Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Two points for a second placing at Tara Raceway last Sunday has seen the Portland trained Fiorelli Rose edge one point clear in this year’s keenly-contested Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year award.
With scoring compiled on a 4, 2, 1 basis, Fiorelli Rose, winner of the 2017 Anniversary Cup, has now accumulated 40 points after recording six wins, six seconds and four thirds at the local track this year for the Champagne Syndicate and trainer Nicole Stanley.
But with only three points separating the top six on the leader board, the award is still wide open, especially with the return this week of one-time GOTY leader Blitz And Bolt to the Allendale East kennels of part-owners Connie Miller and David Peckham.
Blitz And Bolt had won seven races at Tara Raceway prior to a two-month stint of racing in Adelaide where he won three races over 515 metres at Angle Park.
Peckham also trains top six GOTY contender Anti Dentite who is ready to return to racing after a six-week break.
Stanley, who has a big lead in the Leading Trainer award, also has another GOTY contender in Stylish Pursuit sitting only one point off the lead. It’s certainly not out of the question that she could collect consecutive GOTY titles after Old Jock’s memorable win in 2016.
Young gun Baz’s Moment has burst the pack wide open with three recent wins and is now only two points off the lead for trainer Tracie Price who has the son of Swift Fancy x Which Class engaged at Angle Park on Friday.
Just out of the top six, and likely to finish the year off strongly, is Cryer’s Plugger who returned to racing last Sunday after a six-week break to win first-up over 600 metres in brilliant style for trainer Tom Cryer.
By Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget, the brindle dog is a younger brother to Cryer’s Fred, winner of the 2015 Greyhound of the Year for Margaret and Tom Cryer.
The 2017 Greyhound of the Year scoring commenced at Mount Gambier’s first meeting on January 1 and will conclude at the final meeting on December 31.
Greyhound of the Year: Fiorelli Rose (6 wins, 6 seconds, 4 thirds: 40 points); Galactic Viper (6, 7, 1: 39); Stylish Pursuit (7, 5, 1: 39); Blitz And Bolt (7, 4, 2: 38); Baz’s Moment (6, 4, 6: 38); Anti Dentite (7, 3, 3: 37); Cryer’s Plugger (4, 6, 5: 33); Big Rough (5, 5, 2: 32); Raz’s Girl (6, 3, 2: 32).
As of August 20, 389 greyhounds had accumulated points in the GOTY award.
CLASSIC CONTENDER WELL PLACED
Susan Lenehan’s Winter Classic contender Lektra Stomp looks well placed in the Metal Worx Stake (512 metres) at tomorrow’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.
Having his first race start at the track on August 13, the well-named son of Walk Hard settled in third spot in a grade six 512 metre event behind fellow classic contenders Gateway To Eden and Away We Go.
Ultimately, Gateway To Eden ran out a 3¼ length winner over Lektra Stomp who finished well to take second spot from Away We Go – a 29.92 seconds winner at Tara Raceway seven days later.
Whelped in July 2015, Lektra Stomp has raced on nine occasions for two wins – and pretty smart ones at that – Ballarat 450 m in 25.39 seconds and The Meadows 525 m in 29.88 seconds.
Litter sister Lektra Jenny also looks well placed later in the day for Lenehan in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
She’ll be having her first race start at the track but comes into the grade six non-penalty event with a nine-start record of three wins and a second over 400 metres at Geelong.
Lektra Stomp and Lektra Jenny are out of Lektra Angie who won her maiden over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in November 2012 by 13¼ lengths in a quick 29.93 seconds.
And it could turn out to be a handy litter with Lektra Forrest winning at Sandown Park last week and Lektra Stroll recently successful at The Meadows.
Their sire, Walk Hard, a winner of 26 races, is by Bit Chili x Miss Bling and a litter brother to Butterfly Bling, the dam of GOTY contender Stylish Pursuit.