Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Three heats of the time-honoured Val and Col Sims Memorial – run over 512 metres for maiden greyhounds – will highlight Friday’s meeting at Tara Raceway.
And the series will see some well-bred youngsters step out on to the racetrack for the first time.
Portland owner-trainer Robert Halliday has the April 2015 whelping Hutch engaged in the first heat, although the son of Premier Fantasy and Cairnlea Ellie has been afforded no favours with a box six to kick off his racing career.
But Hutch lacks for nothing when it comes to breeding with Cairnlea Ellie, raced by the late Peter Hubbard, winning 19 races and more than $50,000 in stakemoney.
By Mogambo x Della Bale, Cairnlea Ellie actually won her last race at Tara Raceway in September 2014 before being retired due to injury.
Halliday will now be hoping for a repeat of Monday night at Angle Park where litter brother Cairnlea Kenny, trained at Lewiston by Petar Jovanovic for Jan Hubbard, won on debut over 515 metres.
Jumping from box four in the same heat is McIvor Neville, raced by the formidable team of Barry Priest and Peter Franklin.
The pair also raced McIvor Neville’s dam, Blonde Caviar, a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Lemon Cruiser, who won nine races and $20,000 in stakes including wins over 600 metres and 570 metres at The Meadows and Horsham.
Whelped in May 2015, Nev is by the US sire Bella Infrared who was described as a “once in a generation” greyhound, dominating America’s top track, Southland, where he recorded 71 wins from 100 starts, including 19 in succession.
Priest and Franklin also didn’t fare too well at box draw time with litter brother McIvor Gordon drawing box four in heat two and Chuck McIvor to jump from the six in the final heat.
Portland trainer Brian Weis is not complaining though after his first starter Big Rough drew box one in the third heat.
Whelped in February 2015, the black dog is raced by local couple Noel and Heather Perry.
By Lochinvar Marlow, Big Rough is out of Albion Park distance winner Bogie Dawn (High Earner x Bogie Skye) who won 13 races, and $40,000 in stakemoney before rounding off her career with two wins at Angle Park.
The long-running Sims feature maiden series switched to a memorial in 2013 when it was won by the Cap Abbott trained Arbour Darby before being followed by Benara Cosmic (Tracie Price), Andy Jay (Toni Jones) and Rowchester Star (Nicole Stanley) last year.
Meanwhile, two heats of the Laser Electrical Feature Grade Five (512 m) will complement the Sims Memorial.
In the first heat, Nifty Lenehan’s Moth Attack was an impressive grade six final winner last Sunday and looks well placed in box one to make the step up in grade while Ray Drew will be hoping box seven runner Digger Two can recapture the form that saw him run 30.11 seconds at Tara Raceway back in October.
There’ll be plenty of interest in the second heat with trainer Tracie Price stepping box six runner Flying Flutter up to grade five company after an outstanding maiden 512 metre win in 30.03 seconds at last Sunday’s meeting.
And it will be interesting to see whether the ultra-consistent David Williams trained Penny Eagle can break through for a well-deserved win from box four after three consecutive seconds.