Monday, April 23, 2018
Lektra Stomp became the second Tara Raceway track record holder to break his own record when running a sizzling 29.35 seconds in the Klaassens Contractors Open Stake (512 metres) on Friday afternoon.
The time was 1½ lengths quicker than his previous record of 29.45 seconds which he ran in a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup on March 11 when defeating Verev by seven lengths prior to running second to Xtreme Caution in the final a week later.
By Walk Hard out of Lektra Angie – a 13 length maiden winner at Tara Raceway in November 2012 – the white and black dog is trained at Toolong by Phil Lenehan who opted to return to Mount Gambier with Lektra Stomp after four disappointing runs at The Meadows and Warrnambool.
Well suited in Friday’s small field, he quickly found the front from box four and was always low flying, eventually running out a 12 length winner over Hit The Runway.
The win further enhanced his outstanding record at Tara Raceway – 15 starts for nine wins, four seconds and three thirds – with Lenehan believing Lektra Stomp is better suited to tracks which run with a finish-on-lure (FOL) system as is the case here.
“The trouble is there’s not many other FOL tracks around although the trial of the FOL on the outside track at Geelong apparently has been a great success,” he said.
The Geelong Greyhound Racing Club is now extending the FOL to its inside track on Tuesday. This track comprises 520 metres and 596 metres, with Lenehan believing both distances would suit Lektra Stomp and give him another option.
Lektra Stomp was the second leg of a running double for Lenehan, Lektra Lucy bringing up her second 600 metre win in the space of a month when defeating Big Rough and Shiney Bling in the Produce Store Mixed Stake in 35.47 seconds.
Both greyhounds will back up again at Wednesday’s ANZAC meeting, Lektra Stomp from box eight in the Legacy Open (512 m) and Lektra Lucy in the ANZAC Open (600 m).
Paraphernalia, who will jump from box one in the ANZAC Open Stake (600 m), lowered his 34.99 seconds record for the middle distance to 34.97 seconds on June 11, 2017 for Horsham trainer Jeff Guy.