Thursday, March 30, 2017
Not surprisingly, Tara Raceway record holder Thanks Tubby’s first litter – whelped this week by caesarean-section – is attracting plenty of interest.
By high-profile sire Barcia Bale, the litter comprises two dogs and four bitches, with Allendale East breeder David Peckham reporting that mother and pups are doing well and that some of the offspring could be for sale.
It’s now been more than 12 months since Thanks Tubby retired from the track after 64 starts for 21 wins and 23 minor placings – 20 of those wins being at Tara Raceway over the track’s three distances while being trained by Peckham.
By Superman out of Irish Fantasy, Thanks Tubby’s 512 metre track record was established on June 1, 2014 when she led all the way to defeat Rouse Flyer by 8½ lengths in 29.60 seconds.
Later, in the same year, litter sister Striking Viking also got among the Tara Raceway track records when her run of 35.38 seconds was ratified as the initial 600 metre record.
Striking Viking, herself a winner of 15 races, also has a litter by Barcia Bale – now 10 months old – and earlier this month was mated with Dyna Double One.
Tara Raceway track record history is pretty sketchy but in October 2010 Gary Lane’s Mantra Miss ran a record 29.80 seconds over the 512 metre journey. Later, when mated with El Grand Senor, she produced Miss Jacovella who in August 2015 was also a record-breaker with a 35.08 seconds 600 metre run.
Robert Halliday’s Half Way Home lowered Mantra Miss’s time to 29.79 seconds in April 2011 and this stood until March 14, 2014 when Tom Sinnott’s Dub Me In clocked a then unheard of 29.62 seconds.
Several greyhounds have come close to the record – Sir Lenny 29.64, Mojito Mayhem 29.65 and more recently Flying Flutter 29.66.
But for now, Thanks Tubby’s 29.60 seconds continues to stand the test of time.
TREBLE TO GRAHAM
After a quiet start to the year, Tara Raceway regular Andy Graham bounced back at Warrnambool on Tuesday night with an owner-trainer treble.
Cosmic Ann kicked off his night in style with a win at $21 in a maiden 390 metre. Ocean Bay then won a thriller of a grade six (450 m) before Cee Righty rounded off a memorable night with a smart 22.15 seconds win in a grade seven (390 m).
This was Graham’s second treble, his first coming back on June 7, 2013 at Tara Raceway when Stornaway Lad, You Got It and Monty’s Way – all from the Elite State x Senni Wendy litter that he bred – were successful.
Tuesday night’s winners were also bred by Graham, being by Cosmic Chief and Collision and all out of Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of Senni Wendy.
TRAINERS TO TACKLE STRATHALBYN FEATURE WITH LITTERMATES
Compton trainer Tracie Price and Cap Abbott of Edenhope will take on feature race heats at Strathalbyn tomorrow afternoon with littermates from the Razldazl Jayfkay x New Year’s Punch litter.
Price has drawn box one in the first heat of the Next Lending Autumn Cup (536 m) with Lyon Rose while Mo Town Roy will jump from box six in the second heat for Abbott.
Both greyhounds have previously won over 536 metres at Strathalbyn, Lyon Rose a heat of the SA Country Cup last October and Mo Town Roy the Christmas/New Year Cup in December.
Abbott also has speedy type Just Like Fire engaged in box six in a heat of the 1062 Kennels Autumn Sprint (416 m).
Both finals, to be decided on Friday week (April 7), will carry total prizemoney of a pretty handy $5025 each.
Back at Tara Raceway last Friday after a trip to Adelaide’s Angle Park the night before, a bleary-eyed Price continued on his winning way with Ramified, Lady Shannah and Baz’s Moment topping off a good month which saw him finish with 10 winners.