Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Boomer Hargen, off the scene for eight months after failing to chase and marring offences in Victoria, and now with a new trainer, opened her winning account at last week’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.
Raced by Nicole Stanley and Neville “Nifty” Lenehan, and trained by the latter at Koroit, Boomer Hargen led all the way from box five, eventually holding off Bluey Moran, trained by Lenehan’s brother Phil at Toolong, to win by 1½ lengths in 30.63 seconds.
By Barcia Bale out of Punk Rock Lass, and bred in Victoria by Mario Briganti, the black bitch is from a litter that includes Victorian city winners Rocky Gee Rocks, Shanakee and Tobacco Leaf.
Ironically, Punk Rock Lass, a winner of three races at Healesville and Shepparton, traces back to Hall Of Fame Brood Bitch Sydney Gem, purchased back in 1978 as a three-month-old pup for $800 by Lenehan’s father Brian.
And as far as Nifty Lenehan was concerned he didn’t have much to lose when opting to use a blinkered muzzle on Boomer Hargen, especially after she hadn’t been cleared in a satisfactory trial at Warrnambool in October.
“You don’t see too many greyhounds racing in blinkers but in view of her past indiscretions we figured we may as well roll the dice,” said Lenehan, the bitch’s fourth trainer.
“She didn’t do anything wrong when we trialled her in blinkers so it was simply a case of nominating her and hoping for the best.”