Monday, February 20, 2017
It’s not too often that a brood bitch and one of her pups race on the same programme.
But, at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon, 5½-year-old Hot Genetics went around in the Metal Worx Masters Stake prior to her 22-month-old son Last Outlaw fronting up in the following race, the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres).
Both mother and son are owned and trained at Altona Green by Malcolm Davis, with Hot Genetics, who 12 months ago whelped a second litter, to Vee Man Vane, boasting a record of nine wins and 29 minor placings from 95 starts.
A daughter of Bit Chili x Cool Genetics, the black bitch’s last win had been at Tara Raceway back in August last year when she won the inaugural Masters event for older greyhounds in a time of 23.49 seconds.
Jumping from box two in Sunday’s 400 metre event, Hot Genetics chased reserve runner Red River Rufus, trained at Coleraine by Bob Wombwell, throughout to eventually go down by 1¾ lengths in 24.06 seconds.
By Talk’s Cheap, Last Outlaw went to the boxes a well-supported favourite on the strength of two wins and three minor placings from only seven starts on Victorian provincial tracks.
Despite having never raced at Tara Raceway, the black dog looked a top chance in the grade six race after having clocked a pretty handy 24.23 seconds when running second over 425 metres at Bendigo nine days ago.
And after finding trouble early, Last Outlaw worked to the front down the back straight, finishing the race off with all guns blazing in 23.77 seconds – an effort that saw him go one better than mum.
Last Outlaw is one of four of the litter to have won with Davis obviously pleased with the way the youngsters are progressing.
“Envy Heist has won three races and Apex Pro and Down Mexico Way two each,” Davis said. “Actually, Down Mexico Way defeated Last Outlaw by seven lengths over 425 metres at Bendigo in a quick 24.01 seconds.”
Interestingly, he spared no expense when it came to the rearing of the litter.
“To be honest I couldn’t find anything that suited my needs in Victoria so I ended up sending the pups to George Zammit in Queensland.
“He’s got 40 acres up there and I couldn’t have been happier with the way the pups came back.”
Davis said he was now likely to return to Tara Raceway in several weeks’ time with other members of the Talk’s Cheap x Hot Genetics litter.