Monday, October 17, 2016
A treble last week at Tara Raceway, a Horsham double on Tuesday with Snap Hook and Kryptonian, followed by another local treble on Sunday with littermates Brazen Bomber, Paraphernalia and Kryptonian, wrapped up a big week of racing for Horsham trainer Jeff Guy.
Guy looked to hold a strong hand in Sunday’s JB Irrigation Feature Grade Five final (512 m) with Brazen Bomber, Frac Geek and McRay engaged.
It was Frac Geek which quickly found the front from box seven while Brazen Bomber settled in second spot as the field made its way out of the first turn.
Frac Geek, a beautifully bred daughter of Where’s Pedro x Proven Impala, looked to be making every post a winner down the back straight but approaching the home turn Brazen Bomber – a 600 metre winner in quick time at Tara Raceway – loomed ominously.
And as Frac Geek moved out turning for home Brazen Bomber took the rails run to finish powerfully for a 2¼ length win in 30.23 seconds.
A further three-quarters of a length back in third spot was the John Burow owned and trained Good Yarn which finished the race off in fine style.
A daughter of Cosmic Chief and former Tara Raceway 400 metre record holder Spin A Yarn, Good Yarn hasn’t won since July but there looks to be another race in her in the near future.
Paraphernalia, back after a record run of 34.99 seconds last week over 600 metres, looked the one to beat in the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (600 m), more so after Stan’s Choice was scratched.
But Nicole Stanley’s evergreen four-year-old chaser Old Jock ensured the pace was on from the outset when going straight to the front from box one.
Old Jock, currently leading in the Greyhound of the Year award, gave a great sight before Paraphernalia took over off the back and went on for a 5¾ length win in an excellent 35.37 seconds on a rain-affected track.
Kryptonian, after an ordinary start from box four in the WinningFormula.net.au Mixed Stake (512 m), accelerated quickly to rail through on Rowchester Star going into the first turn before running away to an eight length victory in a best of day 30.01 seconds.
By Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco, the three winners are now likely to venture to The Meadows on Saturday night with Guy earmarking heats of the Hume Cup (600 m) for Paraphernalia and Brazen Bomber.
VIPER ENDS FRUSTRATING RUN
Galactic Viper ended a frustrating run of minor placings for Glencoe trainer Barry Shepheard when leading all the way in Sunday’s Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m).
Away well from box one, the black dog, which set up a nice break of three lengths over race favourite Cryer’s Fred down the back, still had 1¾ lengths to spare on the line when bringing up his 13th win in a smart 30.13 seconds.
Cryer’s Fred battled on well for second but it was the Nicole Stanley trained Berry Bling which caught the eye when flashing home in third spot.
Galactic Viper, a February 2013 son of Velocette and Magic Elite, had run four consecutive minor placings in top grade races at Tara Raceway prior to Sunday’s win.
In Shepheard’s kennels for almost 12 months, Galactic Viper last week was purchased by his trainer who is now looking at several options with the dog including the Gawler Cup and the SA Country Cup.