Tuesday, November 8, 2016
With a 9½ point lead in the Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, four-year-old chaser Old Jock looks a fair chance of holding on for owner Jock Middleton and trainer Nicole Stanley.
The 36 kilogram son of Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze is a winner of nine races this year at Tara Raceway and together with 15 minor placings has accumulated 62 points.
And Old Jock, which will go around tomorrow for a 95th time, looks likely to hit the hundred this year with eight more meetings to be run after tomorrow.
In second place is the David Peckham trained Fred Of Lidsdale, off the scene for a couple of weeks, while Old Jock’s kennelmate Mr Caudo is only a point behind in third spot.
The kennelmates will clash tomorrow in the Berringa Park Masters (400 m) with Mr Caudo seemingly looking to be better suited by the short-course.
Another one likely to pick up points tomorrow is the Barry Shepheard owned and trained Galactic Viper which is sitting in fourth spot on 50 points.
Galactic Viper, a winner of seven races at the track this year, looks well placed in the Gordon Refrigeration Open Stake (512 m) from box seven.
Also on 50 points is Real Moment which won’t race again but bowed out with an outstanding local record this year of 11 wins and four minor placings.
Other greyhounds currently in the top 10 are Fear The Rascal, Cryer’s Fred, Slipper’s Shadow, Evening In Paris and Marlow Moment.
Recent GOTY winners include: 2012 Maldini’s Motion (Cass Billington), 2013 Just Humphrey (Lee Bartholomew), 2014 Rouse Flyer (Barry Shepheard), 2015 Cryer’s Fred (Tom Cryer).
With the SA Country Cup final to be run at Strathalbyn on Sunday week, there’s a couple of young greyhounds making a timely debut tomorrow at Tara Raceway – Left Moment in the JB Irrigation Maiden (400 m) and Snizort in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden (400 m).
Whelped in April 2015, the pair is by Cosmic Rumble out of Moorak Hope, being bred at Moorak by Allan Holmes and now trained at Compton by Tracie Price.
By Bond x Loveless Girl, Moorak Hope won nine races in a 41-race career.
And in what was a big night for SE greyhound racing – not to mention Holmes and Price – the highlight of her career was her all-the-way win in the 2013 SA Country Cup final (531 m) at Gawler.
In the same race as Snizort is another Price-trained dog called Rooftop Romeo which fell on debut at Tara Raceway last month.
He’s by Banjo Boy x Nicky’s Moment and wouldn’t connections be happy if they could come up with one to match the ability of his namesake from an era long gone.
Trained at Horsham by Barbara Lovitt, the original Rooftop Romeo raced on 86 occasions between early 1997 and mid-2000 for 30 wins and 21 minor placings.
By Wild Pirate, he was out of Spiritual Lady, a half-sister to the legendary Highly Blessed.