Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Kongorong-based John Little, who trained his first winner three years ago when Bungaloo Sunset was successful at Tara Raceway, will be chasing his biggest success in the sport when Springvale Alysa lines up on Thursday night at Angle Park in the final of the AGRC/GRSA 2016 Auction Mixed Stake (515 m).
For greyhounds whelped between November 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 and purchased at the 2016 Angle Park auction, the prizemoney breakdown for the final is $11,500, $4000, $2000 with $300 for unplaced runners.
Springvale Alysa was a $5500 auction purchase although Little and his partners, Liz Newberry and Kevin Mullan, picked her up for considerably less than that in April, since winning four races with the March 2016 daughter of Dyna Double One and Springvale Cool.
The black bitch, third throughout in her heat behind Barwell Boy, goes into the final from box seven as the fourth fastest qualifier with a time of 30.36 seconds.
Also through to the final is the Nicole Stanley trained Bereluke, a $2750 auction purchase, who qualified last week with a strong finishing second behind Bushiri.
Drawn awkwardly in box six, Bereluke has won at Tara Raceway and Sandown Park since joining Stanley’s Portland kennels in mid-April and is one of three members of the March 2016 Barcia Bale x Flying Cheryl litter to make it through to Thursday night’s final.
It’s been a busy time for Stanley and her team due to extensive travelling with her racing greyhounds, along with attending to two litters recently whelped at Winmore Greyhound Kennels – four dogs and five bitches by Walk Hard x Miss Shirleen and two dogs and two bitches by Barcia Bale out of the 2016 SA Country Cup winner Berry Bling.