Saturday, April 4, 2020
It’s now been almost 12 years since local greyhound syndicate, the Southern Bar Boys, purchased their first pup – a well-bred son of Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher – from Renmark breeder Bruce Lellmann.
Later to race as Red Lesta, the fawn dog gave syndicate members Don Gordon, Ward and Diesel Leicester, Rohan Von Stanke and Dion Pannenburg a great introduction to the sport when racing on 120 occasions for 22 wins and more than $55,000 in stakemoney.
He strung together wins at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Angle Park and Gawler – his final success actually coming at Tara Raceway in early 2013 when trained locally by Ralph Patzel.
A couple of years later the syndicate mated Red Lesta with Rellim Lilly, unraced, but a daughter of Rellim Rosie who won 21 races and $38,000 in stakemoney for fellow local owners Betty Hartshorne and Noel Miller.
While this was Red Lesta’s one and only litter it did turn out to be pretty handy, with Print The Money, Don Lesta, Miss Legality and Rellim Diesel all winning races.
An unplaced favourite in the 2018 Mount Gambier Cup final, Print The Money, trained for much of his career by Michelle Mallia of Avalon, won 16 races and $61,000 in stakemoney. He also ran a desperately close second in the 2017 Group 1 Hobart Thousand.
Print The Money’s final win was also at Tara Raceway, in a 600 metre event in February 2019 when trained for the Southern Bar Boys Syndicate by David Williams of Mount Gambier.
In keeping with their policy of starting from scratch with pups, the syndicate in 2016 purchased another well-bred youngster which later went on to race as Print The Cheque.
However, the son of Kinloch Brae x Punk Star Lass raced on only 11 occasions for four wins at Warrnambool, Ballarat and Traralgon before suffering a foot injury which eventually led to his retirement.
Speaking on behalf of the syndicate, Don Gordon said this had then led to the $6000 purchase of a four-week-old pup by Barcia Bale out of Hope’s Thunder’s first litter which had been bred by Brad Debono, also the breeder of Print The Cheque.
“Hope’s Thunder had won only five races at Dapto and Nowra but was from a good litter that included the smart performers Little Nangar, Nangar Bear, Nangar Range and Nangar Rock who between them had won 89 races and more than $300,000 in stakemoney.
“He was reared by Michelle (Mallia) who also selected him and assured us he was the pick of the litter.”
Now known as Print The Cash and trained by Mallia’s son Ben Magri, the August 2018 blue youngster lined up from box eight for his first race start last Wednesday at Shepparton over 450 metres.
“He had been trialling well and Michelle and Ben had been more than happy with him, although they believed he would be better suited over a bit more ground,” Gordon said.
As it turned out, Print The Cash gave them a start – a huge start, actually – and a beating.
After quickly making up ground in the run he found himself in fourth spot turning into the home straight before taking a rails run and gaining a narrow verdict in a four-way go.
Meanwhile, Allendale East trainer David Peckham and the Nineofus Syndicate completed a good week when Squishy Pea and Silent Jacko were successful at Angle Park on Thursday night.
Giveaway greyhound Squishy Pea looked to have a grade five 515 metre event stitched up when finding the front down the back but almost threw the race away when running wide on the home turn before edging out Miss Takiri for a head win.
For Peckham, the win was his first as a trainer at a city meeting, the night becoming even better after Silent Jacko looked impressive when leading all the way in a grade six over 515 metres in 29.93 seconds.
The winning double followed on from the previous Friday at Murray Bridge where Sweet On Me, Call Me Billy and Silent Jacko had been successful for connections.