Thursday, October 19, 2017
Distance racing is back at Tara Raceway again on Sunday afternoon with long-time participants Michael Robinson, of Mount Gambier, and Mil Lel’s Willie Vossen eagerly anticipating the 732 metre debut of their greyhound Bekim Lucy’s in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake.
By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, she was purchased by the pair as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price who took over the training of the black bitch at the end of August after Vossen had trained her for two wins at Tara Raceway.
“We figured she would have more opportunities with Tracie as he is in a much better position to travel with her,” Robinson said this week.
Bekim Lucy’s has now had four 600 metre runs at Angle Park for a third placing while on Tuesday she looked a little lost at her first run at Gawler over 643 metres.
But a win in a 600 metre heat of the Metal Worx Iron Dog last month when she finished over the top of a couple of pretty handy chasers in Hit The Highway and Paraphernalia (the eventual series winner) suggested that Bekim Lucy’s was perhaps looking for even more ground.
The non-penalty mixed event should be an interesting affair with box one runner Blazin’ Vicky – a recent 600 metre winner over Big Rough from box one – likely to lead for a long way for Cap Abbott while John Little’s Gee She Roks was placed over the distance on October 1.
Distance racing was re-introduced at Tara Raceway at the end of August with McIvor Verna winning a heat and the final of the Back To Distance Racing and Cryer’s Plugger so impressive on October 1 that he promptly found his way to the Victorian kennels of Steve White.
The next 732 metre event is set down for Sunday, November 5 while on Sunday, November 19 an added money distance race has been programmed.
Meanwhile, Vossen and Robinson – a regular out at the kennels to lend a hand – had an empty kennel to fill but Price quickly remedied this with a lightly-raced give away called Rose Limes who had won on debut 12 months prior.
Rose Limes opened her winning account for her new owners a couple of weeks ago over 400 metres and then followed up with a handy second behind Jan’s Star at last Sunday’s meeting.
Robinson, who rarely misses a Tara Raceway meeting, officiated for more than 25 years as a steward for the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club at Glenburnie and the current track. Also a former committee member, he was awarded life membership in 1995.
And Vossen, an owner-trainer with close to 20 years’ experience, has also served on the MGGRC committee.