Thursday, August 3, 2017
There was a fair amount of buzz at Tara Raceway on Sunday surrounding first-starters Galactic Cat and Galactic Panther – a couple of young greyhounds bred, owned and trained by Robert Chuck of Moorak.
From all accounts the littermates had been trialling in fine fashion and Galactic Cat was expected to perform well in the JB Irrigation Stake as was Galactic Panther in the Rock’s Retreat Stake – both heats of a 400 metres maiden series.
However, it’s a fair step-up from trial mornings to the hurly-burly of an eight-dog race, especially for a couple of 18-month-old pups. As it turned out, though, they didn’t handle themselves too badly.
Galactic Cat, a nicely-conformed white and blue bitch, quickly found the front from box one but moved out on the home turn, allowing Cap Abbott’s outsider Graceland Bound to pinch a winning break.
Chuck’s youngster finished the race off well, though, running a half-length second and making her way through to Sunday’s Gambier Vets final.
Galactic Panther set himself a fair task after a moderate beginning from box two before railing through on the home turn and ultimately defeating fellow qualifiers Jan’s Star, What A Buzz and Which Moment in a busy finish.
The litter sister and brother are by the Irish-bred sire Milldean Panther out of the lightly-raced Galactic Rumball who won three races from 21 starts for Chuck during 2012-13.
She is now due to whelp a second litter later this month to Paddy Whacker – a Canadian-bred greyhound who raced 113 times for 37 wins and 33 minor placings in the US and who boasts Australian, Irish, English and US bloodlines.
By Cosmic Rumble x Elite Touch, Galactic Rumball is a litter sister to Azumi Touch, the dam of Azumi Swift, a recent 29.84 seconds 512 metre winner for the Bartholomew family.
Later on Sunday, Chuck was also successful with Galactic Spirit who quickly found the front before running out a 1½ length winner of the Produce Store Mixed Stake (400 m) in 23.52 seconds.
Back at Tara Raceway after three runs over 390 metres at Warrnambool, Galactic Spirit has an outstanding 400 metre record, having won six races from eight starts although according to her trainer she could soon step up in distance.
“I’m now keen to try her over 512 metres so I’ll step up her work, trial her over more ground and see how it works out,” Chuck said.
By Swift Fancy, Galactic Spirit is out of Which Class, a half-sister to high-profile sire Cosmic Chief, and a winner of seven races, the majority of those for Chuck.
Now re-homed through the Greyhound Adoption Program, Which Class easily leads the Tara Raceway Leading Dams list with 24 wins – Baz’s Moment giving the litter a double when successful earlier in the day on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Chuck’s double had been a fair while coming – four years in fact – Galactic Impact and Galactic Blue successful at Tara Raceway on August 11, 2013.