Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Mixed results early in the day at Tara Raceway last Sunday had Tarpeena greyhound trainer David Williams displaying the demeanour of a Marlboro Man who’d just lost his cigarettes.
But he was well and truly back on the horse come race six after Lektra Ash scored a hard-fought win in the Greyhound-Data.com grade six final over 512 metres.
Away fairly from box four, Lektra Ash found a forward spot going out of the first turn and once into the clear down the back set sail after tearaway leader Dimora Bekim which had finished a length clear of him in a heat the previous week.
The Tracie Price trained leader still held a handy lead turning for home but a powerful finish resulted in Lektra Ash gaining the verdict by the narrowest of margins in 30.70 seconds.
From the handy October 2014 Fabregas x Supreme Vision litter, the win was the black dog’s first since being purchased by Allen Williams prior to the final of the August Winter Classic in which he finished third behind litter brother Lektra Munster.
And according to David Williams, a couple of “pretty ordinary” runs from Lektra Ash in September had him re-assessing both the dog and himself.
“For sure, he was the best dog in the kennels and it’s probably fair to say that he was copping preferential treatment.
“But when he failed to fire at Horsham and then Tara Raceway I decided I’d start treating him like the rest of the team – in other words like a ‘normal’ greyhound – and see whether it would make a difference.”
Maybe no longer being the centre of attention out at Tarpeena worked because the win, his first since a maiden at the end of July for previous trainer Phil Lenehan, was full of merit particularly as he appears better suited when drawn out wide.
However, Lektra Ash will have to contend with box four again tomorrow when he clashes with Breakwater Bay (box one) in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m) for grade five greyhounds.
Owned and trained at Portland by Andy Graham, Breakwater Bay has run 30.19 seconds at Tara Raceway and returns to the local track after a couple of handy runs over 450 metres at Warrnambool.
GOOD YARN REWARDED FOR HER CONSISTENCY
Good Yarn hadn’t won a race since late July but her form since then hadn’t been too bad with a recent three length third to Brazen Bomber at Tara Raceway suggesting another win wasn’t far away.
And that’s how things panned out in last Sunday’s Metal Worx Stake (512 m) when Good Yarn was successful from box five as a $10 chance – a far cry from that February Monday afternoon at Ballarat when she won her maiden at odds of $60.
Bred, owned and trained by Penshurst identity John Burow, the fawn bitch was last early but down the back was starting to make ground before storming home to defeat Ari by 1¾ lengths in 30.66 seconds.
By Cosmic Chief, Good Yarn is out of Spin A Yarn which Burow raced on 97 occasions over all distances for 13 wins and 33 minor placings with a Tara Raceway 400 metre track record of 23.16 seconds on May 6, 2012 among her achievements.
Burow will have three of the litter engaged tomorrow – Vaudeville will jump from box five in the ClassicBet Stake (512 m), Spinach also from box five in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m), while Good Yarn will face one of her toughest tests to date from box eight in The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 m).
IMPRESSIVE MAIDEN WINNERS TO CLASH
Redda and Cryer’s Bob, both 512 metre Tara Raceway maiden winners on debut, will clash in tomorrow’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake when lining up for their second starts from boxes four and five respectively.
Redda, a December 2014 son of Fabregas x Rookie’s Girl, led all the way on October 14 to comfortably defeat kennelmate Brinza in a smart 30.28 seconds for Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday.
Cryer’s Bob, the second of the repeat Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget mating to win for Tom and Margaret Cryer, of Apsley, turned in a big effort in last Sunday’s JB Irrigation Maiden Stake.
Last early from box five, the brindle dog, having his first start in a full field, stretched out down the back straight behind Brinza which still looked the winner turning for home but was unable to hold out Cryer’s Bob in the run to the line.
Adding further interest to the race is the Tracie Price trained Dimora Bekim, a November 2014 son of Bekim Bale x Lucy’s Moment. The black dog is drawn awkwardly tomorrow in box six but is bursting to win another race after two consecutive seconds.
And keep an eye on Tara Raceway newcomer Born Billy – an August 2014 son of Velocette x Molly Grace which is owned by Noel Mugavin and trained at Koroit by Peter Byrne – if he happens to gain a start.
The black dog’s last win was back in June at Bendigo over 425 metres in a smart 24.11 seconds. Earlier that month he had won over 515 metres at Sandown Park in 29.84 seconds, a time that would put him right in this race.