Monday, November 5, 2018
A second placing behind Ramified in Sunday’s Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (400 m) sees seasoned chaser Oh No Beta maintaining a two point lead in this year’s Greyhound of the Year award – a lead that he held between March and July and again from September onwards.
And it was an opportune second-placing given that later in the day Paraphernalia turned in a terrific effort in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m) to narrowly defeat Swift Limes in a quick 29.97 seconds and move into second spot in the GOTY award.
Oh No Beta, who last won at Tara Raceway on September 9, has raced at the local track on 27 occasions this year for seven wins, 10 seconds and four thirds for a total of 52 points, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley chasing her third successive Mount Gambier GOTY title after Old Jock and Fiorelli Rose.
All told, the four-year-old Oh No Beta, a son of Lochinvar Marlow and National Futurity winner Sometimes Speedy, has raced on 101 occasions for 26 wins and 30 minor placings.
Paraphernalia, trained at Horsham by Jeff Guy, has now won 11races from 18 starts at Tara Raceway this year and that’s more wins than any other greyhound. Together with three second-placings, the fawn dog has accumulated 50 points.
Another seasoned chaser, Paraphernalia, a 4½-year-old son of Big Daddy Cool x Scrappy Coco, has raced on 132 occasions for 34 wins and 30 minor placings.
Excluding time-graded meetings, there are seven race meetings remaining in this year’s racing season.