Thursday, October 26, 2017
The win of Banjo Boss, a son of Banjo Boy and Rustic Reeta, in last Sunday’s Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 m) is part of a remarkable story that further highlights the old saying “you never know where a winner’s coming from”.
Back in late 2012 Rupanyup trainer Kath Brooks – successful recently at Tara Raceway with Iroquois Souljah and Call Me Crazy – won a grade six 400 metre race with Rustic Reeta in a steady 23.90 seconds.
By Pure Octane out of the unraced Wolfie, Rustic Reeta was picked up by Jamie Quinlivian of Merbein South in April the following year with the fawn bitch being retired soon after having won just the two races.
Fast forward 12 months and Quinlivian’s decision to mate Rustic Reeta with Cape Hawke turned out to be one of the smartest moves he’s ever made.
Posting recently on Greyhound-Data, Quinlivian reported that Rustic Reeta had just produced her 100th winner – the majority by Cape Hawke although the Banjo Boy youngsters were also starting to have an impact on the track.
“Not bad for a Tier Three 400 metre nut job!” he wrote. “What a good girl. I am blessed to have found her.”
Banjo Boss, incidentally, is raced by Banjo Boy’s owner Andrew Varasdi, a supporter of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club.