Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Bekim Lucy’s, a winner of her past three starts at Tara Raceway, including last Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake over 732 metres, will take on the city stayers at tomorrow night’s Angle Park meeting.
Her effort to run down Cryer’s Plugger in the home straight in a time of 44.08 seconds and bring up her first distance win in seven starts was enough to convince local owners Willie Vossen and Michael Robinson and Compton trainer Tracie Price that the daughter of Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment warranted another chance at the city track.
Bekim Lucy’s has drawn box one in the Only At The Dogs Free For All (731 m), a five-dog field that carries $2940 to the winner.
Kennelmates Andrew’s Gift and Goldie’s Run will also make the trip along with Blanko who opened her winning account at Tara Raceway last Sunday when leading all the way in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (512 m) to defeat Boomer Hargen in 30.25 seconds.
Blanko is by Where’s Pedro out of Little Egyptian, also the dam of My Illusion (by Knocka Norris) who won four 512 metre races at Tara Raceway for Price in March-April 2013 – one of his wins being in 29.80 seconds and just outside Half Way Home’s track record at the time of 29.79 seconds.
Tomorrow afternoon at Horsham, Richard Clayfield’s Glenroy trained Solitary Lad, last year’s John Reid Memorial and Winter Classic winner at Tara Raceway, will jump from box two in a grade five over 485 metres while a couple of races later Portland trainer Brian Weis’s Mount Gambier Cup winner Xtreme Caution will contest a mixed 485 metres from box six.
And on Friday afternoon at Strathalbyn’s Autumn Carnival, Ecclefechan, trained at Kongorong by John Little, will contest the final of the Commercial Hotel Cannonball (319m) after displaying plenty of early pace to finish second in his heat last week.
Little, who is Ecclefechan’s fifth trainer, will be chasing his biggest win on a greyhound track when the black dog jumps from box three in the $2890-to-the-winner final.