Thursday, October 12, 2017
After a couple of recent disappointing efforts from Lucky Holly at Ballarat and Warrnambool, Garry Elliott of Southern Cross reckoned it was probably time to retire the black bitch.
Mind you, he’d been down that path before. At the end of last year Lucky Holly had come on season and subsequently led a life of leisure for the next eight months before Elliott decided on a return to the track which resulted in six minor placings.
But the latest “retirement” turned out to be short-lived.
“Ray (Mahony), who is also based at Southern Cross, was coming over to Tara Raceway last Sunday so I decided I would throw in a nomination and see what happened,” said Elliott, one of greyhound racing’s real gentlemen.
Lucky Holly, an August 2014 daughter of Fabregas x Mepunga Kirsty, went into the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 metres) with one win – 15 months ago over 400 metres at Tara Raceway – from 32 starts.
And Elliott would probably have been questioning his decision to once again pull her out of retirement when she found herself with a bit of work to do early in the race, especially with the odds-on favourite Same Scenario bowling along in front.
But Lucky Holly railed through into second spot down the back, moving out and tackling the leader turning for home before finishing strongly for a 2¼ length win in a quick 23.16 seconds.
“I’m happy to be back,” the delighted hobby owner-trainer said.
Elliott, who purchased Lucky Holly as a pup from Southern Cross breeder Peter Byrne, has high hopes for his next pup purchase from Dennington breeder Ray Drew – a five-month-old black bitch by Banjo Boy out of Maisy Mac.
A nine-race winner, Maisy Mac is a litter sister to Zambora Brockie, who won 31 races and prizemoney in excess of $530,000.