Monday, June 4, 2018
Kolora Posie, recent winner of a heat and the final of the Trackside Meats Feature Grade Five final (512 m) for Allendale East trainer Connie Miller, had no trouble making the step up in grade at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when scoring a shock win in the Williams Crane Hire Open Stake (512 m).
Drawn poorly in box six, the daughter of Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze settled midfield behind kennelmate Chilly Kiss before taking the lead in the home straight, eventually running out a 1¼ length winner in a best of day 29.90 seconds.
Miller’s longshot quinella ($16 and $34 respectively on fixed odds) in a top field that included Hutch, Solitary Lad and Nimble Foot, took the former leading trainer’s record at Tara Raceway this year to eight wins, nine seconds and six thirds for 56 points and sees her now sitting just outside the top 10 leading trainers.
Formerly raced by her breeder, Terry Payne, Kolora Posie was taken over by Miller last month while Chilly Kiss, owned by the trainer’s granddaughter Clarissa Miller, was previously raced by Matt Morris of Wagga.
Morris, who bred and owns this year’s Mount Gambier Cup winner Xtreme Caution, is currently staying with the cup winner’s trainer Brian Weis of Portland and took in racing at Tara Raceway for the first time on Sunday.
Chilly Kiss, a daughter of Spring Gun x Chilly Babe, is currently in second spot behind Oh No Beta for Greyhound of the Year honours with four wins, six seconds and four thirds.
Meanwhile, Cap Abbott wrapped up a successful weekend of racing when the Shane Leach owned Shaniqua brought up her third win at Tara Raceway when scoring in the Produce Store Stake (400 m).
A litter sister to Kolora Posie, Shaniqua was sitting in third spot for much of the journey before finishing powerfully in the home straight to run down Cryer’s Harper who gave plenty of cheek out in front.