Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The monthly grade five 400 metre heats and final events continue to be well-supported by owners and trainers with last Sunday’s short-course scampers attracting four heats.
As a result, the first two placegetters from each heat will contest this Sunday’s final – Cheyenne Black taking the time honours with a personal best 23.10 seconds in the final heat, the Gambier Vets Stake.
Raced by Serviceton couple Valerie and David Brodhurst, Cheyenne Black, which had been unplaced at her past two starts over 512 metres, appreciated the drop back in distance when leading all the way from box two to defeat Secret Mantra, which chased the leader throughout, by 3¾ lengths.
Allendale East trainer Connie Miller’s Bushman’s Faith kicked off the heats in dashing style with an all the way 2¼ length win in the Berringa Park Stake over Galactic Dragon in another personal best of 23.20 seconds.
A son of Magic Sprite, Bushman’s Faith relocated from Victoria in mid-August and has really taken to Tara Raceway, having now won three 400 metre races and one over 512 metres from only six starts.
Pintail, back after a three-month injury spell, wrapped up a good day for Compton trainer Tracie Price when successful in the second heat – the Allestree Holiday Units Stake.
The beautifully-bred daughter of Bekim Bale and Flying Machine, after an early tussle with Rosie Bay, found the front and ran away to defeat that greyhound by 3¾ lengths in 23.47 seconds.
The win was the final leg of a treble for Price after Real Moment in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (400 m) made amends for a recent close second behind kennelmate Marlow Moment and Shannah’s Might took full advantage of a drop in class to impressively win the Winningformula.net.au Stake (512 m).
The treble resulted in Price’s seventh win in seven days at Tara Raceway with Grumpy Jim, Fear The Rascal and Marlow Moment successful on Sunday, September 18 and Rose Limes on Friday, September 23.
Kerry Hawker and Michael Robinson’s $500 greyhound Gentle Moment bounced back for another win when successful in the third heat – the Produce Store Stake.
On the pace early, Gentle Moment found the front turning for home and held off Dark Nemesis – a huge run after losing five lengths when stumbling at the start – to win by a neck in 23.65 seconds.
The win was the culmination of a good weekend for Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell who at the Friday meeting was successful with Black Peer in a Klaassens Contractors Stake (400 m) Pathway heat.
David Peckham, of Allendale East, was another trainer to enjoy a good weekend after Goldie’s Run won the Trackside Meats Maiden (512 m) on Friday while his litter brother Blitz And Bolt and Thanks Captain were successful on Sunday in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) and Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m).
Meanwhile, carrying over from last week-end’s double meeting will be five finals on Sunday – maidens (400 m, 512 m), grade six (512 m), grade five (400 m) and a Pathway (400 m).
Also adding plenty of interest to the 12-event card will be three higher grade races to be run over Tara Raceway’s three distances.
In the WinningFormula.net.au Mixed Stake (400 m) Galactic Tsunami will be chasing three consecutive wins when he takes on last start winner Real Moment while Thanks Captain will also be looking for a hat-trick in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m).
And in the Trackside Meats Mixed Stake, seasoned middle-distance performers Glenville Jester and Old Jock will take on Julie’s Love, Hay Miss and Ari which fought out last Friday’s 600 metre South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake.