It was back in July last year that Hamilton owner-trainer Lorraine Goodwin won her first race at Tara Raceway with Agent Jade, a daughter of Barcia Bale and Sandown Park winner Miss Suzy Que.
A rising four-year-old, she was having her fifth race start when winning a maiden 400 metre event. That win, it seems, was enough to keep her coming back to Mount Gambier on a semi-regular basis.
And recently Goodwin was back for the Razza Racing Feature Maiden heats (305 m) with Comet To Burn, a daughter of Aston Kimetto and Slew Left, who won over 600 metres at The Meadows and 660 metres at Bendigo.
Having her first race start, the fawn bitch gave plenty of cheek when going down by a half-length to finish second behind Gypsy Chick. But she had done more than enough to make it through to last Sunday’s final.
As luck would have it, Comet To Burn then drew box one in the final and promptly made every post a winner. Eventually, she defeated Arrow Bar Peanut by 3¼ lengths in 17.76 seconds.
“That was my first feature win,” a delighted Goodwin said. “And to be honest, I didn’t really expect her to win the race.”
For Goodwin and her son Kyle, who currently have 30 greyhounds on their property, it’s a case of breeding most of what they eventually race.
“Our latest litter is by Beast Unleashed out of Storm To Burn – a winner of 11 races on Victorian provincial tracks – who whelped three dogs and six bitches only a few days ago,” she said.
The Razza Racing Feature Maiden is sponsored by Gifford Hill trainers Tony and Lisa Rasmussen and marks the introduction of 305 metre racing at Tara Raceway in January 2021.
The inaugural Razza Racing was won by the David Peckham trained Aston Olenna who defeated Sianna Magic by two lengths in a quick 17.49 seconds.
And last year it was the Peter Byrne trained Zambora Jay who had a length to spare over Sugar Freak in 17.63 seconds.