Thursday, November 2, 2017
Enigmatic greyhound Hit The Runway didn’t put a foot wrong at Tara Raceway last Sunday when winning the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 metres).
This is the dog that was contesting the grade 4/5 middle-distance event after having completed a satisfactory trial – due to an indiscretion at Warrnambool in early October – prior to the first race at Tara Raceway the previous week.
And this in itself can be a logistical nightmare on a 12-race programme. With no spare kennel house room, and greyhounds unable to be left in trailers during the meeting, trainer Nicole Stanley – who had a large team racing – then had to arrange for Hit The Runway to be transported back to her Portland kennels.
A week later, however, he certainly made up for the inconvenience he had caused.
The brindle dog has had something of a chequered racing career on Victorian tracks although his record in Mount Gambier behind the finish-on-lure is pretty good with four wins and five minor placings from 12 starts.
A quick 35.10 seconds 600 metre winner at Tara Raceway in early October, Hit The Runway was just as impressive last Sunday, railing through on Frac Geek going out of the home straight the first time before running away to a seven lengths win in 35.19 seconds on a day certainly not conducive to good times.
By Oaks Road out of Full Noise Turbo, a winner of 10 races including staying success at Sandown Park and Angle Park, Hit The Runway is from a more than handy litter that includes Hit The Highway ($83,000 prizemoney), Vostok ($58,000), Our Turbo Boy ($52,000) and Rig Fifty Five ($24,000).
Stanley has also enjoyed success at the local track with litter brothers Turbo Road and Tiger Bite Turbo.
But, according to his trainer, Hit The Runway does bring one annoying trait to Tara Raceway – he doesn’t like people!
“I have to find someone else to box him because I’m the only one who can catch him after the race. He’s fine in traditional catching pens but behind the finish-on-lure when the catchers converge on their dogs if I’m not there he takes off,” Stanley said.
The unsociable Hit The Runway looks a good chance again on Sunday when he will jump from box four in the five-dog Klaassens Contractors Open Stake (512 m), his trainer once again hoping for another safe landing.