Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Local owner Kerry Hawker celebrated her 58th birthday in style at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Banjo Queen took full advantage of box one to score a comfortable win over kennelmate Swift Limes in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (400 m) in a personal best time of 23.06 seconds.
By Banjo Boy x Black Traminer, the blue bitch has now won nine races for Hawker and her husband John who purchased Banjo Queen “at a very reasonable price” from Banjo Boy’s owner Andrew Varasdi after she had won a couple of races in Canberra for Gunning trainer Jodie Lord.
Trained at Compton by Tracie Price, Banjo Queen, according to Kerry Hawker had enjoyed no luck at her past four starts.
“They’d all been unplaced but bad box draws and no luck in running certainly hadn’t helped,” she said. “However, after she came up with box one last Sunday I was quietly confident that she could break back into the winner’s circle and really make it a day to celebrate.”
Banjo Queen is a litter sister to the Lord-trained Banjo Shark who is owned by Varasdi and has raced on 36 occasions for 20 wins, six minor placings and $32,000 in prizemoney.
Earlier on Sunday, another Price-trained dog in Bekim Lucy’s brought up her sixth 600 metre win at Tara Raceway for local owners Willie Vossen and Michael Robinson.
By Bekim Bale out of five-time Angle Park winner Lucy’s Moment, Bekim Lucy’s displayed her customary lack of early pace before gradually wearing down Homer to win by a half length in 35.80 seconds.
The win followed Blazing Moment’s effort several nights’ earlier over 515 metres at Angle Park where the kennelmate and litter brother to Bekim Lucy’s was a comfortable winner at the city track’s main meeting of the week.
Meanwhile, Banjo Queen will step up to 512 metres – a distance she won over last September in 30.15 seconds – from box six in Sunday’s Trackside Meats Stake while Bekim Lucy’s will take on the Cryer brothers – Plugger and Bob – in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (732 m).
And Price should get some sort of guide as to how Blazing Moment and kennel newcomer Signal Peak are travelling from a Mount Gambier Cup point of view when they clash with last week’s 29.54 seconds winner Lektra Stomp in the winningformula.net.au Open Stake (512 m).