Wednesday, July 26, 2017
In the end, reputations counted for nothing in last Sunday’s Eric Lewis Memorial final (600 metres) at Tara Raceway.
For sure, with the scratching of track record holder McIvor Verna – more of a precautionary measure than anything else according to trainer Peter Franklin – Frac Geek, a heat winner from the week before, did look the one to beat especially after drawing box eight.
By Where’s Pedro out of Proven Impala, Frac Geek is trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy who has a terrific strike rate at the track and whose greyhounds have held track records over both 512 metres and 600 metres.
These are outstanding bloodlines with Proven Impala winning 32 races, many over the staying journey, for prizemoney of more than $360,000. Little wonder that pups from this litter were reportedly selling for $12,000 each.
On the other hand, Two Jobs, who qualified for the final after turning in a top effort to finish third in Frac Geek’s heat, is by leading sire Cosmic Rumble but out of a bitch called Enlightment who never raced.
No high price on this one. She found her way to Valerie and David Brodhurst of Serviceton as a giveaway after winning a maiden last year in slow time at Port Augusta.
The fourth running of the Lewis Memorial saw Lektra Uncut, Frac Geek and Two Jobs quickly take up the running before Lektra Uncut dropped off and Frac Geek, the $2.80 favourite, then taking over off the back and looking the likely winner.
But turning for home the leader moved out and Two Jobs, who had never left the rails, darted through, ultimately defeating Lektra Destiny by 1¼ lengths with Frac Geek a further half length back in third spot.
This was the second 600 metre feature win for the March 2015 fawn bitch who last month was successful in the Koroit 600 for the 65-year-old trainer and his wife who regularly make the trip from the border town to Tara Raceway where they have won nine races this year.
This is a fair effort as they generally rely on cheap purchases off the internet or giveaways. And David Brodhurst is still at a loss to explain the turnaround in form shown by Two Jobs who joined the kennel late last year.
“She had been doing absolutely nothing in the early part of the year and it’s now been well-documented how she was destined for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP),” he said.
“As luck would have it, prior to her being assessed for adoption, time-graded races were introduced at Tara Raceway so I decided to enter her in one of those while I was waiting.
“Two Jobs came out and won by 10 lengths in a best of the day time and while I was sceptical of the run at the time it’s fair to say that she hasn’t put in a bad race since.”
Brodhurst said he would now set Two Jobs for the Sunday, August 27 Destini Fireball Back To Distance Racing over 732 metres which will mark the return of staying events at Tara Raceway.
“She’s never raced over that distance but her litter sister Roxy Rolla won at Angle Park last week over 731 metres and was only just beaten over the same distance on Monday night,” he said.
In Serviceton for the past 12 years after previously being based in Jeparit, Brodhurst’s interest in greyhound racing stems from his father’s involvement and from an association back in the seventies with a dog called Congo Tiger.
Broadhurst speaks fondly of Viva La Emma and Cheyenne Black as two of his better dogs in recent times. No champions, but part of a lifetime of enjoyment in the sport for the laid-back now-retired abattoir worker.
McIvor Verna’s scratching from the Lewis Memorial caused something of a domino effect with Barry Shepheard’s reserve runner Lektra Destiny gaining a start and requiring to be scratched from the following race, the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (600 m).
Good Yarn, a reserve in the mixed stake, then replaced Lektra Destiny which no doubt appeased Penshurst owner-trainer John Burow who hadn’t been overly happy about missing out on a start in the memorial heats and even less happy when a reserve last Sunday.
In the end, Lektra Destiny ran a terrific race when a fast-finishing second in the memorial while Good Yarn became the latest greyhound to win over the three current distances at Tara Raceway (400 m, 512 m, 600 m) after her last gasp win over Rising Girl and Ruby’s Cheekstar.
By Cosmic Chief out of Spin A Yarn – also raced by Burow – Good Yarn has now won six races, all at good odds although none better than her maiden win at Ballarat early last year when she was a $60 chance.