Monday, June 26, 2017
Serviceton greyhound Two Jobs has come a fair way since winning a maiden 447 metre event in slow time at Port Augusta last November.
This is the dog who found her way down to the kennels of David and Valerie Brodhurst soon after that win and who, after failing to win another race by the end of April, had become a sure-fire contender for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).
As luck would have it, early the next month saw the introduction of time-graded meetings at Tara Raceway and it was this form of low-grade racing that David Brodhurst believes helped to turn around the fortunes of Two Jobs.
“She found herself in a non-penalty time-graded grade six over 512 metres,” he said. “To be honest, I thought I was watching the wrong dog when she led all the way to win by 10 lengths in a best of day 30.21 seconds.”
Brodhurst had said at the time that he was still to be convinced that the daughter of Cosmic Rumble x Englightment had turned the corner.
But after a couple of handy performances behind Miss Legality and Lady Vixyma she was back among the winners, defeating Yaramundi Domino over 512 metres before defeating Bekim Lucy’s in 35.36 seconds in what was an impressive 600 metre effort.
With heats of the Koroit 600 set down for June 18, this 0-4 wins feature – which also carried a four-week breaking-in package at the Koroit Breaking-In Complex, donated by Peter Byrne – looked to be an ideal series for Two Jobs.
However, while she was no longer under GAP consideration, there were still a few greyhounds at Serviceton that were and Brodhurst had been committed to a trip to Bendigo on that week-end in order that those dogs could be assessed.
So, all things being equal, Two Jobs would have missed the Koroit 600 but insufficient support resulted in nominations being recalled for the feature event which was ultimately reduced to a one-off final at Sunday’s meeting.
And while scratchings saw the final reduced to five runners, it was a terrific little race all the same with only four lengths separating the field on the line.
The Cap Abbott trained Panalo, a recent time-graded 512 metre winner and having her first start over the distance, quickly took up the running from Marcado while Two Jobs settled in third spot.
The field bunched approaching the home turn and it was here that Two Jobs took a rails run before finishing the race off nicely to bring up a hat-trick of wins and defeat a gallant Panalo by a length with Cryer’s Plugger, doing his best work at the finish, a further half length back in third spot in 35.67 seconds.
Abbott turned the tables on Brodhurst in the following race, the Trackside Meats Free For All (512 m) when Just Like Fire led all the way from box one to defeat Cheyenne Black, who chased the leader throughout, by 1¼ lengths in 23.21 seconds.
The win was the daughter of Barcia Bale x Dyna Gee’s first in three months after 515 metre success at Angle Park although Abbott said she was better served over shorter distances.
The Brodhursts’ day got even better come race 11, the Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m), when Eye Spy Emma won her first Tara Raceway race.
Another one sired by Cosmic Rumble, she’s out of Aston Aditi, a winner of four races at Sandown Park, Albion Park and Ipswich.
Having only her second run at the local track, Eye Spy Emma chased Baron Destini until the home turn where she railed through to take the lead before running out a three length winner in 23.40 seconds.
The white and black bitch, who landed some nice wagers, is another of David Brodhurst’s internet purchases via the greyhound site Greyhound-Data.
“She’d won at Cranbourne and Warragul by the time I received her,” he said. “It looks like she’s only a short-courser but after today’s win she went a fair way towards recouping her purchase price as she was an $1100 pick-up.”
YOU LITTLE RIPPER
After three minor placings in Victoria, Spring Ripper made a solid debut at Tara Raceway on Sunday in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) for Wagga owner Matt Morris and Portland trainer Brian Weis.
Away slowly from box three, the brindle dog worked into fourth spot down the back, railing through on the home turn to take the lead when leader Kolora Posie ran extremely wide.
Spring Ripper finished the race off nicely to defeat Kolora Posie by a length in 30.31 seconds with a further length back to Vision Of Beauty – both minor placegetters looking to be coming winners.
By Spring Gun out of former handy chaser Chilly Babe, Spring Ripper is a brother to Chilly Kiss, a winner of two Tara Raceway races for Morris and Weis.
Later in the day the Weis-trained Ms Genius followed up on a recent time-graded win to score in a keenly-contested Berringa Park Stake (512 m).
Ms Genius found the front early but surrendered the lead down the back to Trigger Lee before finishing the strongest to defeat Cee Jay’s Heart and Trigger Lee by a neck and head respectively in 30.60 seconds.
Ms Genius is owned locally by Noel and Heather Perry who also own the winner’s litter brother Big Rough, a winner of four races at Tara Raceway and currently racing in Victoria.
The beautifully bred Golden Gown (Head Bound out of Gold Affair Two – 106 starts for 20 wins and 35 minor placings and more than $126,000 in prizemoney) kicked off another good day for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley when leading all the way to win the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m) in 23.48 seconds.
Stanley followed up with another two winners – Hay Miss leading all the way in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) to defeat Maximum Bella and a fast-finishing Yaramundi Domino in a quick 30.02 seconds while Tiger Bite Turbo, after a spirited battle with Cryer’s Sid, scored in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) in 23.27 seconds.
Supreme Deal, the 97-start veteran, was always going to be hard to beat when he came out running from box two in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m).
And that’s how the race panned out with the March 2013 son of Where’s Pedro and Supreme Vision never looking like being beaten, eventually running out a 4½ length winner in a best of day time of 29.83 seconds.
Supreme Deal has now won seven races since being taken over 12 months ago by a local syndicate comprising Ralph and Darryl Patzel, Amanda Darmanin and first-time owner Bob White.
Trained by Ralph Patzel, the fawn dog was the winner of the 2016 Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m). Heats of the 2017 memorial will be run on Sunday, July 16 with the final on July 23.