Thursday, November 23, 2017
The Brad Creek and Adam Lewis owned young greyhound Cyril’s Boy turned it on at his first race start for his large band of supporters who really showed their appreciation at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Trained at Compton by Tracie Price, the December 2015 son of Nolen x Solved Moment jumped straight to the front from box one in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 metres) and from then on was never headed.
The win was the first as a duo for Creek and Lewis – who took over the black dog at pre-breaking in stage – although Creek had previously managed a syndicate which raced Grumpy Jim, a Tara Raceway winner last year.
The win was a real turnaround for the owners, with Cyril’s Boy not all that long ago showing little desire in becoming a racing greyhound.
In fact, he had already been assessed by the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) and passed as a suitable candidate for re-homing.
But an eventual change in race-track attitude saw Cyril’s Boy run right up to some smart recent trials when winning on Sunday by 5½ lengths in 23.62 seconds – an effort certainly impressive enough to put an early retirement on hold.
At the other end of the scale are the rising five-year-old brothers Cryer’s Jack and Cryer’s Fred who, collectively, have gone around more than 200 times and had been booked in for GAP assessments this month.
However, Margaret and Tom Cryer decided to pull the pin on GAP, no doubt now glad they did after the Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget veterans both won at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Cryer’s Jack, who for much of his career has lived in the shadow of his brother, was having his 100th start last Sunday when lining up at his first attempt over 732 metres.
And after one-and-a-half laps of the circuit he still had a neck to spare on the line over Bekim Lucy’s who had looked the winner when she ranged up to Cryer’s Jack off the back the final time.
In winning his 20th race, he became only the second dog – the first being his younger brother Cryer’s Plugger – to have won over all distances currently being run at Tara Raceway – 400 metres, 512 metres, 600 metres, and now 732 metres.
Meanwhile, Southern Cross trainer Peter Byrne ventured over to Tara Raceway for Friday’s time-graded meeting with Born Billy who last won at the track back in early September.
Born Billy is owned in Warrnambool by Noel Mugavin who had suggested to Byrne that perhaps the dog, after running in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m), should remain in Mount Gambier in the care of a local trainer.
But Born Billy, a son of Velocette x Molly Grace, slipped under the time-graded radar, winning by six lengths in a fast 29.86 seconds and, needless to say, quickly found his way back to Southern Cross.