Monday, February 5, 2018
Lektra Stomp’s return to Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon added plenty of interest to the main 512 metre race of the day, the winningformula.net.au Mixed Stake, after the white and black greyhound had won earlier in the week over 485 metres at Horsham.
The winner of the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) in a flying 29.69 seconds back in November, Lektra Stomp was a $1.80 chance from box three for Sunday’s race, trainer Phil Lenehan of Toolong looking for another forward showing at the local track with a view to the forthcoming Group Listed Mount Gambier Cup (512 m).
But by the time the field had headed into the back straight the short-priced favourite was closer to last than first, Galactic Viper soon after railing through to take the lead from Banjo Queen while Odd Boots was unobtrusively making ground along the rails.
And there was still life in the ageing legs of Galactic Viper who led the field into the home straight before Odd Boots finished powerfully to hold out Lektra Stomp, who came from a mile back, to win by a head at the nice odds of $14.
By Cosmic Rumble x Guru Doll, Odd Boots gave Portland trainer Robert Halliday his fifth winner this year at Tara Raceway with the white dog having now won 15 races in a career that kicked off on November 4, 2016 with a win over Irka Jakit.
Lektra Stomp, having his first run at the track in close to two months, didn’t lose too many friends with his effort and looks one of the better cup hopes for Lenehan who will be out to emulate his father Brian who was successful in the 1993 Mount Gambier Cup with Immortal Flash.
In the end, the Barry Shepheard owned and trained Galactic Viper finished 2¾ lengths back in third spot at what was his 113th race start. Not a bad effort in a higher-grade race for a greyhound that is only eight days short of his fifth birthday.