Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Family’s winning day

Mason Bartlett pictured with Dick Grayson, part-owned by his grandmother Lee Bartholomew and mother Elysia Bartholomew.

Worrolong couple Steve and Lee Bartholomew, and daughter Elysia, enjoyed a successful day at Tara Raceway last Thursday when Galactic Zeus and Dick Grayson were impressive winners.

In what has been a restricted racing career, Galactic Zeus was lining up for only his tenth race start for Steve Bartholomew who trains the brindle dog for Moorak breeder-owner Robert Chuck.

A member of the successful Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball litter, Galactic Zeus never looked in any danger of defeat, leading all the way to defeat Open Throttle by 8¾ lengths in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 metres) in a quick 22.91 seconds.

The time was the same he recorded close to 18 months ago when winning his maiden on debut. This year he has also won two races at Horsham while being trained in Victoria by Dave Geall and one at Murray Bridge after returning to Worrolong.

Dick Grayson, raced by the mother and daughter team of Lee and Elysia Bartholomew and trained by the former, caused a real boilover when knocking over a pretty fair field in the Bourne Kennels Open Stake (512 m).

A $26 chance, Dick Grayson settled in third spot down the back after jumping well from box eight. Then, off the back the white and black daughter of Dyna Double One x West On Jorji railed through to take the lead before running out a 2½ lengths winner over Saint Maddie in a best of day 30.06 seconds.

Running fourth in the race was her well-fancied litter brother and kennelmate Rough Pearl – placed in this year’s Anniversary Cup behind Spring Cuervo and in the Mount Gambier Cup won by Sunset Milo.

With two impressive wins in succession, maybe it’s now a case of Dick Grayson no longer living in the shadows of her brother.

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