Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Litter brothers Goldie’s Run and Blitz And Bolt will line up in heats of Friday’s General Destini Summer Classic (512 metres) decidedly better served than when they contested the Winter Classic at Tara Raceway last August.
The 2017 Summer Classic is for greyhounds whelped on or after January 1, 2015 and there won’t be too many older or experienced runners in the three-heat series with the sons of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally having turned two years of age three weeks ago.
The brothers actually made their race debuts in the Winter Classic but with the series being for greyhounds whelped on or after July 1, 2014 they were giving away plenty in age, not to mention experience.
At the time the pair was being trained at Allendale East by David Peckham and, while Goldie’s Run failed to qualify, Blitz And Bolt made it through to the final which was won by Lektra Munster.
Goldie’s Run, who was later sold to Will Kelly and is now trained at Compton by Tracie Price, has since won three races from 19 starts and will go into tomorrow’s first heat well-seasoned and not without a chance from box seven.
This is a pretty fair heat, though, with Lewiston trainer Don Turner back with Roxy Rolla after her impressive win over McIvor Neville and Big Rough at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
A winner of three races from 23 starts, Roxy Rolla doesn’t look badly placed from box eight in a heat that also includes the improving McIvor Neville and I’m A Princess, second in last Sunday’s maiden 512 metre final.
With three wins from 17 starts and a personal best 512 metre time of 30.22 seconds, Blitz And Bolt, now raced by Peckham in partnership with Connie Miller and Ross Schurgott, looks to be the testing material in the second heat from box two.
The black dog has been competitive around fast-class dogs such as Glenville Jester and Fiorelli Rose and with that sort of form he should be able to make his way through to a second classic final at Tara Raceway.
Irka Jakit is ideally drawn in box one in heat three for Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott.
The February 2015 daughter of Fabregas x Another Request, who has a personal best of 30.29 seconds at Tara Raceway, comes into the race on the back of a 515 metre Juvenile win earlier this month over Cairnlea Kenny at Angle Park in 30.02 seconds.
Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday will be hoping that success for the Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie litter will continue on Friday when Hutch lines up from box seven in the third classic heat.
A winner of the maiden final at Tara Raceway last Sunday, Hutch is a litter brother to Cairnlea Kenny and Cairnlea Ollie who both won at Angle Park on the following night.
The $3000 General Destini Summer Classic final will be run on Sunday, February 12.
NEWCOMERS ADD INTEREST TO FEATURE GRADE 5 SERIES
Robert Halliday, currently sitting in third spot on the Tara Raceway leading trainers’ list, has another strong team engaged on Friday with Redda looking one of his best chances.
Redda, who only just misses out on being eligible for the Summer Classic, is ideally drawn in box one in the first of four heats of the Metal Worx Feature Grade Five series (512 m).
By Fabregas x Rookie’s Girl, the black dog has raced on 15 occasions for three wins – all coming from the inside two boxes.
Redda is yet to win this year but with a suitable box draw and back in grade five company he’s a strong chance of winning his way through to Sunday week’s $2100 final.
The popular monthly grade five series has once again attracted a strong line-up with further interest added by the inclusion of several newcomers to the track.
Horsham trainer Bill Hartigan is over with Jayco Bale, a winner of more than $50,000 in stakemoney. He’ll take on Redda from box seven while Cudgee’s Milo, a quick 390 metre Warrnambool winner, will step up to 512 metres and jump from box eight for Cudgee trainer Gary Hunt.
Talanjee Stiff, a winner of nine races at Warrnambool and Horsham, will be having his first run for Tarpeena trainer David Williams when he jumps from box one in the second heat of the feature grade five.
By Cosmic Rumble x Thomeli Diamond, Talanjee Stiff last won at Warrnambool on December 31 over 390 metres in a handy 22.27 seconds.
Jumping from box seven in the same race is Van Gisbergen, a winner of four races at Lismore and Grafton prior to recently joining Barry Shepheard’s Glencoe kennels.
And former Queenslander Blitz ‘Em, a winner of five races at Albion Park and Ipswich, has drawn box seven in the final heat for Lewiston trainer Don Turner.
A son of Barcia Bale x Size It Up, the blue dog made his SA debut at Gawler over 531 metres on Tuesday afternoon when working home quite well to run a 5¾ length third in 31.11 seconds.