April 2017 whelping Just Kenny was certainly the baby of the field in Sunday’s Commercial Hotel Stake – a Masters event at Tara Raceway over 305 metres for greyhounds four years and older.
In fact, he was giving Ramified, the oldest runner in the race, close to two years on the age-scale but very little when it came to the number of race starts.
Ramified, an August 2015 son of Magic Sprite and Hey Sexy Lady, was lining up for his 121st start on Sunday while Just Kenny had previously raced on 111 occasions.
Young Harry Trengove of Lewiston is Just Kenny’s third trainer, only taking over the son of Kinloch Brae x Glass Roof in March and winning his first race with the black dog at Mount Gambier’s time-graded meeting last Thursday.
And Just Kenny did his 20-year-old owner-trainer proud when leading all the way in the Winningformula.net.au 5+ Wins Stake (400 m), holding out Ask Me Now to win by a head in a best of day 23.28 seconds.
Back at Tara Raceway for the second time in the space of only a few days, he looked well placed in the Masters. And he quickly found the front before running away to a 4¼ lengths win in 17.94 seconds over Ima Maldini, Ramified and Azumi Spirit who virtually crossed the line as one.
But the Trengove family’s day was far from over. Lining up in box two in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (600 m) was Hold On, trained by Harry’s step-mum Shelley.
Hold On, a son of My Bro Fabio and Asteroid Miss, and a brother to Let’s See, a 720 metres Wentworth Park winner earlier this month, was back at Tara Raceway for the first time since April 11 when defeating Oakvale Impact over 600 metres.
Connections were hoping a change of scenery might do the trick for the Michael Wallworth-owned black dog whose past two starts at Murray Bridge and Gawler had seen him finish unplaced.
As it turned out, he was always on the pace, little separating him and Lee Bartholomew’s Rough Pearl for the entire journey. In fact nothing separated the pair on the line after the judge declared a dead-heat in a time of 35.41 seconds.
And doing his best to make it a triple dead-heat was Mick’s Kimmy who came from a mile back to be beaten a head. Her trainer Peter Crawley continues to keep an anxious eye on the 732 metres start as the club awaits the delivery of a set of starting boxes.
Then it was the turn of Clint, father of Harry, with Mootwingee, back at Tara Raceway for the first time since defeating Two Hands George in a 400 metres juvenile in January.
Only fairly away from box four, the daughter of Worm Burner and Batty Allen quickly worked into third spot down the back before finishing strongly to defeat Fernando Deeds by 1½ lengths in 23.28 seconds.
Bred and owned by Grant Daubeny, Mootwingee has been in the Trengove kennels prior to racing, Harry Trengove describing her as a tough and tenacious little chaser.
Meanwhile, completing a good day for the family was Mootwingee’s litter sister It’s Smudgy, owned and trained in the same interests, and winning on Sunday night over 531 metres at Gawler.