Thursday, July 27, 2017
Zuma Creek, the greyhound who created a fair sort of impression when last winning back in April with a best of day 29.99 seconds over 512 metres, found winning form again at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Trained by Mortlake postman Peter Crawley for Danny Kelly, Zuma Creek appreciated the drop back to grade five company after five runs in Free For All company, finding a gap down the back and then powering home to an emphatic win in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
The black dog clocked a best of day 30.03 seconds in his 5¾ length win – a length quicker than Fiorelli Rose’s winning time in the previous race, the Anniversary Cup.
Zuma Creek has now won four races from 20 starts with Crawley still despairing at the dog’s poor box manners.
“He jumped better today from box three but by and large he’s been making a real mess of the start and as a result is running into plenty of trouble in his races,” he said.
Zuma Creek, a son of Fabregas and Skye Creek – who won six races for Crawley – does possess plenty of ability and come next March could well be a Mount Gambier Cup contender for the soon-to-retire mailman who was represented in the 2016 cup final by Fluke Of Fantasy.
Zuma Creek’s win was the second leg of a double for Crawley who had been successful earlier in the day with Seabrook Noisey.
This was his third double this year at Tara Raceway after Seabrook Noisey and Southwood Trump won on February 12 and Zuma Creek and Zorro Creek on April 16.
TRIALS TO COMMENCE FROM NEW BOXES
Tara Raceway’s new starting boxes have been placed in position in readiness for the return of 732 metre racing and should be in operation for Saturday’s trial morning according to track manager Tim Manterfield.
“The outside fence was moved to accommodate the larger boxes which were painted and then positioned on Tuesday afternoon prior to some electrical work being undertaken,” he said.
“The mat in front of the boxes will be replaced next week so at the moment we will be unable to trial a full field as the mat is shorter than the boxes.”
Manterfield said the boxes should prove popular with trainers looking to run young dogs over 277 metres (box to finish line) in their early stages of education.
“In addition, the more trials we can run from the new boxes the better in order that any teething problems can be ironed out prior to the first distance race on Sunday, August 27,” he said.
Meanwhile, a new blue, yellow and white lure that has been used at recent Tara Raceway trial mornings will be operational on race days as from Sunday, August 6.
All SA clubs will be joining other states in transitioning to the new colour.
Research recommended that lures should consist of violet/blue or green/yellow colours and avoid orange/red colours.
BLAZING MOMENT TO TACKLE DARWIN CUP
Blazing Moment, locally owned by the Moment Syndicate, will line up in a heat of the NT.Gov.au Darwin Cup (537 m) on Sunday night.
Bred at Compton by Tracie Price, Blazing Moment, a 37 kilogram son of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment won two races in quick time at Tara Raceway before being transferred to Krystal Shinners in WA where he has won six races at Cannington and Mandurah over distances ranging from 405 metres to 600 metres.
Price said the black dog had settled in well in Darwin, pleasing in a trial earlier this week, and would have to run in the first two in order to reach the Group 3 final which carries a $25,000 first prize.
READY TO ERUPT
Miss Lava, who has drawn box five in the Produce Store Stake (512 m), looks the standout at tomorrow’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting.
Now trained by Peter Byrne at Southern Cross, the daughter of Djays Octane x Born On Lava has won five races from 19 starts for prizemoney in excess of $17,000.
Her last win was in May when she defeated the Group-winning Dundee Osprey over 595 metres at Sandown Park.