It was back in August 2020 that Meningie trainer Tim Richards first appeared at Tara Raceway with Almighty Stripe, a son of Fabregas and Spicy Peppa (a half-sister to former SA champion Worm Burner) that he bred and races in partnership with his sister Sheree Hayes.
At the time the black dog had won 13 races at Angle Park, Gawler and Murray Bridge, adding Mount Gambier to his list of winning tracks when defeating Sol’s Buddy by seven lengths over 400 metres in a quick 22.88 seconds.
Then, on October 22, Almighty Stripe made a stunning return to Tara Raceway, running a track record 22.68 seconds. This came after Dyna Carnie had held the record for the better part of the year, lowering Cryer’s Ricky’s time of 22.78 seconds to 22.74 seconds on January 5.
Almighty Stripe headed Richards’ team of five engaged at Tara Raceway yesterday, the former football coach, come fisherman, come greyhound trainer of six years looking to add to an already successful 2021 at the local track – 14 wins, including the Summer Classic with Justice For All.
Lining up from box one in the Easter Sprint (400 m), Almighty Stripe’s chances hinged on a quick getaway as there were some keen judges of the opinion that he was probably better suited out wide where he had a “bit of room to move”.
But with a first split of 10.55 seconds he pretty well had all the room he needed, eventually running out a 7¾ lengths winner over Ed Deeds in 22.55 seconds – Tara Raceway’s first track record for 2021. Filling third spot was the record breaker’s litter brother and kennelmate Jervois Boy.
With Richards handling Jervois Boy in the race, a handler was required for Almighty Stripe. And who better for the job than Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield, later in the day successful with Glenville Rose in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) in 23.36 seconds.
After all, Clayfield knows what it’s all about to train a 400 metres record breaker after leading Slipper’s Might to the boxes on March 28, 2014. That was the day the son of Lochinvar Marlow x Slipper’s Tonic became the first greyhound to break the 23-seconds barrier when running 22.93 seconds.
Meanwhile, Rocketline, the greyhound that chased home Almighty Stripe in his initial record-breaking run, finally shrugged off his injury woes at Tara Raceway yesterday when successful in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Suited by the small field, the son of Peter Rocket x Headline quickly overcame a slow start to settle in second spot behind Saint Charlotte before railing through on the home turn and running out a three-quarters of a length winner in 22.98 seconds.
The win was Rocketline’s first since July for Compton breeder-trainer Tracie Price and local owners Michael Robinson and Willie Vossen who purchased the May 2018 black dog as a pup.
And litter brother Burn Time, certainly one of the better greyhounds to have come out of Mount Gambier in recent times, brought up his third successive staying win when winning a heat of the time-honoured Association Cup (720 m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Raced by Lisa and Keith Hellmuth of Pearcedale, Burn Time had previously won twice at Angle Park over 731 metres prior to venturing to Sydney for the Group 1 stayers’ series, the final of which will carry $75,000 to this Saturday night’s winner.
The Hellmuths also raced Peter Rocket (22 wins and $328,000 in stakemoney) and Headline (16, $53,000) prior to Price taking over Headline for breeding purposes. The litter has now won 49 races with Burn Time the “headline” act, having won 18 races and $73,000 in stakemoney.