Friday, January 24, 2020
Coleraine greyhound man Bob Wombwell, training winners in Mount Gambier since the late 1970s when racing was conducted at Glenburnie, made a successful return to the track on Thursday with Serene Rose winning at Tara Raceway.
With Serene Rose not having raced for several months due to her trainer being off the scene with health issues, the wily Wombwell, accompanied by fellow Coleraine trainer Steve Colpoys, recently brought the black bitch over to Tara Raceway for a trial.
“She actually trialled pretty well so I had been reasonably confident that she would run a forward race even though her last race start had been back in October,” he said.
And he was on the money, Serene Rose going straight to the front from box seven in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 metres) before eventually running out a three length winner over Beat Max Bazza in 23.61 seconds.
“It’s certainly good to be back,” enthused Wombwell, his last Tara Raceway winner being in late September when Coffey Road, a litter brother to Serene Rose, had won over 400 metres – the same month his sister defeated Missing Mate to win her maiden over 512 metres.
By Barcia Bale out of Rose Of Tuscany, a winner of six races from only 13 starts, the April 2017 littermates were bred at Tamworth by Ray Aslin and purchased as pups by Wombwell – Coffey Road having also won five 390 metre races at Warrnambool.
Dancing Rose, a maiden winner at the previous Thursday meeting, had no trouble making the step up to novice class (1-4 wins) when quickly finding the front from box five in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (400 m) before running away to a 3¾ lengths win over Moraine Pippa in 23.74 seconds.
Trained by Aaron Blake at Woodvale – a rural locality near Bendigo – Dancing Rose is by Dyna Double One out of three-state winner Vegas Secrets.
It was a case of the February 2018 fawn bitch finding winning form at the right time for Blake with him training Dancing Rose since last October but purchasing her for $700 prior to her maiden win on January 16.
Handling the winner on Thursday was Blake’s father, Doug, his son attending the funeral of his former employer Graham Long who passed away last week after a long illness, aged 69.
Long hit the headlines back in 2008 with his superstar Regal Thyme who he bred and trained to win a Silver Chief, Topgun and Silver Bullet.
It took a while, 27 starts in fact, for Karijini Jakit to finally open her winning account for WA owner John Dihm and Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott.
In a race run in driving rain, Karijini Jakit was always going to be hard to hold out in The Border Watch Maiden Stake (400 m), settling in third spot down the back straight before finishing strongly to defeat Bourne Maximum by a half length in 23.92 seconds.
Ironically, as far as connections were concerned it was a timely win, the daughter of My Bro Fabio x Hadley And Jones having now been sold to Adelaide interests.
Later in the day, Clyde Jakit brought up a double for connections and the litter in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (512 m) when taking over the running from Akuma Fireball off the back before finishing two lengths clear in 30.67 seconds.
For Abbott, owner-trainer of Black Spring, the 2019 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, Karijini Jakit and Clyde Jakit were his first winners this year at Tara Raceway and his first double since late October when Spinning Jakit and Giveaway Fury were successful.