Thursday, August 10, 2017
Meningie owner-trainer Cameron Butcher won’t be bringing Worm Burner – the mighty son of Oaks Road and Little Looper he races in partnership with his wife Yvonne – to Tara Raceway on Sunday.
He will, however, be turning up with four pretty handy greyhounds in the form of She’s A Looper, Jay’s Ace, Molly Be Nimble and Hope’s Beau for what will be his first visit to the Mount Gambier track.
“With Angle Park not racing next week we decided to head in the opposite direction and take in a different venue for a change,” Yvonne Butcher said.
Worm Burner, also trained by Cameron Butcher until earlier this year when he was sent to Melbourne to be trained, is the 75-start Group-winning dog who boasts an incredible record of 45 wins and 17 minor placings for prizemoney of $366,470.
She’s A Looper, a litter sister to Worm Burner, also has a more than handy record of 20 wins and 19 minor placings for prizemoney of more than $47,000.
She’ll jump from box eight in the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake (600 metres) and should be hard to beat on the back of a nine length win over 643 metres in 37.46 seconds at Gawler on Tuesday afternoon.
Jay’s Ace, who has raced on 25 occasions for 10 wins and six minor placings, will take on a tough South Eastern Hotel Stake grade five (512 m) from box seven after a 2¼ length third over 531 metres at Gawler on Tuesday.
By Bekim Bale x Alana Blues, the 37 kilogram dog is a litter brother to On Fire, who seems to win on most Thursday nights at Angle Park and the top stayer Purpose Driven – both also raced by the Butcher family.
Molly Be Nimble has drawn perfectly in box one in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (512 m) and with a record of 20 wins from 44 starts the daughter of Nitro Burst x Hope’s Up looks hard to beat.
In what is a tough grade six, her half-brother Hope’s Beau (by Collision) – three wins and three minor placings from his past six starts at Gawler over 531 metres – has drawn box seven in The Border Watch Stake (512 m).
Cameron Butcher’s first involvement in greyhound racing goes back to the pre-betting days when he purchased a dog called Pivot Off for $50.
The story goes that his father, Trevor, was not all that impressed by the purchase but later became so interested that he took up training himself and was an inaugural member of the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club committee.
Butcher returned to the sport, after a long break, in 2008 when he purchased a pup later to race as Alana Blues.
A couple of years later he purchased another one which would go on to race as Hope’s Up (an older half-sister to Worm Burner).
She won 39 races and $86,000 in prizemoney. The rest is now history.