Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Perseverance pays off

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It’s now been 12 months since local greyhound owners Rex Klaassens and his son Chris, together with father and son training team Allan and Tim Holmes, purchased Bull Battle Born.

Alaura Edwards-Stephens, Allan Holmes, Amy Widdicombe and owner-trainer Tim Holmes with Timmy’s Tiger after his maiden win last Sunday.

By Magic Sprite out of Borgata, a winner of 10 short-course races on NSW and Queensland tracks, Bull Battle Born found her way to Moorak and trainer Allan Holmes’ kennels after having won two races at Warrnambool and Bendigo.

As far as connections are concerned it’s been a long year with the 26 kilogram black bitch, Tim Holmes confirming as much after the running of the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway last Friday.

“I reckon we got about five runs in with her before she injured herself at Strathalbyn,” he said. “And as if the injury downtime wasn’t enough, she then came on season which saw her off the track for the first half of this year.

“She came back quite well, beating Arolok Jax in 23.45 seconds at the end of June, however by last Friday it had been something like five months between wins.”

But for all the frustrations of the year, club sponsor Chris Klaassens of Klaassens Contractors was always going to take time out from a busy schedule to check out Bull Battle Born when she lined up from box two in the grade six event.

And this time she repaid connections for their perseverance, leading all the way to defeat odds-on favourite Spring Yankee by two lengths in 23.56 seconds.

Chris Klaassens and Tim Holmes with Bull Battle Born after she found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Friday.

A couple of days later, Tim Holmes was back at Tara Raceway with his own dog – Timmy’s Tiger, still trying to win a race after eight starts but showing promise with three third placings at his most recent runs.

An April 2015 whelping, Timmy’s Tiger has been taken along slowly by the 35-year-old Holmes, mainly due to work commitments with Klaassens Contractors but, also, with the owner-trainer believing his dog needed time to develop.

Jumping from box seven in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m), the brindle dog was away fairly, chasing first starter Tequila Chaser until the home turn where he railed through before finishing the stronger to win by a length in 23.97 seconds.

By Cosmic Rumble x Moorak Hope, Timmy’s Tiger was bred by Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club life member Allan Holmes who owned the dam, a winner of nine races including the 2013 SA Country Cup at Gawler when trained by Tracie Price.

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