Thursday, June 14, 2018
It’s now been four years since Kevin Ashton’s Carrara Lad won his first race – at Shepparton over 390 metres.
And last week, the fawn dog, after taking the lead down the back straight before running out a 1¾ length winner over Cryer’s Sid in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 metres), brought up his eleventh win at start number 152.
That’s a lot of starts but still a fair way short of David and Toni Jones’s Twistex who went around Tara Raceway as a 4½-year-old in October 2016 at start number 180.
Another durable greyhound to race at the track was the Allen Williams trained 2012 Christmas Cup winner Lika Gem who retired in March 2015 at 63 months of age with 149 starts to his name.
At 71 months, Carrara Lad is quite possibly the oldest dog to have won at Tara Raceway – at least since the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club assumed TAB status some six years ago.
By Mantra Lad out of 11-race winner Dadda Poppa, Carrara Lad has been at Ashton and Jan Neil’s Charlton property since he was three months old.
“Look, he’s not the fastest dog I’ve ever trained but he’s like one of the family after all this time. He’s been injury-free and every time I place him in the boxes I know he’s going to give it his best shot,” Ashton said.
Carrara Lad will be back for today’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway, jumping from box four in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).