Monday, February 20, 2017
According to Mount Gambier hobby owner-trainer Willie Vossen, Sunday’s win by Cee Jay’s Heart was the result of a real team effort.
Lining up from box five in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m), the diminutive black bitch was slowly away and looked anything but a $4.80 chance as the field charged into the back straight.
But off the back Cee Jay’s Heart started to make ground and after finding a rails run turning for home finished full of running to defeat Summer Sprite by 1½ lengths in 31.41 seconds on a rain-affected track.
The win, which came at her 13th start, was the first for part-owner Jodie Freeman and Vossen’s first in almost five years when Kamarooka Girl had been successful over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on July 29, 2012.
By Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment, Cee Jay’s Heart, along with litter sister Bekim Lucy’s, had been purchased as a pup from Compton breeder Tracie Price who races litter brother Blazing Moment, successful at Cannington in WA early last week.
But while Blazing Moment quickly set the track alight, the same couldn’t be said for Cee Jay’s Heart who at the half-way point of her breaking-in found herself on the way back to Mount Gambier with a report that she was no good.
Vossen, involved in greyhound racing for 17 years, wasn’t prepared to give up that easily, though, and it was here that long-time local trainer Ralph Patzel stepped in.
“Ralph offered to give her some education behind a drag lure on the Tara Raceway slipping track and she just progressed from there,” Vossen said.
Also lending a hand has been Michael Robinson, a former greyhound steward and Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member.
“Michael comes out most mornings to help work my three dogs and his assistance has been invaluable.”
Bekim Lucy’s, after five unplaced runs at long odds, worked home well to run a 2¼ length third behind her kennelmate/litter sister.
Vossen shouldn’t have to wait another five years for his next winner.