Wednesday, August 30, 2017
It had been a while since Tara Raceway’s popular on-course Pick 6 had been won – more than two years in fact – and by last Sunday’s meeting the prize pool had jackpotted to $1340. Not bad for a free competition.
Sponsored by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president Steve Bartholomew and his wife Lee, the Pick 6 requires entrants to select the winners of races three through to eight.
The last winner had been Horsham owner Chris Johnson who collected $960 when Brazen Beauty, Marlow Moment, Mi Diablo, Mega Moment, Paranoia and Brazen Bull won on March 13, 2015. The fact that he had owned three of the six probably gave him a bit of an edge!
But last Sunday’s meeting looked to be an ideal chance for Pick 6 players to break the drought with odds-on favourites McIvor Verna and Silverali well placed in the two Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing heats (732 metres) and subsequently ensuring the majority of players were at least into the third leg without too many worries.
This was always going to be the tricky leg with both Azumi Swift and last year’s Greyhound of the Year Old Jock having their admirers. A rising five-year-old, Old Jock won by seven lengths at what was start number 122.
Two more odds-on favourites followed – Lektra Stomp winning the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) by 11¾ lengths in an outstanding time of 29.67 seconds and Away We Go also an easy winner of the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) in 30.31 seconds.
The ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) was the last leg, with three live tickets all on different dogs – Miss Lava, Hay Miss and Mo Town Roy – the former opening her Tara Raceway winning account with a comfortable win over Hay Miss.
Cheering the loudest was Mount Gambier-based Pick 6 winner Ken Feltus who wrapped up a few good days after Quick Sensation, a dog he trains, had won at the Tara Raceway Wednesday meeting.
Feltus said he generally filled out a Pick 6 entry form but more often than not was out after the first leg.
The Pick 6, which jackpots $10 every week, now reverts to $10. Not much reward for picking six winners. But Pick 6 players can blame Ken Feltus for that.