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Roxy Rolla leads classic charge
Monday, January 30, 2017
Lewiston greyhound Roxy Rolla, according to trainer Don Turner, is likely to return to Mount Gambier on Friday to contest a heat of the General Destini Summer Classic (512 metres).
This follows her win against a smart field of grade six dogs in the winningformula.net.au final over 512 metres at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Obviously benefiting from her first look at the track when running a 2½ length second to Cee Rose Black in a heat at the previous meeting, Roxy Rolla led all the way from box one to defeat fellow classic contenders McIvor Neville and Big Rough by 3¾ lengths and 2½ lengths respectively in 30.25 seconds.
For greyhounds whelped on or after January 1, 2015, the $3000 General Destini Summer Classic final will be run on Sunday, February 12 and also carry a service to General Destini , a winner of 23 races and more than $270,000 in stakemoney.
Picked up by owner Wayne Verrall in the middle of last year from NSW at a time when the future of greyhound racing in that state looked anything but bright, Roxy Rolla is a March 2015 whelping by Cosmic Rumble out of the unraced Enlightment, a daughter of El Grand Senor x Jacinta Bale.
The fawn bitch has now won three races from 23 starts with the other two being over 515 metres at Angle Park in September and October last year.
“From an experience point of view she obviously holds an edge over some of the other classic contenders,” Turner said.
“You only get one crack at these age-restricted races so all being well with Roxy Rolla I reckon we’ll be back on Friday.”
McIvor Neville, recent heat and final winner of the Sims Memorial and Big Rough, the fastest heat winner and finalist in the same series, lost no friends with their efforts in running second and third.
Trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin, McIvor Neville, a May 2015 son of Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar, worked home strongly at only his fourth race start.
And Franklin’s day ended even better when the four-year-old Future Past returned to racing after a five month break to easily win the ClassicBet Mixed Stake (400 m) by 6¼ lengths over Anti Dentite in 23.34 seconds.
February 2015 whelping Big Rough, trained at Portland by Brian Weis for local couple Heather and Noel Perry, was handy throughout at what was only his fifth race start.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day a couple of other classic hopefuls in Hutch and I’m A Princess fought out the Rock’s Retreat Maiden final (512 m).
Hutch, owned and trained at Portland by Robert Halliday, had been well-backed at his only two starts when running fourth but made amends on Sunday when defeating I’m A Princess by two lengths in 30.59 seconds.
Hutch, named after Halliday’s mate Lance Hutchinson who was on course to enjoy the win, is beautifully bred, being an April 2015 son of Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie.
Halliday purchased the black dog as a pup from breeder Peter Hubbard with the litter also including the Adelaide-trained Cairnlea Kenny, a winner at Angle Park last Wednesday.
Giving Halliday a clean sweep of the two maiden finals was Wee See (named after another mate in Brian Weis) who settled in third spot early before railing through on the home turn to score a 1¾ length win over Indi’s Fancy in 24.11 seconds for the 400 metre journey.
Wee See, a month too old for the classic, is by Collision out of Kokoda Spirit, a litter sister to Star Doll, a former 400 metre record holder at Tara Raceway.
Koroit trainer Robert Walsh confirmed that I’m A Princess, who has raced on only four occasions for a win and two minor placings, will return for the classic along with several of her littermates from the April 2015 Cape Hawke x Jamaican Ruby litter.
SAME BOX, BETTER RESULT
The scratching of Galactic Viper from box one in the final of the Berringa Park Grade Five final (400 m) resulted in the Tracie Price trained Lyon Rose gaining a start as a reserve from the inside draw.
As it was, Lyon Rose had already drawn box one in the next race, the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (400 m), and it’s probably fair to say that Price would probably have gone with that option if he had had a choice.
Lyon Rose’s last win had been back in October when she won the Strathalbyn division of the SA Country Cup (536 m) before ultimately finishing seventh behind Mount Gambier’s representative Berry Bling in the final.
Sunday’s final boasted a fair line-up of sprinters but Lyon Rose never looked in danger of defeat as she went straight to the front, eventually running out a three length winner in 23.38 seconds.
As it turned out, there wasn’t much between the two races, time-wise, with Dean Fennell’s Gentle Moment winning the following event in 23.40 seconds.
But prizemoney-wise, Price definitely ended up in the right race with Lyon Rose collecting an extra $300 for winning the final.
In the race prior, the Produce Store Pathway final (400 m), Aston Morris drew box one and looked to have a mortgage on the race after a 23.15 seconds heat win.
And after finding himself in a spot of bother early, Aston Morris quickly found the front and ran away to a 4½ length win over the consistent Mega Max in 23.58 seconds.
The win was the final leg of a treble for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who earlier in the day had been successful with Stylish Pursuit in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (600 m) and Old Jock who looks destined for another Mount Gambier Cup campaign after defeating Marcling by 5¼ lengths in the Klaassens Contractors Mixed Stake (512 m) in a best of day 30.08 seconds.
Stanley kicked off the 2017 season in fine style, training 15 winners at the six meetings conducted at Tara Raceway in January.