Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Dennington father and son training team Ray and Dustin Drew were back among the winners at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon after Digger Two turned in an impressive effort to win the Laser Electrical Maiden final (512 metres).
Into the final on the back of a second placing behind Azumi Swift in a heat the previous week, the black dog was once again slowly away before railing through down the back and ultimately going on for an impressive five length win in 30.26 seconds.
Owned at Blayney in NSW by Peter Bogie, Digger Two is a November 2014 son of Spring Gun out of Transcendence, a Collision x Glamorize bitch which traces back to the highly successful Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap line.
“Peter actually sent him down to Koroit to be broken in on the proviso that we would train him if he showed any promise,” Ray Drew said.
“As he showed in his heat and final here he does have a bit of ability although he’s not boxing all that quickly. But with only five starts to his name we’re hopeful that better box manners will come with more racing.”
Sunday’s win was the Drews’ third this year at Tara Raceway after Kirabilli Arjay and Strongbeth were successful in Mount Gambier on April 8.
Digger Two’s win followed on from success for the team at Warrnambool last Thursday night when the Joe McCann-owned Dream Future, a son of Barcia Bale x Greysynd Elite, won on debut over 450 metres.
“Dream Future is only 20 months old and is another one that is showing plenty of promise at this early stage of his racing career,” Drew said.
For Ray and Dustin Drew it’s been a pretty good year with Drew snr. – involved in the sport for 40 years – finally achieving Group 1 success with Kilty Express in the Maturity Classic at The Meadows.
And while the first prize of $660 they picked up for Digger Two’s win last Sunday was certainly a far cry from that heady night back in July when Kilty Express collected $100,000, Drew certainly wasn’t downplaying the Tara Raceway success.
“Look, we’re just country trainers who love greyhound racing. Whether it’s Tara Raceway or The Meadows it’s always a great thrill to win a race.”
Another greyhound to benefit from a run in a heat leading into last Sunday’s finals was Another Mai, owned and trained at Lewiston by Don Turner.
Another Mai had run a 1¾ length third behind Little Showgun to make her way into the Gambier Vets final (512 m) and despite a slow start from box three she found the front by the first turn.
From then on the fawn bitch, at her second run on the track, never looked like being headed, eventually defeating a pretty smart field of grade six greyhounds by 6½ lengths in the good time of 29.94 seconds.
Also bred by Turner, Another Mai is by Radley Bale out of 14-race winner Izzy Mai and is one of only two members of the litter, the other being Rally, a Tara Raceway winner for David Brodhurst.
Another Mai continued Turner’s successful recent run at Tara Raceway after Hotham Flyer and Marcling had won last month.
And things got even better for the kennel last Sunday after Cairnlea Donny took the lead on the first turn in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m) and strode away to a 7½ length win in a quick 29.90 seconds.
The white and black dog, which last raced at Tara Raceway back in March when unplaced behind Real Moment, is by Cosmic Rumble out of Cairnlea Claire, a maiden bitch which went around on only three occasions.
However, there’s plenty of winning form around Cairnlea Claire (Where’s Pedro x Della Bale) with her only littermate Roxy Mac successful on 18 occasions in WA where she won $90,000.
PARAPHERNALIA SET FOR MIDDLE-DISTANCE SUCCESS
A fast-finishing third over 480 metres at Horsham on Tuesday afternoon should have Paraphernalia spot on for Sunday’s ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) at Tara Raceway.
A son of Big Daddy Cool and prolific producer Scrappy Coco, Paraphernalia, which has drawn box one, has good form over the middle-distance at Horsham, Ballarat and The Meadows.
Trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, who has a strong team engaged on Sunday, Paraphernalia, with more than $35,000 in stakemoney to his name, looks well placed to open his Mount Gambier winning account.
Drawn in box eight is Stan’s Choice, now back with Portland trainer Brian Weis and back at Tara Raceway where it all began more than 12 months ago.
In the meantime, though, a stint of racing in Victoria saw the son of Hutmaker and Spellbound win a further six races (the majority over the middle-distance) and accumulate something like another $15,000 in earnings for the Smelter Boys Syndicate.
Jumping from box seven will be Stan’s Choice’s litter sister Fascinated, trained at Penshurst by John Cameron and appearing to be crying out for more ground, while Nicole Stanley’s Old Jock, placed at his past three 600 metre starts at Tara Raceway, is sure to make his presence felt in what promises to be one of the best races of the day.