Sunday, December 31, 2017
With four of the seven runners in last Wednesday’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 metres), Compton trainer Tracie Price held a pretty strong hand in the Open class sprint.
And when Banjo Queen led her kennelmates Swift Limes, Baz’s Moment and Shannah’s Might down the back straight Price’s first four looked a distinct possibility.
However, off the back Shannah’s Might, rated by Price as potentially the best dog he’s ever had, lost some ground although by then the trifecta had been well and truly stitched up.
Shannah’s Might, now a veteran chaser that has won six races this year, still had a bit to give, though, and in the run home edged out fellow-veteran Galactic Viper – a winner of nine races during the year – to complete the first four for Price and pay a dividend of $932.20.
The first four is another first for Tara Raceway’s leading trainer of 2015 and 2016, an achievement to complement that Sunday afternoon back in September 2015 when Roma’s Moment, Whatta Moment, Mellow And Black, Fear The Rascal, Pam’s Boy and Who’s Doing What gave him a record six winners on the day.
The win was Banjo Queen’s first in three months with the daughter of Banjo Boy x Black Traminer having now won seven races since being taken over mid-year by local owners John and Kerry Hawker.
Swift Limes, a son of this year’s leading local dam in Which Class, was having his first run in two months but showed plenty of dash to hold on to second spot at the expense of his litter brother Baz’s Moment and it shouldn’t be long before he adds to his tally of six wins.