Wednesday, Sepember 27, 2017
Local greyhound breeder-owner Don Nunn and Compton trainer Tracie Price for the second successive year have combined to win the Life Members FFA (512 metres) with one of the Fear Zafonic x Shannah’s Star litter.
Last year it was with Fear The Rascal who defeated Fiorelli Rose by a head in what would be the first of consecutive Life Member second placings for her while at Tara Raceway last Sunday afternoon litter brother Shannah’s Might came from behind to record an impressive win.
Away only fairly from box eight, Shannah’s Might was caught wide going out of the first turn before unleashing a powerful run down the back straight and railing through on kennelmate Swift Limes and the Nicole Stanley trained Fiorelli Rose approaching the home turn.
From there on the striking-looking 35½ kilogram black dog simply powered away, eventually defeating Fiorelli Rose by 6½ lengths with three-quarters of a length back to Swift Limes in third spot in 30.32 seconds.
The win was the culmination of a terrific month for Shannah’s Might who raced on five occasions for four wins and a second and has now put himself in the mix for Greyhound of the Year honours.
With six wins, seven seconds and one third at Tara Raceway this year he has charged into contention – 39 points seeing him placed only three points behind the joint leaders Baz’s Moment and Fiorelli Rose.
The trainer’s wife, Karen, was delighted with the win. It’s obvious he’s her favourite.
“We were going to put him into the Greyhound Adoption Program after he’s finished racing,” she said. “But because he’s such a beautiful dog I think there’s a fair chance he will finish up as the family pet out at Compton.”
Life membership of what is these days known as the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc. goes back to 1978 with Col Sims the inaugural life member.
Five years later, with mechanical hare racing by then up and running, eight-time club president Newman McDonnell was awarded the club’s second life membership.
To this day, annual memorial races are run in their honour – the Val and Col Sims Maiden Memorial in January and the Newman McDonnell Memorial in November.