Sunday, June 4, 2017
As far as Sandford greyhound trainer Brad Mitchem was concerned it had been a long time between drinks for his 24 kilogram brindle bitch She’s All Aussie.
Now 4½ years old, she was lining up for only start number 19 at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting last Friday in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 metres).
And in what would be only her fourth run back after an 18 month break from the track, She’s All Aussie went straight to the front from box six to easily defeat the grade six field by 8½ lengths in a more than handy 23.33 seconds.
This was her first win since a maiden success over 425 metres at Bendigo almost two years ago. But this was a racing career that was seemingly over before it really got going with injury resulting in a premature retirement by the end of 2015.
She’s All Aussie then found her way over to Mitchem, ostensibly as a brood bitch, albeit a broken-down one, although there’s certainly not much wrong with her breeding.
By high-profile sire Collision, she’s out of city-winning bitch Tifi and is a litter sister to multiple Wentworth Park winners Aisle Tifi, Shady Ace and Twist Me Over while Red Bastien won a couple at Angle Park.
As Mitchem tells it, by March this year She’s All Aussie still hadn’t come on season and was so “full of herself” that he decided to put her back into work.
“And later, when she trialled well at Tara Raceway, I figured it was worth pushing on with her from a racing point of view. In fact, I’m now hopeful of bigger and better things for her and might even look to giving her a run at Angle Park,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mitchem kicked off Sunday’s meeting with a quinella when Spirit Of Pat, at start number 25, led all the way in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m) to hold out Hong Shen and win in 23.73 seconds.
Both the winner and runner-up are by Fear Zafonic out of litter sisters Dang Shen and Ren Shen with the trainer’s daughter Emily, who turned 18 on Sunday, narrowly missing out on an ideal birthday present when her greyhound Hong Shen went within a half head of winning her first race at start number 59.
And She’s All Aussie, as if to make up for lost time, backed up again to run second to Summer Raine in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
TREBLE QUINELLA FOR GUY
Horsham trainer Jeff Guy, who has enjoyed some big days at Tara Raceway in the past, was back among the winners on Friday when leading in a treble with Brazen Blue, Imperial Fox and Paraphernalia in races five, six and eight.
And with You Can Jive, Revel and Frac Geek all running second it was a case of Guy also providing the quinella in those races.
Brazen Blue made an impressive middle-distance debut when leading all the way from box seven in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (600 m) and holding out You Can Jive – a Sandown Park 715 metre winner – to score by 4½ lengths in a smart 35.42 seconds.
By Big Daddy Cool out of Scrappy Coco, Brazen Blue is one of a more than handy litter that also includes Brazen Escape, Brazen Fool, Kryptonian, Brazen Bomber (winner of last year’s Koroit 600 at Tara Raceway) and Paraphernalia, the current Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder at 34.99 seconds.
The beautifully bred litter brothers Imperial Fox and Revel fought out the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) with the former leading all the way from box one to score by a half length in a smart grade six time of 30.13 seconds.
The pair is owned by Nick Darragh who also bred the sons of Cosmic Rumble and Proven Impala, a winner of 31 races and more than $360,000 in prizemoney.
The Bob Wombwell owned and trained Fire Eyes, after winning a maiden 512 metres in a steady 30.93 seconds in April, continues to improve and worked home well for a two length third behind the litter brothers.
Paraphernalia opened his 512 metre winning account at the track when taking time honours for the day with a strong effort in the Klaassens Contractors Stake.
The fawn dog was well back early, making up ground down the back straight before finishing over the top of Frac Geek – from Proven Impala’s first litter (by Where’s Pedro) – and Arabella Figg to score by 2¼ lengths in 29.91 seconds.
The Peter Byrne trained Arabella Figg showed more dash on Friday, leading down the back and the Mount Gambier Cup runner-up looks to be slowly getting back to her best form.
A COUPLE OF OTHER DROUGHT-BREAKERS
Gun Smoke Stumpy and Financial Bonus were a couple of other greyhounds to reward their connections’ patience and perseverance when successful at Friday’s meeting.
Gun Smoke Stumpy led all the way from box one in the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m) for Koroit owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan, defeating Takayo Fury and Moth Attack in 30.23 seconds.
For the 4½-year-old son of Magic Sprite x Prancing Uno, it was his first win since June 3, 2015 when he was successful at Ballarat over 545 metres.
The win capped off a frustrating two years for Lenehan who experienced more than his fair share of problems with the black dog as his 24 starts in a career that commenced back in October 2014 would attest to.
Purchased as a four-month-old pup by Lenehan, Gun Smoke Stumpy is a member of a pretty tidy litter, headed by Emrys, a winner of 19 races and more than $120,000 in prizemoney.
Financial Bonus is another 4½-year-old to have suffered plenty of setbacks along the way, having raced on only 30 occasions since winning her maiden at Tara Raceway at her first race start in March 2015.
Owned and trained by Kevin Breen, a former schoolteacher from Lake Bolac, Financial Bonus led all the way to score a comfortable three length win over Tank Tank in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m) in a personal best time of 23.27 seconds.
A giveaway greyhound after displaying a reluctance to chase the lure when being broken-in, the 30 kilogram black bitch has now won eight races, her previous win being 18 months ago at Tara Raceway.
By Nitro Burst x Lankan Flash, Financial Bonus has a younger half-brother – by Dyna Tron – called Vancouver Star who has raced in Victoria on 23 occasions for nine wins, 10 minor placings and prizemoney in excess of $37,000.