Monday, January 15, 2018
Kevin “KD” Douglas, handling the Val and Col Sims Memorial Maiden final (512 metres) presentation with his customary aplomb at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon, reckoned Mortlake greyhound trainer Paul Herry would have plenty to say after Got Some Cheek’s win.
After all, it had been his first feature race win of any description in a 44-year involvement in the sport. But, actually, he didn’t have much to say, the moment really getting to one of the good guys of greyhound racing.
Got Some Cheek, into the final on the strength of a 10 length second to Kinnky McPhee in a heat last week, drew box one again on Sunday, chasing Dimora Flash down the back before taking over the running and holding out Bomber Creek to win by a head in 30.52 seconds with the early leader a further two lengths back in third spot.
Herry still appeared in a state of shock as Koroit owner-trainer and Got Some Cheek’s catcher Robert Walsh – successful in the previous race with Ima Caravan – brought back the fawn bitch to the presentation area, delighted for his fellow trainer and excusing him for making him walk all the way back.
As far as Herry was concerned, this was one of those days at the track that rarely comes along for hobby owner-trainers. Not only did Got Some Cheek score one of the most popular wins seen at Tara Raceway in a long time, but earlier in the day her litter sister Stockwhip Sally stormed home to win the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m) over Luca Flyer – also by a head.
The litter sisters are by Lonesome Cry out of Up And Away and would have been high-priced pups but by the time they had been named and old enough to race were purchased at last November’s Ready 2 Race Sale at Bendigo by Herry for a total outlay of $1300 with Stockwhip Sally being the higher price of the two at $700.
The win of Got Some Cheek was the third feature win at Tara Raceway for the Tom and Ann Sinnott breed with the Richard Clayfield trained Solitary Lad winning the John Reid Memorial and the Destini Fireball Winter Classic in 2017.
Later, Herry, 65, wandered over, still in a daze and not quite sure whether he had thanked the right people at the presentation, to ask if we could possibly include his thanks to the Sims family, Greg Quinn, Gary Parsons, Peter Fulton, along with Steve Bartholomew, Barry Shepheard and members of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club committee.