Thursday, December 28, 2017
Portland greyhound trainer Robert Halliday dominated this week’s Wednesday race meeting at Tara Raceway when Odd Boots, Hutch and Molly’s Wally all scored outstanding wins.
The treble for the long-time trainer was his first at Tara Raceway since Friday, December 9, 2016 when Odd Boots, Homer and Yella had been successful.
Halliday’s standout performer on Wednesday was Odd Boots who brought up a hat-trick of wins at the track when leading all the way in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 metres), eventually running out a 10 length winner over Fiorelli Rose in a smart 35.48 seconds.
Odd Boots, a son of Cosmic Rumble x Guru Doll, will now go into another South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) on Sunday with a record of six wins from 10 starts over the distance but taking on one of the best middle distance fields assembled at Tara Raceway in quite some time.
Interestingly, Guru Doll is a daughter of Flaming Doll who is also the dam of Star Project, winner of the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) earlier in the day for Garry Marshman and Vikki Jaensch of Heathmere.
Molly’s Wally, after three well-beaten runs, kicked off Halliday’s treble in the Laser Electrical Maiden (512 m) after overcoming a slow start, railing through mid-race before taking the lead off the back and then running away to a 7¼ length win in 30.35 seconds at the big odds of $31.
And Hutch has set himself up nicely as far as “beating the grader” is concerned after he defeated Big Lebowski for the second time in 12 days, this time by 7¾ lengths in 29.97 seconds.
The win came in the grade five Produce Store Stake (512 m), with the son of Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie now looking well placed in another grade five Produce Store Stake (512 m) on Sunday by virtue of the fact that this race had been drawn prior to Wednesday’s having been run.
Meanwhile, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley has won this year’s Trainer of the Year while her Anniversary Cup winner Fiorelli Rose cannot be beaten in the Greyhound of the Year.
Heading into Sunday’s final meeting of the season, Fiorelli Rose, who ran second to Odd Boots on Wednesday, leads the Tracie Price trained Baz’s Moment (third behind two of his kennelmates in Banjo Queen and Swift Limes) by four points.
With both greyhounds racing on Sunday, Fiorelli Rose will need to run unplaced and Baz’s Moment to win for there to be a dead-heat in the Greyhound of the Year.