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First time trip pays dividends
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Victorian trainer Debbie White’s decision to give a couple of her greyhounds in Janray Tigerlily and Blackpool Remi a look at a new track paid dividends at last Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.
Based close to Bacchus Marsh at Parwan, White drew box one with both of her winning runners, the unconventionally-bred Janray Tigerlily running down early leader Neb’s Horse to win the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 metres) by a half length in 23.75 seconds.
This was the first time in Mount Gambier for the trainer, involved in the sport for more than 30 years and who relocated to Victoria from NSW about three years ago.
A maiden winner at Healesville in September, this was the second win for Janray Tigerlily, a daughter of the virtually unknown sire Keyser Soze (Surf Lorian x Current Dream) – a winner of seven provincial Victorian races – while the dam, Janray Arcadia, raced on only 14 occasions for two third placings.
Giveaway greyhound Blackpool Remi lined up in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) with only one win – at Geelong back in August – from 33 starts, although there had been plenty of minor placings along the way.
Raced by Brian and Peter Wilson, the nicely-bred daughter of Barcia Bale and Wentworth Park winner Paua And Jewels had no trouble in adapting to the new surrounds, leading all the way when defeating Knocka’s Moment by 1¾ lengths in a handy 23.38 seconds.
The win completed White’s first double since relocating although there had been previous dual winners at tracks such as Wentworth Park, Richmond, Nowra and Dapto.
Speaking after the win she said she believed Blackpool Remi had been lacking confidence and figured a run on another track behind the finish-on-lure might help to turn her fortunes around.
“There’s a bit of winning form around the litter and this one has also got her share of ability but has just been racing with no luck,” she said.
White, who has a dozen dogs in work, said that now she had discovered Tara Raceway there was a strong chance she would return.
“The green grass surrounds help to make this a stunning complex,” she said. “I couldn’t believe the look of the place as I drove in this morning.”
The WA bush chaplain John Dihm and Cap Abbott, the septuagenarian trainer from Edenhope, teamed up for another win last Friday, this time with Pool Hall in the JB Irrigation Stake over 600 metres.
Having her first start over the middle-distance journey at Tara Raceway, Pool Hall showed good pace from a favourable box seven draw before taking over the running down the back straight from Cindy La Moment.
From then on the only danger was going to be kennelmate Black Spring, having his first start over 600 metres and in the end doing a good job to be beaten only 2½ lengths in a handy 35.34 seconds – Abbott saying later that he had also been really happy with the second placegetter’s run.
By My Bro Fabio out of Book Of Days, Pool Hall, also a winner at Goulburn, Angle Park and Gawler prior to being taken over by Abbott, was bred at Ballalaba – 90 kilometres from Canberra – by Craig Sheridan, a long-time friend of Dihm.
All four members of the September 2015 litter have won races – Bad Ronnie at Goulburn and Dapto, Book Of Luck recently at Wentworth Park and the 40 kilogram Big Casey, part-owned by Dihm and set to join Abbott’s kennels this week after winning at Goulburn and Bulli.
The wins of Lil Black Jess and Serendipity Gold at Friday’s meeting wrapped up a big week for the Dunolly training team of Richard Boehm and Sandra Elmes.
The Boehm-trained Lil Black Jess was involved in a terrific tussle with Giveaway Fury and Banana Honeybear in The Border Watch Maiden Stake (400 m), eventually winning by a head in 23.95 seconds.
And later, in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), Serendipity Gold continued his outstanding time-graded form at Tara Raceway for Elmes with an outstanding 5¼ length win over Cosmic Creek in 29.87 seconds – a time that would be more than competitive at a Sunday meeting.
This was the pair’s second double for the week, the Elmes trained Avatar Maximus successful over 410 metres at Horsham on the Tuesday prior while Boehm won with Avatar Minty, also over 410 metres, later in the night. Both winners paid dividends in excess of $20.