Monday, January 23, 2017
Suspicious Col is another one of those greyhounds who has taken a fair while to open his winning account.
In fact, it was back on December 11, 2015 that the 27.5 kilogram black dog (relatively small for a male) made his debut at Tara Raceway over 400 metres.
Not that he hadn’t been in the money since then, running 10 minor placings from 18 starts at Tara Raceway before relocating to Ballarat with former Portland couple Rebecca Smith and Callan Ward after a 1¾ length second to Dimora Bekim in early October.
Actually, Suspicious Col had run four consecutive seconds over 400 metres and had been having his first run since October 2 when jumping from box eight in a Laser Electrical maiden heat (400 m) at last Friday’s Tara Raceway meeting.
Smith and Ward, hard-pressed to train from their Ballarat location, had advertised the dog for sale for $500 but had been unable to find anyone interested.
And it was then that Portland couple Ben and Lizzie Boers stepped in about a month ago, forming a syndicate to include the two couples, with Lizzie assigned the task of training Suspicious Col.
Despite the long lay-off, he was well in commission on Friday, jumping a $4.40 second favourite and chasing former Allansford greyhound Joey Moetis – having his first local start for David Williams – for much of the journey before grabbing a head victory in 23.70 seconds.
By Dyna Tron out of Suspicious Tina, a winner of nine races at Angle Park and Gawler for former leading Broken Hill trainer Des Hockley, Suspicious Col was Lizzie Boers’s first winner since Sookie’s Fantasy had won at Tara Raceway in March 2016.
BREAKING LONG RUNS OF OUTS
Rising five-year-old Abbey’s Hand, trained at Portland by Robert Duncan, broke a long run of outs when successful in Friday’s Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
The daughter of Cosmic Rumble x Perfect Hand was a $12 chance when jumping from box three and the renowned strong finisher was always going to be hard to hold out after settling a reasonably close third down the back straight behind Another Rouse and Saint Flynn.
That’s how the race panned out with Abbey’s Hand, at start number 96, swooping down the home straight to score a half length win in 30.32 seconds over the improving Another Rouse and Gassy’s Pride who dead-heated for second.
For Abbey’s Hand, who appreciated the drop back to grade five company, the win was her first since March 6, 2016 in a Mount Gambier Cup Consolation (512 m) when she defeated Fear The Rascal by two lengths in a quick 29.87 seconds.
Friday’s win was Duncan’s first since September after Monty Express had defeated Evening In Paris over 400 metres.
And punters copped a fair hammering late in the day at Sunday’s meeting when $40 chance Dan Shen quickly found the front from box six in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), eventually running out a 1¾ length winner over Cryer’s Sid in 23.64 seconds.
A son of Fear Zafonic x Ren Shen, the black dog went into the race with one win from 27 starts – that success coming way back in December 2015.
The winning trainer on that occasion was Bernie Rogers of Tahara but Brad Mitchem then took over for the first eight months of 2016 before the dog returned to Tahara for another three months.
Back with Mitchem before year’s end, Dan Shen’s win on Sunday contributed to a good month for the Sandford trainer who had also won with Elusive Linda at Warrnambool and Tara Raceway.
Also, on the Saturday night, Simply Ready, bred and owned by Mitchem, won over the short course at Cannington in WA on the back of another short course win at that track at the meeting prior.