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Elbow Room impresses at middle-distance debut
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Warracknabeal greyhound Elbow Room impressed with a stylish win in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon.
Having his first run over the middle-distance journey, he quickly found a forward spot from box one before taking over the running down the back straight and then holding out race favourite Old Jock to score by 2¼ lengths.
Elbow Room’s time of 35.38 seconds was the quickest run at the track since Brazen Bomber clocked 35.33 seconds to win the Koroit 600 at the end of June.
The winner is raced by husband and wife team Ian and Jill Bibby under the banner of the Thirteenth Syndicate – so named because both their birthdays are on the 13th (in January and May) while Elbow Room’s birthday is also on January 13.
And in keeping with the number 13 theme, as it happened Sunday’s win was the black dog’s 13th. His first though at Tara Raceway after four previous attempts over 512 metres.
By College Causeway out of Lavana – a winner of 12 races, half of which were over 720 metres at Wentworth Park – Elbow Room was purchased by Bibby from Tatura owner Jim Auld after running a tidy 23.92 seconds for the 425 metre journey at Bendigo’s Ready2Race Sale in 2014.
“He certainly wasn’t a cheap purchase,” Bibby said. “But after kicking off with heat, semi-final and final wins in a GRV Vic. Bred maiden series at Shepparton in early 2015, and prizemoney now of more than $33,000, things have worked out pretty well.”
Meanwhile, in last Friday’s 600 metre event, the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake, Julie’s Love opened her middle-distance account for Sandford trainer Brad Mitchem.
Away fairly from box one, the daughter of Zulu Zeus and Paua Of Love stayed in touch with the leader Hay Miss before finishing too strongly in the home straight for a 1¾ length win in 35.54 seconds.
The win completed a couple of good days for Mitchem after Simply Ready, which is trained for him by Derek Coldstream in WA, won his seventh race when successful at Mandurah the previous night.