Thursday, April 25, 2019
No, the headline shouldn’t read paltry pair because as the story goes it was John Burow who had decided to give the dishlickers away and use his two greyhound runs in his Penshurst backyard for chooks and ducks.
That never happened, of course, Burow not really your poultry farmer type. He did compromise, though, purchasing a couple of four-month-old pups for the yards and calling them Chooks and Ducks.
The first purchase, bred at Dennington by Ray Drew, was a May 2017 black bitch by Banjo Boy out of Maisy Mac, a winner of nine Victorian provincial races and boasting Zambora Brockie – 31 wins and $540,000 in stakemoney – as a litter brother.
But Burow soon realised that he would need another pup of similar age to rear with his $2000 purchase, opting for an SA-bred daughter of Fabregas and Kaos Chloe which West Richmond breeder Adam Burda was advertising for $800.
The Maisy Mac pup (Chooks) made her debut as United Lass at Tara Raceway last Sunday in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres), matching motors early with Shock Horror before running out a 1½ length winner in 23.75 seconds.
And it was a pretty fair effort considering she was having her first run in a field, Burow quick to hand out plenty of credit to Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan.
“To be honest, Chooks wasn’t chasing all that keenly earlier in her preparation and that’s when Nifty stepped in and said he would get her going. Three months later she was back in Penshurst, ready to go.”
Ducks, who now races as Miss Adelaide and opened her winning account back in February at Tara Raceway over 400 metres, also raced last Sunday and showed marked improvement over 512 metres with a run of 30.43 seconds when finishing second to Dare To Do.