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Quality over quantity as racing returns to Tara Raceway

Saturday, April 11, 2020

With greyhound racing at Tara Raceway currently restricted to all but local participants, it was Dyna Carnie, Rock It Fernando, Galactic Athena and Perseverance who shone at last Thursday’s seven-race meeting, the first run at the track this month.

Dyna Carnie runs a best of day 22.88 seconds (400 m) at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

Dyna Carnie, a son of US sire Kelsos Fusileer and Xylia Allen who won 40 races and more than $740,000 in stakemoney, took his Tara Raceway record to 10 wins from 12 starts for owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and Allendale East trainer David Peckham.

A winner overall of 25 races and close to $100,000, Dyna Carnie chased Banjo Bad Boy until the home turn before running away to a 4¾ length win in the Bartholomew Pick 6 Mixed Stake (400 metres). The time of 22.88 seconds was two lengths outside his track record of 22.74 seconds.

The win was the start of another big day for Aloisi and Lehman after West On Bamboo and Cripps Dusty, of which they are part-owners, ran the quinella in the Easter Cup (600 m) at Angle Park on Thursday night.

Rock It Fernando brought up a treble for David Peckham at Thursday’s meeting.

Rock It Fernando, picked up for a modest sum after copping 28 days for marring at Angle Park back in February, impressed on debut at Tara Raceway when leading all the way in the Bourne Kennels Stake (400 m) to defeat Rocketline by eight lengths in 23.03 seconds.

Trained by Peckham for Aloisi’s wife Lena, Rock It Fernando had previously won nine races at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Warragul, Angle Park and Murray Bridge with the brindle dog’s most recent win also kicking off a big day for the Fernando Bale x Rhonda Rocks litter.

Later, at Angle Park, it was litter brother Alfieri winning the $6000-to-the-winner Eastar match race series (515 m) in 29.54 seconds for Alberton trainer Bill Wudarczyk who was also successful with litter sister Bailey Rocks.

Alfieri and Bailey Rocks are raced by Wudarczyk in partnership with Kirin Corby, the pair also enjoying tremendous success with another litter brother, the recently-retired 18-race winner Sennachie who collected $701,000 in stakemoney and now looks set for a successful stud career.

Peckham now has nine runners engaged at Angle Park on Monday night, including Sweet On Me, Call Me Billy and Silent Jacko, who will remain in Adelaide to be trained by Ben Rawlings.

Robert Chuck (left) and Steve Bartholomew with Galactic Athena who returned to Tara Raceway with a win over 400 metres.

Galactic Athena, back at Tara Raceway to race for the first time since winning the 2019 Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) 12 months ago for Robert Chuck and Steve Bartholomew, looked impressive when winning the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).

Away well from box eight, the daughter of Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball never looked in any danger of defeat, leading all the way to defeat Quick Sensation by eight lengths in 22.93 seconds.

Speaking after the win, Chuck said that it had originally been planned to run Galactic Athena and her litter brother Galactic Titan in the Murray Bridge Straight Track Cup, the $7,500-to-the-winner final set down to be run on Wednesday, May 27.

“But as things stand at the moment we don’t know if the series is even going ahead and perhaps, more to the point, whether Mount Gambier greyhounds will be able to race at Murray Bridge come next month,” he said.

Michael Robinson and Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell with Perseverance, a strong winner over 512 metres.

With a history of little early pace, just where promising youngster Perseverance settled in running was always going to hold the key to the Gambier Vets Mixed Stake, the only 512 metre race on the program.

So, when the Michael Robinson owned, Dean Fennell trained April 2018 daughter of Dyna Double One x Miss Freelove came out of the first turn in third spot the strong finisher was always going to be hard to hold out.

And that’s how the race panned out, Perseverance unleashing her customary strong-finishing home straight burst to account for the seasoned chaser Dyna Alistair – looking for his 18th win at start number 100 – by three-quarters of a length in 29.98 seconds.

Raw Luxury broke a run of three consecutive second placings for Compton trainer Tracie Price when leading all the way to defeat kennelmate Wise Stella by 3¾ lengths in a time of 23.28 seconds in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

The brindle and white bitch, a member of the handy Fernando Bale x Sober litter, is raced by her breeder, Steve Shinners of Port Kennedy, WA, the line tracing back to his outstanding Group 1-winning stayer Oh Behave.

Also bred by Shinners, Oh Behave (Big Ginger Boy x Hunter Tylo) raced on 75 occasions for 34 wins and more than $207,000 in stakemoney.

Finniss Looper was the second leg of a double for trainer Tracie Price.

Price was also successful later in the day in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) with Finniss Looper who led all the way to defeat kennelmate Double Love by 2½ lengths in 23.33 seconds and bring up her second win since joining his kennels in February.

Raced by the Ryan Tugwell-managed Next Racing Syndicate, Finniss Looper also lacks for nothing when it comes to breeding, being by Barcia Bale out of She’s A Looper, a winner of 22 races including one at Tara Raceway over 600 metres in a quick 35.13 seconds in August 2017.

She’s A Looper is a litter sister to the Group 1 SA chaser Worm Burner – 48 wins and $380,000 in stakemoney – and also Springvale Bryne (29, $121,000).

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