Monday, January 16, 2017
McIvor Neville, a Val and Col Sims Memorial heat winner last week at his first race start, continued on his winning way at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when scoring a hard-fought victory in the final of the 512 metre series for maiden greyhounds.
Away only fairly from box eight, the 34 kilogram red fawn dog kept out of trouble on the first turn and by mid-race had worked into third spot behind Tipping Woody and Jaeda Sienn.
Actually, it had been Jaeda Sienn who led the field out from box four and had set the pace into the back straight before Tipping Woody let loose with a quick burst and opened up what could have well been a race-winning lead.
But turning for home the leader moved out and McIvor Neville warmed to the task as the pair set down to fight out the memorial, Neville doing enough on the line to get the verdict by a neck in a time of 30.64 seconds.
Once again, the Sims family was well-represented on track and the winner’s trainer, Peter Franklin of Moyston, was most appreciative of their continued support of the memorial.
“It’s a terrific thrill to win this race,” he said. “You know, I can still remember coming over to Mount Gambier as a lad for coursing meetings and marvelling at how successful the Sims’ were at this now long-gone form of greyhound racing.”
By US sire Bella Infrared out of Blonde Caviar, McIvor Neville is one of eight members of the litter Franklin is training for Bendigo owner Barry Priest – McIvor Gordon having also won a heat last week while Chuck McIvor opened his winning account at start number two when finishing too strongly to defeat Supreme Times in Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Maiden Stake (400 m).
Speaking after the memorial, Franklin said he wasn’t sure as to Priest’s intentions with Blonde Caviar and any future litters.
“She’s probably worth another litter but at the moment she’s enjoying a life of luxury at the Stawell home of my ‘right hand man’ John Gale.”
Sunday’s win continued the trainer’s outstanding feature race strike rate at Tara Raceway after Mojito Mayhem had dominated the cups races last year.
Mojito Mayhem is drawn to race at Warrnambool tomorrow night but Franklin said it was unlikely he would run and that the black dog may well defend his Mount Gambier Cup crown by going into next month’s heats without another race start.
As far as the McIvor greyhounds are concerned, he said he was now looking at the forthcoming Summer Classic with some of the May 2015 whelpings.
Heats of the Summer Classic, a 512 metre Special Event for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2015, will be run on Friday, February 3 with the $3000 final on Sunday, February 12.
“They aren’t very old and I don’t want to push them too hard but they only get one chance at these types of events. After all, they will be running against dogs pretty well their own age and of the same experience,” said Franklin who was runner-up to Cryer’s Ricky with Future Past in the 2014 Summer Classic.
Charlton trainer Kevin Ashton went close in the memorial with Tipping Woody, a lightly-raced son of Stagger, who raced on 137 occasions for 64 wins, out of Sandown Park winner Hippy Chic while Monty and Jen Wilson’s Jaeda Sienn continued her consistent form over 512 metres with a 3¼ length third.
SEARCHING FOR A WINNER
A late night internet search indirectly came up with Master Tron, a quick Masters winner over 400 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
And it was a win that came purely by chance as the 36 kilogram fawn dog had been drawn as a reserve and only gained a run when Lil Arthur was scratched due to ineligibility.
An internet search on a greyhound site by local owner and trainer Amanda Darmanin had come up with a giveaway from NSW that she thought could be suitable for her and fellow local trainer Ralph Patzel to race in Mount Gambier.
But after several phone calls there were two giveaways and then three – the third one being a dog called Master Tron, a son of Dyna Tron x Katie Racoon who had commenced his racing career in Victoria before moving to NSW.
Master Tron had won eight races – including city track wins at The Meadows and Wentworth Park – but by the time he hit Mount Gambier it had been a fair while since he had won a race.
For all that, though, the April 2013 whelping looked totally out of place in the veterans’ race after finding the front at the 277 metre boxes before careering away to a 7½ length win in 23.11 seconds – a time that would do any fast-class sprinter proud.
And while Master Tron had been well supported, the same couldn’t be said for Supreme Deal, winner of the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (512 m) and the second leg of a double for Patzel.
Jumping from box seven at $40, Supreme Deal was last early but found the rails going into the back, quickly making up ground and railing through on Cryer’s Fred before ultimately holding out Homer to win by 1¾ lengths in 30.58 seconds.
By Where’s Pedro x Supreme Vision, Supreme Deal’s win was his fourth for Patzel and fellow owners Darmanin, Bob White and Darryl Patzel with Sunday’s success coming at his second start back after an elbow operation had seen the fawn dog off the scene since the middle of November.
According to Darmanin, Sunday’s double had been Patzel’s first since litter sisters Wattaira and Scullira had been successful on August 3, 2012.