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Leading trainers share the spoils
Monday, October 3, 2016
Trebles on Sunday afternoon to Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley saw the leading trainers continue their dominance this year of local greyhound racing at Tara Raceway.
For the Compton-based Price the wins of Dimora Bekim, Pintail and Real Moment chalked up his eighth treble this year and complemented meetings in April and May when he trained four winners on two occasions.
With 65 wins, Price is assured of success for a second consecutive year in the Leading Trainer of the Year award while Stanley, enjoying her best year at Tara Raceway, sits comfortably in second spot on 53.
Dimora Bekim, after a third on debut at his previous start, lined up from box four in the Metal Worx Open Maiden Stake (400 metres).
According to Karen Price, wife of the trainer, Dimora Bekim knew what race day was all about when appearing at the track for a second time.
“He’s obviously a quick learner because the moment he came out of the kennel house he knew where he was and just wanted to go,” she said.
And go he did. After an ordinary beginning, the black dog displayed maturity beyond his age and experience to work into a forward spot off the back before charging to the front turning for home and running out a 1¾ length winner over perennial second placegetter Suspicious Col in 23.67 seconds.
By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, Dimora Bekim is owned locally by the Bouchier brothers, Bernie jr. and Kevin, and follows Blazing Moment and Grumpy Jim as the third member of the litter to have won.
Pintail was also in box four in the final of a handy Berringa Park Grade 5 (400 m) but the tricky draw was of no hindrance when she led all the way to hold out Cheyenne Black and race favourite Bushman’s Faith to win by 1¼ lengths in 23.32 seconds.
The win was the black bitch’s second in succession after returning from a three-month injury lay-off and according to Price the daughter of Bekim Bale and Flying Machine is destined for a breeding career.
“She’s beautifully bred – Flying Machine winning 10 from 23 and being by Collision x Casey’s Angel,” Tracie Price said.
“Also there’s a bit of depth in Pintail’s litter with her sister Dubliner a winner of 20 races from 37 starts.”
Price’s box four treble came up in the final race, the Winningformula.net.au Stake, when Real Moment – a daughter of Spring Gun and Mount Gambier Cup placegetter Suzy’s Moment – accounted for a pretty handy field of short-coursers.
The May 2014 black bitch led all the way to defeat Galactic Tsunami by three lengths with a further 1¼ lengths back to Twistex in a best of day time of 23.08 seconds.
The win was Real Moment’s eleventh this year at Tara Raceway and saw her jump to second spot on 50 points with Fred Of Lidsdale in the Greyhound of the Year award which is scored on a 4, 2, 1 points basis.
Real Moment, which has won more races than any other greyhound at the local track this year, is five points behind award leader Old Jock.
ROWCHESTER STARS IN FIRST LEG
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley’s treble kicked off in exciting fashion when Rowchester Star staved off strong finishes from Breakwater Bay and He’s Innocent to win the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) by a nose and neck in a personal best 30.18 seconds.
Raced by the Bluey Forsyth-managed Red Card Syndicate, Rowchester Star’s all-the-way win was the black dog’s first at Tara Raceway since his heat and final win in the Sims Memorial Maiden in January.
And Berry Bling, an impressive winner at the last meeting after resuming from a three-month injury lay-off, went right on with the job for Stanley in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m).
Rising significantly in grade, Berry Bling matched motors for much of the journey with Galactic Viper before finishing too strongly in the run to the line, eventually winning by 1¼ lengths in a best of day 29.80 seconds.
Stanley is now hoping the lightly-raced December 2013 daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Lady Bling can take the next step.
“Her two runs back have been really pleasing and I now have her engaged in a heat of the TAB Great Chase (450 m) at Warrnambool on Thursday night,” she said.
“And after that I’m looking at the heats of the SA Country Cup (512 m) here on Friday, November 4.”
Mount Gambier will be represented by two runners in the $7375 final which will be run on Sunday, November 20 over 536 metres at Strathalbyn, a track Stanley is yet to race at.
Berry Bling’s win was the start of a good day for the litter with Bling Worthy winning 30 minutes later at Sandown Park over 515 metres in 29.78 seconds.
Mr Caudo was the final leg of Stanley’s treble – her third at the track this year – when he gained the upper hand over kennelmate Evening In Paris off the back before running out a 1¾ length winner in 23.53 seconds.
By Deville out of prolific producer Scrappy Coco, Mr Caudo has now won eight races this year and currently sits in fourth spot on 46 points in the Greyhound of the Year award.
ROY RUNS UP TO TRAINER’S EXPECTATIONS
Wily trainer Cap Abbott of Edenhope reckoned if Mo Town Roy could lead the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (600 m) then he would be very hard to run down.
And that’s how things panned out with the big brindle son of Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch quickly finding the front from box three and from then on never really looking like being headed, eventually striding to the line with 3¾ lengths to spare over Old Jock.
In Abbott’s kennels for three months, the win was Mo Town Roy’s second for him and his first over the middle distance with his trainer confident after a good third behind Elbow Room over 600 metres at the previous meeting.
“I thought after his third last week that he was just about ready to win over the middle-distance,” Abbott said. “And when he quickly found the front today I was pretty confident they wouldn’t run him down.”
The winning time of 35.25 seconds was excellent with only Unsub Andy (35.04 sec.), Brazen Bomber (35.16 sec.) and Lektra Kelly (35.17 sec., 35.24 sec.) running quicker at the track this year.
Abbott, who put the polish on former smart stayer Manila Express, said he was now looking at a 600 metre event at Angle Park next week.