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Firing up at Tara Raceway

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The win of Fire Eyes in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday continued Coleraine owner-trainer Bob Wombwell’s long and successful involvement in greyhound racing at Mount Gambier.

In fact, his first local winner came back in November 1980 when Dynamic Tarmel was successful in a 289 metre maiden at the original Tara Raceway out at Glenburnie.

Bob Wombwell with Fire Eyes after his maiden win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Having only his third race start after two previous unplaced efforts, Fire Eyes quickly put himself into Sunday’s race from box seven, running into second spot behind Bushman’s Mate down the back before finishing powerfully in the home straight to defeat the early leader by three-quarters of a length in 30.93 seconds.

Whelped in November 2014, Fire Eyes is by Spring Gun out of Coleraine Flame who won at Horsham for Wombwell prior to him breeding the litter.

And this is a line that goes back to 1991 for Wombwell who in July of that year won a 480 metre maiden at Horsham with a bitch called Silver Daisy in 28.91 seconds.

Silver Daisy, when later mated with Fozrok, produced Silly Heart whose subsequent litter from a mating by Nifti Fire included Swift As Fire.

Swift As Fire, a 33 kilogram bitch, proved to be a handy performer for Wombwell, winning eight races at Horsham, Warrnambool and Mount Gambier before he mated her with Paddy’s Flame – Coleraine Flame being one of the offspring.

Last Sunday’s win was Wombwell’s second this year at Tara Raceway, Red River Rufus previously successful in a Masters event in February.

And he’ll now be hoping the winning run continues into this weekend with Fire Eyes once again drawing box seven when he steps up in grade to contest the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) at Friday’s meeting. Earlier in the day, litter brother and kennelmate Outlaw Dave will attempt to open his winning account when jumping from box six in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m).



Nicole Stanley, currently Tara Raceway’s leading trainer, will make the six-hour trip from Portland to Benalla for this Sunday’s coursing meeting at the racecourse.

At what will be an all-maiden meeting, 12 eight-dog stakes will be run with greyhounds who have not won a coursing stake classed as maidens.

Greyhounds run off in pairs behind a drag lure with each winner advancing to the next round. This means that the finalists in each stake will run three times on the day for prizemoney of $500 and $140.

Speaking earlier this week, Stanley said she was unsure as to what dogs she would nominate although she believed 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year Old Jock and 2016 SA Country Cup winner Berry Bling would benefit from a freshen-up behind the drag lure.

Stanley has previously enjoyed plenty of success at coursing meetings, winning the Victorian Leading Coursing Trainer award in 2009 and 2010.



The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s first time-graded meeting, to be run at Tara Raceway on Friday, attracted healthy nominations and 12 races were able to be framed.

For maiden, grade six and grade five greyhounds, all races will be non-penalty and pay Pathway prizemoney which means, for example, the breakdown of a grade five 512 metre event is $415, $170, $130, $105, while the remaining four runners all receive $75.

Not bad prizemoney considering the non-penalty status and the fact that trainers also receive a $60 rebate.

Winners might be a bit tough to come up with although the Peter Franklin trained Chuck McIvor should find the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) a little easier than some of his recent assignments.

At his most recent start, on April 9 at Tara Raceway, the fawn dog had no luck early in the race won by Chilly Kiss but ran home well to grab third spot. Friday’s grade six affair looks a good race for him.

And the Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose, after a strong-finishing fourth behind Blitz And Bolt earlier this month, should appreciate the drop back to grade five company when jumping from box two in the Berringa Park Stake (512 m).

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