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Fox gives owner-trainer a quick return
Monday, September 26, 2016
Saint Fox’s win in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 metres), the first of two heats for grade six greyhounds, at Tara Raceway last Friday resulted in a quick return for Mortlake owner-trainer Paul Herry.
The brindle bitch, which had won her past two starts at the track for previous trainer Ray Mahony, settled in third spot behind Sense Of Humour and Rico Jakit before moving out on the home turn and finishing strongly to defeat the Peter Hubbard-trained early leader by a head in 30.67 seconds.
Lektra Munster is also through to Sunday’s final after running home well for third spot as is Dream Dazzler which had no luck when running fourth.
The win of Saint Fox, a daughter of Spring Gun x Real Frosty, was Herry’s first at the local track since Cairnlea Red back in February with the purchase taking place only a fortnight ago when he was trialling at the Koroit track.
“I happened to say to Peter (track proprietor Peter Byrne) that I was looking for another dog to race and he mentioned that Saint Fox, which he bred, was for sale.
“So the deal was done and dusted pretty quickly and in no time flat I’m back among the winners,” a delighted Herry said.
And he’s now got a busy week coming up with Saint Fox drawn in box five in a Mixed 6/7 heat (525 metres) at The Meadows tomorrow before returning to Tara Raceway for Sunday’s final.
After a narrow defeat in the first heat, Hubbard regained his “sense of humour” in heat two when Little Showgun led all the way to defeat an improving Blitz And Bolt by a half length with Another Mai and Gemma Eagle not far away in third and fourth spots.
By Tomac Bale x Serial Chiller, Little Showgun (a litter brother to Sense Of Humour) carved out a handy 30.30 seconds and followed on from a maiden win over Azumi Swift at the previous meeting.
Hubbard was also successful at Tara Raceway last week with Cairnlea Lewis which he reported had since been sold and was now with Merrimu trainer Andrew Xerri.
FIRST WINNERS FOR LOCAL LITTERS
Azumi Touch (Comic Rumble x Elite Touch) produced her first winner last Friday when Azumi Swift, after three minor placings, impressed in a heat of the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (512 m).
Drawn awkwardly in box six, Azumi Swift took over the running going into the back straight and on the line had three lengths to spare over the slow-starting Digger Two in a more than handy 30.39 seconds.
The nicely-conformed black bitch is trained at Worrolong by Lee Bartholomew and raced in partnership with husband Steve, with the pair also breeding the litter.
In a 73-start career, Azumi Touch, which has since whelped to Dyna Tron, won 15 races at Tara Raceway and one at Angle Park as well as accumulating 24 minor placings.
Joining Azumi Swift and Digger Two in the final will be Delcorn Potts and Podium Time while in the second heat (Trackside Meats Maiden Stake) the David Peckham trained Goldie’s Run took a first turn opening before going on to a two length win in 30.67 seconds.
Running home well for second behind Goldie’s Run was the Price-trained Lady Shannah which was having her first start as a rising 3½-year-old. By Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star, Lady Shannah is a litter sister to proven performers Fear The Rascal and Shannah’s Might.
And making up the 512 metre maiden final field for Sunday will be Easy Betts which made a real mess of the start and Cudgee’s Myla which should be better for the run.
The Tracie Price trained Rose Limes won on debut for the Bouchier brothers – Bernie and Kevin. The win came after she chased Suspicious Col for much of the journey before lunging on the line for a nose victory in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).
The black bitch is the first of the Banjo Boy x Nicky’s Moment litter (bred at Compton by Price) to win after a first litter by Spring Gun produced Winter Classic winner Stylish Moment, Sakanon Moment (18 wins) and Bourne Cheeky.
Suspicious Col continues to race well without winning for Portland couple Rebecca Smith and Callan Ward who, together with their family, will soon relocate to Ballarat.