Thursday, September 21, 2017
A favourable box two draw in Sunday’s Destini Fireball Winter Classic final (512 metres) should work in Lektra Stomp’s favour as he attempts to give the Lenehan family of Toolong their second successive classic win at Tara Raceway.
Successful last year with Lektra Munster, who had been trained at the time by Phil Lenehan, Lektra Stomp will be looking to make amends for an unlucky third behind Xtreme Carnage and Sizzle Em Up in last Sunday’s first heat.
Speaking earlier this week on behalf of the family, Lenehan said Lektra Stomp’s 29.67 seconds win over 512 metres in late August had made him the fastest dog they’ve ever raced at Tara Raceway.
“He is a fast dog because he’s also one of only a few we’ve had that have broken 30 seconds for the 525 metre journey at The Meadows,” Lenehan said.
Lektra Stomp is actually the third-fastest greyhound to go around Tara Raceway this year – only former record holder Brazen Bomber (29.55 seconds) and current record holder Mojito Mayhem (29.52 seconds) running quicker.
And Lenehan believes the July 2015 son of Walk Hard is well-placed to run a forward race in what is the best Winter Classic final field assembled in its four-year history.
“With Xtreme Carnage, not the quickest of beginners, drawn in box one I reckon Lektra Stomp is a good chance of finding the rails going into the first turn and that should give him every chance,” he said.
This year’s Winter Classic winner will also receive a service to the former super stayer Destini Fireball, a winner of five Group 1 races and more than $640,000 in prizemoney.
Interestingly, Lektra Stomp’s dam Lektra Angie (Trewly Special x Elektra) – a sub-30 second 512 metre maiden winner at Tara Raceway in late 2012 – whelped a litter of two dogs and five bitches in May this year to Destini Fireball.
This had come about as a result of Norm and Janis Rinaldi previously donating a service to their 25-race winner for the Fireball 600 which had been run on Mount Gambier Cup day in 2016 and won by the Lenehan owned and trained Lektra Kelly.
“These are really nice pups so I’m hopeful there’s another Elektra among them,” he said.
Elektra was the staying bitch who won a Group 1 Galaxy, a Group 2 Sale Cup as well as 27 other races for prizemoney in excess of $255,000 and from where the “Lektra” prefix emanated from.