Thursday, March 16, 2017
A bag of four winners last Friday – his second this year at Tara Raceway – has seen Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price take a narrow lead over Nicole Stanley, of Portland, in this year’s Leading Trainer award.
And with five of those eight winners being bred at Compton, Price, along with wife Karen and Milla Laddrak and John Dargue, of Ozenkadnook, should be well pleased that three litters to commence racing this year out of Hey Sexy Lady (who has since died of cancer), Stylish Moment and Which Class have all produced winners.
Also sharing in the kennel’s success last Friday was WA father and son team Peter and Andrew Haines who own Gangster Of Love (Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady) a smart winner of the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (512 metres) by five lengths in a quick 30.02 seconds.
They also raced Hey Sexy Lady, a winner of 13 races, and trained for them for much of her career by Price who has enjoyed a successful partnership with the pair over the past few years.
In fact, that success continued through to race five, the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m), when the team combined again to win with Gargle It who defeated kennelmate Lyon Rose in 35.15 seconds – the fastest time run this year at Tara Raceway.
By champion Irish sire Spiral Nikita, Gargle It is out of West On Bluebird who also lacks nothing when it comes to pedigree, being a litter sister to the former champion stayer Miata, along with Deville and Sure As.
But according to Price it could be that the best is still to come with high hopes for three dogs and two bitches whelped in January 2016 by Fabregas out of Who’s Doing What.
From a local point of view, it could be said that Who’s Doing What is probably better known for the race she didn’t win rather than the 14 she did for Price and the Haines’.
Back in 2015, Price looked a good chance of winning his first Mount Gambier Cup when, after a brilliant heat win, Who’s Doing What drew box one in the final.
It’s now history how she came on season on the eve of the race and how rookie trainer Ben Boers gained a start with his reserve runner Lots Of Yap and duly won the cup.
“The Fabregas youngsters will be going off to breaking-in next month,” Price said. “They’re nice pups but I tell you what, her next litter – four dogs and one bitch by Knocka Norris – are probably the best looking pups we’ve ever bred.”
By High Earner x No Recall, Who’s Doing What is from an outstanding litter that includes Star Recall, a winner of 40 races and $445,000 in prizemoney.
In pup, and due to whelp out at Compton next month, is Lucy’s Moment, the dam of Blazing Moment, currently racing in WA and a winner of five races.
This is an interesting mating, with Milla Laddrak and Karen Price using a straw from the 1997 whelping Master Havoc.
By Head Honcho x Wee Sal, Master Havoc raced on 70 occasions for 23 wins and 23 minor placings before running his last race in September 2000.
Lucy’s Moment is by Bombastic Shiraz x Barely A Moment and traces back to Laddrak’s foundation bitch, Milla’s Wish, a daughter of Head Honcho and Sobbing Sal (New Tears x Wee Sal).