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Former NSW greyhounds find winning form at Tara Raceway

A couple of former NSW greyhounds – Ebby Tock and Redeem Our Cash – impressed with strong performances at Thursday’s Tara Raceway meeting.

Ebby Tock, in Tracie Price’s Compton kennels since last month, was stepping up to 600 metres. And she never looked in any danger of defeat after jumping straight to the front from box one in the Produce Store Stake.

Ebby Tock defeats kennelmate Rusty Zan in Thursday’s Produce Store Stake over 600 metres.

On the back of a first-up third placing over 512 metres the previous week, Ebby Tock displayed significant improvement when running out a 2¾ length winner over kennelmate Rusty Zan in a smart 35.10 seconds.

By Aussie Infrared, the black bitch is out of Zipping Kelly, a winner of eight races and more than $41,000 in stakemoney. The breeder-owner, Michael Eberand, of Oakville, NSW, is also a part-owner of Aussie Infrared.

According to Price, Eberand’s call to see if he was interested in training Ebby Tock – at the time a winner of three races over 527 metres at Gunnedah – came from out of the blue.

“From a point of view of running out a bit of ground she looked a likely type given that she had run third over 720 metres at Wentworth Park back in June. And her dam was a winner over 790 metres at Richmond.

“I thought Ebby Tock handled herself pretty well on Thursday over the middle-distance and she could be a welcome addition to the local staying ranks.”

Ballarat trainer Trent Blacker continued his good recent run at Tara Raceway when Redeem Our Cash – raced by a large syndicate managed in NSW by Adam Powell – was successful in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

Only fairly away from box six, the daughter of My Redeemer x Spare Cash found the rails down the back and then took the shortest way home to defeat 312-start 6½-year-old marvel Filthy Phantom in 23.26 seconds.

The win, which came at her third start at the track, followed Blacker’s success with Zambora Flame, twice a winner at Tara Raceway in late August and again in early September.

The well-credentialled Redeem Our Cash, whose owners include several from Mount Gambier –joined Blacker’s kennels in June after having won 15 races and $66,000 in stakemoney on NSW tracks.

Speaking after Thursday’s win, Redeem Our Cash’s trainer said he would probably bring her back to Mount Gambier for her next start.

“As she’s come from a big kennel in NSW I’m still trying to get her confidence up and I reckon a Sunday grade 5 at Tara Raceway could work in her favour,” Blacker said.

Carolyn Blacker with Redeem Our Cash after Thursday’s win.

“And given her race track record and outstanding bloodlines, Adam and the syndicate are probably now also starting to look towards breeding with Redeem Our Cash.”

Her dam, Spare Cash, a daughter of Paw Licking and Proper Lucy, won on 30 occasions and accumulated prizemoney of more than $70,000.

Handling Redeem Our Cash at Thursday’s meeting was Blacker’s mother, Carolyn, a former successful SA thoroughbred trainer for more than 20 years prior to becoming involved in greyhound racing.

Her on-track association with Tara Raceway goes back to July 2018 when her son had been successful with Aeroplane Mo in the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m).

Meanwhile, training honours for the day went the way of Tony Hinrichsen, of Langhorne Creek, who won with Shintaro Fury, White Hulk and Cash Storm.

This was his second Mount Gambier treble this year after Filthy Phantom, Let’s Go Fury and Major Tom Fury had been successful on January 13.

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