Monday, July 10, 2017
An outstanding win by rising five-year-old Old Jock at Tara Raceway on Sunday was the culmination of a big day for progeny by Bekim Bale out of the unraced Swift Blaze.
Lining up from box eight, Old Jock, the 2016 Mount Gambier Greyhound of the Year, went into the first turn on level terms with Shore’s Last before taking over the running going into the back straight.
From then on, the Portland-trained veteran chaser was never going to be beaten although Shore’s Last gave it his all, eventually going down by only two lengths in a best of day 29.92 seconds in the Allestree Holiday Units Free For All (512 metres).
Speaking after the race, Nicole Stanley, who has trained the 36 kilogram black dog for all of his 116 starts, said Old Jock was now likely to tackle a 512 metre Anniversary Cup heat at Tara Raceway this Sunday rather than take on the Eric Lewis Memorial (600 m).
Last year, he was beaten a neck by Supreme Deal in the Lewis Memorial final.
Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield confirmed that Shore’s Last, a son of Kinloch Brae x On Shore was also likely to contest the Anniversary Cup despite having raced on only 11 occasions for three wins and three minor placings.
Clayfield is no stranger to Anniversary Cup success, having won the 2011 time-honoured event with Glenville Maggie.
Earlier in the day, Kolora Maddie, a daughter of Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze and the result of a repeat mating some 2½ years later, turned in a big effort to open her winning account in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m).
Raced by Terry Payne and trained by David Peckham, the black bitch was slowly away from box one and a clear last early before railing through on the first turn and settling a six length second behind Bushman’s Wish down the back straight.
But as the home turn approached, Kolora Maddie had put herself right in the race, railing through on the early leader before careering away to a 6¼ length win in 30.58 seconds.
It was a reward for perseverance with Kolora Maddie joining Peckham’s Allendale East kennels last December but off the scene until the end of April and taking some time to find form due to seasonal issues.
Litter brother Usain Insane, raced and trained in the same interests, brought up a treble for the breed when successful in the ClassicBet Stake (400 m).
He landed some nice bets after chasing Golden Gown early before taking over off the back and running away to a four length win over Colden Blu Boy in 23.47 seconds.
Usain Insane was having only his second start in close to five months after being sidelined with a wrist injury.
And Payne and Peckham went close to landing a treble themselves with the February 2015 Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze litter when Kolora Posie, an impressive Tara Raceway maiden winner late last month, just went down to Kylan Brae in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
But Peckham’s good run of late did continue after Arolok Jax, raced in the same interests as Raz’s Girl and Kappow, presented him with his third winner after success in the South Eastern Hotel final (400 m).
Away well from box two, Arolok Jax opened his Tara Raceway winning account when leading all the way and holding out an unlucky Sophie’s Moment to score by half a length in 23.51 seconds.
By Nitro Burst x Arolok Rumour, the black dog was purchased in March after winning a maiden 390 metre at Warrnambool in 22.38 seconds.
PLUGGER TO TACKLE LEWIS MEMORIAL
Cryer’s Plugger has found winning form again at the right time and will now tackle a heat of this Sunday’s Eric Lewis Memorial, a 600 metre series for grade 4/5 greyhounds.
Out of the winner’s list since April, the son of Spring Gun x Cryer’s Midget went into the Trackside Meats Feature Grade Five final (600 m) from box three after running Maximum Bella to a length in a quick 35.16 seconds in a heat last week.
It was the heavily-backed Born Billy who took up the early running from box five with Yaramundi Domino and Cryer’s Plugger settling in second and third spots down the back.
But in the home straight, Cryer’s Plugger unleashed a powerful run to finish over the top of Born Billy, winning by 3½ lengths in 35.50 seconds, while Lektra Destiny once again was doing her best work late when finishing a further half length back in third spot.
The win was Cryer’s Plugger’s fourth from 25 starts and brought up Apsley trainer Tom Cryer’s fourteenth win this year at Tara Raceway.
This year’s running of the Lewis Memorial will be the fourth – Zipping Basil (Robert Britton) running 35.60 seconds to win the inaugural event in 2014, followed by Harry Aztec (Kevin Ashton) in 35.85 seconds and Supreme Deal (Ralph Patzel) last year in 35.61 seconds.