Tuesday, July 28, 2020
While last Thursday’s Eric Lewis Memorial comprised a small field of four, the 732 metres event turned out to be a keenly-contested affair with My Boy Bean and Victa Jess running the quinella for Lewiston trainer Clint Trengove.
My Boy Bean, who went into the race on the back of a dozen 731 metres runs at Angle Park this year, led all the way when defying Victa Jess and Rouse Rocket to run him down.
On the line he had 1½ lengths to spare with a further 1¼ lengths back to the third placegetter in a time of 43.92 seconds, slightly quicker than last year’s winner Candy Chimes who ran 44.15 seconds.
Actually, the time also compared more than favourably to the 43.85 seconds ran by last year’s SA Distance Champion Dyna Quota in the previous 732 metres event conducted at Tara Raceway back in November.
In Trengove’s kennels for most of this year, the four-year-old My Boy Bean is a son of Outa Credit and Big Girl Gerald who won three races over the 600 metres journey at Dapto. Another member of the litter is Waikiki Big Girl, a Tara Raceway winner in January.
A winner of 13 races (including three Angle Park staying races this year) and close to $50,000 in stakemoney, My Boy Bean is back with Trengove after recently spending six weeks with his nephew Jack Trengove in Broken Hill where he ran a couple of seconds over 525 metres.
Involved in greyhound racing for 10 years in Broken Hill, Clint Trengove was president of the Broken Hill Greyhound Racing Club prior to relocating to SA two years ago with his family.
He’s not the first Broken Hill greyhound trainer to find his way to SA. Doug Payne and Des Hockley, both former leading trainers in their home town prior to successfully making the move, are a couple of others to come to mind.
Members of the Lewis family were on-course to acknowledge the seventh running of the Eric Lewis Memorial, son Dale reminiscing with Trengove about the “good old days” when his father’s dog Kori Arc raced in Melbourne and won a stack of staying races at the old Olympic Park track.
And there will be a “re-run” of the memorial at Tara Raceway on Thursday when My Boy Bean, Rouse Rocket, Victa Jess and Close Your Eyes clash again in The Border Watch Mixed Stake.