Tuesday, January 23, 2018
It’s now been more than three years since former 512 metre Tara Raceway track record holder Thanks Tubby clocked 35.56 seconds on June 20, 2014 to win the first 600 metre race run at the local track.
Middle-distance events since then have proven to be a popular addition to the racing calendar, more often than not serving up keenly-contested races and attracting some smart greyhounds to the track, not the least being former 600 metre record holder Paraphernalia, along with McIvor Verna who currently holds the record.
Last Sunday’s Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (600 m) was always going to be another keenly-contested affair, Xtreme Carnage, having his first start over the journey, giving the opposition plenty to chase as he opened up a handy break down the back straight.
Turning for the home, Goldie’s Run and Odd Boots were pulling ground off the leader while Destini Montana, after being shuffled back mid-race, was also looking ominous.
And in the home straight it was Xtreme Carnage still hanging on for dear life while Goldie’s Run and Odd Boots were finishing powerfully as was Destini Montana once he found the rails.
On the line it was anyone’s guess as the quartet crossed virtually as one. No one really had any idea as to the winner. Race caller Tim Edwards was half-right when he went with Xtreme Carnage. He probably did better than most.
The only thing certain prior to the winner being semaphored was that this had been one of the best middle-distance races at Tara Raceway since that mid-winter meeting back in 2014.
In the end the judge couldn’t split the Portland pair – Brian Weis’s Xtreme Carnage and Odd Boots, who took his 600 metre record at Tara Raceway to seven wins from 12 starts for Robert Halliday –while Goldie’s Run and Destini Montana were only a head or so back in third and fourth spots for Tracie Price and Kevin Finn.
By Barcia Bale x Xtreme Gretel, Xtreme Carnage wrapped up a good weekend for Weis and Wagga breeder-owner Matt Morris after the dead-heater’s litter sister Xtreme Notice won a $5000-to-the-winner grade five heat over 525 metres at The Meadows the previous night as a lead-up to the final tomorrow which carries a $12,000 winner’s cheque.
Morris also owns Xtreme Shine who, for the second week in a row, impressed with a sub-30 second 512 metre win for Portland trainer Robert Duncan in last Sunday’s Produce Store Stake.