Sunday, August 20, 2017
Moyston trainer Peter Franklin’s successful run with members of the Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar litter continued with a running treble at last Wednesday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
McIvor Gordon, after being well back early, started the ball rolling when finishing over the top of the speedy Outlaw Dave in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 metres), running out a two length winner in 23.74 seconds.
McIvor Patsy, having her first start at the distance, displayed plenty of fortitude in her all the way win in the Trackside Meats Stake (600 m), holding out seasoned performers Spring Ripper and Yaramundi Domino to win by less than a length in 36.01 seconds.
Chuck McIvor then took full advantage of box one in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) to quickly find the front and comfortably defeat the Peter Fulton trained pair of Wonder Doug and Ain’t My Fault in 30.27 seconds.
Franklin, who regularly makes the three-hour trip to Tara Raceway, has now trained 23 winners at the local track this year – no day being bigger than that of Sunday, June 18 when Mojito Mayhem, Future Past, McIvor Verna and McIvor Neville were successful.
The long-time trainer also left the track that day with two track records – Mojito Mayhem (29.52 sec. 512 m) and McIvor Verna (34.84 sec. 600 m).
And McIvor Verna, from the same litter as Wednesday’s winners, continued Franklin’s terrific week when finishing powerfully to score an outstanding win over 600 metres on Saturday night at The Meadows.
Meanwhile, Mortlake owner-trainer Paul Herry landed a win in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) with the SA-bred To The Choppar.
A winner of two races at Warrnambool over 390 metres, the black bitch had run two minor placings from seven starts at Tara Raceway prior to last week’s comfortable all the way win in 23.92 seconds.
By El Grand Senor out of Chilly Patch, a winner of four races at Tara Raceway, including one over 732 metres in July 2013, To The Choppar was purchased as a pup by Herry from local breeder Allen Williams.
According to Herry, To The Choppar, after a run of outs, had been destined for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), although he figured he had nothing to lose by first trying a stint of re-education.
“I booked her in for a couple of weeks at the Koroit Breaking-in Track, hoping that a change of environment might perhaps brighten her up a bit,” he said.
“It seemed to work because she came back a different dog after Peter (Byrne) and the boys had spent some time with her.”
So, it’s marvellous what a difference a win can make. To The Choppar has gained a reprieve from the GAP while Herry, after what has been an ordinary period – greyhound-wise – is now looking to get another dog or two as company for last week’s winner.