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Kicking goals at the greyhounds

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Local footy legend Dion Pannenburg, who on more than one occasion bagged 100 goals in a season, was kicking goals of a different kind out at  Tara Raceway last Sunday.

This time it was with the David Williams trained Miss Legality who he races with first-time owner Lyle Radan of Carpenter Rocks.

Dion and Mahli Pannenburg and David Williams with Miss Legality after her win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

In Williams’ kennels since January, the June 2015 daughter of Red Lesta x Rellim Lilly went into Sunday’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 metres) with only four starts under her belt.

But despite drawing the tricky box six, Miss Legality quickly worked to the front and was never in any danger of defeat, eventually running out a 7¾ length winner in a pretty handy 30.44 seconds.

The win continued the success Pannenburg has enjoyed with the litter through his involvement in the Southern Bar Boys Syndicate who races the Victorian trained winners Don Lesta and Print The Money.

Previously, the syndicate had also enjoyed a great run with Red Lesta who went around on 120 occasions for 22 wins, 34 minor placings and more than $55,000 in prizemoney.

And with Red Lesta and Rellim Lilly, now both deceased, Pannenburg is hoping that later on Miss Legality will be bred with in order to continue the line.

The widely-travelled Pannenburg played football in Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Noosa, East Gambier and Kongorong before ending up coaching in the early 2000s out at Tarpeena where Williams was the team manager.

However, the coach faced a fair task with Tarpeena having commenced a 121-game losing streak back in 1993 before they finally broke their run of outs in 2001.

“The celebrations were massive,” Williams recalled. “You’d have thought that we had won a premiership.”

These days, Williams is still at Tarpeena but now trains a team of greyhounds that this year has already won nine races and run 22 minor placings at Tara Raceway.

And judging by last Sunday’s win, Miss Legality will kick a few more goals yet for the former coach and his team manager.

Meanwhile, Cilla Brown, raced by Williams’ 17-year-old daughter Angela, won her first race this year when leading all the way from box one (one of seven red runners to win) last Sunday in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).

By Ivan Brown x Surfing Blonde, Cilla Brown was given to her by Adelaide trainer John Spoolder last November and has now won four races for the local teenager.

The win gave David Williams his first double at Tara Raceway since Peter Benz and Star Eagle were successful in December last year.



Friday’s 12-race card comprises 11 time-graded events and a 400 metre Masters for the older grade five greyhounds.

Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield has Glenville Jester engaged in the Berringa Park Masters and no doubt will be hoping the non-penalty veterans race can turn around the fortunes of his 16-race winner.

It’s a ploy Clayfield has successfully used before on the Jester who in August last year had lost the plot and couldn’t win a race to save himself.

Back then the son of Vapour Whirl x Glenville Maggie had been nominated for a Pathway – a restricted non-penalty event for grade five greyhounds.

And with less pressure, and a lower class, Glenville Jester bolted in before then going on to win a further six races, including the Christmas Cup.

But unfortunately for Clayfield and fellow part-owners Kev Clayfield and Dale Lewis, the black dog hit the skids again in mid-January to the extent that at his past four starts he’s been beaten a total of 58 lengths.

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