Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Outstanding 600 metre wins by Old Jock and Cryer’s Jack in last Sunday’s first round of the Berringa Park Iron Dog at Tara Raceway has set the scene for an interesting second round over 400 metres on Sunday afternoon.
For rising four-year-old Old Jock the win was his second in succession over the middle-distance at Tara Raceway and he now looks well placed to grab a spot in the final on Friday, September 9.
The leading point scorers from the first two rounds will qualify for the final and with eight points already accumulated from last Sunday’s win, Old Jock won’t need to collect too many points in Sunday’s second round.
The only drawback is that he’s never raced over the tricky 400 metres at Tara Raceway and it’s almost two years since he last ran over any distance comparable to that of Sunday. And box five is not likely to help either.
Owned by the Jock Middleton-managed Jocks Lot Syndicate and trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley, the well-credentialled son of Bekim Bale and Swift Blaze has now raced on 84 occasions for 12 wins and 30 minor placings for prizemoney of almost $20,000.
In the likelihood of a berth in the 512 metre final, Old Jock will be well suited, having defeated King Size Shambi in a quick 29.75 seconds to reach the final of this year’s Mount Gambier Cup.
Rising five-year-old Dee Tee showed early pace in last Sunday’s first round before Old Jock took over the running going into the back straight.
Trained by Gary Lane, Dee Tee, which went into last year’s Iron Dog final as the leading qualifier, will take on Old Jock again on Sunday but looks better served over 400 metres and from box seven.
Stampy Longnose is another one which has never run over 400 metres but he’s racing well for in-form trainer Dean Fennell and from box eight is likely to be right in the mix as should Ralph Patzel’s box four runner Supreme Deal which is a 400 metre winner.
Looking at the first heat, Cryer’s Jack also collected eight points for last week’s all the way 600 metre success – his third consecutive win at Tara Raceway.
For so long in the shadow of litter brothers Cryer’s Fred and Cryer’s Ricky, the Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Jack has never been in better form and with a 400 metre personal best of 23.29 seconds and box three on Sunday he looks to be another likely finalist.
But Cryer will be hoping for a smoother entry into the final than last year when Cryer’s Jack picked up seven points in the first round, then made a real mess of the 400 metre second round before scrambling into the final on a countback with nine points.
The Patzel trained Roarsome is also a winner over 400 metres and from box two looks a good chance of significantly boosting her seven points from the first round although any one of the seven runners could probably win without really surprising.
The Iron Dog points after round one are as follows: 8 Old Jock, Cryer’s Jack; 7 Roarsome, Julie’s Love; 6 Glenville Jester, Supreme Deal; 5 Kirsty’s Me Mum, Dark Nemesis; 4 Dee Tee, Stampy Longnose; 3 Jasmine Lilly, Andy Jay; 2 Noaki Phoenix; 1 Jen Shen.
BUSY DAY FOR FENNELL’S KENNELS
With three winners at last weekend’s two meetings, Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell will now be hoping for success in three finals at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Whatta Moment and Tank Tank will line up from boxes three and six respectively in the Gambier Vets Grade Five final (400 m) with both greyhounds showing their first glimpse of form since May.
The Produce Store Grade Five final (512 m) looks to be an interesting race with Fennell’s Gentle Moment and the Ian Bibby trained Yucatan winning the heats in virtually the same time.
And for Gentle Moment’s part-owner, Kerry Hawker – an employee of hardware chain Masters – the week ended much better than it began following the announcement of Masters closure later this year.
Gentle Moment, which has drawn box three in Sunday’s final, led all the way in his heat, clocking 30.55 seconds much to the delight of the Moorak-based Hawker, and fellow part-owner Michael Robinson.
Fennell also has Black Peer jumping from box eight in the Pathway final (400 m) while Karagiozis and Ari will tackle a pretty handy Allestree Holiday Units Mixed Stake (512 m) from boxes three and four respectively.
Karagiozis and Ari are raced by Nick Tzaferis with Ari looking quite good last Sunday when leading all the way in the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.25 seconds.
Jumping from box five on Sunday is Homer which defeated Karagiozis by five lengths in a best of day 30.43 seconds at last Friday’s meeting.
Trained by Robert Halliday, the son of Fear Zafonic and Flawless Tears copped a fair check on the first turn but continued to keep coming, pleasing his trainer with his racing pattern and the manner in which he went to the line.