Tuesday, June 30, 2020
With Rocketline, Tandiki and High Fly Dorothy all engaged at Tara Raceway on Thursday afternoon, Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price, who also bred the May 2018 Peter Rocket x Headline litter, looks set for a big day.
Also racing on Thursday is litter brother Falcon Heavy who will go around over 460 metres at Warragul for Pearcedale owner-trainer Lisa Hellmuth.
And that night at Sandown Park, another litter brother in Burn Time, on the back of successive wins at Sandown Park and The Meadows over 595 metres and 600 metres respectively, will contest a heat of the McKenna Memorial (595 m).
Burn Time, so far the most successful of the litter, has raced on 17 occasions for seven wins and $21,000 in stakemoney for Hellmuth who also raced the sire and dam in partnership with husband Keith.
Peter Rocket, a winner of 22 races and more than $320,000 in stakemoney, is the dog the Hellmuths picked out as a pup in late 2010 – the son of Where’s Pedro and Belron Blue one of a litter of seven whelped at a neighbouring property.
The Hellmuths bred 16-race winner Headline, a daughter of Barcia Bale x Raya Riot, and boasting a pedigree that traces back to the legendary Hall Of Fame brood bitch Sydney Gem.
Rocketline returns after a 10-week break and while yet to win over 400 metres the black dog doesn’t look too badly placed in the grade six Trackside Meats Stake.
Back in February he set the track alight when defeating subsequent city winner Fabs You Go over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in 29.76 seconds. A fortnight later he came out and defeated another subsequent city winner in Sweet On Me in a heat of the Summer Classic (512 m).
Tandiki faces a tougher test on Thursday in the Gambier Vets Open Stake (400 m) when she attempts to make it three successive wins from an unsuitable box two against proven performers such as Rock It Fernando and Like A Slug.
But the white and black bitch returned to racing after a four-month break with a quick 22.90 seconds 400 metres win a fortnight ago before following up last week with a win over open class performer General Max.
High Fly Dorothy, at her first run in five months, ran Tandiki to 4¼ lengths a fortnight ago when clocking a personal time of 23.19 seconds. She then finished full of running to finish third at Tara Raceway last week behind Saint Tess.
She’ll step up to 512 metres for the first time in her seven-start career when jumping from box three in the Produce Store Stake. But Headline, a middle-distance winner at Sandown Park, The Meadows and Ballarat, appears to have instilled plenty of strength into her Peter Rocket litter.
Headline, who whelped a second litter, this time to My Reedemer last December, currently sits in equal second spot on the Tara Raceway leading brood bitch list with Xylia Allen on 12 wins – Price’s Miss Freelove leading the way with 18 wins.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s numbers at Tara Raceway have been boosted by Lewiston training team Clint, Shelley and Harrison Trengove once again making the long trip down with a team of six.
Victa Jess, a last start second at Angle Park over 388 metres, looks a good chance of kick-starting their day in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Maiden Stake (400 m).
She’s by Cosmic Rumble out of Ron Schadow’s terrific bitch Victa Victoria who went around 134 times for 26 wins and $60,000 in stakemoney – her last win, over 600 metres, coming at five years of age at Angle Park.
And Portland trainer Nicole Stanley, in normal times a Tara Raceway regular, enjoyed a big night at Sandown Park last Sunday when leading in a treble with Midget Rocks ($7.40), Burst The Seam ($6.90) and Aston Prestige ($10.20).
On Tuesday, Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton, another familiar face unsighted at Tara Raceway since the border closure, took advantage of Warrnambool’s Worst to Best 250+ Ranking meeting with I’m A Burner.
A litter brother to local chasers General Max and Like A Slug, the son of Worm Burner and Miss Hodge at start number 22 opened his winning account at the nice odds of $32.90.