Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Another treble for Compton greyhound trainer Tracie Price at last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting saw him bring up 80 local winners for 2017 – two more than last year when he accumulated 524 points over 61 race meetings to defeat Nicole Stanley (66 winners) by 96.5 points for Leading Trainer honours.
Portland-based Stanley, who has the led the Leading Trainers’ list for most of this year, currently has 96 winners. She is on track to become the first trainer to lead in 100 winners in a season at the Mount Gambier track in a year when a record number of race meetings – 76 – will have been run by the time the season concludes on Sunday, December 31.
Second-placed Price, who has trained five trebles along with a bag of four since the end of July, has pulled ground off Stanley and is now mounting a last-ditch attempt in the final 10 meetings of the year to claw back her still seemingly unbeatable 110.5 points lead.
Baz’s Moment was the final leg of Price’s treble on Sunday – Banjo Bonito and Goldie’s Run successful earlier in the day – with the win giving the son of Swift Fancy x Which Class an outright lead over Big Rough, Galactic Viper and Fiorelli Rose in the Greyhound of the Year award.
The September 2015 black dog, which has made a successful return to the track for part-owners Baz Bruce and Price after spending two months earlier this year on the sidelines due to injury, has now won 10 races at Tara Raceway.
Meanwhile, on a day when Baz’s Moment led all the way to win the Trackside Meats Stake (400 metres) and register his third successive win at start number 31, his litter sister Galactic Shiraz lined up for her first race start in the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 m).
Owned and trained at Moorak by Robert Chuck, Galactic Shiraz quickly found the front from box three and, despite using plenty of the track in the home straight, did a good job to hold out the consistent Wilbur Deeds when winning by 1¼ lengths in a very good maiden time of 23.27 seconds.
For a relieved Chuck the win came after months of frustration with Galactic Shiraz slow to recover from a troublesome foot injury.
“She’d come into the race after pulling up well in four trials and it looks like all’s good after the win so hopefully we can now make up for lost time,” he said.