Tuesday, June 20, 2017
After some recent consistent middle-distance performances at Tara Raceway, Apsley greyhound Cryer’s Plugger, with a 10-start track and distance record of one win and seven minor placings, looks the one to beat from box seven in Sunday’s Koroit 600 (600 metres).
Owned by Margaret Cryer and trained by husband Tom, the January 2015 son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget was a well-beaten third behind McIvor Verna in 600 metre track record time last Sunday but prior to that had run Col’s Wallett to 1¾ lengths in a quick 35.03 seconds.
Tom Cryer will be keen for Cryer’s Plugger to win his first race in close to three months with the Koroit 600 also carrying to the winner a four-week breaking-in package at the Koroit Breaking-In and Trial Track, donated by Peter Byrne.
Cryer has a brindle half-brother and two black half-sisters – by Spud Regis – to follow and at 14 months of age they aren’t far away from being broken-in.
One of the hardest for Cryer’s Plugger to beat in Sunday’s added-money feature will probably be Two Jobs, owned and trained at Serviceton by Valerie and David Brodhurst.
Although awkwardly drawn in box six, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble x Enlightment has won three races from her past five Tara Raceway starts and looked impressive when defeating Bekim Lucy’s by 4¼ lengths in 35.36 seconds – the same day Paraphernalia ran a track record 34.97 seconds.
Of the others, Rowdy Richard, trained at Horsham by Bill Hartigan, doesn’t look badly drawn in box eight and should find this a bit easier than last Sunday when he ran a 12½ length second behind McIvor Verna in 600 metre track record time.
And Peter Franklin’s McIvor Gordon, who has drawn box two, has the pedigree to run a strong 600 metres, being by Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar and a litter brother to the record holder.
This will be the second year the Koroit 600 has been run, the Jeff Guy trained Brazen Bomber defeating Old Jock last year in an unofficial track record time of 35 seconds.
Byrne, incidentally, had a fair week on the track himself, successful at Tara Raceway last Friday with Black Fields in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) and, as caretaker trainer, also winning three races in the space of seven days at Sandown Park with Saint Flynn for Robert Walsh of Koroit.
FRIDAY WINNERS TO CLASH
Free Bee, Rumbling Moment and Outlaw Eddie, all winners at last Friday’s meeting, have drawn boxes three, four and six respectively on Sunday and will clash in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m).
There was plenty of interest surrounding Free Bee, having her first start in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) as she was the first local runner for her sire Fernando Bale, regarded as one of Australia’s best-ever greyhounds and a winner of $1.3m in prizemoney.
And with Free Bee being out of Witch Fantasy, also the dam of Blurred Lines (27 wins and more than $110,000 in prizemoney), she would have been a high-priced pup.
But the white and black bitch, now raced by Deb Hicks and trained at Worrolong by her father Steve Bartholomew, found her way to the South-East as an unraced giveaway after failing to make the grade in Victoria.
Rumbling Moment’s win in the winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m) was full of merit – a 7½ length winning margin in a flying 22.97 seconds says it all.
Taken over last month by Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell, the son of Cosmic Rumble x Stylish Moment is a littermate to Sophie’s Moment, a recent 512 metre sub-30 second winner.
Rumbling Moment now joins a select group of greyhounds to have broken the 23-second barrier over 400 metres at Tara Raceway – Cryer’s Ricky heading the list with a record 22.78, followed by Ireland’s Oyster 22.83, Future Past and Slipper’s Might 22.93 and Colden Star 22.97.
Outlaw Eddie came out all guns blazing from box one for Coleraine owner-trainer Bob Wombwell in the ClassicBet Maiden Stake (400 m).
By Spring Gun out of Coleraine Flame, who five years ago won a 480 metre maiden at Horsham for Wombwell, Outlaw Eddie led all the way to defeat Azumi Chief and What A Buzz in 23.37 seconds.
The win came at his fifth race start with his trainer now confident that the 35 kilogram black dog has fully recovered from a groin operation.
Outlaw Eddie’s win gave the litter, and Wombwell, their second success for the week with Fire Eyes, a nicely-conformed 30 kilogram black bitch, winning at Tara Raceway at the previous Sunday’s meeting and now lining up from box two in this Sunday’s Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
Wombwell, whose involvement in South-East greyhound racing goes back to the Glenburnie days, is enjoying a good year with his small team at the local track, having now trained seven winners.