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Price weighs up Prelude options
Monday, September 12, 2016
Blazing Moment’s smart 30.17 seconds win in Friday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m) now has Compton trainer Tracie Price weighing up his options in regard to the forthcoming Classic 2016 Prelude (515 m) at Angle Park.
Having only his fourth race start, the 37 kilogram son of Bekim Bale and Lucy’s Moment led all the way from box four to defeat Breakwater Bay by 3¾ lengths with a further 2½ lengths back to Lektra Ash in third spot.
Whelped in November 2014, Blazing Moment has now won three of his four starts, one of which was a 30.15 seconds 515 metre win at Angle Park last month.
The Classic 2016 Prelude is for SA-bred greyhounds whelped between July 2014 and December 2014 with heats being run over 515 metres at Angle Park on Wednesday, September 21 and the final the following Monday night.
There was also plenty to like about the effort of Breakwater Bay which was having only his fourth race start and his first at 512 metres after a win on debut over 400 metres in July.
An October 2014 son of Cosmic Chief and Cee Anna Rose, he was bred at Portland by Andy Graham who also owns and trains the fawn dog which jumped well from box seven and chased Blazing Moment throughout.
Earlier in the day, recent maiden winner Cee Sunrise, another Graham owned and trained littermate, handled the step up to grade six when leading all the way to defeat Happy Hans in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
Cee Anna Rose, a lightly-raced Victorian city winner, has now produced five individual winners in her first litter by Collision and three to Cosmic Chief.
And there should be a win shortly for Allen and David Williams with recent Winter Classic placegetter Lektra Ash, another October 2014 whelping which, like Blazing Moment and Breakwater Bay, will only get better with racing.
HOTHAM FLYER DIGS DEEP
Lewiston trainer Don Turner, back at Tara Raceway on Friday for the first time in a while, has a fair record at Mount Gambier.
For sure, Hotham Flyer, a winner of three races at Angle Park and Gawler, certainly looked well placed in the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (600 m) from box one even though he’d never raced on the track.
And when the white and black dog – an odds-on favourite – ranged up to leader Hay Miss approaching the home turn it looked like a matter of how far.
But Hotham Flyer ended up doing it the hard way after checking off Hay Miss and then having to dig deep in the home straight before gaining a head victory in 36.04 seconds.
For the luckless Hay Miss it was her fourth consecutive second placing while the Price-trained Spotted Gunn ran home well at her first middle-distance attempt to be beaten 1½ lengths in third spot.
Hotham Flyer is the first greyhound for Anthony Lapinskas who races the son of US sire Kelsos Fusileer and Daddy’s Muffin in partnership with Turner who is a former workmate of Lapinskas’s father.
Daddy’s Muffin, bred by the late Charlie Irwin of Lewiston, raced on 77 occasions for only three wins – one of those being over 731 metres at Angle Park.
But her mating has produced three individual winners and also includes smart chaser Hukanui, a winner of eight races at Angle Park and one at The Meadows.