Monday, May 20, 2019
Run of the day at last Thursday’s meeting at Tara Raceway most certainly came from New Wave, a quick 29.83 seconds winner of the Produce Store Stake (512 m) by 7¾ lengths for Dunolly trainer Richard Boehm, a time-graded regular.
The winner is owned by well-known Victorian greyhound identity Geoff Collins who also bred the black bitch as well as breeding, owning and training her sire and dam – Cutting Edge and Enjoy.
Boehm, who took over the training of New Wave after she had been unplaced at her first four runs, has now won four races with her and was keen on her chances after she had raced up the straight at Healesville on the Monday prior.
“She’s gradually gaining more confidence and when she ran a close-up fourth at Healesville I thought she would be in with a real chance today from box one.”
Occasionally greyhounds such as New Wave, from a fast winning time point of view, slip under the radar at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings – others springing to mind this year including Molly’s Wally, Rose Ali and Ballet Creek.
Boehm said that with New Wave now likely to struggle in the short term to gain a start in a grade six at a Tara Raceway Thursday meeting because of her sub-30 second winning time he was looking at the Sunday meetings.
“I’m thinking of having a crack at next month’s Iron Dog with Blondy Two. The three rounds are all run at Sunday meetings so if everything goes to plan then I’ll bring New Wave over as well to see how she measures up in Category 3 company over 512 metres.”
New Wave’s win was the third leg of a treble for Boehm after Supasonic Saz led all the way for a 4¼ length win in 23.57 seconds in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) while Lil Black Jess also scored an all the way win in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m).
And David Peckham of Allendale East took Sunday’s training honours at Tara Raceway with a treble – Bourne Birdie, Chilly Kiss and Usain Insane – his third this year and complementing local race meetings where he has also trained seven doubles, as well as four and five winners on two other occasions.
Bourne Birdie, a daughter of Barcia Bale and Thanks Tubby, snuck through along the rails in the home straight to edge out odds-on favourite Our Menace in the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) and in doing so bring up the first leg of a two-State double for the litter.
Later, Mulla Mulla Lad, back on the track after a career-threatening injury, led all the way to win a maiden 318 metre event at Dubbo’s Sunday night meeting for co-owners Peckham and Parkes trainer Jamie O’Malley.
Chilly Kiss appreciated a drop in class when leading all the way in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (400 m), holding out a fast-finishing Cryer’s Jed to win by 1¼ lengths in a personal best 23.07 seconds.
Raced by Clarissa Miller, Chilly Kiss is approaching 100 race starts and has now won 11 races over three distances since being taken over as a giveaway by Peckham in October 2017.