Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Second time lucky for visiting trainer

Melton South owner-trainer Daniel Harvey was back at Tara Raceway on Thursday, hoping to make amends with Mia’s Memory who some eight months previously had finished 2½ lengths behind Mary Bridget in second spot over 305 metres.

But according to Harvey, a 27-year-old leisure centre worker, the plan had never been to wait so long before returning to Mount Gambier in search of his first Tara Raceway win with his March 2019 black bitch.

“No, I had been keen to get back but seasonal and injury issues resulted in her racing on only three more occasions prior to today. However, she did win her maiden over 311 metres at Cranbourne last September,” he said.

Daniel Harvey of Melton South landed his first Tara Raceway winner when Mia’s Memory was successful at Thursday’s meeting.

Having her first start since last October, Mia’s Memory drew box eight in Thursday’s Trackside Meats 1-4 Wins Stake (400 metres). And she never looked in any danger of defeat when leading all the way to defeat Princess Warrior by 1½ lengths in 23.78 seconds.

By Adelaide Cup and Australian Cup winner Spud Regis out of seven-race Victorian provincial winner Little Sienna, Mia’s Memory was purchased as a six-week-old pup for $900 by Harvey.

A winner of 18 races and $460,000 in stakemoney, Spud Regis actually won his last race at Mount Gambier when defeating Twistex over 400 metres in 22.97 seconds in July 2014.

Little Sienna, whose dam line traces back to the legendary Flying Amy, has now produced winners in SA, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania from the mating to Spud Regis.

And there’s a nice touch as to how Harvey’s first Tara Raceway winner came to be named Mia’s Memory.

“At the time I purchased two pups from the litter but unfortunately the other one, whose kennel name was Mia, died prior to racing. And that’s how the racing name for today’s winner came about,” he said.

Harvey’s interest in greyhound racing goes back a number of years to when his parents were actively involved in the sport as owners.

“However, it was only about three years ago that I decided to take up training myself. Currently I have three racing dogs and a pup. As I work full-time it’s really only a hobby for me although, I have to say, a very enjoyable one.”

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