Compton-based leading greyhound trainer Tracie Price, still chasing his first Mount Gambier Cup, looks set to play a major role in this year’s inaugural Group 3 event.
Another four winners – Zoe’s Way, Starlight Dusty, Giant’s Flash and Rhonda Lily – at yesterday’s Tara Raceway Category 2 meeting marked the return of the 512 metre track record holder Giant’s Flash.
The son of Banjo Boy x Navada Flame defeated Phil Lenehan’s Summer Classic contender Lektra Rhino by four lengths in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) in 29.39 seconds – three lengths outside the record.
Later, Price said he was hoping to have his strongest-ever Mount Gambier Cup line-up which could also include Giant’s Flash’s litter sister Minnie Banjo, the 400 metre record holder at Tara Raceway.
“Look, she’s very fast early and after a recent post-to-post trial here I’d be surprised if she can’t run out a pretty quick 512 metres,” he said.
And from a Mount Gambier Cup point of view, Worrolong part-owner and trainer Steve Bartholomew was also more than happy with Mary Bridget’s win in the Progreyhoundtips.com Stake (512 m).
Having her first run over the distance since the end of October, the brindle bitch was always travelling like a winner, eventually running away with four lengths to spare over Rotate in 29.70 seconds.
“I thought she did the job pretty well and there should be further improvement yet. We’ll continue to monitor her progress, but at this stage we have the cup in mind,” said Bartholomew, who trained Galactic Athena, winner of the 2019 Mount Gambier Cup.