Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Trebles for local trainer Tracie Price at the past two Tara Raceway meetings have really kicked off his 2018 season in flying fashion – already nine winners at the first five meetings of the season.
And two of the winners at last Friday’s Australia Day fixture are greyhounds that had found their way to Price’s Compton kennels after copping marring and failing to chase infringements on interstate tracks.
The dogs in question are Hopalong and Dynamite Danger, the former having been given a lifeline from a racing point of view by Victorian owner Scott Brandon after the brindle dog had incurred the wrath of stewards in WA and NSW.
A son of Crash x Gimme Range, Hopalong has been in Price’s care since July last year, having now won four races at Tara Raceway although none more impressively than the Australia Day Open Stake (400 metres).
Away quickly from box one, he led all the way, holding out Oh No Beta in the run to the line to win by a half-length and give last year’s leading trainer Nicole Stanley one of four seconds on the day.
It’s not that there was much wrong with Oh No Beta’s effort – his time of 23 seconds will win most 400 metre sprints around Tara Raceway.
But Hopalong became one of relatively few greyhounds to break the 23-second barrier at the track when clocking 22.96 seconds – the fastest since Colden Star ran 22.92 seconds last July.
Dynamite Danger, sent over to Price by Bushfield owner Adam Richardson after an indiscretion on the part of the son of Dyna Double One x Mepunga Jayelle at Warrnambool, had no trouble making the step up in grade in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Young, inexperienced greyhounds often struggle at their first run out of a maiden but Dynamite Danger, after overcoming some early interference, was much too good for the grade six field, finishing the race off in a manner which would suggest 512 metres won’t cause him too many problems.
Price, who is looking at the forthcoming Peter Rocket Summer Classic (512 m) with the March 2016 whelping, will find out more on Sunday when the black dog faces his toughest test to date from box seven in the grade five Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m).
The first leg of Price’s treble came up in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m) when Schnelle led all the way at only his third start to defeat Sweet Emma by four lengths in 23.66 seconds.
The black dog, who should improve plenty on that run, is by Fabregas out of Price’s former smart bitch Who’s Doing What, likely to have a second litter, by Knocka Norris, on the track later this year.
Also at Tara Raceway for Friday’s Australia Day meeting were Karen and Tracie Price’s house guests, Australian Sprintcar star Max Johnston of NSW and Trevor Green of Adelaide, in Mount Gambier for a few days for the Australian Sprintcar title at the Borderline Speedway.
Green, still involved in the sport as a car owner, is now retired from driving but is one the most nationally-decorated Sprintcar drivers to come out of SA.
His cousin, Ashley Furner, a greyhound breeder-owner in Adelaide, bred Mojito Mayhem, winner of the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup.