Monday, November 28, 2016
Young Kongorong owner Will Kelly – a fourth generation Bouchier – landed his first winner with his first greyhound when Goldie’s Run won Friday’s first heat of the 512 metre grade six series, the Allestree Holiday Units Stake.
Having his fourth run for Compton trainer Tracie Price, Goldie’s Run found the front going out of the first turn and from then on in a rough-house affair never looked like being beaten, eventually running out a four length winner over Spinach in 30.53 seconds.
Kelly, 15, a grandson of well-known local greyhound breeder Bernie Bouchier, had originally been looking for a pup before Price suggested a performed dog might be the way to go.
“I pointed out to Will that it’s a fairly long wait for a pup to hit the track and if something came along ready to race then that could be the way to go,” Price said.
As it happened, Goldie’s Run, which had recently won a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway in 30.67 seconds, shortly after came on the market at a reasonable price and that’s the path young Kelly went down.
Whelped in January 2015, the black dog, which is by Cosmic Rumble out of Wentworth Park winner Moonshine Sally, should now give Kelly another great sight in this Sunday’s final.
The South Eastern Hotel Stake, the second of the grade six heats, saw John Limes, after his maiden success at the previous meeting, make it two wins on the trot.
Raced by John Hawker and Dean Fennell, and trained by the latter, John Limes was sitting in fourth spot mid-race before unleashing a big run and accounting for a pretty handy field when defeating Irka Jakit by 2½ lengths in 30.72 seconds.
Making up the final will be Brinza, Marcado, Rose Limes and Baurna Sal.
TRAINER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH A WIN
For Allendale East trainer Connie Miller it was a case of her 70th birthday coming a day early after Bushman’s Faith scored a convincing win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway’s Sunday meeting.
The black dog quickly found the front from box five before going on to a 3¾ length win over Fear Helvetia in 30.28 seconds which was only marginally slower than Fiorelli Rose’s 30.27 seconds best of day in the Gambier Vets Free For All.
Whelped in June 2014, Bushman’s Faith is by Magic Sprite out of Cin Cin Shiraz, a winner of six races including 720 metre success at Wentworth Park.
Miller, who took over the training of Bushman’s Faith in August for WA owner John Turner, has done well with the dog, Sunday’s win being his sixth at Tara Raceway.
Turner had also been instrumental in Fred Of Lidsdale, a winner of five races at Tara Raceway this year, joining the Bourne Kennels.
For Miller, this birthday marked a successful 40-year involvement in greyhound racing which includes breeding, owning, training and administration.
Awarded life membership of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. in 1994, she was the secretary of the club from 1983 to 1996, missed a year and then held the office again from 1997 to 2003.
To this day she is one of only two women trainers to have won the Mount Gambier Cup (Joan Cruise the other with Tara Topar in 1981) and the only trainer to have won two cups (Durafi 1987, Mitchell Boy 1988).
Adding to Miller’s day on Sunday was the arrival of family members from Adelaide who helped her celebrate the birthday with a night out at a local restaurant.