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Nifty’s all-out attack on Tara Raceway

Thursday, October 6, 2016

When it comes to greyhound racing it’s probably fair to say that Woolsthorpe owner-trainer Neville “Nifty” Lenehan doesn’t have quite the same high profile as his brother Phil.

But for all that, Nifty Lenehan is having a bit of fun with a March 2014 litter that he bred by Kinloch Brae out of Obama’s Girl.

Nifty Lenehan and daughter Laura with Optic Bray, one of five members of the Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl litter that will be racing at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

By Primo Uno x Hotburst, Obama’s Girl had won three middle-distance races in Victoria and produced city winners to Premier Fantasy and Nolen before Lenehan acquired her for a subsequent litter.

And he’ll be making an all-out attack on Tara Raceway this Sunday with five members of the litter – Brae’s Girl, Herbilly, Rising Girl, King Obama and Optic Bray.

All have won at the track with the exception of Brae’s Girl which has been placed twice from three starts and looks a good chance of opening her winning account in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres).

Probably the pick of the litter at this stage is King Obama, an impressive 30.10 seconds 512 metre winner on debut back in May and an unlucky third behind Cairnlea Donny at Tara Raceway last week.

Lenehan has since bred another litter with Obama’s Girl – two dogs and two bitches being whelped to Cosmic Rumble in November last year.



A decision by owner Ruth Shepheard to pull the pin on Rumbled’s retirement a couple of weeks ago has paid dividends.

Not that this was the first time the fawn dog had come out of retirement. In fact, he’s made more comebacks than Dame Nellie Melba!

Barry Shepheard pictured with Rumbled after his Pathway win last Sunday.

Trained by Shepheard’s husband, Barry, Rumbled never looked like losing last Sunday’s Pathway final (400 m) and put a temporary halt on future Pathway appearances when running 23.57 seconds – round about 1½ lengths under the time standard.

Obviously enjoying the good life out at Glencoe, Rumbled these days races something like four kilograms heavier than when he first arrived as a give away from Victoria two years ago.

A maiden winner at Tara Raceway in January 2015, it would be another 18 months before his second success but only a further four months to his third win last Sunday at what could only be described as interesting odds – $9.90 for the win and a record place dividend at Tara Raceway of $35.20.

By Cosmic Rumble, Rumbled is out of Donna Ricca, which is a daughter of Collision and Brooklyn Belle and a litter sister to Nolen, sire of Rowchester Star, also a winner at last Sunday’s meeting.



Margaret Cryer pictured with Cryer’s Jed (right) and a litter sister when only a few weeks old.

An interesting first starter in Sunday’s Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway is Cryer’s Jed which is owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by her husband Tom at Apsley.

Drawn in box eight, the brindle January 2015 youngster is from a repeat Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget mating.

And Jed and his six littermates will have plenty to live up to after the efforts of the first litter – whelped in February 2013.

Headed by Cryer’s Fred (also running on Sunday), Cryer’s Ricky and Cryer’s Jack, the litter collectively has now won 75 races.

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