In the Rock’s Tavern Stake (305 metres) Charley Davidson continued his recent stranglehold on Masters events at Tara Raceway yesterday when winning his third consecutive race for greyhounds 3¾ years and over.
Having his 100th start, the son of Barcia Bale x Oriental Jewel brought up his 19th win, much to the delight of three of his Horsham-based owners – Matt, Shannon and Dyllan – members of the Matt Moose Bazza Shannon Dyllan Syndicate and on track for the race.
Charley Davidson has been in the syndicate’s ownership since June 2020 when Horsham trainer Bill Hartigan took over the black dog. In September last year he was transferred to Tracie Price’s Compton kennels.
And another former Horsham greyhound in Minnie Banjo – now also trained by Price – brought up her fifth consecutive win when defeating Aston Dijon by eight lengths in the Hyland Fox Mixed Stake (400 m).
Laharum-based Garry Harding, part-owner and former trainer of the daughter of Banjo Boy x Navada Flame, watched on with considerable interest as Minnie Banjo carved out a winning time of 22.62 seconds – only a length outside Almighty Stripe’s track record.
With Attuned and Right Way also winning on Sunday, it was the second consecutive week that Price has trained four winners.
Another greyhound to run near-record time at the meeting was Departure Gate, trained at Moorak by Jason Newman who has also started the year off well with doubles at both Sunday meetings.
Departure Gate’s win over Starlight Dusty in the Commercial Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) in 34.89 seconds was only 1½ lengths outside Pirate’s Curse’s track record of 34.79 seconds.