Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Horsham greyhound trainer Jeff Guy, after a quiet start to the year at Tara Raceway, will be hoping to turn things around at Friday’s meeting with a couple of well-bred young litter brothers.
In fact, they don’t come much better bred than Imperial Fox and Revel with the pair being by high profile sire Cosmic Rumble out of Proven Impala.
Cosmic Rumble’s winners are spread far and wide, with the Golden Easter Egg winner currently sharing the lead with Fabregas for sires’ honours at Tara Raceway while Proven Impala raced on 82 occasions for 31 wins and 21 minor placings with prizemoney totalling in excess of $360,000.
Whelped in March 2015, the brothers are owned by Nick Darragh, whose wife Larissa is heavily involved with the GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program) at Seymour in Victoria.
Darragh also owns Proven Impala and bred the litter, later entrusting Guy with the rearing of the nine pups.
And both owner and trainer will be hoping for better luck with the former champion’s second litter after her first, to Where’s Pedro, produced five bitches including Frac Geek who has won six races for Guy and Backflip Kitty who raced only once due to injury but from all accounts could have been anything.
“She had been running phenomenal trial times prior to racing so when she suffered the career-ending injury we ended up spending something like $6000 in veterinary bills in order to save her with a view to breeding,” Guy said.
Imperial Fox has drawn box eight in the second heat of Friday’s maiden series, the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 metres), and comes into the race on the back of three minor placings at Ballarat and Bendigo after having run a good second behind Ruby’s Willow at Tara Raceway.
Revel will be racing at Tara Raceway for the first time but looks well placed in box one in the first heat of the grade six series, the winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
According to Guy, the black dog, who recently won his maiden over 425 metres at Bendigo in a smart 24.15 seconds, is probably capable of running sub-30 seconds if he can find the front.
“Look, at this stage they’re no superstars and have a lot to learn but they’re getting better with each run and what I like about them is that they’ll run through the proverbial brick wall.”
The litter has already enjoyed success this week with Black Impala, who at his second start won a 450 metre maiden heat at Shepparton on Monday night in a best of night 25.34 seconds for owner Joe Borg (Proven Impala’s trainer) and Cosgrove trainer Glenn Dainton.
ARABELLA FIGG STEPS UP IN DISTANCE
Arabella Figg, a terrific second behind Fabregal in the recent ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), returns to Tara Raceway on Friday and will step up to middle-distance for the first time when jumping from box six in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m).
Owned by Ian Cockerell of Buckley and trained at Southern Cross by Peter Byrne, Arabella Figg has since run seventh at The Meadows (525 m) and third over the 450 metre journey at her home track of Warrnambool.
But the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Finlandia is a litter sister to Sandown Park 595 metre winners Igor Karkaroff and Polijuice Potion, who collectively have amassed something like $250,000 in prizemoney, and gives the impression that the distance shouldn’t worry her.
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley has also stepped up Berry Bling in distance and she’ll jump from box seven in the same race at what will be only her second attempt over the middle-distance after a second to Jen Shen in average time last October.
Berry Bling was the fastest cup qualifier but two subsequent unplaced runs over 512 metres has seen Stanley perhaps looking for a race with less early speed for the predominantly on-pace chaser who has won eight races from 31 starts.
And the David Peckham trained Blitz And Bolt, winner of the Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m), also takes on the middle-distance journey for the first time after finishing strongly to win a Mixed Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.