Sunday, July 2, 2017
Glencoe greyhound trainer Dean Fennell enjoyed his best day at the track in a number of years when Stampy Longnose, Morris Peer and Whatta Moment were successful at last Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
The treble was, in fact, his first in more than seven years after litter brothers Mao and Kruzer Lad, along with prolific-winning short-course specialist Leeor Sam, had won at the local track on Saturday, January 30, 2010.
Interestingly, Mao and Kruzer Lad were out of Barely A Moment, also the grand-dam of Friday’s winner Whatta Moment.
Stampy Longnose, chasing his first 512 metre win in close to 12 months, lined up from box six in the Produce Store Stake – a race that realistically wouldn’t have been out of place at Sunday’s main meeting.
Away fairly, the black dog settled in third spot down the back although he looked to have the job ahead of him when chasing Galactic Viper and last start Warrnambool winner Chilly Kiss.
But in a busy finish, Stampy Longnose finished powerfully to grab the pair, winning by a neck in a personal best time of 30.07 seconds.
Trained by Fennell since September 2015, the winner is raced by Millicent trio Jack Davies, “Rubbish” Whitford and Hayden Fennell who have now won nine races with the son of Fabregas x Lemon Cruiser.
Lemon Cruiser is also the dam of Blonde Caviar who has produced McIvor Verna, the Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder, and who put in another solid effort at Angle Park last Thursday night when running a 3½ length fifth in the Stayers Cup final (731 m).
Morris Peer, a maiden winner back in May, appreciated the time-graded format on Friday when contesting the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) from box five.
In Fennell’s kennels since late last year, the black dog chased Spirit Of Pat into the back straight before taking over mid-race and then holding out In Our Time and the early leader to score comfortably in 30.44 seconds.
Owned by long-time participant Ray Keating, of Portland, Morris Peer – by Deville out of two-race winner Nubian Princess – is the first of the litter to win.
Box one specialist Whatta Moment broke a three-month losing streak when leading all the way from the inside draw in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) to defeat last start winner Eye Spy Emma and five-year-old Jett Setter in 23.27 seconds.
By Bit Chili out of Devil Moon, the black dog has now won four races for Fennell who took over his training 12 months ago.
Friday’s treble gave the laid-back trainer eight wins for June and sees him now sitting in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list with 17 wins, 17 seconds and 14 thirds.