Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Enigmatic greyhound Hit The Runway, after picking up a valuable seven points when running second in a heat of last Sunday’s Metal Worx Iron Dog first round over 600 metres, looks set to fly into Sunday week’s final over 512 metres.
Having his first start over the middle-distance journey since January, the son of Oaks Road x Full Noise Turbo chased former record holder Paraphernalia for much of the journey before taking the lead turning for home and looking set to land some healthy wagers.
But it was the dour staying type Bekim Lucy’s who finished the stronger, gaining the verdict – and eight points – by a neck in 35.25 seconds which was the quickest of the four Iron Dog heats.
Hit The Runway, who has drawn box seven in heat four of the second round on Sunday, looks as well-served as any to handle the short course 400 metres and pick up sufficient points to gain a final spot.
Trained by Nicole Stanley, the brindle dog has won 10 races, including two at Tara Raceway, for prizemoney of more than $21,000. He heads up a strong trio of Iron Dog contenders for the Portland trainer with Hay Miss and last year’s winner Old Jock picking up seven points and six points respectively.
For Bekim Lucy’s, owned locally by Michael Robinson, a Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member, and Willie Vossen, this was her third win but her first for Tracie Price of Compton who took over her training last month.
Purchased as a pup from Price, who also bred the daughter of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment, Bekim Lucy’s – a litter sister to this year’s Darwin Cup finalist Blazing Moment – was reared at Vossen’s Mil Lel property, initially being jointly trained by the owners.
She’ll jump from box two in the fourth heat on Sunday with her racing pattern suggesting that she’ll get a long way back early but be storming home.
Cryer’s Jack will be attempting to reach his third successive Iron Dog final for Margaret and Tom Cryer of Apsley when he lines up once again from box one in the first heat.
The veteran son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, who picked up five points for his fourth placing behind Frac Geek in last week’s 600 metre heat, will need a forward finish on Sunday to reach the final.
Trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, Frac Geek, who led all the way to defeat Lektra Destiny by three lengths in 35.35 seconds, has drawn box two on Sunday and shouldn’t have too many worries with the 400 metre distance.
Cryer’s Jack’s younger full brother Cryer’s Plugger continued on his winning way when defeating Hay Miss by a half length in 35.43 seconds – this pair, along with Azumi Swift, looking the main chances in the second heat on Sunday.
Good Yarn finished too powerfully for $40 chance Jen Shen and odds-on favourite Old Jock in heat three of the Iron Dog, running out a 3½ length winner in 35.63 seconds.
Owned and trained at Penshurst by John Burow, Good Yarn has drawn box four on Sunday, with the daughter of Cosmic Chief and Spin A Yarn now looking well placed to line up in the final on Sunday, September 24.
Metal Worx Iron Dog round 1 points: Bekim Lucy’s, Cryer’s Plugger, Frac Geek, Good Yarn 8; Hay Miss, Hit The Runway, Jen Shen, Lektra Destiny 7; Azumi Swift, Gargle It, Old Jock, Spring Ripper 6; Cee Jay’s Heart, Cryer’s Jack, Paraphernalia, Stampy Longnose 5; Binky Bale, Etched In Black, Power Sensation, Tuscan Flex 4; Blazin’ Vicky, Brazen Blue, Good Boy Oscar 3.
CITY SUCCESS FOR TARA RACEWAY REGULARS
A couple of Tara Raceway regulars in Peter Franklin of Moyston and Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott enjoyed city success over the past week.
Franklin, who recently won a heat and the final of the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing (732 m) at Tara Raceway with his terrific staying bitch McIvor Verna, followed up with another win last Saturday night in Victoria at The Meadows where she scored a brilliant 725 metre handicap win.
And at Angle Park in Adelaide on Monday night, the Abbott-trained Mo Town Roy worked to the front going out of the straight the first time and never looked like being beaten in a Mixed 600 metre event.
Mo Town Roy, who hasn’t won at the local track this year, will now line up from box six in the ClassicBet Free For All (600 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday.