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It’s now all good fun for new trainer

Thursday, June 14, 2018

After some frustrating bureaucracy issues, Dita Mitchell has finally sorted out the paper work, cut through the red tape and is now ready to start racing greyhounds.

Formerly based in Victoria, she relocated to Tarpeena with her partner Michael McPhee in February last year and will have her first runner as an owner-trainer when she leads out Jeanie’s Gem for the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway tomorrow.

Dita Mitchell and Banjo Lass pictured at Tara Raceway last Sunday with Harper Diegmann, Brooklyn Winterfield and the Bouchier brothers, Paddy and Isaac.

Also bred by Mitchell, Jeanie’s Gem is by Banjo Boy out of Jeanie’s Wish who from an earlier litter by the beautifully bred Don Chendo (Where’s Pedro x Kilby Supreme) produced eight individual winners.

Mitchell, who has three other members of the Banjo Boy litter yet to race, is of the opinion that Jeanie’s Gem is certainly not the best in the litter although she’s looking forward to boxing her first runner in a race.

“I look at her as a good dog to learn on,” she said. “Really, greyhound racing is simply a hobby for me and all good fun thanks to the great help I’ve received along the way from Tracie (Price) and Michael.”

And Mitchell had something of a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s race when successfully handling the Price-trained Banjo Lass in the final of last Sunday’s Trackside Meats grade five final (400 m).

A $10 chance despite having won two of her past three starts, Banjo Lass quickly settled on the pace before finishing strongly to grab Cryer’s Harper on the line in a tidy 23.20 seconds.

Owned by Andrew Varasdi, Banjo Lass is by Knocka Norris out of the city-winning Banjo Star who is a litter sister to Varasdi’s successful sire Banjo Boy – connections looking to ultimately breed with last Sunday’s winner.

The grade five 400 metre heats and final series, which offered owners and trainers the opportunity of winning two races in the same grade as well as Open prizemoney for the final, proved to be popular with connections.

Heats of the next grade five 400 metre series will be run on Sunday, July 1 with the $1100 final on Sunday, July 8.

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