Wednesday, May 16, 2018
While leading local trainer Tracie Price’s weekly trips to Angle Park look set to continue after Andrew’s Gift, Cryer’s Plugger and Bekim Lucy’s all ran second at the city track earlier this week, there’s also plenty happening on the home front out at Compton.
The kennel’s extensive breeding program continues unabated with the latest litter whelped being four dogs and four bitches by Peter Rocket out of the beautifully bred city-winning Headline.
By Barcia Bale out of Raya Riot, Headline was a winner of 16 races in Victoria over distances ranging from 440 metres to 660 metres, Price no doubt hoping for the match-up to come up with something similar to that of top stayer Rockoon, a white and black dog by Peter Rocket x Raya Riot.
This litter is the third to be whelped at the kennels this year and follows Spring Gun x Grimsby Girl and Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove litters of seven and six respectively.
Grimsby Girl, a daughter of Kinloch Brae x Oh Cee Ya, was a finalist in the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup won by Mojito Mayhem while Miss Freelove, whose racing career was severely curtailed through injury, is by Smooth Fancy out of the prolific producer Casey’s Angel.
Price also has his sights set on the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s annual Winter Classic, run over 512 metres in August for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2016, with youngsters from well-bred litters by Knocka Norris x Who’s Doing What, Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya and Cosmic Rumble x Cee Me Burst (winner of the 2015 Winter Classic).
Meanwhile, Price said this week that Cryer’s Plugger was likely to be set for the Shane McQueen Feature, heats of which will be run at Angle Park on Thursday, May 31. For the best greyhounds nominated, the $8565 McQueen final will be run on Thursday, June 7.
Owned at Apsley by Margaret Cryer, Cryer’s Plugger chased top Adelaide performer High Eden Snow throughout on Monday night over 600 metres and was doing his best work at the finish when going down by only 1¾ lengths in 34.95 seconds.
In the meantime, Cryer’s Plugger and Bekim Lucy’s will once again clash at Angle Park on Monday night over 600 metres in a race that the pair looks well placed in.