Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Branxholme owner-trainer Peter Brouwer landed his first winner in almost four years when give away greyhound Zero Care Factor won the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting last Friday.
An $11 chance on the back of two recent unplaced runs from wide draws at Tara Raceway, Zero Care Factor was away well from box two and chased Jam Lady well into the home straight before finishing slightly the stronger to grab victory by a neck in 23.68 seconds.
By Don’t Knocka Him x Greysynd Zero, the fawn bitch had won one race – 12 months ago – from 46 starts and went into Friday’s race with Brouwer as her fourth trainer.
A litter sister to handy types Zero Knockin’ and Zero Whispers, winners of $25,000 and $17,000 respectively, Zero Care Factor had been taken over in January by Brouwer who said an inside draw had certainly helped her chances.
“Her previous two runs here had both been from outside boxes so I was confident of a better showing today when she drew in close,” he said.
The win broke a long run of outs for Brouwer who was last successful with Yap Yap Galo at Tara Raceway in July 2013 although wife Janet had won with Mummy’s OK at Ballarat in January this year.
The time-graded meeting worked out well for the Brouwers who also picked up prizemoney with Sunshine Penny, Sunset Angel and Mummy’s OK while Kynan’s Return received unplaced prizemoney.
Another give away to break a run of outs at Friday’s meeting was Spotted Gunn, a daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Fantasy Royale, herself a six-race winner and sister to the lightly raced smart type Leeroy Rocker.
Only fairly away from box one in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m), Spotted Gunn chased race favourite Arabella Figg and Optic Bray down the back before finishing strongly in the home straight to score by a neck in 30.30 seconds.
In owner-trainer Kevin Ashton’s Charlton kennels since March, the black and white bitch’s win was her fourth overall and her first since November last year.
A long-time trainer, Ashton has a good record with “cast-offs”, Friday’s success continuing his good run at Tara Raceway this year and taking his winning tally to 11.
KAPPOW DELIVERS A KNOCKOUT BLOW
After an unplaced run at Tara Raceway on Friday, Kappow bounced back in Sunday’s Greyhound-Data.com Stake, the second heat of a grade six series over 400 metres, delivering a knockout blow to punters when going around at $35.
Another one out of the winner’s list since last November, the black dog took advantage of early interference to quickly find the front from box eight and from then on never looked in any danger of defeat when bringing up his first local win in 23.55 seconds.
Trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Kappow is by Bombastic Shiraz out of Smashing Amy, a litter sister to Graceful Amy, the dam of Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Mojito Mayhem.
After Kappow had won two races in succession last year at The Meadows, Peckham and members of the syndicate who race Raz’s Girl decided to put some of the money she had won towards purchasing Sunday’s winner after he had been advertised for sale for $1800 on Greyhound-Data.
However, some poor form since the purchase had seen him recently re-advertised for sale at a figure somewhat cheaper than the original purchase price.
The first heat was won by the Nifty Lenehan owned and Nicole Stanley trained Brae’s Girl who led all the way in the Rock’s Retreat Stake, holding out Sophie’s Moment to win by a neck in 23.31 seconds.
Bred by Lenehan, the daughter of Kinloch Brae x Obama’s Girl has now won two races – her maiden success coming at Tara Raceway in November last year.
Lenehan has now started breaking-in Obama’s Girl’s next litter, whelped in November 2015 and by Cosmic Rumble.
Sunday’s final, which will go under the banner of the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), sees Sophie’s Moment, a recent sub-30 second 512 metre winner, looking one of the hardest to beat after drawing box one.
Raced by the Moment Syndicate and trained by Spider Whitehead, Sophie’s Moment is a litter sister to Rumbling Moment who made it three 400 metre wins in succession last Sunday.
Kappow and Brae’s Girl don’t look too badly drawn out wide in boxes seven and eight respectively while Peckham’s other finalist, Arolok Jax, didn’t have much luck in his heat and has drawn well in box two.