Thursday, November 1, 2018
It’s probably fair to say that a 1¾ length second at only her second start to the enigmatic Joshua Rocks in a Tara Raceway 512 metre maiden last month signalled an early win for the Glenroy-based Richard Clayfield trained Mulan – especially as the winning time was 29.96 seconds.
And while the well-bred black bitch was never out of trouble at her next start the following week behind Spinning Jakit she did make amends last Sunday in the Laser Electrical Stake (512 m).
Away well from box two, Mulan settled in second spot behind Midnight Rage down the back before running out a length winner over a fast-finishing Galactic Cheetah in 30.34 seconds to give Clayfield his 15th Tara Raceway winner this year.
The rising three-year-old Galactic Cheetah was having only his sixth start for Moorak owner-trainer Robert Chuck who was delighted with the run after four previous well-beaten efforts from the son of Milldean Panther and Galactic Rumball.
The white and black dog is a litter brother to Summer Classic winner Galactic Panther and also recent Warrnambool winner Galactic Cat who is trained for Chuck by Steve Elsum of Camperdown.
Mulan, by 2011 English Derby winner Taylors Sky out of The Meadows winner Erza Allen, was purchased by Penola owner Damien Smith from Murray Bridge breeder Greg Board after breaking-in with a promising report.
“The breaking-in times were pretty handy but Greg was happy enough to move her on but not her litter sister which he had an even higher opinion of,” Smith said.
As it turned out, a Board-trained bitch by the name of Spring Taylor led all the way at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon over 388 metres to win her maiden at her second start in 22.21 seconds.
Mulan and Galactic Cheetah will both line up at Tara Raceway on Sunday, both in unsuitable 400 metre races due to a shortage of nominations for the longer journey, begging the question as to where have all the lower-grade 512 metre greyhounds got to?
Meanwhile, Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott’s litter brothers Spinning Jakit and Black Spring, members of the Spring Gun x Lektra Scarlett litter, both worked home well at Angle Park on Monday night to finish second over 515 metres while another litter brother in Lektra Caution was successful at The Meadows on Wednesday.
And at Gawler on Tuesday there was no luck for Compton trainer Tracie Price when Smart Knocka found trouble on the first turn in a heat of the Group 3 Gold Cup (531 m) and failed to qualify for Sunday night’s final, as did Blazing Moment who finished third in his heat.
Both Abbott and Price have hit the highway again today for Angle Park’s main meeting of the week – Abbott with Spinning Jakit and Black Spring while Price has Sophie’s Moment, Cee Me Snoop, Cee Me Holly, Roxy’s Daisy and Cee Me Turbo engaged.
Smart Knocka returns to Tara Raceway on Sunday, for the first time since he won the Peter Rocket Winter Classic (512 m) in a race record time of 29.85 seconds at the end of August.
He’ll add plenty of interest to the 10-race program when jumping from box eight in the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (512 m) while Blazing Moment will take on a smart field from box four in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m).