Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Coleraine trainer Bob Wombwell has been involved with greyhounds for a long time. In fact, take a look at Glenburnie results for meetings as far back as 1980 and his name can be found alongside a maiden 289 metre winner called Dynamic Tarmel.
Wombwell trained 13 winners at Tara Raceway last year but coming into Friday’s meeting was still chasing his first for 2018 at the local track although he had won at Warrnambool last month with Banjo Boss at the nice odds of $14.
Banjo Boss, a nicely-bred son of Banjo Boy x Rustic Reeta, was purchased along with his brother Banjo Bonito at the end of last year by Wombwell from owner Andrew Varasdi who also owns the sire.
Banjo Bonito, who won his maiden over 512 metres at Tara Raceway back in November, lined up from box two in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) and appreciated the class drop when turning his form around with an effortless 9¼ length win in 23.51 seconds.
The win, which was Wombwell’s first Tara Raceway success since Outlaw Eddie in early December, continued the trainer’s good run with performed greyhounds that he has purchased.
“I bought the pair for $2000 and they’ve now paid for themselves,” he said. “Previously, I raced another performed dog, the 38 kilogram Fear Helvetia who won eight races at Tara Raceway and Horsham and also paid his way.”