Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Horsham greyhound Paraphernalia’s fourth placing in the first round of the Metal Worx Iron Dog (600 m) a couple of weeks ago was something of a surprise considering the well-bred son of Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco is a former two-time track record holder over the journey.
But the fawn dog was still able to grab a spot in the three-distance series final after holding out a determined Hit The Runway to win a 400 metre second round heat in a very quick 22.83 seconds.
Trained by Jeff Guy, Paraphernalia joined kennelmate and leading point scorer Frac Geek in last Sunday’s Iron Dog final with the kennel looking to hold a strong hand in the 512 metre decider.
And while Frac Geek was away well from box two, Paraphernalia quickly cut down from the eight, finding the front going into the first turn and from then on never looking in any danger of defeat.
Hit The Runway looked a chance in running of giving Nicole Stanley consecutive Iron Dog victories after Old Jock’s success last year but Paraphernalia still had 1¾ lengths to spare on the line while Bekim Lucy’s made up plenty of ground to finish third in a best of day 30.06 seconds.
Paraphernalia, also a winner at The Meadows, Sandown Park, Angle Park, Ballarat, Horsham, Warrnambool and Bendigo, has now won 20 races from 72 starts while Guy has trained 16 winners at Tara Raceway this year.
His Iron Dog finalists will be back in Mount Gambier on Sunday for the SA Country Cup heat but not before the former South Aussie – and Crows tragic – has taken in the Adelaide-Richmond clash at the MCG on Saturday.
DISTANCE RACING RETURNS
Distance racing over 732 metres will return to Tara Raceway on Sunday when the Greyhound-Data Mixed Stake is run.
The Barry Shepheard pair of Lektra Destiny and Trademark Jet look well placed while the interesting runner is Iron Dog finalist Cryer’s Plugger who, after winning four 600 metre races, will be having his first start over the journey for Tom Cryer.
The last 732 metre race run at Tara Raceway was early in the month when McIvor Verna won the Destini Fireball Back to Distance Racing final for Moyston trainer Peter Franklin.
McIvor Verna will now take on two of Australia’s best stayers in Fanta Bale and Burn One Down when she contests the $25,000-to-the winner Group 3 Top Cat Video Cup (725 m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.