Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

A trainer wins his first race at the track. Another trainer sees his greyhound finally run up to the form he knew it was capable of. The “Bear” wins his first race in 12 months. And a giveaway picked up off an internet greyhound site is successful in a best of day time.

Just another Friday meeting at Tara Raceway where 10 of the 11 races were time-graded.

Handler Mo Canala and Brendan McKenna with Oddball Quick, his first Tara Raceway winner.

Ecklin South trainer Brendan McKenna landed his first winner at Tara Raceway when Oddball Quick, on the back of two recent handy second placings, went right on with the job in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 metres).

Raced in the names of his children Olivia, 11, and Cooper, 6, Oddball Quick quickly found a forward spot from box six before taking the lead off the back and then holding out a fast-finishing Flash Deeds to win by a half head in 23.60 seconds.

The win was something of a family affair with the son of Billy The Sid x Troublemaker Bay being bred at Koroit by McKenna’s mother Carolyn who often makes the trip over to Mount Gambier with her husband Gerald.

Billy The Sid, a winner of 12 races and $40,000, boasts a pretty handy brother in Take It All who won 26 races, including the 2013 Darwin Cup, and $130,000 in prizemoney, while Troublemaker Bay was unraced.

Gerald actually had litter brother Cheetah Bay engaged in the same race on Friday but had to be content with a sixth placing behind his son and grandchildren’s dog.

A maiden 390 metre winner at Warrnambool in March, Oddball Quick is the third member of the litter to have won – Rosie Bay winning her maiden over 400 metres at Tara Raceway in January last year prior to Cheetah Bay opening his winning account four months later.

Involved with greyhounds for more than 10 years, McKenna, 40, made special mention of long-time Ecklin South owner-trainer-breeder Sam Bamford whom he said had been a big help in getting Oddball Quick to the track.

Penshurst trainer John Cameron with maiden winner Macarthur Road.

Macarthur Road, who had been beaten by some big margins at her only six unplaced race starts, was a $26 chance in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) – the only race to carry normal prizemoney.

But Penshurst trainer John Cameron always reckoned that the 24 kilogram bitch, a $700 purchase at five months of age, had ability but just hadn’t had any luck in her races.

“In the end I sent her to the Koroit breaking-in track for a week of confidence-boosting re-education to see whether that would work,” he said.

As it turned out, it could well have been a winning move because she flew the start from box two and was never headed, running out a two length winner over Hong Shen in 30.67 seconds.

By the 2012 National Derby winner Sure As out of former Tara Raceway 400 metre record holder Spin A Yarn, Macarthur Road – the litter’s first winner – was bred at Rupanyup by Kath Brooks and is raced by Cameron’s brother Philip, of Geelong.

Glencoe trainer Barry Shepheard’s good year continued when the four-year-old Arbour Bear led all the way in the Berringa Park Stake (400 m) to easily defeat his rising five-year-old kennelmate Jett Setter by 3½ lengths in 23.40 seconds – another example of how time-grading is keeping older greyhounds in the system for a longer period.

Yaramundi Domino is another giveaway greyhound that has won at Tara Raceway for owner Amanda Darmanin and trainer Ralph Patzel.

By Cosmic Rumble out of Shepheard’s 2010 Mount Gambier Cup winner Kirkstall Jane, the 35½ kilogram Arbour Bear broke a long run of outs with his last win being 12 months ago when he defeated Small Spring in a 400 metre grade five event.

At the end of Friday’s meeting, Shepheard was sitting in fourth spot on the Leading Trainers’ list with 12 wins, 15 seconds and 12 thirds.

And local owner Amanda Darmanin’s passion for scouring internet sites in order to seek out giveaway greyhounds paid off again when Yaramundi Domino – previously a winner of five races on Victorian and Adelaide tracks – won the South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m).

Trained in Mount Gambier by Ralph Patzel, Yaramundi Domino was only fairly away from box eight but railed through down the back before finishing too strongly for Rose Limes, winning by three lengths in a best of day 30.28 seconds.

In Patzel’s kennel since early April, the black dog is by sparingly-used sire Uncle Remus who raced on 82 occasions on Adelaide tracks for an impressive record of 26 wins and 28 minor placings.



It was a day of doubles at Tara Raceway on Sunday with Nicole Stanley, Tracie Price, Monty Wilson and Kevin Ashton dominating the 12-race card.

Doubles are nothing new as far as Stanley and Price are concerned as they continue their battle for Leading Trainer honours at Tara Raceway while for Wilson, even though two winners in one day don’t crop up all that regularly, he’s still having a pretty good year.

But Ashton’s double with Lady Vixyma and Carrara Lad was something else – at tote odds of $44.80 and $55.20 respectively the longest-priced training double ever recorded at Tara Raceway.



Local owner Dion Pannenburg was all smiles at Tara Raceway on Sunday after the run of Don Lesta at Shepparton the previous night.

Raced by the Southern Bar Boys Syndicate, of which Pannenburg is a member, the Victorian-trained Don Lesta ran a terrific race to pick up a cool $7000 when finishing second to Sure To Excite in the Listed Northern Districts Cup final (450 m).

Tarpeena trainer David Williams and Pannenburg will now head to The Meadows on Wednesday with Don Lesta’s litter sister Miss Legality.

By Red Lesta x Rellim Lilly, Miss Legality, who has drawn box five in a grade five event over 525 metres, will go into the race in good form after winning her past three starts in impressive fashion at Tara Raceway.

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