Thursday, September 15, 2016
Local trainer-breeder Tracie Price will be pinning his hopes on a Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya repeat mating which took place this week.
A previous mating with Nitro Burst back in 2013 produced the lightly-raced Smart Missile, a winner of 12 races from 26 starts and more than $64,000 in prizemoney. Among his wins – five of which were at Wentworth Park – was a flying 29.01 seconds over 515 metres at Sandown Park.
Also in the litter was Duna Runa, a smart 29.69 seconds 520 metres winner at Wentworth Park, and Cee Me Burst which Price trained to win the 2015 Winter Classic at Tara Raceway.
By Premier Fantasy x Oh Behave, Oh Cee Ya raced on only 11 occasions for three wins at The Meadows, Geelong and Healesville, however her dam had a tremendous record of 34 wins and $207,000 in prizemoney.
And while it will be nine weeks before the litter is whelped, there’s plenty already happening out at Compton with five-race winner Penny La Plume recently whelping four dogs and two bitches to Nolen and Who’s Doing What the same breakdown to Knocka Norris.
Who’s Doing What, which already has a nine-month-old litter by Fabregas, won 16 races with 14 of those when being trained by Price.
By High Earner x No Recall, the blue bitch comes from a top litter which is headlined by Star Recall – 40 wins and 12 minor placings from 71 starts for stakemoney in excess of $445,000.
HOMER STAKES CUP CLAIM
A strong finishing effort from Homer to defeat seasoned performers Fear The Rascal and Supreme Deal in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Friday has long-time Portland trainer Robert Halliday now weighing up the forthcoming SA Country Cup with the white and black dog.
Although owned and trained in Victoria, Homer is eligible to contest the Mount Gambier division of the SA Country Cup (the final will be run at Strathalbyn in November) because he has run at Tara Raceway at least twice and his trainer has raced greyhounds at the track on at least 15 occasions over the past year.
Country Cup success is nothing new to Halliday with Tickets Please, a son of Elite State x Itza Rule, winning the Squiers Sales and Service Country Cup (531 m) at Gawler in November 2008.
Halliday’s Mount Gambier representative defeated Whyalla’s Classy Ace and Silent Groover (Gawler) and collected a first prize of $3620.
By Fear Zafonic out of Flawless Tears, Homer created a huge impression when winning his maiden at Tara Raceway in early June over 512 metres in 29.84 seconds – only fractionally slower than the 29.81 seconds run by his half-brother Half Way Home in his 19 length maiden win some three years earlier.
Halliday rates Homer as “a fairly quick dog” but he’s not yet ready to compare him with another one of his top dogs of the past in Refur.
By Black Pirate x Borrossa Girl, Refur picked up $15,000 when defeating Terasaki in the 1994 Maturity at Olympic Park.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
A phone call by local trainer-breeder David Peckham to David Pringle of Clergate regarding a Buck Fever straw for former top local bitch Bourne Again led to a maiden quinella at Tara Raceway last Friday.
So not only did Peckham eventually finish up with a bitch in pup but also with a couple of littermates – Blitz And Bolt and Goldie’s Run – to race at Tara Raceway.
And on the line in last Friday’s Laser Electrical Maiden (512 m) there wasn’t much separating the brothers, Blitz And Bolt winning by a neck.
Bourne Again, which went extremely close to winning the 2015 Mount Gambier Cup, raced on 77 occasions for 17 wins and 31 minor placings and is due to whelp any day now to Buck Fever, a son of Brett Lee and Kiacatoo Pearl.