Wednesday, March 8, 2017
With six runners in Sunday’s Produce Store Feature Maiden final (512 m) it was always going to be a fair bet that Compton breeder-trainer Tracie Price would at least win the event if not make a clean sweep of the affair.
Price had provided the quinella in the three heats with the standout being Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady youngster Summer Storm, a 7½ length winner in a best of day 29.98 seconds.
But the switch in the final from the inside to the outside brought about the August 2015 whelping’s undoing. Starting a warm favourite from box eight, Summer Storm found trouble wherever he went and did a good job to finish fourth.
Meanwhile, kennelmate Rumbling Moment, a son of Cosmic Rumble and former smart bitch Stylish Moment, appreciated the switch from the outside to the inside when railing through on the first turn and then defying the opposition to run him down in a time of 30.66 seconds.
Rumbling Moment, who had been grabbed on the line at his first race start in a heat the previous week, now looks a likely type for the August-run Winter Classic, a race his dam won in 2014.
Gee She Roks upset the Price clean sweep when, despite using plenty of the track, she finished strongly to grab second spot for Ross Schurgott and David Peckham who must be wondering whether the daughter of Cape Hawke x Freestyle Lass will ever win a race after having now run eight minor placings from 14 starts.
Baz’s Moment, who won a heat on debut for Barry Bruce and Price, ran another good race to finish third with the son of Swift Fancy x Which Class giving Kongorong-based Bruce a successful re-introduction to greyhound racing.
Price also enjoyed plenty of cup carnival success, training six winners over the three meetings.