Thursday, October 4, 2018
The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s SA Country Cup representatives, Hutch and Paraphernalia, will have their final hit-out prior to next Friday night’s final at Angle Park when they clash in an interesting Open stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
The pair qualified for the $7375 final when winning their respective heats on September 23, Hutch subsequently having his first look at Angle Park on Monday night when running an impressive second for Portland trainer Robert Halliday.
Paraphernalia, also a Mount Gambier representative in last year’s SA Country Cup, has since run unplaced over 600 metres at The Meadows, Horsham trainer Jeff Guy believing his 127-start veteran didn’t need another look at Angle Park prior to Friday as he was already well-acquainted with the track.
Paraphernalia and Hutch will line up from boxes seven and eight in the winningformula.net.au Stake which also includes last start winner Swift Limes, the consistent George Regis and Seabrook Noisey and this year’s Anniversary Cup winner Ben Nevis who put in a big effort to run second to Cryer’s Plugger last Sunday.
Guy also has Lady Charlotte, an impressive 512 metre winner at Tara Raceway on September 23 when defeating Cryer’s Plugger and Ben Nevis, engaged on Sunday in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake over 400 metres.
In his kennels since early last month, Guy is the fifth trainer of the daughter of US sire Bella Infrared and Third String which has raced on 58 occasions for 10 wins, 23 minor placings and more than $35,000 in stakemoney.
The black bitch is owned by WA trainer James Jeffries and former SANFL footballer, and now Victor Harbor coach, Clint Alleway who played 129 games for North Adelaide and 43 for Glenelg.
Sunday’s grade five series over 512 metres has attracted three heats with Kongorong trainer John Little’s heat one runner Springvale Alysa looking well placed in box one to make amends for an unlucky third at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
An excellent third behind Hutch and subsequent Angle Park winner Theo’s Thunder in a Country Cup heat, Springvale Alysa had no luck last week on the first turn when jumping from box eight, eventually finishing third to Seabrook Noisey and Big Lebowski.
In the second heat, Portland trainer Brian Weis, fresh from a double with Theo’s Thunder and Lobster Hill at Angle Park on Monday night, will be hoping for further success with last Sunday’s winner Baurna Sal who will jump from box seven after also going around tomorrow afternoon.
And Halliday’s Redda, a winner of five races at Tara Raceway this year, looks well placed in the third heat as does Nicole Stanley’s Big Lebowski.
The Klaassens Contractors Open Stake (400 m) also looks to be an interesting race with Monday night Angle Park winner Spirited Bingle, Greyhound of the Year leader Oh No Beta, last start winner Cryer’s Jed and the consistent My Mandara all looking to be in the mix.