Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Mount Gambier owners Noel and Heather Perry won the first race of the 2018 season when Mount Ghost led all the way to win the Greg Martlew Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Coming into the race from box one on the back of three well-beaten unplaced runs over 512 metres, Mount Ghost went to the line strongly to defeat Luca Flyer and gave Cape Bridgewater trainer Scott Blacksell, who rarely misses a Tara Raceway meeting, his first winner since litter sisters Rusty Sprocket and Crikey Creeky in September and October last year.
The fawn son of high-profile sire Cosmic Rumble was purchased as a three-month-old pup by Noel Perry from his brother-in-law (Heather’s brother) Brian Treloar, well-known in greyhound circles as the breeder and owner of the Group 1-winning champion Spud Regis.
In fact, Mount Ghost’s dam is Sooky Suzie who was a handy bitch on the track, going around 35 times for eight wins and $20,000 in stakemoney.
By Bombastic Shiraz x Phiona, Sooky Suzie is a litter sister to Spud Regis ($461,000 in stakes) and a half-sister to Banger Harvey ($142,000), winner of the 2011 Mount Gambier Cup. Phiona whelped only two litters of eight each, all 16 pups reaching the track and winning races.
Mount Ghost was reared locally with the Perrys then having him educated in Victoria in the hope that he would break-in of a sufficient standard to race in Melbourne.
“As it turned out, he wasn’t rated as a Victorian city dog so we brought him home, with Scott taking over his training in November,” Noel Perry said.
“I’m not sure that we would have got any more of a thrill out of the win if it had been in the city. Anyway, it’s certainly full marks to Scott for his efforts in getting a win out of Mount Ghost. It really made for a great start to the year for us.”