Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Fear Helvetia and Glenville Jester, both more than handy greyhounds at their best, finally found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Friday.
For Fear Helvetia, owned and trained at Coleraine by Bob Wombwell, it was his first win since May last year when he was successful over 410 metres at Horsham and his first at the local track since February 2016.
According to Wombwell, whose involvement in local greyhound racing goes back to the Glenburnie days, the white and black dog just hadn’t been racing with much luck.
“He just couldn’t take a trick in his races,” he said. “But after good placings behind Galactic Viper, Shannah’s Might and Colden Star over the past couple of months I thought he was ready to finally win again.”
And appreciating a drop back in grade last Friday, Fear Helvetia landed some good wagers when running down Just Like Fire in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) in 30.21 seconds.
The May 2013 whelping is by Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star and a litter brother to the Spider Whitehead trained pair Fear The Rascal and Shannah’s Might who have won 22 races and 15 races respectively.
The 39 kilogram giant, who was picked up very early in his career by Wombwell from breeder-owner Don Nunn, has proven to be a handy acquisition with a race record of eight wins and 22 minor placings from 68 starts for prizemoney in excess of $10,000.
When Glenville Jester, a son of Vapour Whirl x Glenville Maggie, lined up from box one in Friday’s Produce Store Stake (512 m) he hadn’t won since early January although lengthy periods of ordinary efforts are nothing new for the enigmatic black dog.
Certainly, no one was more surprised on Friday than his in-form Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield, another one who well remembers the Glenburnie days, when Glenville Jester led all the way to defeat Herbilly in a personal best time of 29.91 seconds.
“You just never know when you’ve got him,” Clayfield said of the 17-race winner after the race.
“Between August to October last year he couldn’t win a race to save himself and in the end I managed to get him into a low-grade Pathway race.
“That seemed to turn him around because he won by eight lengths before then going on to win six races – including the Christmas Cup – and run two seconds from his next eight starts.
“But by early January the novelty had obviously worn off – he was back to his old tricks. A two-month spell didn’t make any difference so as a last resort I thought I’d try the low-grade tactic again.”
No doubt Clayfield will be hoping the low-grade ploy with Glenville Jester, a multiple 600 metre winner, will work again especially as he’s looking to make a stayer of him now that 732 metre racing is being re-introduced at Tara Raceway.
A SPRING IN HIS STEP
Portland trainer Brian Weis is getting around with an extra spring in his step at the moment after a good week with four of his team – all owned at Wagga by Matt Morris and all by high profile sire Spring Gun.
Spring Ripper kicked the week off with an impressive win at Tara Raceway on Sunday, July 23 in the Metal Worx Stake (512 m) before venturing on the following Wednesday to Victorian city track The Meadows where he was successful in a heat of a grade 6/7 feature (525 m).
The brindle dog will now return to The Meadows on Saturday night to contest the $6260-to-the-winner final from box seven.
On Friday, Weis was back at Tara Raceway where he was successful with Spring’s Over who took up the running down the back straight before holding out Gun Smoke Stumpy to win the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
And then on Sunday, Miss Zorro, who last won six months ago, led all the way to win the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) and then later in the day Chilly Kiss brought up a double for the extroverted Weis when running out a strong winner of the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) in 30.26 seconds.
Spring Ripper and Chilly Kiss are littermates, being out of Chilly Babe, as are Miss Zorro and Spring’s Over whose dam is Gone Baby Gone.
Chilly Babe and Gone Baby Gone are half-sisters, being daughters of Miss Chilli, a winner of 11 races, including Sandown Park and The Meadows.
WRAPPING UP A GOOD DAY
Blazing Moment wrapped up a good day for the Price camp when running second in a heat of the Darwin Cup (537 m) last Sunday and qualifying for this Sunday’s $25,000-to-the-winner final.
The locally bred and owned son of Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, after starting off his career in Mount Gambier, is now being trained by Krystal Shinners in WA where he has won at Cannington and Mandurah.
Tracie Price, who will be in Darwin for the final, said Blazing Moment’s time in running second compared favourably to the other finalists and that Shinners had reported the dog had pulled up well after Sunday’s heat run.
“He’s drawn box eight in the final, the same box he had in his heat and Krystal is more than happy with the draw, believing that he should be better for last Sunday’s run,” Price said.
Earlier on Sunday, Price landed a treble at Tara Raceway with Baz’s Moment, Sophie’s Moment and Gargle It, following on from his double at Friday’s meeting with Surfing Moment and Banjo Queen.