Greyhound Racing SA’s racing manager, Shaun Mathieson, said this week he would soon be liaising with metropolitan and south-east trainers in relation to the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club returning to two meetings a week at Tara Raceway.
“In the next couple of weeks I’m intending to make contact with the trainers, both Adelaide and local, who have been travelling backwards and forwards in order to seek some form of commitment from them in relation to Mount Gambier running twice weekly,” he said.
“Subject to feedback and cross-border directions, my thoughts would be that we re-introduce Sunday racing on a gradual basis.
“I’ve left Sundays in for December on the Sky Racing program and also on the GRSA website until I have more idea of where we stand in relation to two meetings a week.
“However, with the Mount Gambier club looking to finalise its December dates next week I have suggested to them that they program only Thursday meetings.”
Mathieson, who stressed that it was his intention to get back to two meetings a week at Tara Raceway as soon as possible, also pointed out that this would need to be sustainable.
Meanwhile, the re-opening of the TAB at Tara Raceway on Thursday was well received by those in attendance. And with little advance notice of the facilities being available, TAB operator Sue said she expected further improvement in turnover at forthcoming meetings.
With the 70 km “bubble” in place, another Victorian trainer to return was Robert Halliday of Portland.
Halliday had Local Brew engaged in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m), the son of General Destini and Guru Doll finishing strongly to defeat Saint Sunshine by 5½ lengths in 30.18 seconds.
The win was the long-time trainer’s first since Conductor had won at Tara Raceway in March. For Local Brew it was obviously a case of the brindle dog enjoying being back at the local track given that it had been more than 12 months since his last win.
Another Portland trainer among the winners was Andy Graham who returned to the fold last week.
The Graham-trained See Nitro looked anything but a dog that had won only one previous race back in February when leading all the way in the Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m), eventually running out a 6¼ lengths winner over High Fly Emma in a more than handy 23.14 seconds.
The winner is by Nitro Burst out of Lots Of Yap, with the kennel going very close to a litter double after Rose Bay just failed to hold out Midnight Daisy in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m) in a time of 23.65 seconds.
In the end, though, the litter finished the day with a two-state double, Nitro Yap scoring at big odds over 450 metres at Warrnambool that night in a pretty handy 25.33 seconds for another Portland trainer in Ben Boers.
Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson carried on from where he left off last week with Union Man when litter sister Saint Charlotte led all the way in the Gambier Vets Maiden Stake (277 m) to defeat Youngs Lane by 3¾ lengths in a quick 16.30 seconds.
Later in the day Wilson brought up a double – his first since May 2019 when Stray Cat and Ballet Creek were successful – after Dashing Pedro led all the way to defeat Wan Chai by 3½ lengths in 30.33 seconds in the Rock’s Tavern Stake (512 m).
A son of Barcia Bale x Missy’s Return, Dashing Pedro is owned at Horsham by Bill Hartigan. Apparently the black dog was having a few issues in the catching pen at other tracks, Hartigan opting to send him to Wilson in order that he could race at Tara Raceway where there is no catching pen.