Monday, August 14, 2017
Local couple Judy Button and Shane Perry reckoned that seeing they were taking in quite a few meetings at Tara Raceway then maybe they should purchase their own greyhound in order to add to the experience.
So when Tarpeena training team Allen and David Williams ran their “closing down – everything must go” sale back in June, Perry and Button settled on a big, black, boisterous dog called Lektra Ash.
Originally raced by his breeder, Phil Lenehan of Toolong, Lektra Ash was purchased by the Williams prior to the final of last year’s Winter Classic in which he ultimately ran third.
Taking over for the new owners was the Portland-based Brian Weis who was already training several dogs for Perry’s brother Noel, also of Mount Gambier – as well as Lektra Ash’s litter brother Lektra Munster.
Leading into last Friday’s meeting at Tara Raceway, Lektra Ash had raced on six occasions for Button and Perry, doing enough along the way with a couple of minor placings to convince them that their first winner was not all that far away.
He’s the sort of dog that uses plenty of the track so when he drew box seven in the Metal Worx Stake (512 metres) it did appear as if this could be his day.
That’s how things panned out, the son of Fabregas x Supreme Vision right on the pace going out of the first turn and then holding out Columbian Flame to win by a half length in 30.86 seconds.
There’s certainly nothing like your first win to add to the experience. Just ask Judy Button and Shane Perry.
And, on a quick back-up, Lektra Ash worked home well in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) to finish a 1½ length third behind his litter sister Lektra Aly and Sophie’s Moment in 30.26 seconds.
Columbian Flame, a newcomer to the Glencoe kennels of Barry Shepheard, was recently purchased by the locally-based Longneck Racing Syndicate after she had won six races at Angle Park.
The blue bitch boasts pretty handy lines, being by Swift Fancy out of Springvale Snow, a multiple distance winner at Angle Park, and a granddaughter of Oh Behave (34 wins, $207,000 prizemoney).
Columbian Flame’s effort in running second for the syndicate, who previously raced two-race short course winner Sir Stanley, should ensure the Longnecks are back in force at Tara Raceway when she goes around again at Wednesday’s meeting.
IMPROVING THE STRIKE RATE
Mr. Agro and Flash Deeds, both with records of one win from 37 starts, improved their strike rates at Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting when breaking long runs of outs.
For Mr. Agro, a son of former top stayer Bobby Boucheau and Lacey Underall, the win was his first since April 13, 2016 when he was successful over 500 metres at Bendigo.
A $40 chance, the black dog was only fairly away from box eight in the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) but ranged up off the back before finishing too strongly for Surfing Moment to score by three-quarters of a length in 24.13 seconds.
Mr. Agro was yet another long-shot winner at Tara Raceway for Charlton trainer Kevin Ashton who back in March had handed punters a double-whammy when Lady Vixyma and Carrara Lad got up at huge odds.
Flash Deeds’ last win for Koroit owner-trainer Garry Anders had been on November 19, 2015 at Warrnambool over 390 metres.
Jumping from box eight in the following race, The Border Watch Stake (400 m), Flash Deeds took advantage of early interference to settle in second behind Jam Lady and finished too strongly in the home straight for a 1¾ length win in 24.20 seconds.
By Barcia Bale x Mepunga Harmony, Flash Deeds was Anders first win at Tara Raceway since March 24 when half-brother Monster Deeds (by Fear Zafonic) was successful.
With three seconds and a third from only four starts, Jan’s Star looked well placed in Sunday’s Laser Electrical Stake (400 m) to open her winning account for Victorian owner Samantha Bradley and leading trainer Nicole Stanley.
And she never looked like losing, jumping straight to the front from box two, eventually running out a three length winner over She’s Crackers in a handy 23.41 seconds.
The win was also the first at Tara Raceway for her sire Spud Regis, a winner of 18 races – his last one at the local track on July 13, 2014 when he defeated Twistex over 400 metres – and more than $460,000 in prizemoney.
A daughter of Sweet Shine, a winner of three races at Wagga and one at Healesville, Jan’s Star was taken over by Stanley in June after she had been assessed as not up to Melbourne standard.
Jan’s Star, the first greyhound raced by Bradley, was named after her late mother – Stanley saying the owner had been overjoyed that the dog had been running places.
“I can only imagine how thrilled she would have been today after Jan’s Star won her first race,” she said.
Later in the day Stanley brought up a double when another of her consistent performers in Gateway To Eden, after three successive minor placings, broke through for his second win with a dominant performance in The Border Watch Stake (512 m).