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Pottsy finds the going a bit easier

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hamilton greyhound Delcorn Potts found the going pretty tough at Strathalbyn last Friday when he took on a much better than average maiden/grade six field in the Les Newton Trophy (536 metres) at Strathalbyn.

A $41 chance, the black dog was slowly away from box eight and never got into the race, eventually being beaten by 18½ lengths by the Cap Abbott trained Mo Town Roy which had been successful over 600 metres at Tara Raceway’s previous meeting.

Tony Harding with Delcorn Potts who broke through for his first win at start number 42.

However, a couple of days later trainer Tony Harding, a regular at the local track, was on his way to Mount Gambier with Delcorn Potts for The Border Watch Maiden Stake (512 m).

The son of Jarvis Bale and Nirra Meg had drawn box one in Sunday’s first race and while this was a much easier affair he had yet to win in 41 starts.

But he was away much better, went straight to the front and despite using plenty of the track was never headed, eventually running out a comfortable five length winner over former Adelaide chaser Cilla Brown in a time of 30.84 seconds.

Raced by Boggy Creek dairy farmer Andrew Delaney, Delcorn Potts joined Harding’s kennels after having had 15 starts in maiden events on Victorian tracks.

“Lismore trainer Norm Wynd made contact with me back in July to see if I wanted to have a go with the dog because he wasn’t what he was looking for,” Harding said.

“It’s taken a while for him to break through but hopefully he can now go on with the job.”



The recent sale of littermates Blitz And Bolt and Goldie’s Run has seen Allendale East trainer David Peckham retain the former while Goldie’s Run is now out at Compton with Tracie Price.

Connie Miller and David Peckham pictured with Blitz And Bolt who they recently purchased in partnership with Ross Schurgott.

The pair originally joined Peckham’s kennels in August after being sent down by David Pringle of Clergate in NSW.

And when Pringle was later looking to sell the pair, Price picked up Goldie’s Run for young Kongorong owner Will Kelly while Peckham joined forces with Connie Miller and long-time kennel client Ross Schurgott to purchase Blitz And Bolt.

Blitz And Bolt lined up from box three as a $9 chance in Sunday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m), leading all the way to comfortably defeat Fear Helvetia by 3¾ lengths in 30.42 seconds and give his owners a quick return on their investment.

Meanwhile, in the following race, the Trackside Meats Grade Six final (512 m), Goldie’s Run quickly found a forward spot from box five before chasing Irka Jakit until off the back where he took over and ran home well for a two length win in 30.67 seconds.

Goldie’s Run made it two wins in a row for young owner Will Kelly and trainer Tracie Price.

The win followed on from a heat win at last week’s meeting with the 15-year-old Kelly, a grandson of well-known local greyhound identity Bernie Bouchier, surely now wondering how long this game has been going on.

By Cosmic Rumble out of Moonshine Sally, a daughter of Brett Lee x Kiacatoo Pearl, the January 2015 brothers are a perfect age for February’s Summer Classic (512 m) which is for dogs and bitches whelped on or after January 1, 2015.

Goldie’s Run’s win was the third leg of a treble for Price, who earlier was successful with Dimora Bekim – raced by Kelly’s uncles, Bernie jr. and Kevin Bouchier – and Smirnoff Lass.

Dimora Bekim led all the way in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), holding out a fast finishing Colden Girl to win by a half length in 23.60 seconds.

Smirnoff Lass, having her first run over 600 metres, quickly found the front in the Berringa Park Mixed Stake and held out Ari to win by 1¼ lengths in 36.07 seconds.



Sunday’s ClassicBet Pathway final (400 m) resulted in another greyhound hopelessly out of form able to get back among the winners.

Brad, Jordan and Emily Mitchem, and 3-year-old Nathan Hill, with Crazy Sprite after his win in the Pathway final.

This time it was the Paul White owned Crazy Sprite who is trained at Sandford by Brad Mitchem.

Jumping from box five at the nice odds of $12 after a fast-finishing second to Red River Rufus in a heat last week, Crazy Sprite quickly moved into second spot behind that greyhound before running away to an easy 2¼ length win over Tanjira in 23.60 seconds.

Following four consecutive runs outside of the Pathway time standard, Crazy Sprite, a son of Magic Sprite x Our Nanz Awesome, was able to gain some confidence from last week’s heat and went right on with the job on Sunday.

The black dog, despite three impressive wins this year, had been out of the winner’s circle for six months with Mitchem believing it had been a confidence thing.

“These couple of Pathways have been real confidence boosters for him so I’m now hoping he’ll continue to race with the endeavour he showed today,” Mitchem said.



Clarrie Parfrey of Wentworth, in Mount Gambier to visit his mother-in-law, took the opportunity to attend Tara Raceway’s meeting on Sunday afternoon.

This was his second visit in the past three months and he still marvels at the number of nominations received and the prizemoney paid at the Lake Terrace East track.

Parfrey, now 77, was on the committee that set up the Wentworth straight track and helped to establish greyhound racing at Barmera and Robinvale.

“Back in the 70s our closest track was Broken Hill,” he said. “Now with Wentworth, Barmera and Robinvale long gone we’re virtually back to where it all began – Broken Hill being our closest track.

“When I see the number of meetings that are run here at Tara Raceway and the amount of prizemoney that is being paid to owners and trainers why would they want to go anywhere else unless they have a really good greyhound?”

The Barmera track closed on June 6, 2011 with Riverland Greyhound Racing Club president Leo O’Leary saying at the time that he suspected trainers in the area would go to other sports.

“Some will stay and keep travelling to other race tracks but I believe others, once their dogs have gone through their racing career, will start dropping out.”

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