Saturday, March 25, 2017
Punters brave enough to take the $1.75 on offer about Glenville Anna in Friday’s JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) for maiden greyhounds had to endure a few anxious moments before lining up in the pay-out queue at Tara Raceway.
Owned and trained at Glenroy by Richard Clayfield, Glenville Anna went into the race – the first heat of a maiden series – on the back of five consecutive minor placings at the local track.
Having her eleventh start, this did look to be her race, especially when she stepped well from box two, but by the time the field headed out of the first turn Monty Wilson’s first-starter, Bushman’s Wish, was serving it up to the odds-on favourite.
In fact, heading down the back straight, Glenville Anna looked an odds-on chance to once again run second as Bushman’s Wish opened up a handy break.
However, the favourite rallied again in the home straight, eventually running out a three-quarter length winner over the Wilson-trained youngster in 30.99 seconds. Also through to Sunday week’s final are My Dad’s Dream and Bekim Lucy’s.
And while the winning time was nothing flash, Clayfield was more than happy to take the win – his fourth this season – and quick to point out that there is track record form in Glenville Anna’s pedigree.
She’s by the little-known sire Fully Advanced out of the Sinnott-bred All At Sea (Lonesome Cry x On Shore) who is a litter sister to Dub Me In, one-time Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder at 29.62 seconds.
Clayfield won four races at Tara Raceway with All At Sea who was then acquired by well-known Lara greyhound identity Ron McCullagh who had been looking for a bitch for Fully Advanced.
McCullagh had bred and owned the black son of Collision and Okay Supreme and enjoyed tremendous success with him – 73 starts for 22 wins, 27 minor placings and almost $170,000 in prizemoney.
Another well-known Lara greyhound man in Dennis Trewin then took over All At Sea for a second litter, this time using Okay Supreme’s litter brother Velocette, a winner of 26 races and almost $380,000 in prizemoney.
Gee She Roks had been trying even longer than Glenville Anna to win a race with eight minor placings coming from her 16 starts at Tara Raceway.
Allendale East trainer David Peckham had even resorted to a couple of 600 metre runs but switched the black bitch back to 512 metres for the Rock’s Retreat Stake, the second heat of Friday’s maiden series.
As it turns out, it was a good move. Gee She Roks went straight to the front from box three, eventually running out a 10 length winner over Summer Lad with a further 5¾ lengths back to odds-on favourite Shaniqua in a more than handy 30.48 seconds.
It was an effort that belied her race record with Peckham, who has trained 16 winners this year, claiming her tendency to run wide had cost her races in the past.
Gee She Roks is by Cape Hawke out of Freestyle Lass and is the first winner that has been bred by Ross Schurgott and the Viking Syndicate.
A daughter of Premier Fantasy x Mrs Trickett, Freestyle Lass – now a pet – was obtained on a loan basis for breeding after racing on only seven occasions for a minor placing.