Monday, July 3, 2017
It’s taken a while, but Bull Battle Born finally broke through for the four-member Holmes Klaassens Syndicate in Friday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).
Second-up after a five-month break, the black bitch showed good early pace from box eight to quickly round up race favourite Golden Gown before holding out Arolok Jax in the run to the line to win by a length in 23.45 seconds.
Bull Battle Born was purchased by the locally-based syndicate members – Rex and Chris Klaassens and Allan and Tim Holmes – after being advertised for sale last November on Greyhound-Data for $2000.
By Magic Sprite, she’s out of Borgata – a winner of 10 races at Albion Park, Lismore, Grafton and Casino – with Bull Battle Born herself having won at Warrnambool and Bendigo prior to relocating to long-time trainer Allan Holmes’ Moorak kennels.
But at her fifth start for her new owners in late January in a 319 metre final at Strathalbyn she sustained an injury and, coupled with subsequent seasonal issues, the lightly-raced December 2013 whelping was off the track for close to five months.
So for Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club sponsor Chris Klaassens and his fellow syndicate members this was a win to savour especially as their last win as a group had been a fair while ago – 18 months in fact with a bitch called Lady Tarc in a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway.
SUCCESSFUL RETURN FOR HEATHMERE TRAINER
Heathmere trainer Bea Bryant, back at Tara Raceway for Sunday’s meeting after holidaying in Darwin with husband Roger, didn’t take long to find winning form again when Colden Blu Boy and Colden Star both scored impressive wins.
The three-year-old Colden Blu Boy, who was having only his second race start after a first-up second at Tara Raceway back in April, handled himself well – despite his hulking 38 kilogram frame – from box two in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m).
The odds-on favourite chased Bob Wombwell’s Outlaw Dave until the home turn where he took advantage of the leader running wide and then finished full of running to win by a length in 23.38 seconds.
A three-year-old greyhound with only two runs to his name is somewhat unusual but Bea Bryant said the blue dog was very highly strung and continued to be a work in progress.
“We found that he was damaging his feet in his original kennel so we had to change the set-up as far as floor coverings were concerned and he now seems to be more settled,” she said.
Colden Blu Boy’s win on Sunday sees all members of the Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur litter (bred by Bryant) to race having now won – Carry On Elvis, Carry On Pendles, Carry On Quinney and Colden Girl (a 2017 Mount Gambier Cup finalist) all successful on Victorian city tracks.
And Colden Star’s all the way 5¼ length win over Ming Men Shen in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m) in 22.92 seconds made her the third fastest short-course winner at Tara Raceway.
Only Cryer’s Ricky and Ireland’s Oyster have run quicker than 12-race winner Colden Star, a daughter of Collision x Express Links.
Both of the Colden greyhounds are raced by Bea and Roger Bryant in partnership with Colleen and Dennis Rose.