Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Merbein South breeder-owner-trainer Jamie Quinlivian, ostensibly in Mount Gambier last weekend to drop off some pups, picked up expenses when Bushiri led all the way to win the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
The trainer’s only runner for the day was having his first run at the track over 400 metres, after a couple of unplaced 512 metre runs in February, and carved out a pretty handy 23.25 seconds when defeating Banjo Lass by 2¼ lengths.
A 37 kilogram son of Banjo Boy out of Quinlivian’s prolific producer Rustic Reeta – a winner at Tara Raceway in December 2012 – Bushiri is the January 2016 litter’s 29th winner, complementing a previous litter by Cape Hawke that has produced more than 100 winners.
The win was Bushiri’s fifth, all over the short course at Angle Park, Gawler, Horsham and now Mount Gambier, with Quinlivian recently advertising the white and black dog for sale but ultimately retaining ownership after several offers fell short of the mark.
Rustic Reeta has since whelped a third litter of eight dogs and three bitches last November, to Sulzanti, a winner of seven races from only 12 starts.
And among the pups making the seven-hour trip to Mount Gambier with Quinlivian were members of a 13-pup litter by Hostile (Collision x Restless Style), a winner of 13 races and $125,000 in prizemoney from 36 starts, out of five-race winner Sweet Savage, a daughter of Cape Hawke x Rustic Reeta.
The well-travelled trainer will hit the highway again early tomorrow for Horsham’s Thursday’s meeting with several runners including Bushiri who has drawn box eight in a mixed stake over 410 metres.
Meanwhile, Noosa Parade broke a run of outs and gave Ecklin South trainer Peter Fulton a welcome change of luck when scoring an impressive win in The Border Watch Stake (600 m).
Noosa Parade, who went into what was a handy grade five field having been beaten at two attempts over the middle distance at Tara Raceway, quickly settled into second spot behind early leader Cilla Brown, taking over the running off the back and eventually scoring a comfortable win in a personal best 35.38 seconds.
It was the son of Collision x Miss Black Fern’s first win since November 12 at Tara Raceway where the black dog had won a heat of the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) in a best of day 29.94 seconds before running fourth in the final a week later behind Lektra Stomp in a race record 29.69 seconds.
Last month Noosa Parade had qualified for the Tankman 600 final on cup day but Fulton had been unable to make the trip over after Ecklin South had been on bushfire alert.