Saturday, July 7, 2018
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, who won last year’s Anniversary Cup with Fiorelli Rose, could have another contender for this year’s time-honoured event in the form of the 2017 winner’s half-brother Ben Nevis.
Off the race track since February due to an indiscretion at Angle Park, Ben Nevis, carrying the same name as the highest mountain in the British Isles, stood tall at Tara Raceway on Thursday afternoon when winning the Produce Store Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.01 seconds.
By Return The King out of Sandown Park and The Meadows winner Tarks Jewel, the black dog looked well placed in a grade six, time-graded event as did the runner-up Lilly An’ Page who chased him throughout to go down by a length.
The win was Ben Nevis’s first since the end of November when he was successful at Angle Park, Stanley saying that a fair amount of time and effort had gone into him as a lead-up to Thursday’s Tara Raceway debut.
“He came down here in the hope that the finish-on lure might perhaps improve his racing manners although it still took quite a few trial mornings before we were confident enough that he was ready to race.
“Ben Nevis has now won five races, four of them on city tracks at Sandown Park, The Meadows and Angle Park, from only 18 starts. And after his Tara Raceway best of day win I think he’s probably worth nominating for next week’s Anniversary Cup heats.”
Fiorelli Rose (by Premier Fantasy), the 2017 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, led all the way from box five to win the Anniversary Cup from Colden Girl and Brazen Blue in a time of 30.12 seconds.