Fantastic Fox to win by a half length in 23.81 seconds.
Elmes said the fawn dog had been a giveaway after previous connections had been unable to get him going.
“All he’d had was a few trials at Ballarat leading in to today’s event so considering this had been his first race start I was really pleased with the effort.”
The Boehm owned and trained Lil Black Jess continued her good record at the track when leading all the way in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) to defeat last start winner Saucy Sav by 2¾ lengths in 24.06 seconds.
The daughter of Barcia Bale and eight-race Victorian provincial winner Dynamo’s Miss once again performed well at the track, the giveaway having now raced at Tara Raceway on 11 occasions for four wins and four minor placings.
“The previous owners had been looking for a city class dog so we picked her up as a giveaway after she had been broken-in. It’s pleasing that she has been able to be placed to win races in Mount Gambier,” Elmes said.
And Thursday regular Wade Green wrapped up the back end of the meeting when Nitro Heroine and Tron’s Empire – collectively having now raced on 213 occasions (104 and 109) – won the final two races.
By Nitro Burst out of Sandown Park winner Hanify’s Heroine, Nitro Heroine led all the way in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) to defeat Nick’s Never by three-quarters of a length in 23.80 seconds and bring up her first win this year.
Tron’s Empire, after minor placings at his past four starts, was rewarded for his consistency when leading all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m), the son of Dyna Tron and Wentworth Park winner Liability finishing 2¼ lengths clear of Don’s Just Under in 23.76 seconds.
The double was Green’s fourth at Tara Raceway this year and concluded a good week for the Rockbank trainer who the previous Friday had been successful at Healesville with Raloo Barbara, a winner at Tara Raceway early this year.
Raloo Barbara flew up the 350 straight to record a best of day 19.16 seconds when defeating former Mount Gambier greyhound Cee Me Snoop, a winner of five races at Tara Raceway.
By Barcia Bale, Raloo Barbara is out of Niamh Premier, a litter sister to another former local chaser in Don’t Panic who started favourite in the 2012 Mount Gambier Cup final won by Rich Shiraz.
If there was an award for perseverance then Charlton couple Kevin Ashton and Jan Neal would have received it last Thursday when the front running Tipping Woody held off Sandy Lagoon to win the Produce Store Stake (400 m) by a head in 23.77 seconds.
Raced by the Matt Lothian-managed Rosemont Syndicate, the win was the son of Stagger x Hippy Chic’s first in two years, Ashton later relating some of the trials and tribulations of that period in relation to Tipping Woody.
“Actually, at the very next start after his last win in April 2017 he fractured a hock and was then off the scene for the next 18 months,” he said.
“Tipping Woody returned to the track in September 2018 when he found plenty of trouble in the race. Then at his next two starts at Tara Raceway he fell. That’s when they started to call him Tipping Over Woody!
“The second fall kept him off the track until early this year. Now with him turning five next month it’s a shame he has spent so much time away from the track. For all that though we couldn’t have been prouder of him than after last Thursday’s win.”