Allendale East trainer Connie Miller, of the Bourne Racing Kennels, reckoned it felt like Groundhog Day at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
This was after the running of the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) when Bushman’s Faith took the lead from Vee Bee Mee turning for home and then held out kennelmate Lady Vixyma to win by 2¼ lengths in 23.48 seconds.
A couple of days earlier, Bushman’s Faith, having his first start at Tara Raceway, had assumed control over Lady Vixyma down the back straight before going on to a four length win over that greyhound in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m), also in 23.48 seconds.
So the two grade six wins over the weekend saw Bushman’s Faith “beat the grader”, something that hasn’t been achieved all that often since the monthly double meetings were introduced at Tara Raceway.
“The only reason I backed him up was because he’s not SA-bred and as such is allowed only one grade six win at the track,” Miller said.
Owned in WA by John Turner, the June 2014 black dog is NSW-bred, being by Magic Sprite out of NSW city-winning stayer Cin Cin Shiraz.
It’s been a quick return for Miller with Bushman’s Faith joining the kennels only a fortnight ago prior to racing in Victoria on 15 occasions for a maiden win at Horsham.
The wins over the weekend continued the success Bourne Racing Kennels has had with Turner who previously owned Fred Of Lidsdale which has won eight short-course races at Tara Raceway for co-trainer David Peckham.
And it wasn’t a bad weekend either for Peckham who was successful with Raz’s Girl at Friday’s meeting and Thanks Captain on Sunday.
Having her fifth Tara Raceway start, Raz’s Girl led all the way in the Trackside Meats Stake which was a heat of the maiden 400 metre series, the final of which will be run next Sunday along with all other finals emanating from the weekend’s heats.
By Kinloch Brae, Raz’s Girl is out of Cawbourne Raz which won her six races in NSW at the Gardens.
The 25½ kilogram black bitch was purchased mid-year from Newcastle by Ross Schurgott, together with Steve Maguire, Garry Siney, Steve Mason, Artie Slee, Grant Sterzl and Peckham for $1400.
And Schurgott was also among the winners again on Sunday when Thanks Captain took over the running from Penny Blossom off the back in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) which was a heat of a grade five series.
Better known as the “reluctant racer” due to his reluctance sometimes to even want to turn up at the track let alone race, Thanks Captain was resuming after a 128 day break due to injury and was on his best behaviour when finishing strongly to defeat Whatta Moment by 2¾ lengths in 23.41 seconds.
JOCK AND JACK TAKE THE POINTS
The Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock and the Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Jack will head into the 400 metre second round of the Berringa Park Iron Dog as the leading point scorers after impressive 600 metre wins on Sunday.
The top eight point scorers from the first two rounds will then contest the 512 metre final on Friday, September 9.
Points after round 1: 8 Old Jock, Cryer’s Jack; 7 Roarsome, Julie’s Love; 6 Glenville Jester, Supreme Deal; 5 Kirsty’s Me Mum, Dark Nemesis; 4 Dee Tee, Stampy Longnose; 3 Jasmine Lilly, Andy Jay; 2 Noaki Phoenix, Gold Rocker; 1 Jen Shen.