Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Sunday’s meeting at Tara Raceway promises to be one of the best for some time with four feature finals highlighting the 12-race card which will commence at 11.35 a.m. and conclude at 3.15 p.m.
The clash of last week’s impressive heat winners Carry on Elvis and Cilla Brown should make for an entertaining start to the meeting when they jump from boxes seven and three respectively for trainers Bea Bryant and David Williams in the Royal Fashion Maiden final (512 metres).
Adding further interest to the final will be Phil Lenehan’s Lektra Magic who will jump from box eight after displaying plenty of early pace in her heat before going down by a couple of lengths to Cilla Brown.
And flashing home to run third to Cilla Brown was the Steve Bartholomew trained Azumi Spice who has drawn box one and is close to her first win.
Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday won both heats of the Rock’s Retreat Christmas Challenge (600 m) with Homer and Odd Boots but Sunday’s final looks to be anything but a two-dog race following Tuesday afternoon’s box draw.
Shannah’s Might, who found the front at the winning post the first time around for trainer Tracie Price in last week’s first heat, was still in front turning for home before being collared by Homer and going down by four lengths when finishing second.
By Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star, the litter brother to last year’s Christmas Cup winner Fear The Rascal was having his first middle-distance run in six weeks and should be better for the hit-out.
At last year’s corresponding meeting, Penshurst owner-trainer John Cameron scored an easy win with Jasmine Lilly while in the Royal Fashion Maiden Fascinated finished third behind Cairnlea Lewis.
A winner over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in late November, Fascinated worked home well to finish third in Homer’s heat at what was only her third run over the middle-distance journey.
Cameron was more than happy with the effort and while the daughter of Hutmaker x Spellbound is probably not ideally drawn in box two she’s another one who should be better for the run.
The same could probably be said for Nifty Lenehan’s King Obama who led for a long way from box one in the second heat before Odd Boots grabbed him in the run home.
By Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl, King Obama was having his first run over 600 metres and while likely to strip fitter he will have to contend with box seven in Sunday’s final.
Lenehan, who was successful with King Obama’s litter sister Herbilly in a best of day 23.17 seconds over 400 metres at Tara Raceway later in the day, followed up again at Warrnambool on Tuesday night when she won a grade five 390 metre event.
PRESIDENT CHASING ANOTHER FEATURE
Southern Greyhound Raceway president Tony Hinrichsen will be chasing his second Tara Raceway feature this year when Back Up Tiger lines up from box three in the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet final (400 m).
By Dyna Tron x Fighting Fury, the brindle bitch is a sister to Menzel Boys, winner of this year’s Summer Classic prior to running third to Mojito Mayhem in the Mount Gambier Cup final.
Back Up Tiger, a winner over 512 metres at Tara Raceway 12 months ago and also in February over 400 metres, was a solidly backed favourite from box five in the first heat of the Bracelet.
And punters taking the $2.60 wouldn’t have been overly happy when she was well back just after box rise. But in what was a remarkable exhibition of railing, Back Up Tiger never went around a dog, eventually running out a 1½ length winner over Brae’s Girl in 23.67 seconds.
The brindle bitch, who has drawn box three on Sunday, rounded off her final preparation with a 1½ length fourth behind Fatboy Norm in a 400 metre mixed 4/5 stake at Gawler on Tuesday afternoon.
Toolong trainer Phil Lenehan looks to hold a strong hand in the Bracelet with Lektra Aly and Lektra Hutch drawing boxes one and eight respectively.
Lektra Aly found the front down the back in Back Up Tiger’s heat but ran into trouble shortly after before finishing third.
Heat two winner Lektra Hutch, who returned to Tara Raceway on the back of some excellent short-course form at Warrnambool, took over the running down the back from another noted speedster in Brazen Beau with only three-quarters of a length separating the pair on the line in 23.43 seconds.
Brazen Beau will line up from box two for David Williams in a final that promises to be a keenly-contested affair while the Ken Gillespie trained Krypton Queen will jump from box four after qualifying with a nice third behind Lektra Hutch.
And highlighting the meeting will be the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m). Mojito Mayhem is through to the final and has drawn box six while Glenville Jester will be attempting to make it three wins on end when exiting from box one.