Sunday, December 22, 2019
A barnstorming finish by Absolute Scenes to nail tearaway leader Banjo Bliss right on the line in the O’Brien Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting on Thursday afternoon kicked off a successful day for Ecklin South greyhound trainer Peter Fulton.
Raced by Warrnambool owner Daniel Harding, who purchased the son of Barcia Bale x Fireball Fury as a pup, before handing him over to Fulton for rearing, Absolute Scenes is a younger half-brother to Rixy Ya Pest, a winner of 18 races and $68,000 in stakemoney.
Fulton’s association with Harding came about after he had been on the lookout for a van to transport his greyhounds – ultimately the trainer coming up with a set of wheels and the car salesman with someone to look after his pup.
A couple of races later, in the Trackside Meats Maiden Stake (400 m), Fulton’s $26 chance Just Wally, out of a place in all of his 13 starts, caused a major boilover when finishing strongly to defeat Bourne Maximum by 2¼ lengths in 23.63 seconds.
By Worm Burner out of Miss Hodge, Just Wally was bred by the trainer and completed Fulton’s first double at Tara Raceway, the brindle dog’s win bringing up 10 this year at the track for the January 2018 litter.
Also winning her first race last Thursday at start number three was Crazy Old Duck, impressing with a 23.22 seconds 9¾ length win over Pete’s Peruzzi in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m).
Crazy Old Duck is the only racing greyhound Heathmere owner-trainer Garry Marshman has in his kennels at the moment, the white and blue bitch picked up early in the month after he had been looking for something to play around with.
“How it all came about was that Little River trainer David Burnett had advertised as a giveaway a dog that had won seven races but it had gone by the time I had made contact with him,” Marshman said.
“However, he said he had a bitch there – Crazy Old Duck – that hadn’t done a lot in her two runs at Horsham but I could have her and pay him $500 if she ended up winning a race.
“And I was reasonably confident that I would be making a payment to David probably sooner than later after she trialled in good time at Tara Raceway leading up to the race.”
Whelped in March 2018, Crazy Old Duck is by Fernando Bale out of Marcus Glory, who is from a pretty handy litter that includes Marcus Joe, a winner of 20 races and more than $280,000 in stakemoney.
Meanwhile, the Greyhound Racing SA Racing Department has advised of an update to the process of allocating reserves for time-graded (worst to best) meetings.
Currently, the time-graded methodology does not allow for the allocation of reserves to the majority of races, therefore increasing the likelihood of reduced field sizes.
Under the new methodology, greyhounds will be grouped into races according to their time rating, including the reserves – eight greyhounds for G-SIX racing (six in the field plus two reserves), 10 greyhounds for traditional eight-dog racing (eight in the field plus two reserves).
A random draw will then be conducted to determine the two reserve greyhounds.
And GRSA has announced that changes, having regard for an unexpected downturn in forecast wagering revenue, will be implemented from January 1.
Among the changes is the trainer rebate reducing from $60 to $50 while the unplaced payment for time-graded meetings and Pathway events will reduce to $50 (for greyhounds placing fifth or lower) and be allocated wholly to the trainer.