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Litter displays a touch of class

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wins by litter brothers Swift Limes and Swift Moment at Tara Raceway last Sunday saw their dam, Which Class, move further ahead on the local leading dams’ list.

And while Swift Limes was impressive enough in winning a heat of the grade six series over 512 metres it was Swift Moment who really set the track alight in the Mixed Stake (512 m).

By Swift Fancy, the September 2015 whelping had crossed from box eight by the time the field approached the back straight and from then on he simply powered away for an effortless 4¼ length win over Chilly Kiss and Col’s Wallett.

Handler Steve Patzel with Swift Moment after his quick 29.82 seconds run at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Swift Moment’s time of 29.82 seconds was the fastest run at Tara Raceway since Fabregal’s 29.78 seconds in this year’s Mount Gambier Cup. Not a bad effort for a 35 kilogram pup having only his tenth race start.

Compton owner-trainer Tracie Price was also suitably impressed and said he was now looking at the possibility of placing the black dog in Adelaide with a view to contesting July’s Champion Puppy Classic (515 m) at Angle Park.

The time-honoured classic, which has been conducted continuously for 36 years, is for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015 and as such Swift Moment would be well placed from an age point of view.

Which Class is by Bombastic Shiraz out of Cosmic Goddess which makes her a half-sister to Cosmic Chief, a former champion on the track and now a leading sire.

Robert Chuck, of Moorak, purchased her late in 2010 after she had won a maiden heat and final over 390 metres at Ballarat and then sent her to race in WA where she won on four occasions at Mandurah before ending her 36-start career with a 400 metre win at Tara Raceway.

He later mated Which Class with Superman, the speedy Scorpion (currently six wins from 25 starts) being one of the litter, along with Tara Raceway winners Galactic Fox, Krypton Queen and Speedy Gonzales.

Due to time and space constraints, Chuck then farmed out Which Class to Price who used Swift Fancy, a prolific producing son of Collision for a second litter.

Three-race winner Baz’s Moment is another member of the litter as is Galactic Spirit who Chuck received as a pup as part of the breeding deal with Price.

Galactic Spirit won her first three races – all over 400 metres – at Tara Raceway in March-April and returns on Sunday after a six-week break from the race track to contest the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) from box one.

But after only two litters the leading local dam’s breeding days are over with Which Class now leading of life of leisure after being placed into the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).



Tara Raceway trackman Tim Manterfield with Azumi Spice after her win last Sunday.

Worrolong-trained Azumi Spice, after taking 14 runs to open her winning account on May 14, quickly followed up with another impressive short course effort at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Stepping up to grade six company in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m), the black bitch was suited by box eight and quickly worked into second spot behind Summer Raine before finishing powerfully out wide to score by 2½ lengths in a handy time of 23.25 seconds.

By Cosmic Chief out of Azumi Touch, Azumi Spice is raced by Lee and Steve Bartholomew in partnership with their daughter Elysia and her partner Tim Manterfield.

And Manterfield, who is the Tara Raceway trackman, couldn’t jump off the Kubota quick enough in order to greet the winner upon her return and bask in the glory of a second win in as many weeks.

There could be more tractor jump-offs coming up, too, with the Steve Bartholomew trained strong-finishing bitch looking likely to be even better suited once switched to 512 metre racing.

Interestingly, as the trackman pointed out, Azumi Spice’s racing pattern is in direct contrast to that of her dam, Azumi Touch, whose 16 wins were all over the short course at Tara Raceway and Angle Park.

To follow for Azumi Touch is a litter, now 11 months old, by Dyna Tron.

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