Thursday, November 16, 2017
Garku Bale, the well-bred greyhound picked up a couple of months ago for $500 by Mortlake owner-trainer Paul Herry, has maintained his unbeaten record over the recently re-introduced 732 metre journey at Tara Raceway.
And not only that, he also ran quick time into the bargain last weekend when winning the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake – taking his earnings to $2095.
A winner at his first start over the stayers’ course last month, Garku Bale was in front at the 512 metre boxes the first time around in Sunday’s distance event, eventually defeating Trademark Jet by three-quarters of a length in 43.84 seconds – a time bettered only by Nellie Noodles’ 43.45 seconds, run on March 27, 2011.
So Herry left Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon on a high, pretty well convinced that he would return this week for the Back To Distance Racing feature and take on a field probably similar to that he had just beaten.
Come Monday, though, and Friday night’s Bold Trease Group 1 heats over 715 metres at Sandown Park were still one runner short a half-hour prior to nomination closing time.
“They were looking for 32 greyhounds for the four heats so I thought, why not, and put in a nomination although I didn’t really expect to gain a start with him,” Herry said.
Not only did Garku Bale, a son of David Bale x Ucme Typhoon, take the last spot but he drew alongside his litter sister Fanta Bale, a winner of 33 races and $986,170.
But the family reunion is not going to take place after Garku Bale, a couple of days ago, was found to have a non-career-threatening injury and will be confined to the lead for a couple of weeks.
“It was really disappointing,” Herry said. “Once he gained a start I was really looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere at Sandown on Friday night when eight heats of the Melbourne Cup (515 m) will also be run.”
Trainer Peter Franklin, who has Chuck McIvor and Future Past engaged at Tara Raceway on Sunday, has drawn box three with McIvor Verna in the third heat of the Bold Trease.
She’ll clash with the boom dog Rockoon, trained at Pearcedale by Keith Hellmuth who has donated a service to Rockoon’s sire Peter Rocket for February’s Summer Classic at Tara Raceway.
And while McIvor Verna is owned at Bendigo by Barry Priest and trained at Moyston, local greyhound racing followers will be taking a keen interest in the fawn bitch, well known at Tara Raceway through an outstanding maiden win, a 600 metre track record and two wins over 732 metres.
Meanwhile, Barry Shepheard’s Trademark Jet and the Tracie Price trained Bekim Lucy’s look to be the two to beat in the Back To Distance Racing (732 m) on Sunday after the pair clocked 43.90 seconds and 44.03 seconds respectively last week when filling the minor placings behind Garku Bale.