Saturday, August 26, 2017
A race record of 62 starts for 11 wins, 24 minor placings and prizemoney of more than $53,000 had Charlton greyhound Dream Edition looking well placed at last Wednesday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
After all, this is the dog who not all that long ago had been racing competitively on Victorian tracks against top class chasers such as Burn One Down, Fanta Bale, Blazin’ Bomber, Pantera Nera and Buck Forty, to name just a few.
However, when he lined up last week from box four in the Produce Store Stake, a non-penalty grade five event, it had been more than 12 months since the well-bred son of Barcia Bale and Victorian and WA city winner Dream Chick had last won.
Long-time owner-trainer Kevin Ashton and his partner Jan Neil hadn’t been any part Dream Edition’s 11 wins, taking him over earlier this year but quickly finding themselves with a pretty sick dog on their hands.
“We spent the next five months nursing him back to health, not really knowing whether he would ever race again,” Ashton said.
Dream Edition did get back to the track, though, albeit after a break of some seven months, resuming at the end of July over 545 metres at Ballarat where he finished a well beaten eighth.
Certainly not the return Ashton had been hoping for but, after a further four handy runs at Tara Raceway, Dream Edition looked like he had finally found his race last week and the chance to find winning form again.
Another Rouse took up the early running although Dream Edition always had the leader in his sights, taking the lead approaching the home turn before finishing the race off nicely to defeat Lektra Dame by 3½ lengths in 30.49 seconds.
Ashton conceded his 35 kilogram black dog probably won’t return to the form that saw him once run 29.43 seconds over 515 metres at Sandown Park, however he was still delighted with the effort.
“I know it’s a far cry from Sandown Park to Tara Raceway but it’s still nice to know that our efforts weren’t in vain and that Dream Edition was able to make it back to the track and win another race. We’re very proud of him,” he said.
Meanwhile, local trainer Ken Feltus’s successful winning strike rate with greyhounds purchased via internet site Greyhound-Data looked like taking a hit.
Back in July he’d purchased a dog from Shepparton called Quick Sensation who had raced on 15 occasions for a provincial win at The Meadows plus a few minor placings.
From a repeat mating by Bombastic Shiraz, Quick Sensation is out of Smashing Amy, a full sister to Graceful Amy, the dam of Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Mojito Mayhem.
Certainly nothing wrong with the lines, the first mating producing the smart Bookkeeper, a winner of 19 races and $149,000 in prizemoney.
But Quick Sensation came down with salmonella poisoning soon after arriving in Mount Gambier and according to Feltus it had been a touch and go situation as far as the June 2014 black dog was concerned.
“He was on a drip for a week and for sure things didn’t look too good for a while,” he said.
Three months later Quick Sensation – who had started out as a well-priced purchase for Feltus and his co-owners Michael and Norma Juda – was ready to return to the track.
A heavily-backed favourite at his Tara Raceway debut at the previous Wednesday meeting, he enjoyed no luck in running, eventually finishing an eight length sixth.
At last week’s mid-week meeting, early signs in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m) suggested a similar sort of result when he suffered a severe check soon after jumping from box six.
In the end, though, he was able to overcome the setback, railing through on Outlaw Dave turning for home and running out a 1¼ length winner in 23.53 seconds.
The win followed on from previous success at Tara Raceway for Feltus, a former harness racing trainer, with Playmaster, Cool Whipp and Lil Arthur.