Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Story and picture by Allen Williams
The Border Watch greyhound correspondent David Lewis temporarily traded his notebook, pen and camera for a collar and lead at last Friday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
Lewis looked resplendent in his newly-purchased white shirt, black trousers and black shoes as he led his first starter Quan’s Flash to the boxes for the Trackside Meats Stake (512 metres), the second heat of a maiden series.
Carrying the same name as his first greyhound who raced behind the pilot dog at Waterloo Corner (north of Adelaide) more than 50 years ago, Quan’s Flash is part-owned by Lewis’s son Tim, a former general manager of Mount Gambier’s The Border Watch, who oversaw the re-introduction of greyhound racing coverage in the paper when TAB racing commenced in 2012.
Quan’s Flash displayed plenty of early speed to cross the field from box seven and on the line had three-quarters of a length to spare over Azumi Spice, who worked home well, in a time of 30.52 seconds which was the quicker of the two heats.
Taking a keen interest in the white and black bitch was regular Tara Raceway racegoer Jack Casey who, after the win, did absolutely nothing to dispel the unfounded rumours that he was also a part-owner.
Friday’s win was Lewis’s first since August 2014 when he was successful first-up with Gilmore Gun. But he’s no stranger to training the longtails, having run the quinella in the 1995 Mount Gambier Cup with Glorify and Nickelman.
Quan’s Flash, despite drawing box five, now looks a good chance in Sunday’s final and despite her lack of experience I reckon she wouldn’t be out of place in the upcoming General Destini Summer Classic.
But when I put this to Lewis he was reluctant to comment.
“I’ll have to talk to Jack first. After all, apparently he’s a part-owner.”