Mortlake trainer Peter Crawley, back at Tara Raceway last week after taking advantage of the easing of border restrictions, was quick to return to the winner’s circle with Mick’s Kimmy.
Last at Tara Raceway back on March 8 when successful with Drogheda County over 600 metres, Crawley had been hopeful of getting Mick’s Kimmy into a race of a similar distance, or perhaps even longer.
“Actually, I had nominated 732 metres as my first choice, then 600 metres, with 512 metres being my third option,” Crawley said.
And being by Barcia Bale out of Mick’s Angel it’s probably not all that hard to understand where the fawn bitch’s trainer had been coming from.
Mick’s Angel, a daughter of Kilty Lad and Seabrook Lass, raced against many of the top stayers including Fanta Bale, Rippin’ Sam, Bogie Bekim and Burn One Down on 84 occasions for 12 wins, 35 minor placings and $85,000 in stakemoney.
In fact, she won her last race at Tara Raceway on Mount Gambier Cup day on March 18, 2018 in the Back to Distance Racing Stake (732 m) when defeating Cryer’s Plugger for Hoppers Crossing trainer Allen Meyer and owner Faye Craig who also races Mick’s Kimmy.
As it turned out, Mick’s Kimmy found herself racing over 512 metres last week – well-placed all the same in the Williams Crane Hire Maiden/One Win Stake – when there was nothing any longer on offer.
Last early from box eight, she worked into the race down the back straight before finishing strongly in the run home to defeat Connor’s Choice by two lengths in 30.64 seconds.
In Crawley’s kennels since breaking-in, Mick’s Kimmy pleased her trainer with the effort.
“She’s a good little chaser but as she showed today she was doing her best work at the finish. Hopefully we’ll be able to find a distance race over here for her in the not too distant future.”
Trainer Lew Green – among the top 10 Tara Raceway trainers early in the year – also returned with a winner in the form of Queue The Music, a 28 kilograms dog raced by the Jane Mallard-managed Queue The Music Syndicate.
Lining up in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m) on the back of a 450 metres Warrnambool win, the son of Collision x Midnight Moments gave the front-running Mauritian Rascal a fair start down the back before finishing hard for a half length win 23.29 seconds.
Queue The Music has now won five races since joining the Parwan kennels in early March, Green saying after the win that he currently had a team of 30 in work – all new dogs from when he was last at Tara Raceway.