Pinnaroo greyhound Oakvale Style ran right up to her outstanding heat win the previous week when turning in a dashing display in Sunday’s Foodbank Feature final (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
Going straight to the front from box three, the beautifully bred daughter of Fernando Bale and Oakvale Destiny – a winner of 17 races and $279,000 in stakemoney – was never headed when running out a four lengths winner over Zipping Bates in a personal best 29.65 seconds.
Raced by Nathan Wilson and his wife Kerri, Oakvale Style is trained by the former who said he had made several recent trips to Mount Gambier in order to give his greyhounds a change of track.
“In particular, I believe Oakvale Style is probably better suited to a two-bend track such as Tara Raceway and with Angle Park currently undergoing renovations I’ve been a bit restricted,” he said.
Don Turner’s runner-up Zipping Bates was part of another good day for the Lewiston trainer who, after a treble at the previous Sunday meeting, landed a double on Sunday with All Show and Under Study.
The Foodbank Feature also carried a winner’s trophy, donated by the Tara Tipsters, a group of 14 Tara Raceway regulars who competed for weekly bragging rights by way of a tipping competition. That number has now grown to 18.
As well as lodging tips for the twice-weekly meetings, the tipsters also donate to a local nominated charity – Foodbank in the case of this series. A cheque will be presented to the Mount Gambier hunger relief charity by the Tara Tipsters upon the re-opening of the track to spectators.
Two Tara Tipster trainers in Noel Perry and Jason Newman had greyhounds engaged in Sunday’s final – Perry’s Ton Eighty finishing third and Connie’s Entity fourth for Newman.