Thursday, January 4, 2018
Well-bred first starters Pele’s Entity, Sudden Call and another one going by the name of Joshy Wink Wink – surely there must be a story surrounding the naming of that greyhound – should add further interest to Sunday’s two Val and Col Sims Memorial Maiden heats (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.
Whelped in April 2015, Pele’s Entity is from a repeat mating by Mogambo out of the unraced prolific producer Girl Aloud and trained by Nicole Stanley of Portland for Longwood breeder Maureen Barry.
The fawn dog is from the same litter as Zara’s Entity, winner of last year’s $25,000-to-the-winner Group 3 Cranbourne Classic and eight other races for $68,000 in prizemoney.
Portland trainer Robert Halliday last year had to settle for a reserve in the Sims final with Hutch. But a month later the black dog won the General Destini Summer Classic and then another month later ran in the final of the Mount Gambier Cup.
This year Halliday will be pinning his hopes on Sudden Call, an April 2016 son of Fabregas x Guru Doll that is owned by his wife Shirley.
And he’ll be hoping that his success with progeny of Guru Doll, a lightly raced winner of five races from 14 starts, continues after his three wins in succession last month with Sudden Call’s half-brother Odd Boots at Tara Raceway.
Joshy Wink Wink, a son of My Bro Fabio and Lollipop Bling (a sister to proven sire Walk Hard) is a litter brother and kennelmate to four-race winner Shiney Bling. Another member of the litter is All Bling who brought an auction high $20,900 at the recent Bendigo Ready 2 Race Sale.
Stanley will be hoping both Pele’s Entity and Joshy Wink Wink can make their way through to Sunday week’s final with one of the pair giving her a second Sims Memorial win after Rowchester Star had been successful in 2016.
Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott, who won the 2013 Sims Memorial with Arbour Darby, will be relying on success this year with For Valour, placed on six occasions from 13 starts and favoured by box one in the first heat.
And Compton trainer Tracie Price, successful the following year with Benara Cosmic, will be represented by Dimora Flash, raced in similar interests to the 2014 winner, and Kinnky McPhee, placed at her only five starts.
The Sims name is synonymous with greyhound coursing and track racing in the South East. Col Sims, ably assisted by his wife Val, had great success with coursing greyhounds and had no trouble in adapting to mechanical lure racing when it was introduced in Mount Gambier in 1979.
He was on the committee of the South East Greyhound Racing Club when racing commenced at Glenburnie and in 1978 became the first life member of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club Inc.
Sims won the first Anniversary Cup conducted at the Lake Terrace East venue in 1997 with Becker McLaren, before winning the event again in 2001 with Meg’s Temptation, then with Tiarni Ball the following year and in 2004 with Amber Rhode.
He also won the final Mount Gambier Cup run at Glenburnie in 1996 with Colin Ian, a dog whose name is emblazoned on Col Sims’ headstone at Carinya Gardens in Mount Gambier.