Monday, November 4, 2019
Strictly speaking, last Thursday’s Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting wouldn’t have been out of place at a Sunday fixture.
Such was the standard of the race that Spinning Jakit, who dead-heated for first only a fortnight ago with Cryer’s Plugger in a 600 metre Free For All, went to the boxes as a $5 chance – virtually nothing separating last start Sandown winner Tyche Onyx and recent SA Country Cup representative Springvale Alysa for favouritism.
And a lap out, Spinning Jakit looked more like a $50 chance as he toiled at the rear, though warming to the task down the back before unleashing some sort of run in the home straight to finish over the top of Loroupe and Tyche Onyx to win in a time of 35.41 seconds.
Trained at Edenhope by Cap Abbott for long-time kennel client John Dihm, the Bush Chaplain at the mining town of Tom Price which covers the Pilbara region of WA, Spinning Jakit is by Spring Gun out of Sandown Park distance winner Lektra Scarlett.
Abbott also owns and trains Spinning Jakit’s litter brother, Black Spring, who narrowly went down to Saint David in last week’s K9 Race Recovery FFA (600 m) but still holds a six-point lead over Cryer’s Plugger in this year’s Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year.
With 28 winners, Lektra Scarlett heads the Mount Gambier leading dams’ list, Cryer’s Midget, the dam of Cryer’s Plugger, sitting in second spot with 25.
Lektra Scarlett’s November 2016 Spring Gun litter also includes Lektra Spring, a winner of nine races and $87,000 in stakemoney and a runner in tonight’s $75,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Hume Cup final (600 m) at The Meadows.
Lektra Caution (8 wins, $34,000 stakemoney) is another member of the more than handy litter as is Lektra Theory, a winner over 455 metres at Murray Bridge last Friday.
An earlier Lektra Scarlett litter whelped in January 2016 – by US sire KC And All – includes Lektra Brandy, winner of this year’s Anniversary Cup at Tara Raceway for Portland trainer Nifty Lenehan, who is a brother of the breeder, Phil, of Toolong.
Later in the day, Abbott brought up his 13th winning double at Tara Raceway this year with Giveaway Fury making it two wins in a row when successful in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (512 m).
Raced by local owners Kerry and John Hawker, the black dog, a son of Fabregas and Flitter, rounded up tearaway leader Jacobite Hammer on the home turn and then held off a fast finishing Big Rough to win by a half length in 30.27 seconds.
The Hawkers picked up Giveaway Fury and his now-retired litter brother Free Fury in a $1500 package deal back in March after they had both won their maidens on the same day at Tara Raceway, Abbott having now won 10 races with the pair.
Giveaway Fury had been out of the winner’s list for four months prior to his two recent wins, John Hawker believing that Abbott’s decision to vary the tracks where he raced may have helped him to find form again.
“Fair enough, when Cap took him to Angle Park, Warrnambool and Horsham he was probably never going to win but what it did do was to give him a change of track that possibily worked in his favour when he returned to Tara Raceway.”
Meanwhile, second-starter litter sisters Go Nikki and Go Taylah ran the quinella in Thursday’s first race, the Produce Store Maiden Stake (400 m), the former coming from a long way back to win by a half length in 24.06 seconds.
It was further time-graded success for Rick Boehm and Sandra Elmes of Dunolly, Boehm saying it had taken a while for the April 2018 whelpings to work out what the racing game was all about.
“Initially, when we trialled them together they just wanted to play around,” he said. “And it wasn’t until they went in together with a couple of other dogs that they started to settle down and go a lot better.”
Go Nikki and Go Taylah are by Fabregas out of the Victorian city-winning stayer Hala Belle, a winner of 12 races and more than $70,000 in stakemoney for Reservoir breeder-owner-trainer Peter Akathiotis.
Hala Belle is a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Aussie Belle who traces back to Akathiotis’s 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Master Giant.
Later in the day, Boehm won with Sun Wukong who took the lead down the back straight in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) and then went right away to eventually defeat Nitro Missile by four lengths in a best of day 30.23 seconds.
By Cutting Edge out of the lightly raced Enjoy, Sun Wukong is a litter brother to New Wave whose last win was at Tara Raceway back in May when trained by Boehm. On that occasion she defeated Giveaway Fury over 512 metres in a best of day 29.83 seconds.