Saturday, November 26, 2016
A couple of three-hour round trips from Branxholme to trial former NSW greyhound Mummy’s OK at Tara Raceway paid dividends at last Friday’s meeting for Janet and Peter Brouwer.
Having her first race start for the Brouwers, Mummy’s OK quickly found the front from box six in the Trackside Meats Stake (the first heat of a 512 metre maiden series) and was never headed, eventually holding out Cryer’s Plugger to win by a half length in 30.69 seconds.
Previously trained at Raymond Terrace, just down the road from Newcastle, the diminutive 22½ kilogram black bitch went around for the 21st time on Friday after having registered six minor placings in maiden events on NSW tracks.
Whelped in April 2013, Mummy’s OK is by Bekim Bale x Jacobella Bale (Hallucinate x Dyna Beauty) who won five races at Angle Park.
A give away, she found her way to Branxholme a couple of months ago and, as it turned out, Friday’s win was a real drought-breaker for connections with their last winner being at Tara Raceway 3½ years ago.
And Peter Brouwer had no trouble in remembering the previous win. “It was with a dog called Yap Yap Galo,” he recalled.
That was back on July 14, 2013 when the daughter of El Galo x Slipaway Lil won a maiden over 400 metres in 23.93 seconds.
After the running of the first heat, Mummy’s OK and Cryer’s Plugger will be joined by Azumi Spice and Tabbella in Sunday week’s final.
The second heat of the maiden series, the JB Irrigation Stake, got off to something of a surprise start when $34 rank outsider Another Rouse – renowned for “walking” out of the boxes – for some inexplicable reason came out running from box four.
Long-suffering Penshurst owner Jack Casey stood stunned at the fence as Another Rouse, doing the job well, led Stylish Pursuit down the back straight.
But in the end, though, it was Stylish Pursuit, having her fourth race start and her first at Tara Raceway, who finished too strongly to defeat Another Rouse by three lengths in 30.41 seconds with Gee She Roks and Bushman’s Shadow also through to the final.
Owned by the breeder Nick Beltran, Stylish Pursuit is a daughter of Mogambo and Butterfly Bling and is now trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who said the black bitch, after unplaced runs at Healesville, Cranbourne and Dapto, had been trialling well at Tara Raceway prior to Friday’s race.
The win continued the good run Stanley is experiencing with the “Bling” breed – Butterfly Bling being by Bit Chili x Miss Bling while last week’s Country Cup winner Berry Bling is out of Lady Bling (Elite State x Miss Bling).