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Perseverance pays off . . . but only just!
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Kongorong trainer John Little opened his winning account for this year when Gee She Roks broke a frustrating run of outs to score a tidy win in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting on Friday.
A greyhound that generally uses her fair share of the track, she surprisingly took full advantage of box one in the 0-3 wins event, chasing Kinnky McPhee until the home turn where she railed through, eventually running out a 2¼ length winner in 35.92 seconds.
The win was Little’s first since October, although even then he had to be content with sharing the spoils after Bungaloo Thor dead-heated with Special Case in a maiden 400 metre event.
“Actually, my last outright wins came at a meeting back at the end of July when Bungaloo Lucy and Bungaloo Ruby won the first two maiden races at Tara Raceway over 400 metres and 512 metres respectively,” he recalled.
By Cape Hawke x Freestyle Lass, Gee She Roks’ last win had been almost 12 months ago, Little taking her over in July as a give away from Adelaide owner Ross Schurgott who, as it turns out, is a distant relative to Little.
And Schurgott also has a connection with Harken, who opened her Tara Raceway winning account in the Trackside Meats Stake (512 m) on Friday after previously winning at Maitland and Gosford.
In Allendale East trainer David Peckham’s kennels since early last month, Harken, a daughter of Swift Fancy x Montanus, also has a tie-up to Freestyle Lass, both tracing back to former champion dam Thai Again.
So for Little it was a case of perseverance finally paying off with Gee She Roks, although he’s the first to admit that his patience had been wearing pretty thin.
“To be honest, I’d just about given up hope of her ever winning a race for me,” he said. “In fact, it was only a week ago that I was offering her to anyone who wanted her as a give away.
“Fortunately there were no takers!”