Thursday, January 26, 2017
Compton trainer Tracie Price was in a flutter after the running of the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Probably not surprising as his 28 kilogram black bitch Flying Flutter had just won by 14¾ lengths in a time of 29.66 seconds – less than a length outside the track record.
Not a bad effort for a grade six performer having her ninth race start overall, but only her fifth at Tara Raceway for two wins and two seconds.
In fact, Flying Flutter is one of only four greyhounds to have run under 29.70 seconds at the track – the first being Tom Sinnott’s Dub Me In who lowered Half Way Home’s long-standing track record of 29.79 seconds with a flying run of 29.62 seconds on March 14, 2014.
The following month the Brendan Bunworth trained Sir Lenny went around in 29.64 seconds and then on June 1, 2014 Thanks Tubby ran a still-standing record time of 29.60 seconds for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.
Sunday’s time recorded by Flying Flutter is the fastest at Tara Raceway since Peter Franklin’s Mojito Mayhem ran 29.65 seconds on August 14, 2015.
By Mogambo out of city-winning stayer Butterfly Bling, Flying Flutter is owned in Victoria by Nic Beltran who bred the litter which also includes the Nicole Stanley owned and trained sister Stylish Pursuit who has won five races at Tara Raceway.
Actually, it was a good few days for the litter with the Beltran-owned Elusive Jewel winning a heat of the Damsels Dash (525 m) at The Meadows on Wednesday afternoon by 12 lengths in a quick 29.70 seconds.
And, after Flying Flutter displayed signs of Post Race Distress Syndrome (PRDS) before quickly recovering at Tara Raceway on Sunday, Price reported that the bitch had since gained a clean bill of health.
“She underwent a thorough veterinary examination this week and is good to go,” he said.
Flying Flutter is now likely to tackle the Metal Worx Feature Grade Five series (512 m), heats of which will be run on Friday, February 3, prior to taking on the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup – a race Price is yet to win – later in the month.
Earlier in the day, Price had paid tribute to the team behind his training operation when receiving the award for the 2016 Mount Gambier Leading Trainer.
“My name’s listed in the race book as trainer but there are plenty behind the scenes including my wife Karen, our families, and of course Steve (Patzel) who’s out at Compton every morning at 6 o’clock.”
Price, who has been Tara Raceway’s leading trainer for the past two years, led in 78 winners, 69 seconds and 74 thirds to defeat Nicole Stanley, currently leading the way in 2017, and 2012-2014 leading trainer David Peckham.