Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday’s Tara Raceway nine-race meeting ended in sensational fashion when Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Jack, the rank outsider, upstaged a top field in the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (512 m).
After results from earlier in the afternoon there was plenty of interest in this race with Portland trainer Nicole Stanley looking to make it five winners for the day – and surely some sort of chance with four runners, including the $2.80 favourite Hit The Runway.
And Allendale East trainer David Peckham had a bag of four in his sights with Anti Dentite who quickly found the front from box three, opening up a handy break down the back and looking likely to give Peckham another big day.
Cryer’s Jack, despite drawing box one, was unwanted at $23. Probably a fair quote considering he hadn’t won a race since last August although during that month he had won three races in succession including a heat of the Iron Dog over 600 metres.
But not much had happened since then with the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget off the scene between November and February before contesting a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup and running into eventual final winner Fabregal.
Sunday’s run was only Cryer’s Jack’s fourth this year so when he railed into second spot going out of the first turn he was always going to have to work hard to rein in the race-fit Anti Dentite, a smart feature grade five winner at the previous meeting.
Work hard he did, though, and by the time the field turned for home he looked a definite chance. More than a chance as it turned out as he stormed home to grab victory by three-quarters of a length in 30.10 seconds.
The win came as a complete surprise to trainer Tom Cryer who said he had been looking at Pathway and Masters options for the February 2013 whelping – now a winner of 15 races from 75 starts.
It was a successful double-header meeting for Cryer and his wife Margaret after Cryer’s Jack’s younger full brother, Cryer’s Sid, led all the way on Friday to win the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) – the first heat of a grade six series – from a fast finishing Cee Jay’s Heart in 30.38 seconds.
Another trainer to enjoy a successful weekend was Peter Byrne of Southern Cross. Byrne stepped up Arabella Figg, runner-up to Fabregal in this year’s Mount Gambier Cup, to 600 metres on Friday and she easily accounted for a handy grade five field in the Williams Crane Hire Stake.
And at Sunday’s meeting, Born Billy broke a long run of outs when successful in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).
Last successful at Bendigo in June 2016, Born Billy quickly shrugged off Miss Pineapple and strode away to an easy seven length victory in 23.28 seconds – his first win for Byrne who took over the son of Velocette and Molly Grace in October.
The winner was bred and is owned by Warrnambool schoolteacher Noel Mugavin who also races litter brother Silverali, a winner of nine races and $65,000 in prizemoney.
The pair’s involvement actually goes back a fair way with Byrne’s first Victorian city winner being the Mugavin-owned Red Beadman who won at The Meadows over 725 metres in April 2001.