Thursday, October 20, 2016
Locally bred, owned and trained greyhound Galactic Viper will be chasing another Group success when he jumps from box three in the third of four heats of the Gawler Gold Cup next Tuesday afternoon.
To be run over 531 metres, the $2500 cup heats will precede a big night of racing at the northern track on Sunday, October 30 with the highlight being the running of the $36,000 Group 3 Gold Cup final.
Whelped in February 2013, Galactic Viper, a son of Velocette x Magic Elite, was bred at Moorak by Robert Chuck and is now owned and trained at Glencoe by Barry Shepheard.
A winner of more than $42,000 in stakemoney, the black dog has raced on 58 occasions for 13 wins and 20 minor placings with the highlight to date being a win in last year’s Group 3 Howard Ashton (515 m) at Angle Park when he was owned by Chuck and trained in Victoria by Dave Geall.
And it was an impressive all-the-way 30.13 seconds win from box one over 33-race winner Cryer’s Fred in the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday that convinced Shepheard to nominate for Gawler.
“There’s some smart greyhounds going around in the heats, and while Galactic Viper has never seen the track I believe he’s racing well enough down here to warrant having a crack at one of SA’s biggest races,” he said.
Shepheard, 55, who is also the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club secretary/treasurer, has been involved in greyhound racing for more than 20 years with Kirkstall Jane’s 2010 Mount Gambier Cup win being one of his biggest to date.
Galactic Viper will be Shepheard’s second Gawler Cup runner and he’ll be hoping for better luck this time around after his grand old chaser Rouse Flyer contested the 2013 series.
“Rouse Flyer looked to be in a winning position before being checked at a crucial stage of the race, subsequently finishing a 3½ length fourth behind Bogie Prince which then went on to win the final,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gawler’s SA Country Cup heat was run last Sunday night with Memory Assassin and Jokowi qualifying to represent that club in the $7375 final over 536 metres at Strathalbyn on Sunday, November 20.
Strathalbyn’s Country Cup heat will be run tomorrow with the interesting runner being Lyon Rose which has drawn box one for Compton trainer Tracie Price who won the 2013 Country Cup at Gawler with Moorak Hope.
Heats will follow at Port Augusta (503 m) on Tuesday, November 1 and at Tara Raceway (512 m) on Friday, November 4.
Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson, who generally trains only giveaway greyhounds, pulled off another remarkable win at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when Podium Bound looked anything but a $15 shot in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) – a heat of a grade five series.
The white and black bitch led all the way from box one, eventually running out a 5½ length winner – her first success in almost 12 months – in a near best of the day 23.44 seconds.
The effort was a far cry from her first run for Wilson and his wife Jen when, back in August, Podium Bound ran a distant third in a 400 metre satisfactory trial in a steady time of 24.43 seconds.
The trial had come about after she had found trouble in a race at Horsham in June and was cited for failing to chase. That was enough for her previous trainer, hence the transfer to Mumbannar.
And while Podium Bound’s first two race starts for the new kennel were nothing flash, Jen Wilson’s efforts behind the scenes have eventually paid off with the February 2013 whelping now lining up from box seven in Sunday’s final – the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).
By Big Daddy Cool out of Wadelock Sal, a winner of four races at Sandown Park, Podium Bound is a litter sister to Hello Ay Jay which has won 18 races in Tasmania, Victoria and WA.