Monday, February 25, 2019
From a Mount Gambier Cup point of view there was a lot to like about Cranbourne South greyhound Pure White Evil’s debut effort at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Well boxed in the eight, the son of Barcia Bale x Son Of Mine quickly found the front in the Fairthorne Forestry Open Stake (512 metres), eventually running out a 6¾ length winner over Paraphernalia in a best of day 29.65 seconds for trainer Andrew Paraskevas.
But it was Lee Rowe who headed to Mount Gambier with Pure White Evil, his trainer travelling back from Bulli with litter brother Nervous An Weird who ran second on Saturday night to Pindari Express in the Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup final (427 m).
The heavily-backed Pure White Evil’s win was his 17th from 32 starts with Rowe saying that the black dog appreciated racing behind the finish on lure which is in operation at Tara Raceway.
“He has an outstanding record at Geelong behind the finish on lure and I thought today was a terrific trial for next month’s Mount Gambier Cup,” he said.
Rowe also said that Pure White Evil was a chance of returning to Tara Raceway this Sunday for another hit-out at the track.
And in what was a busy weekend, one way and another for the Paraskevas kennel, another litter brother in Eye Got It ran third in the GRV Vic Bred Series final (300 m) up the straight at Healesville on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Mortlake trainer Peter Crawley declared Bomber Creek some chance of tackling the Mount Gambier Cup after he clocked a personal best time of 29.78 seconds when defeating Molly’s Wally by 4½ lengths in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
By Magic Sprite x Skye Creek, Bomber Creek’s win was his first since last November when he was successful at Horsham over 485 metres and his first at Tara Raceway since July, the black dog now having won 11 races and Crawley relieved that the dog had again found winning form.
“To be honest, I was really disappointed with his effort last week behind Wanchai Express but after today it’s not out of the question that he might have another crack at the cup,” he said.
Last year Bomber Creek ran unplaced in a heat of the Group Listed event behind Lektra Stomp.