Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tarpeena greyhound trainer David Williams, 39, fresh from a double at Tara Raceway last Sunday, will be hoping for continued success at Friday’s meeting which will be highlighted by heats of four feature events.
Williams’s double – with Star Eagle and Peter Benz – had been his first and came almost 10 years after Causin’ Havoc gave him his initial winner at Tara Raceway on February 17, 2007.
Star Eagle, after winning a maiden heat at the previous meeting, went right on with the job in the Metal Worx final (400 metres), leading all the way to defeat Cryer’s Sid and Panic Prone in a desperately tight finish.
Raced by Williams’s father, Allen, who also bred the black dog, Star Eagle is the kennel’s first winner with one of the El Grand Senor x Chilly Patch litter.
And Peter Benz obviously appreciated a 10-week break when leading all the way to defeat a pretty handy grade five field in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m).
Williams has Cilla Brown engaged from box one in the first heat of Friday’s Royal Fashion Maiden (512 m) and she looks a top chance after a handy second on debut behind Delcorn Potts at last Sunday’s meeting.
By little-known sire Ivan Brown x Surfing Blonde, the former Adelaide-based chaser hadn’t even trialled at Tara Raceway prior to making up ground in the run home and should be improved by the hit-out.
Ivan Brown, a son of Where’s Pedro x Suna Silence, raced on only 12 occasions for four wins over short courses at Albion Park and Maitland.
Williams will also be represented in the second heat of the Rock’s Retreat Christmas Challenge with Lektra Ash who is back for a second try over the 600 metre journey.
And Brazen Beau, who has drawn box eight in the second heat of the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet (400 m), looks well-placed in the bitches-only feature.
But he has no runners in the heats of the Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m).
“No, so far the closest I’ve come to the Christmas Cup is handling Lika Gem when he won the 2012 event for the old man,” David Williams said.
LADIES BRACELET ATTRACTS TOP LINE-UP
Friday’s Milla Laddrak-sponsored Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet has attracted two strong heats of grade five bitches.
Tony Hinrichsen, of Monarto South, returns to Mount Gambier with Back Up Tiger who close to 12 months ago won down here over 512 metres before returning a couple of months later for a 400 metre win.
A winner of 18 races, the daughter of Dyna Tron x Fighting Fury has won and been placed four times from her past five starts over short courses at Strathalbyn and Angle Park.
Back Up Tiger has drawn box five in the first heat of the Ladies Bracelet with Hinrichsen looking for further feature success at Tara Raceway after litter brother Menzel Boys’s outstanding win over Cairnlea Lewis in the Summer Classic in February.
But there’ll be plenty of competition in this heat for the four spots in the final – Bea Bryant’s Colden Girl worked home well last Sunday when running second to Dimora Bekim while Roarsome, trained locally by Ralph Patzel, has a touch of class and looks well graded.
And then there’s Penny Eagle who looked good a couple of weeks ago when running a best of day 23.34 seconds as did the John Burow-trained Good Yarn who flashed home last Sunday to run Peter Benz to a length.
The Phil Lenehan owned and trained Lektra Hutch, fourth at Bendigo over 425 metres on Tuesday after being on the pace early, looks well placed from box two in the second heat of the Ladies Bracelet.
By Vee Man Vane x Lektra Angie, Lektra Hutch had terrific form over 390 metres at Warrnambool during November and should be hard to hold out.
Evening In Paris, placed at her past five starts at Strathalbyn, Warrnambool and Tara Raceway for trainer Nicole Stanley, is well boxed in the seven while Brazen Beau, a 400 metre winner from box eight at the local track on November 20, will jump from the same box again on Friday.
ADDING SPICE TO THE MAIDEN SERIES
Two heats of the Royal Fashion Maiden (512 m), also sponsored by Milla Laddrak, will kick off racing at Tara Raceway on Friday.
In the first heat, box eight runner Azumi Spice, a daughter of Cosmic Chief and Azumi Touch, has been placed at her past four starts and looks one of the hardest to beat for Worrolong couple Steve and Lee Bartholomew.
An interesting runner in this heat is the Tracie Price trained Snizort, a son of Cosmic Rumble and local bitch Moorak Hope who won the 2012 Royal Fashion for owner Allan Holmes and Price.
Price also has an interesting runner in the second heat in the form of Lady Shannah, who will be lining up for only her second race start.
By Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star, the Don Nunn-owned 3½-year-old bitch is a sister to his proven performers Shannah’s Might and Fear The Rascal.
Lady Shannah’s only run was back in September when she finished strongly to run second to Goldie’s Run who has won his past two starts at Tara Raceway.
Cryer’s Plugger is well drawn in box eight and with seconds at his past two starts looks ready to open his winning account while Bea Bryant’s Carry On Elvis, who finished seventh on debut at Warrnambool in November, should be better for the run.