Monday, April 17, 2017
Moyston greyhound Mojito Mayhem once again displayed his liking for Tara Raceway when defeating a top-class field in the Easter Gift (512 metres) on Sunday afternoon.
Coming into the race on the back of a fourth placing behind Invictus Rapid over 450 metres in a best of night 25.24 seconds at Warrnambool last Tuesday, the Peter Franklin trained chaser was a $2.40 favourite from box seven but looked to be in all sorts of trouble coming into the first turn.
However, by the time the field approached the back straight, Mojito Mayhem had worked to the front and from then on was always going to be hard to run down.
Chasing him home was the Tom Cryer trained Cryer’s Jack who at the previous Tara Raceway meeting had had a great duel with Mojito Mayhem’s kennelmate McIvor Verna in a 600 metre event when also finishing second.
In the end, though, it was Mojito Mayhem who had a length to spare in a time of 30.31 seconds, while Thanks Captain, prominent throughout for trainer David Peckham, was a further 1¾ lengths back in third spot.
By Fear Zafonic x Graceful Amy, the winner is the Tara Raceway cups king with two Anniversary Cups and a Mount Gambier Cup among his 19 wins at the track where he has won much of his $36,000 prizemoney.
Standing in for Franklin – who was working on Sunday – was regular travelling companion John Gale who made the day for Portland nine-year-old Alexandra Filliponi when drawing out her ticket in the Easter raffle.
Young Alexandra, the granddaughter of Brian and Sally Weis of Portland, has been a regular at the track for a number of years.
In fact, it was her persistence that saw the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club source and later install a playground at the complex – now known as “Alexandra’s Playground”.
The forerunner to the Easter Gift was the South Eastern Hotel Feature Grade Five final (512 m) and this was always going to be an interesting race after last week’s two heat winners – Lektra Ash and Ponting’s Nail – appeared to have drawn on the wrong side of the track in boxes two and three respectively.
Once again the pair did use plenty of the track and it was left to the Tracie Price trained Goldie’s Run to work into a forward spot from box eight, then take over the running from Tony Harding’s Saint Elite before finishing well for a 2¾ length win over Maximum Bella while Saint Elite held on for third in 30.60 seconds.
A litter brother to Blitz And Bolt, currently sharing the lead in the local Greyhound of the Year, Goldie’s Run was purchased by young owner Will Kelly – a grandson of local greyhound breeder Bernie Bouchier – late last year.
And, according to Price, he had been more than happy with the son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally’s third behind Ponting’s Nail in a heat last week but not so happy with box eight in the $2100 final.
“I thought his heat run was really good but because he’s basically a railer I reckoned he would probably struggle from out wide.
“However, when he ranged up alongside the leader down the back straight I was always pretty confident that he would then be able to go on with the job and that’s how it turned out.”
TRAINER LANDS DOUBLE WITH LITTER BROTHERS
Winners at Tara Raceway on Sunday didn’t come any more impressive than Zuma Creek, trained at Mortlake by Peter Crawley for Purnim dairy farmer Danny Kelly who also bred the son of Fabregas and Skye Creek.
Having his first start at the local track after a win and four minor placings at Warrnambool, the black dog was away only fairly from box two before working to the the lead down the back straight.
And from then on Zuma Creek simply powered away, eventually running out an eight length winner of the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) over kennelmate Seabrook Noisey and Summer Sprite in a best of day 30.18 seconds.
For Crawley it was the continuation of a successful 15 year association with Kelly.
“I actually trained Skye Creek for Danny,” he said. “She’s by High Earner out of Bogie Skye and was more than handy so when he offered me Zuma Creek and his brother Zorro Creek after breaking-in I was pretty keen to have a go.”
Skye Creek – who has a 16-month-old litter by Magic Sprite to follow – was a winner at Geelong, Warrnambool and Horsham while Bogie Skye was from the same litter as Bogie Dawn, the dam of the Brian Weis trained Big Rough, a winner of two Tara Raceway races and through to a Mixed 6/7 (525 m) $6260-to-the-winner final at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Jumping from box four in the Berringa Park Stake (512 m), Zorro Creek, a winner of two races at Warrnambool, took over the running going into the back straight and never looked like being beaten after that, giving Kelly and Crawley a running double when defeating Bekim Lucy’s by 2¼ lengths in 30.46 seconds.