Monday, May 8, 2017
A win by Ms Genius in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday wrapped up a couple of successful days for local owners Noel and Heather Perry and Portland trainer Brian Weis after litter brother Big Rough had won at the Friday meeting.
By Lochinvar Marlow x Bogie Dawn, the pair was purchased as pups by Noel Perry with Big Rough bringing up his third win at the track in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).
Well boxed out wide in the seven, Big Rough chased Cryer’s Sid until off the back where he took over the running before powering home to win by 4¾ lengths in 30.26 seconds.
Unlike her brother, who had won at his first race start – a Sims Memorial heat back in early January – Ms Genius was lining up for start number 12 when jumping from box two at Sunday’s meeting.
As expected, Morris Peer took up the early running with Ms Genius settling in second spot before finishing strongly in the home straight to run down the early leader, winning by 1½ lengths in 30.52 seconds.
Later in the day, Noel Perry received an added bonus when his name was drawn in the weekly members’ draw and he took home the Swallow Drive Meats meat tray.
CALLER ADDS TO MEETING
Long-time racecaller Ray Fewings added an extra touch to Sunday’s meeting at Tara Raceway.
Fewings’ involvement in greyhound racing goes back to the early sixties when as a teenager he honed his skills out at Waterloo Corner (north of Adelaide) calling races in pre-mechanical lure days, an era in which greyhounds used to chase a pilot dog.
These days he’s heavily involved in the sport as a breeder, owner and trainer, taking the opportunity when filling in on Sunday for the regular calling team to bring down a greyhound of his own – Betty Blokbuster – to race.
Well versed in all things greyhound racing, Fewings certainly added to the on-air coverage although he was unable to call home Betty Blokbuster who gave plenty of cheek at her first look at the track before being beaten into second place by the well-backed Miss Legality.
He is, however, enjoying success with Don’t Kid Me and Knocka Feller who are being trained for him by Steve White in Victoria.
Don’t Kid Me, a Tara Raceway winner last July and a recent Traralgon Cup finalist, has won 21 races from 59 starts for $68,000 in prizemoney while Knocka Feller won three races in succession in March at Warragul and Bendigo.