Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tara Raceway trial regulars had been waiting some time for Moorak owner-trainer Robert Chuck to finally put his flashy black greyhound in a race.
She’s the one that always went around in a yellow number five rug and from all accounts had been running a bit of time, particularly over the 400 metre journey.
As it turns out, the dog in question was Galactic Spirit, a September 2015 daughter of Swift Fancy and Which Class, with Chuck using a heat of last Friday’s maiden 400 metre series for her debut.
This time, carrying the white number three rug, she went straight to the front and then proceeded to run out a comfortable five length winner over Kalani Wilson in a tidy 23.47 seconds.
The win was the first for Chuck as a trainer since Galactic Tsunami had been successful at Tara Raceway in May last year.
It was also the first leg of a litter double with the Tracie Price trained Baz’s Moment later winning the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), the second heat of a grade six series.
Price had actually bred the litter after obtaining an authority to breed with Which Class from Chuck who had raced the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz x Cosmic Goddess during 2010-2011.
A litter sister to smart chaser Cosmic Cooper – 16 wins and $75,000 in prizemoney – Which Class won seven races at Ballarat, Mandurah and Tara Raceway before Chuck bred a litter with her by Superman which included speedy types Scorpion and Krypton Queen.
Galactic Spirit, who was one of the pups Chuck received in the breeding deal, will jump from box four in Sunday’s final – the Metal Worx Maiden Stake.
And while the final will be a tougher assignment, Kalani Wilson did stamp the form when backing up two days later at Tara Raceway and winning the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (400 m) in 23.52 seconds.
A litter sister to recent smart Tara Raceway winner Big Rough, Kalani Wilson was the start of another big day for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who ended the day with four winners after Practice Run, Rowchester Star and Stylish Pursuit were also successful.
The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow and Bogie Dawn is the first greyhound Stanley has trained for Nhill breeder-owner Andrea Gurry.
“Andrea rang me late last year to see if I would be interested in training the dog but unfortunately about two days later Kalani Wilson cracked a fibula and went back to Nhill to recover,” Stanley said.
“But by February she was back and ready to go again, with Sunday’s effort hopefully the start of bigger and better things.”
Price, in fact, bred both winners of the maiden 400 metre series after $17 chance Ramified gained a start as a reserve in The Border Watch Stake.
Jumping from box five, the black dog chased Ms. Genius – a litter sister to Kalani Wilson – until the home turn where he railed through before running out a 1¼ length winner in 23.81 seconds.
Ramified, who has drawn box three in the final, is now the fourth member of the August 2015 Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady litter to have won a race at Tara Raceway.
THE PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY
The Pathway Racing format is keeping out-of-form greyhounds on the track – and out of the GAP queues – in grade five non-penalty races that are paying more for fourth placing than a normal grade five does for third.
Fair enough, overall prizemoney is spread more evenly and Pathway races aren’t run at every meeting but last Friday’s two heats typified what the format is all about with only one greyhound, Penny Eagle, having won a race this year.
In the first heat, the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), Penny Eagle’s litter sister Dark Eagle was lining up in box two after having won – as owner Allen Williams put it – only half a race in 12 months.
This was brought about by the dead-heat between Dark Eagle and Penny Eagle in a 512 metre maiden at Tara Raceway on March 20, 2016.
Dark Eagle, a daughter of Glen Gallon and Keep Looking, showed good pace in her heat, sticking to the rails and holding out Tank Tank and Arbour Bear to win by 1¼ lengths for Tarpeena trainer David Williams.
Black Peer lined up from box five for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell in heat two, the Produce Store Stake, having last won on November 20 – and that was also a Pathway.
The son of Cape Hawke took full advantage of a rails run to finish too well for Galactic Dragon and Cheap As in 23.78 seconds, a time safely outside the Pathway standard of 26.90 seconds, as was Dark Eagle’s 23.88 seconds.
In Sunday’s final, to be run under the banner of the Klaassens Contractors Stake, Tank Tank and Dark Eagle look well drawn in boxes one and two as does Arbour Bear in box eight.