SUNDAY, MARCH 25: Nominations closed. SUNDAY, APRIL 1: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, March 27 with GRSA. SUNDAY, APRIL 8: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, April 3 with GRSA. See “Racing Calendar” for full details. HOT WEATHER POLICY: Please note that when the Mount Gambier temperature is forecast at 32 degrees or higher on a race day the kennels will be open a half hour earlier. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.
Owners’ good run continues
Monday, March 5, 2018
Local owners Kerry Hawker and Michael Robinson’s good run at Tara Raceway continued on Sunday when they combined with the Tracie Price trained Penny La Moment who showed considerable improvement to win the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) in a quick 23.17 seconds.
Having her fourth start, the July 2016 daughter of Nolen x Penny La Plume led all the way from box five, eventually holding out kennelmate Andrew’s Gift – looking close to his first win – to win by a half length.
Hawker was successful at the previous meeting with Banjo Queen, who she races with husband John, while Robinson, a former long-time Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club steward and life member, also owns last week’s 600 metre winner Bekim Lucy’s in partnership with Willie Vossen.
And the Price-trained Bekim Lucy’s generated more interest into the staying ranks when running Cryer’s Plugger to a neck in the Winmore Greyhound Kennels Stake (732 m).
The win was Cryer’s Plugger’s first since October 8 when he won over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in a fast 29.64 seconds while his distance time of 43.64 seconds on Sunday was the quickest since Nellie Noodles’ record run of 43.45 seconds in March 2011. And Bekim Lucy’s 43.67 seconds is the third-fastest run at the track.
Penny La Moment kicked off another big day for the Compton-based Price who ended the 12-race programme with yet another four winners, and took his tally since January 1 to 25, after Swift Limes, Goldie’s Run and Baz’s Moment were also successful.
Swift Limes, who hadn’t won over the 512 metre distance since last June, finished powerfully to defeat the promising Lektra Viki by a half length in the Trackside Meats Stake in a personal best time of 30.00 seconds.
Goldie’s Run, last a winner back in November, led all the way in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (600 m), defeating Star Project, who showed considerable improvement for Garry Marshman on his first-up February 23 middle-distance effort.
And Baz’s Moment made short work of the South Eastern Hotel Open Stake (400 m) when leading all the way to defeat Rumbling Moment by 3¼ lengths in 23.18 seconds.
Interestingly, 400 metre time honours for the day belonged to $23 chance Dimora Bekim who ran 23.13 seconds when defeating his kennelmate Mr Perfect, also a $23 chance, in the Rock’s Retreat Stake – a result that threw plenty of value into the exotics.
A litter brother to Bekim Lucy’s, Dimora Bekim is trained by Charlton-based Kevin Ashton, a Tara Raceway regular and also a regular when it comes to serving up longshots.
In Ashton’s kennels since November, Dimora Bekim broke a long run of outs, the giveaway greyhound’s last win in May last year.